Thank you for visiting plainlanguage.gov. We are committed to respecting your right to privacy and will protect it when you visit our website.
What information do we collect automatically online?
When you visit our website, we collect information about your visit that does not identify you personally. We can tell the type of computer, browser, and Web service you are using. We also know the date, time, and pages you visit. Collecting this information helps us design the site to suit your needs.
What additional information do we collect about you online?
If you ask us a question through this site, we collect your contact information so we can respond to you. We do not keep this information after we answer you unless you specifically give us permission to do so.
Do we share the information we collect online?
We do not share any information about you unless we are required by law to do so for authorized law enforcement, homeland security, and national security.
What are our information practices for children?
We do not have information specifically for children on our website.
A "cookie" is a small text file that is stored on your computer and makes it easy for you to move around a website without having to continually re-enter your name, password, preferences, and so on.
We use a session cookie on this site, which does not contain any information about you or your computer. The cookie expires when you close your browser.
What are your rights under the Privacy Act of 1974?
The Privacy Act of 1974 protects the personal information the federal government keeps on you in "systems of records (SOR)" (information an agency controls that can be retrieved by name or some other personal identifier). The Privacy Act regulates how the government can disclose, share, provide access to, and maintain the personal information that it collects. Not all information collected online is covered by the Privacy Act.
The Act's major provisions require agencies to:
- Publish a Privacy Act Notice in the Federal Register explaining the existence, character and uses of a new or revised SOR;
- Keep information about you accurate, relevant, timely, and complete to assure fairness in dealing with you; and
- Allow you to, upon request, access and review your information held in a SOR and request amendment of the information if you disagree with it.
We do not collect any information subject to the Privacy Act.