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Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement

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We collect no personal information about you when you visit our website unless you choose to provide this information to us. However, we collect and store certain information automatically. Here is how we handle information about your visit to our website.

What We Collect and Store Automatically

Even if you do nothing during your visit but browse through the website, read publications, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:
1. The IP address (an IP address is a number that is assigned to each computer connected to the Internet) from which you access our website;
2. The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
3. The date and time you access our site;
4. The pages you visit; and
5. If you linked to our website from another website, the address of that website.

We use the information we collect to count the number and type of visitors to the different pages on our site, and to help us make our site more useful to visitors like you.

If You Choose to Provide Personal Information

You may choose to provide us with personal information on this website, including name, organization, and e-mail. This information is collected only if specifically and knowingly provided by you. Personally identifying information you provide will be used only in connection with or for such other purposes as are described at the point of collection. We do not give or sell any personal information to a third party.

This website uses personal information for :

1. If you choose to participate in the discussion board, you must create an account, and by default only the username will appear on this site along with your discussion or comments.  If the user so chooses, other personal information will also appear such as job title, email address and organization (these can be turned off at any time).  Any change will retroactively remove that information from view if they a user posted comments previously.

If You Send Us E-mail

You may choose to provide us with personal information in an e-mail with a comment or question. We use the information to improve our service to you or to respond to your request. Sometimes we forward your e-mail to other government employees who may be better able to help you. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, we do not share our e-mail with any other outside organizations.

Use of Cookies or Other Tracking Devices

A "persistent cookie" is a small text file that is stored on your computer and makes it easy for you to move around a Web site without having to continually re-enter your name, password, preferences, etc. Our website does not use persistent cookies. A “session cookie” is a small text file that is not stored on your computer, but is kept in memory while you are connected to our Web site and is erased when you close your browser. We use session cookies only to make your visit more productive for you.

Securing the Information We Collect Online

We are committed to properly securing the information we collect online. To help us accomplish this, we take the following steps:
1. We employ internal access controls to ensure that only people who see your information are those with a need to do so to perform their official duties;
2. We train relevant personnel on our privacy and security measures so that our personnel know what is required for our compliance;
3. We regularly back up the information we collect online to insure against loss;
4. We use technical controls to secure the information we collect online, including: encryption, firewalls, password protections, etc.;
5. We periodically test our security procedures to ensure personnel and technical compliance; and
6. We employ external access safeguards to identify and prevent unauthorized attempts or outsiders to hack into, or cause harm to, the information in our systems.

Tampering with this web site is against the law. If anyone tries to tamper with it, they may be punished under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

Links to Other Sites

Our website has links to a limited number of public and private organizations. When you link to another site, you are no longer on this site and are subject to the privacy policy of the new site.
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