Note: In 2013, Health Games Research completed its work. This web site is now an archive and will not be updated. Please visit the web site of the Center for Digital Games Research at UC Santa Barbara to find current information about health games and the broader field of digital games, and to use the Health Games Research online searchable database.

Privacy Policy

Effective Date: October 14, 2009

Health Games Research respects your privacy interests and therefore operates this site by these principles:

General Disclaimer
Please be advised that the material contained on this web site is for informational purposes only.  Health Games Research endeavors to update the information on this site on a regular basis.

Third-party copyrights found on this web site must be respected.

Endorsement Disclaimer
Health Games Research does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services. The views and opinions of authors expressed on this site do not necessarily state or reflect those of Health Games Research, and they may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

Collection and Tracking of Visitor Information
For each visitor to our web site, our web server automatically recognizes only the visitor’s domain name, but not the e-mail address (where possible). We collect the domain name and e-mail address (where possible) of visitors to our web page, the e-mail addresses of those who communicate with us via e-mail, aggregate information on what pages consumers access or visit, and information volunteered by the consumer, such as survey information and/or site registrations.

A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's computer tied to information about the user. Usage of a cookie is not linked to personally identifiable information while on our site. We use session based cookies for session navigation purposes. By setting a cookie on our site, users would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our site. If users reject the cookie, they may still use our site.

Log Files
Like most standard web site servers, we use log files. This includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user's movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses, etc. are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Sharing and Usage

The information we collect is used to improve the content of our web page, used to notify visitors about updates to our web site, shared with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to help them contact visitors for marketing purposes, disclosed when legally required, at the request of governmental authorities conducting an investigation, to verify or enforce compliance with the policies governing our web site and applicable laws, or to protect against misuse or unauthorized use of our web site.

From time to time, we may use visitor information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our privacy notice.  If our information practices change at some time in the future we will post the policy changes to our web site to notify you of these changes and provide you with the ability to opt out of these new uses.  If you are concerned about how your information is used, you should check back at our web site periodically.

Updating Visitor Information
If you do not want to receive emails, mailings, or other types of communication from us, you want to modify the types of information you receive, or if you want to change collected information, please let us know by visiting us at

This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that Health Games Research is not responsible for the availability or content of these external sites, nor does Health Games Research endorse, warrant, or guarantee the products, services, or information described or offered at these other Internet sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

This Web site takes every precaution to protect our users' information. We strive to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of information that we have collected from you at our site.

If you feel that this site is not following its stated information policy, you may contact us at the email address below.

Contact Information
If users have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please contact us at:

Health Games Research National Program Office
2201 North Hall
Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2150

We can be reached via e-mail at:

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