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Privacy, Security, Accessibility, and FOIA Statements

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Thank you for visiting the Notify U.S. Service Web Site. This service and its web site are owned and operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). We are committed to protecting the privacy of our visitors so we collect no personal information about you when you visit our Web Site unless you choose to provide us with the information requested to register for this service. Here is how we handle the information you provide after subscribing and during your future visits to this Web site.

Privacy Policy

The privacy statement listed here supplements the NIST Privacy Policy that can be viewed at NIST Privacy Policy.

Your Rights Under the Privacy Act

Information on the Privacy Act can be viewed on the Web site listed here.

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Security Statement

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

If you browse through this Web site, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally and is only used to improve future visits to the site. We do automatically collect and store the information listed here and during a visit:

  • The Internet domain (for example, "" if you use a private Internet access account or "" if you connect from a university’s domain);
  • Your IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) 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; and
  • If you linked to our Web site from another Web site, the address of that Web site.

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.

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Information Protection

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this Government computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. If such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to appropriate law enforcement officials. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on this server are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act or other law.

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Information That You Voluntarily Provide

We do not collect personally identifiable information unless you choose to provide it to us. If you provide us with personally identifiable information, for example, by sending an e-mail or by filling out a form and submitting it through our Web site, we use that information to respond to your message and to help us provide you with the information and services that you request. All uses of that information are described on the Web page containing the form.

Submitting voluntary information constitutes your consent to the use of the information for the stated purpose. When you click the “Submit” button on any of the Web forms found on our sites, you are indicating your voluntary consent to use of the information you submit for the purpose stated.

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How Information Is Used

The information we collect is used for a variety of purposes (e.g., to register you for a conference, to respond to requests for information, and to fill orders). We make every effort to disclose clearly how information is used at the point where it is collected so you can determine whether you wish to provide the information.

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Retention of Information

We destroy the information we collect when the purpose for which it was provided has been fulfilled unless we are required to keep it longer by statute or official policy. Electronically submitted information is maintained and destroyed according to the principles of the Federal Records Act and the regulations and records schedules approved by the National Archives and Records Administration, and in some cases information submitted to us may become an agency record and therefore might be subject to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Also, we are not responsible for the privacy practices employed by sites that may link to this Web site or of sites we link to (e.g., Web sites of professional organizations).

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"Cookies" are small bits of text that are either used for the duration of a 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 the a Web site ("persistent cookies"). This Web site does not use persistent cookies or any other persistent tracking technology.

Currently, we are using session cookies only. We do not retain any information collected by session cookies. Session cookies are automatically deleted at the end of a session, that is, when you close your browser.

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Interaction with Children

Some Web sites offer educational content to children under 13. This Web Site does not. If a visitor under 13 uses this web site, no personally identifiable information is collected from these visitors unless it is voluntarily submitted as a request for information or services. The information supplied is used to respond to the user’s inquiries or to provide services requested by the user.

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Links to Other Sites

Our Web site contains links to various other federal agencies and private organizations. Once you link to another site, you are then subject to the privacy policies of the new site. It is always a good idea to read the Privacy Policy of any site you visit.

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Accessibility Statement

We are committed to making this Web site accessible to all customers and staff in accordance with provisions of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. If you have difficulty obtaining information from any page on this Web site, please Contact Us to get the material in another format. You should also if possible please provide the URL of the page in this Web site referencing that information. In addition, if you have any 508-related questions, comments, or suggestions for improvement, please feel free to contact us.

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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act, enacted in 1966, provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, of access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records are protected from disclosure by one of nine exemptions or by one of three special law enforcement records exclusions.

For complete FOIA information, consult following Web site:

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