The privacy of our customers has always been of utmost importance
to the Social Security Administration. In fact, our first regulation
was written to ensure your privacy. As a Federal agency, the Privacy
Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a) requires us to protect the information
we collect from you. (See http://www.socialsecurity.gov/privacyact.htm
collect from you over the Internet.
This is our notice to you about why we collect your personal information,
how we use it, and who we share it with; what your choices are for
how we use your information; how to get access to your information;
and how we protect the information we collect and maintain.
Why We Collect Your Personal Information
- We collect personal data to administer the Social Security
program. We do not use the information for any other internal
- You dont have to give us personal information to visit
- If you do give us your personal information, we treat it very
- We collect personal information about you (e.g., name, email
address, Social Security number or other unique identifier)
only if you specifically and knowingly give it to us.
How We Will Use Your Personal Information
- We do not sell the information we collect at this site, or
any information we collect.
- The personal information you give us at this site will be
used only in connection with the administration of the Social
Security Program and for other purposes as described in this
document or at the point the information is collected.
- For statistical purposes, we also collect non-personal information
about you (see http://www.socialsecurity.gov/web_stats.html).
Sometimes we analyze this data to determine customer interest
in different parts of our website. The information we share
is in a format that does not personally identify anyone.
Who We Will Share Your Personal Information With
We may disclose information you give us (e.g., to Railroad Retirement
Board, Department of Veterans Affairs) if authorized or required
by Federal law, such as the Privacy Act or the Social Security Act.
Your Choice About Who We Share Your Personal Information With
If Federal laws (e.g., Privacy Act, Social Security Act) do not
allow us to share information, we must get your written authorization
before we can discuss your information with anyone else.
Your Access to the Information We Collect About You
You may have access to any of the information we collect about
you at this site. Well correct any errors you may find. If
you need to get or fix information about you, see SSA regulation
subsections 401.40 and 401.65 (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OP_Home/cfr20/401/401-0000.htm).
How We Protect the Security of the Information We Collect
- The Internet was originally designed as an open system with
no built in security; however, we are required to protect the
information we collect and maintain about you and will not use
the Internet to do business with you unless we can do so in
a secure manner. We will take reasonable precautions to maintain
the security, confidentiality and integrity of the information
we collect at this site.
- SSA sometimes uses contractors to perform various website
and database functions. When we do, we make sure that the agreement
language with the contractor ensures the security, confidentiality
and integrity of any personal information the contractor may
have access to in the course of contract performance.
Our concern about sending personal information via email
- Electronic mail is not secure. Therefore, we suggest that
you dont send personal information to us via email.
We will only send you general information via email.
mail messages that meet the definition of records in the
Federal Records Act (44 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.) are covered
under the same disposition schedule as all other Federal
records. This means that emails you send us will be preserved
for varying periods of time if those emails meet the definition
of Federal records. Electronic messages that are not records
are deleted when no longer needed.
Our use of
cookies and how it affects your visit to our website
- What is a "cookie"? A cookie is a small piece of
text that is sent to your computer along with a webpage when
you visit a website. Your computer will give the information
in the cookie only to the computer that sent it, and no other
website can request it. There are three types of cookies--persistent,
third party, and session. We never used persistent or third
party cookies, but sometimes we use session cookies.
- We use session cookies only in some places where you can
transact business. We store the cookie on your computer only
your visit, and we’ll tell you in advance when we do.
The session cookie keeps you from losing information you’ve
entered for a business transaction with us if, during your
visit, you leave our website and return.
- Once you turn off your computer or stop using the Internet,
the cookie is erased.
|Our website contains links to international agencies, private organizations, and some commercial entities. These websites are not within our control and may not follow the same privacy, security or accessibility policies. Once you link to another site you are subject to the policies of that site. However, all Federal websites are subject to the same Federal privacy, security or accessibility mandates as ours.