NOAA Coastal Services Center
Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the NOAA Coastal Services Center Web site and reviewing our privacy policy.

Our Internet privacy policy is:

  • We collect personally identifiable information (name, organization, email address, or other unique identifier) only if specifically and knowingly provided by you. (View visitors' rights under the Privacy Act.)
  • Personally identifying information you provide will be used only as described at the point of collection.
  • Submitting voluntary information constitutes your consent to the use of the information for this stated purpose.
  • Information is collected for statistical purposes. The Center sometimes performs analyses of user behavior in order to measure customer interest in the various areas of our site and to help us make our site more useful to visitors. We will disclose this information to third parties only in aggregate form.
  • We do not give, sell or transfer any personal information to a third party.

If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the Web site, read pages, 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:

  • The Internet domain and Internet Protocol (IP) address from which you access our Web site
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site
  • The date and time you access our site
  • The pages you visit
  • If you linked to the Center Web site from another Web site, the address of that Web site.

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs hardware and software to monitor network traffic and to identify unauthorized attempts to add or alter information, or otherwise cause damage or interfere with information delivery. Except for computer security or law enforcement investigations, no attempt is made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs may be stored indefinitely for use in statistical analysis or to protect the security and integrity of the computer system.

Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.