When you visit our Web site, we collect limited personal information about you to help us understand who visits the Web site and how it is being used. Here is how we handle information about your visit.
What We Collect and Store Automatically
When you log in and browse through the Web site, read pages, or download information, the system automatically collects and stores the following information about your visit:
- The IP address (an IP address is a number that is assigned to each computer connected to the Internet) from which you access our Web site;
- The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
- The date and time you access our site;
- The pages you visit;
- The amount of data transferred between our server and your computer; and
- If you linked to our Web site from another Web site, the address of that Web site.
We may use the information we collect to count the number and type of visitors to the different pages on our site and to help us make our site more useful to visitors.
A persistent cookie is a small text file that is stored on your computer and makes it easy for you to move around a Web site without having to continually re-enter your name, password, preferences, etc. Consistent with Department of Health and Human Services policy, our Web site does not use persistent cookies. A session cookie is a small text file that is not stored on your computer, but is kept in memory while you are connected to our Web site and is erased when you close your browser. We use session cookies only to make your visit more productive for you.
If You Send Us E-Mail or Request Help
You may choose to provide us with personal information, including your name, organization, or e-mail address, as a result of contacting us through the Web site. We use the information to improve our service to you or to respond to your request. Sometimes we forward your e-mail or help request to other Government or contracted employees who may be better able to help you. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, we do not share our e-mail or help requests with any organizations outside the Children’s Bureau and authorized contractors of the Children’s Bureau. If applicable, we may use your e-mail address to contact you if we have questions about any data you enter into the system. We will never sell or rent your information.
Securing the Information We Collect Online
We are committed to properly securing the information we collect online. To help us accomplish this:
- We employ internal access controls to ensure that the only people who can 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 our compliance;
- We use technical controls to secure the information we collect online, including encryption, firewalls, and 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 by outsiders to hack into, or cause harm to, the information in our systems.
Tampering with this Web site is against the law and is punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.
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