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Privacy Statement

This world wide web site (http://www.eia.doe.gov/) is provided as a public energy information service of the EIA.

If you visit this site to read or download information, you should know that EIA collects and stores a standard set of Internet-related information, such as an Internet Protocol (IP) address, the date and time, the type of browser and operating system used, the page(s) visited, and if you linked to the EIA web site from another web site, the address of that web site. All information is collected to help EIA make this site more useful to our customers and is only used for statistical purposes.

If You Send Us Personal Information and/or Subscribe to EIA's E-Mail Notification System (Listserv)
If you choose to provide us with personal information such as through our "User Feedback" or in an e-mail to the National Energy Information Center, the Webmaster, or to an EIA staff person, or by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it to us through our web site, we use that information to respond to your message and to help us get you the information you have requested. We do not collect personal information for any purpose other than to respond to you. EIA does not give, sell, or transfer personal information to third parties, unless required by law, such as the Freedom of Information Act.

Security, Intrusion, and Detection
For site security purposes, and to ensure this service remains available to all users, this Government computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.

Operations Security Program
The Energy Information Administration maintains a program (Operations Security [OPSEC]) that is designed to protect information collected in EIA's surveys. This Program takes the form of various elements such as: staff security training, pre-hire certification, and integrity of EIA data systems, fair practice data disclosure policies, and the physical security of all sensitive unclassified EIA data. If you have any questions concerning this program, please contact Paul Staller, phone (202) 586-6543.

Links to Other Sites
Our web site has links to many other web sites including government (Federal, State, local, and international) agencies, universities, trade associations, energy companies, and selected other web sites. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the privacy policy of the new site.











Security Policy

This web site is part of a Federal computer system used to accomplish Federal functions. The Department of Energy monitors this web site for security purposes to ensure it remains available to all users and to protect information in the system. By accessing this web site, you are expressly consenting to these monitoring activities.

Unauthorized attempts to defeat or circumvent security features, to use the system for other than intended purposes, to deny service to authorized users, to access, obtain, alter, damage, or destroy information, or otherwise to interfere with the system or its operation is prohibited. Evidence of such acts may be disclosed to law enforcement authorities and result in criminal prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-294), (18 U.S.C. 1030), or other applicable criminal laws.

Automated Retrieval Program (Robot) Activity
EIA is committed to provide data promptly and according to established schedules, therefore any automated retrieval program (commonly referred to as a “robot” or "bot") that excessively accesses information from EIA’s web site is prohibited. Excessive robot activity on EIA’s web site can cause delays and interfere with other customers' timely access to information.

EIA will block robots that are accessing the web site in any way that EIA considers excessive or malicious, including robots that attempt to access or download survey information multiple times per second with resulting degradation of service to others. EIA also reserves the right to block robots that do not contain contact information that can be used to contact the owner. Blocking may occur in real time.

NOTE: Robots not using www.eia.doe.gov for data retrieval are at risk for not receiving data promptly at prescribed times.