Here is how we handle information about your visit to our Web site:
Information Collected and Stored Automatically
If you visit our site to read or download information, we collect and store the following information about your visit:
- The name of the Internet domain (for example, “xcompany.com” if you use a private Internet access account, or “yourschool.edu” if you are connecting from a university’s domain) and the IP address (a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you are using the Internet) from which you access our site;
- The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
- The date and time you access our site;
- The Internet address of the Web site from which you linked directly to our site; and
- The pages you visit and the information you request.
This information is primarily collected for statistical analysis and technical improvements to the site. This computer system uses software programs to create summary statistics, which may be used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. In certain circumstances, however, we may take additional steps to identify you based on this information, and we may share this information, including your identity, with government agencies.
If You Send Us Personal Information
You do not have to provide any personal information to visit this Web site, unless you choose to utilize the Community Resource Inventory function. In that case, we will ask you to complete a form to provide your name, contact information, and some information about your purpose. If you choose to fill out this form and submit it through our Web site, we will use that information to respond to your message or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication. We do not collect or use information for commercial marketing.
We may share information you give us with contractors acting on our behalf or with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency. In other limited circumstances, such as responses to requests from Congress and private individuals, we may be required by law to disclose information you submit. If you provide comments in response to a request for public comments we may make those comments as well as your identity available to the public in a publication or by posting them on our Web site. Where possible, we may give you more specific guidance at the point of collection regarding how your personal information may be used or disclosed.
“Cookies” are small bits of text that are either used for the duration of a session (“session cookies”) or saved on a user’s hard drive in order to identify that user, or information about that user, the next time the user logs on to a Web site (“persistent cookies”). Most functions of this Web site and its component sites do not use persistent cookies. However, if you choose to establish an “account” with the Community Resource Inventory, you will leave a persistent cookie. One or more of the component sites may use session cookies to provide streamlined navigation throughout their sites and for statistical analysis. These session cookies are deleted from your computer by your Web browser when you end your session. You can set up your Web browser to inform you when cookies are set or to prevent cookies from being set. You can still use most of our Web site if you do not accept the cookies, but you will not be able to use the Community Resource Inventory feature.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage or unavailability. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring and is advised that if such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to appropriate law enforcement officials. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on this server are strictly prohibited and may be punishable by law, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996.