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Privacy Policy

Your privacy is of the highest concern to us. To help guard your privacy, our web site uses data encryption - the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol - to protect sensitive web pages. If a web page has an address that begins with "https//" rather than "http://" then it uses encryption.

To help us improve our web site, we use software that can monitor network traffic and identify unauthorized attempts to cause damage or upload or change information. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under Federal law.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

Like most websites, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We capture your PC's IP address for security purposes. As on most Web sites, when a page is requested we can obtain some information about the request for statistical purposes. This system uses software programs to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of the most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. If you linked to the website from another website, the address of that website is stored. We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors -- to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits.

Privacy and Correspondence via E-mail

When you send us personally identifying information (i.e., by sending an electronic mail message containing a question or comment), we use this information to respond to your requests. We may forward your e-mail to other Government employees who are better able to answer your questions. The information you provide is not given to any private organizations or private persons. We do not collect or use information for commercial marketing.

We want to make it clear that we will not obtain personally identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us.

Links to Other Sites

Our website has links to other websites. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the privacy policy of the new site.