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Privacy Policy

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

If you visit to read or download information, the following information is collected and stored about your visit:

  • The name of the Internet domain (for example, "" if you use a private Internet access account, or "" if you are connecting from a university's domain) and the IP address from which you access our site;
  • The type of browser and operating system that is used to access the website;
  • The date and time you visited;
  • The Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to the website; and
  • The pages you visit and the information you request.

This information is primarily collected and used for statistical analysis and technical improvements to the website. This government computer system uses software programs to create summary statistics, which may be 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. In certain circumstances, however, may take additional steps to identify you based on this information and may share this information, including your identity, with other agencies. uses Google Analytics measurement software to collect the information listed above. The data is automatically sent to Google’s system and the system immediately aggregates the data.  Neither the Department nor Google ever have access to the specifics of your particular site visits.  The staff can only see the aggregate data from all users for a particular time period.
The Department gathers this information to improve our websites and has chosen not to share the aggregate data with Google.  We may use the aggregated data to share with our partners and contractors to help improve visitor experiences.

For additional information about the Department’s use of Google Analytics, please see our privacy impact assessment, DHS/ALL/PIA-033 Google Analytics (June 9, 2011).

If You Send Personal Information

If you choose to provide with personal information, such as sending email or filling out a form and submitting it through the Website, will use that information to respond to your message or to fulfill the requested purpose of communication. Remember that email is not necessarily secure against interception. If your communication is sensitive or includes personal information you may prefer to send it via postal mail instead. may share the information you give us with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency. In other limited circumstances, such as responses to requests from Congress and private individuals, may be required by law to disclose information that you submit. Before you submit any personal information, such as on an online form, you may be given more specific guidance as to how your personal information may be used.

Electronically submitted information is maintained and destroyed according to the principles of the Federal Records Act, the regulations and records schedules of the National Archives and Records Administration, and in some cases may be covered by the Privacy Act and subject to the Freedom of Information Act.


"Cookies" are small bits of text that are either used for the duration of the session ("session cookies"), or saved on a user's hard drive in order to identify that user, or information about that user, the next time the user logs on to a website ("persistent cookies"). The website does not use persistent or session cookies.

Terms of Use of Other Policies

Linking Policy

The links located within the website are there for the ease of users. However, it should be noted that these links may not adhere to the same privacy policy as stated by By clicking on one of the links on the website you are leaving the website and subject to a different privacy policy. The agency is not responsible for content found on websites that link to the website. These websites are maintained by both public and private entities over which has no authority. maintains its right to add or remove links on the website without previously contacting the site or giving a reason as to why the links are being added or removed. The website does include links to other government and federal websites that may help users better understand policies. will only link to websites that are not federal or government websites if the website is sponsored by a legitimate organization that is affiliated with or other government agencies. will review each link quarterly to ensure the link is accurate and dependable.

If does link to a website then that website and information posted on that site is under no authority of and has no control over the content placed on that site. If the website links to another site that is not an endorsement of that site by either or the Department of Homeland Security. That link is there to help the user and provide convenience.


Information presented on is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. However, does request that the use of appropriate byline/photo/image credit is given to

Public Service

The website is provided as a public service. Every effort is made to provide complete and accurate information. However, with the volume of documents available, often uploaded with short deadlines, does not guarantee the site will be error free. will do its best ensure that any errors brought to attention will be corrected as soon as possible.

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