Information Collected and Stored Automatically
If you do nothing during your visit but browse through this Geoportal, read pages, or search for information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:
- The Internet domain name (for example, "xcompany.com" if you use a private Internet access account or "yourschool.edu" if you connect from a university's domain) and 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 this Geoportal from another Web site, the address of that Web site.
We use this information to help us make the site more useful to visitors-to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use.
If You Send Us Personal Information
If you choose to provide us with personal information by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it to us through the Web site we use that information to respond to your message, to help us get you the information you have requested, and to notify visitors about updates to our Web site. Moreover, we do not create individual profiles with the information you provide. This Geoportal does not collect information for commercial marketing.
Information We May Place Automatically on Your Computer's Hard Drive
This Geoportal stores some information on your computer in the form of a "cookie." This is used to store information you provide to prevent you from having to enter the same information repeatedly. We use a session cookie to store a username and password. This allows us to retrieve the correct data sets you submitted from the database and their registration information. The session cookie is removed when you leave the Geoportal.
We use a session cookie that contains a Map Parameter ID that resides on your computer. The cookie is set when you use the nested map viewer feature in the Geoportal Search page. The nested map viewer feature allows you to search anywhere in the map extent by using a graphical selection tool displayed on a map. This graphical selection, redrawing, and searching feature require the use of a session cookie to give you adequate performance and display capabilities. The session cookie is removed when you leave the Geoportal.
Cookies are not used to collect personal information about you, to collect information from your files, or to damage your files.
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For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs commercial software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage.
Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes and are scheduled for regular destruction.
Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable.
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We want to be very clear: We are not collecting personally identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us. Except as might be required by law, we do not share any information we receive with outside parties.