We do collect some technical information when you visit to make your visit seamless. The section below explains how we handle and collect technical information when you visit our website.
Information Collected and Stored Automatically
When you browse, read pages or download information on the E-Authentication website, we automatically gather and store certain technical information about your visit. This information never identifies who you are. The information we collect and store about your visit is listed below:
When you visit some websites, their web servers generate pieces of information known as cookies. Some cookies collect personal information to recognize your computer in the future. This is not the case at the E-Authentication website, where we only use non-persistent cookies or "per-session cookies." These cookies do not collect personal information on users and they are erased as soon as you leave our website.
Per-session cookies serve technical purposes like providing seamless navigation through the E-Authentication website. These cookies do not permanently record data and they are not stored on your computer's hard drive. The E-Authentication website cookies are stored in memory and are only available during an active browser session. Again, once you close your browser, the cookie disappears.
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If You Send Us Personal Information
If you choose to provide us with personal information - like filling out a Contact Us form with an e-mail address and zip code and submitting it to us through the website - we use that information to respond to your message and to help us get you the information you have requested. We only share the information you give us with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency, or as otherwise required by law. We never create individual profiles or give it to any private organizations. The E-Authentication website never collects information for commercial marketing.
While you must provide an e-mail address and zip code for a localized response to any incoming questions or comments to the E-Authentication website, we recommend that you NOT include any other personal information, especially Social Security numbers. The Social Security Administration offers additional guidance on sharing your Social Security number.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs commercial software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.
Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes and are scheduled for regular destruction in accordance with National Archives and Records Administration guidelines.
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.
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The E-Authentication Website Linking Policy
The E-Authentication website will not link to any website that exhibits hate, bias or discrimination. Furthermore, the E-Authentication website reserves the right to deny or remove any link that contains misleading information or unsubstantiated claims, or is determined to be in conflict with the E-Authentication website's mission or policies.
Disclaimer of Endorsement
The information posted on the E-Authentication website includes hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations. The E-Authentication website provides these links and pointers solely for our users' information and convenience. When users select a link to an outside website, they are leaving the E-Authentication website and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website.