The Transparency Project

Division on Addiction, The Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School

Information and Ownership

Safety and Security

The Cambridge Health Alliance Institutional Review Board for human subject research reviewed and approved the development of the Transparency Project. Contributors who upload datasets for public access must verify that they have submitted the details of their Transparency Project contribution to their local institutional review board, and subsequently received from that board permission to make the contribution. Researchers who download datasets also must apply for permission from their local institutional review board to complete and publish secondary data analyses using a limited dataset.

All datasets are de-identified and meet the standard definition for limited datasets. Limited datasets may contain some personal information, including, dates of birth, dates of services, town or city, state, zip code. The Division on Addiction will restrict the use of these limited datasets to qualified researchers who complete data use certifications for their local review board or some equivalent. Researchers who do not have access to such a board can correspond with the Transparency Project by emailing


The Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School, and the sponsors of the Transparency Project are not responsible for the accuracy or comprehensiveness of the datasets and other materials available on the Transparency Project. The Division on Addiction makes all reasonable efforts to ensure that the content of its web site is accurate and up-to-date, but can accept no responsibility for omissions, errors or subsequent changes. The Division on Addiction accepts no liability for any loss or damage resulting, directly or indirectly, from any use of the information or material contained on this web site, or any site accessed from this site.


All rights reserved. No part of these materials may be reproduced, stored in, or integrated into a data retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means without consent of the Transparency Project.


Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

It is our policy that the Transparency Project mailing lists will not be sold to or shared with any third party.


Terms of Use and Privacy Agreement

Please read this Terms of Use and Privacy Agreement ("Agreement") carefully before using ("Website"), a website maintained by the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Your use of the Website indicates your acceptance of this Agreement.

We encourage public, nonprofit, and educational organizations to link to our web site or use our materials for training and discussion. We encourage the free use of our materials; however, individuals and organizations should not change materials in any way and should give proper credit.

We request that all researchers who publish studies from data accessed via the Transparency Project include the following statement in their acknowledgements section:
This paper utilized data from the Transparency Project (, Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Researchers should include in their methods section a citation for the dataset that includes the following information:
Source, Title. Medford, MA: Division on Addiction The Transparency Project [database distributor], Access Date.

For example, citation of the first available dataset would be as follows:
Division on Addiction, Actual Internet Sports Gambling Activity during 8 Months. Medford, MA: Division on Addiction, The Transparency Project [database distributor], January 6, 2009.

Visitor Information and Privacy

The Transparency Project has created this Privacy Statement to help demonstrate its commitment to privacy. This Statement describes the Transparency Project information gathering and dissemination practices for the Website.

The Transparency Project does not automatically collect any personally identifiable information, such as name, address, or e-mail address, about visitors to the Website. Personally identifiable information about visitors to the Website is collected only when voluntarily submitted. By voluntarily submitting such personal information, the user is consenting to receive emails from the Transparency Project from time to time regarding various events or promotions. If, at any time, the user does not wish to receive email from the Transparency Project, the user may send a message to requesting the cessation of such email messages.

The Transparency Project reserves the right to track non-personal information about users of its Website, including without limitation: the userís previous URL (whether this URL is on its Website or not), the userís subsequent URL (whether this URL is on its Website or not), the Internet browser used, the type of operating system used, the userís location, and the userís IP address. A userís IP address is used for system administration purposes and to track a userís session, in order to give the Transparency Project an understanding as to which parts of its Website users are visiting. Many sites automatically collect this information. The Transparency Project may use such non-personal information for purposes including but not limited to improving the content of its Website, marketing, advertising, or research purposes.

This privacy policy will remain in effect indefinitely except with prior notice of a change in policy.

General Compliance with Laws

All users shall comply with all applicable laws, statutes, ordinances, and regulations regarding use of this Website.


Links To and From Other Websites

The Transparency Project generally welcomes links to its Website. You may establish a link to the Website, provided that the link does not state or imply any sponsorship or endorsement of your website or its contents by the Transparency Project, Cambridge Health Alliance, The President and Fellows of Harvard College, Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, or by any group or individual related to or affiliated with the Transparency Project.

The Transparency Project may include links to other Internet sites solely as a convenience to users of its Website. The Transparency Project does not necessarily endorse any such websites or the information, material, products, or services contained on or accessible through such websites. Users access and use such websites, including information, material, products, and services therein, solely at the usersí own risk. The Transparency Project is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such other Internet sites.

Changes to the Privacy Statement

The Transparency Project may make improvements or changes in the information, services, products, and other materials on, or terminate, at any time without notice. The Transparency Project may modify this Agreement at any time, and such modifications shall be effective immediately upon posting of the modified agreement.


Your use of the Transparency Project website is at your own risk. The Transparency Project makes no warranties or representations as to the Content and assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions therein. The Transparency Project also assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for, any damages to, or viruses that may infect your computer equipment or other property on account of your access to, use of, or browsing in the Website or your downloading of any materials from the Website.

Contacting the Website

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this Website, or your dealings with this Website, please contact

The Transparency Project Staff

Dr. Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., Curator
Dr. Debi A. LaPlante, Ph.D., Curator
Ms. Tasha Chandler, Website Developer

© Division on Addiction. All Rights Reserved. Last Updated:  February 06, 2013