The Lyme Disease Innovation Accelerator (LymeX) is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation.

Policy Updates

LymeX may update this Privacy Policy periodically. Please check for updates when accessing this site in the future. Please contact us at should you have any comments or questions about this Privacy Policy.


Thank you for visiting This Privacy Policy details how information on this website is collected and used by HHS and the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. By visiting this site, you are agreeing to the terms of this Privacy Policy. (referred to as the “website” or “site”) is hosted by Luminary Labs. This is not a government website and HHS Privacy Policy does not apply to this site.

Throughout this Privacy Policy the words “we,” “us,” “our,” and the “Organizer” refer to LymeX.

HHS and the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation do not knowingly collect any information from individuals under the age of 13.

Information Collected

LymeX may collect personal information about site visitors. We do not give, share, sell, or transfer any personally identifiable information to a third party.
If, during your visit, you browse through the website, read pages, or download information, our website’s operating system will automatically record some general information about your visit. 

During your visit, web services will record information that may include but is not limited to:

  • The internet domain for your internet service (such as “” or “”)
  • The type of browser that you are using (such as “Chrome version X” or “Internet Explorer version X”)
  • The type of operating system that you are using (such as Macintosh, Unix, or Windows)
  • The date and time you visit our site, and your activity on the site
  • The address of the previous website you were visiting, if you arrived at our site via a link from another website
  • The city, state, and or country you are browsing from

We use this information for statistical analysis, to help us make our site more useful to visitors. This tracking system does not record information about individuals.

Use of Information

LymeX will not share with other external entities information submitted.

Third-Party Sharing Resulting from Legal Processes

As required by law, LymeX may share your information when legally compelled to do so. This may include sharing with government entities or third parties in response to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal processes. LymeX may also disclose personally identifiable information in order to protect and defend our legal rights, or defend against legal claims that have been or may be brought against us. Additionally, LymeX may share this information in order to protect the rights, property, or safety of you or another person. In this instance, we may share your personally identifiable information with law enforcement or another entity we feel, in our judgment, may be able to protect you or the other person. Finally, should LymeX reasonably feel that any activities are unlawful we will report these activities to law enforcement.

Security of Your Information

LymeX takes appropriate measures to secure and protect the privacy of your information. All information will be housed on the secure servers of Luminary Labs’ data storage provider. These servers are protected with generally available security technologies, including firewalls and data encryption. However, as no method of storing data is completely secure, we cannot guarantee that your information will never be accessed or used in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Policy. All such information will be housed on secured government systems that comply with federal information management policies.


Like many websites, our site uses “cookie” technology to collect the website activity data listed above. When you visit any website, its server may generate a piece of text known as a “cookie” to place on your computer. Placing cookie text allows websites to “remember” visitors’ preferences, surfing patterns, and behavior while they are connected.

There are two types of cookies, single-session (session) and multi-session (persistent). Session cookies last only as long as your web browser is open. Once you close your browser, the cookie disappears. Persistent cookies are stored on your computer for longer periods. If you do not wish to have session or persistent cookies stored on your machine, you can opt out or disable cookies in your browser.

We use a third-party analytics provider (Google Analytics) to analyze the data collected through the session and persistent cookies. The third-party analytics provider does not receive personally identifiable information through these cookies and does not combine, match, or cross-reference site information with any other information. Please see the Google Analytics Terms of Service for more information on their Privacy Policy


This Privacy Policy pertains to information on If you follow a link to another website, you will not be bound by this Privacy Policy while visiting that site, but by the policy of the site you will be visiting. These other sites may send their own cookies to users, collect data, or solicit personal information.

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