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Aritcle title: Privacy notice

We respect your right to privacy and will protect it when you visit our Web site.

This Privacy Policy explains our online information practices only, including how we collect and use your personal information. It covers information collected on this Web site. Our Privacy Policy does not apply to third party Web sites that you are able to reach from our Web site, nor does it cover practices of other elements within the Department of Transportation. We encourage you to read the Privacy Policies of those elements and third parties to learn how they collect and use information about you.


What We Automatically Collect Online
We collect information about your visit that does not identify you personally. We can tell the computer, browser, and Web service you are using. We also know the date, time, and pages you visit. Collecting this information helps us design the site to suit your needs. In the event of a known security or virus threat, we may collect information on the Web content you view.


Other Information We May Collect
When you visit our Web site, we may request and collect the following categories of personal information from you:


• Contact information
• IDs and passwords


Why We Collect Information
Our principal purpose for collecting personal information online is to provide you with what you need and want, address security and virus concerns, and to ease the use of our Web site.


We will only use your information for the purposes you intended, to address security or virus threats, or for the purposes required under the law. See “Choices on How We Use the Information You Provide” to learn more.
We collect information to:


• Respond to your complaints
• Reply to your “feedback comments”
• Manage your access to restricted areas of the Web site
• Fulfill requests for reports and other similar information
• Register you for a member account


Sharing Your Information
We may share personally identifiable information you provide to us online with appropriate representatives within the Department of Transportation (see http://www.dot.gov/ for information on DOT Operating Administrations and related entities), other federal government agencies, or other designated representatives as needed to facilitate your request or transaction.


Additionally, we may be required by law to share information we collect with authorized law enforcement, homeland security, and national security activities (See also the "What are your rights under the Privacy Act of 1974?" section in this Privacy Policy).


Choices on How We Use the Information You Provide
Throughout our Web site, we will let you know whether the information we ask you to provide is voluntary or required. By providing personally identifiable information, you grant us consent to use this information, but only for the primary reason you are giving it. We will ask you to grant us consent before using your voluntarily provided information for any secondary purposes, other than those required under the law.


Information Practices for Children
Our website does not intentionally collect information from children under the age of 13. If we choose to collect personal information from children, we will comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). To find out more about COPPA, please click on the following link: www.ftc.gov/privacy/privacyinitiatives/childrens.html.


Cookies or Other Tracking Devices
A “cookie” is a small text file stored on your computer that makes it easy for you to move around a Web site without continually re-entering your name, password, preferences, for example.


We use “session” cookies on our Web site. This means we store the cookie on your computer only during your visit to our Web site. After you turn off your computer or stop using the Internet, the cookie disappears with your personal information. DOT Web sites may use session cookies for technical purposes such as to enable better navigation through the site, or to allow you to customize your preferences for interacting with the site.


Securing Your Information
We are committed to properly securing the information we collect online. To help us accomplish this, we take the following steps:


• We employ internal access controls to ensure that the only people who see your information are those with a need to do so to perform their official duties;
• We train relevant personnel on our privacy and security measures so that our personnel know what is required for compliance;
• We physically secure the areas where we hold hard copies of the information we collect online;
• We regularly back up the information we collect online to insure against loss;
• We use technical controls to secure the information we collect online as appropriate, including but not limited to: Secure Socket Layer (SSL), encryption, firewalls, password protections;
• We periodically test our security procedures to ensure personnel and technical compliance; and
• We employ external access safeguards to identify and prevent unauthorized attempts of outsiders to hack into, or cause harm to, the information in our systems.


Tampering with this Web site is against the law. If anyone tries to tamper with it, they may be punished under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.


Your Rights under the Privacy Act of 1974
The Privacy Act of 1974 protects the personal information the Federal government keeps on you in systems of records (SOR) (information the DOT controls recovered by name or other personal identifier). The Privacy Act regulates how the government can disclose, share, provide access to, and keep the personal information that it collects. The Privacy Act does not cover all information collected online.


The Act’s major terms require agencies to:


• Publish a Privacy Act Notice in the Federal Register explaining the existence, character and uses of a new or revised SOR
• Keep information about you accurate, relevant, timely and complete to assure fairness in dealing with you
• Allow you to, on request, access and review your information held in an SOR and request amendment of the information if you disagree with it.

When the DOT collects information from you online that is subject to the Privacy Act (information kept in an SOR), we will provide a Privacy Act Statement specific to that collected information. This Privacy Act Statement tells you:


• The authority for and the purpose and use of the information collected subject to the Privacy Act
• Whether providing the information is voluntary or mandatory
• The effects on you if you do not provide any or all requested information

Click here to view our Privacy Act Notices.