Privacy and Security
Publications.USA.gov doesn't collect personal information when you visit our website unless you choose to provide that information.
Information Collected and Stored Automatically
When you visit Publications.USA.gov, we may store some or all of the following: the Internet address from which you accessed Publications.USA.gov, date and time, the Internet address of the website from which you linked to Publications.USA.gov, the name of the file or words you searched, items clicked on a page, and the browser and operating system used.
This information is used to measure the number of visitors to the various sections of our site and identify system performance or problem areas. We also use this information to help us develop the site; analyze patterns of usage; and to make the site more useful. This information is not used for associating search terms or patterns of site navigation with individual users. Publications.USA.gov periodically deletes its web logs. On occasion, Publications.USA.gov may provide this information to third party entities it contracts with for the purposes of research analysis.
Use of Persistent Cookies
Like many websites, Publications.USA.gov uses "persistent cookie" technology. A persistent cookie is a small text file that this website places on your computer so that it can remember you when you show up a gain later - kind of like cookie crumbs! (Hence the name.) We use persistent cookies in two ways, both of which enhance your experience on Publications.USA.gov while also protecting your privacy:
To remember you when you come back to the site, so we don't invite you to take our customer satisfaction survey every time you visit. Our customer satisfaction survey uses a persistent cookie to ensure we won't invite you to take a customer satisfaction survey within 90 days of completing a survey on Publications.USA.gov.
To get aggregate metrics on site usage to understand how people are using the site and how we can make it better. We use web metrics services to track activity on Publications.USA.gov. Government agencies only ever receive traffic statistics anonymously and in the aggregate.
Most Internet browsers automatically accept persistent cookies. Although we think using persistent cookies creates a much better experience for you, this site will also work without them. If you don't want to accept cookies, you can edit your browser's options to stop accepting persistent cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit; here's how to disable cookies.
If You Send Us Personal Information
We do not collect personal information for any purpose other than to respond to your request. The only personal information that we collect is what you decide to give us when subscribing to our Consumer Information Catalog, placing an order for our Catalog, ordering publications from our Catalog, or sending us an e-mail. 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 get you the information you requested. Similarly, if you order a publication from us or subscribe to our Catalog, we will collect your name, and mailing address to fulfill your order.
We only share the information you give us with another government agency if your question relates to that agency, or as otherwise required by law. Publications.USA.gov never collects information or creates individual profiles for commercial marketing.
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.
Publications.USA.gov links to many websites created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations as outlined in our Linking Policy. If you click a link to an outside website, you will leave the Publications.USA.gov site and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website.
Publications.USA.gov will not link to any website that exhibits hate, bias, or discrimination. Publications.USA.gov reserves the right to deny or remove any link that contains misleading information or unsubstantiated claims, or is determined to be in conflict with Publications.USA.gov's mission or policies.