Thank you for visiting the LEP.gov website and reviewing our
privacy and security notice. We remind you that if you link to a site outside
of LEP.gov, you are subject to the policies of the site.
Here is how we handle information about your visit to our Web site:
A. Information Collected and Stored Automatically
If you visit our site to read or download information, we collect and store the following information about your visit:
- The name of the
Internet domain (for example, "xcompany.com" if you use a private Internet
access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you are connecting from a
university's domain) and the IP address (a number that is automatically assigned
to your computer when you are using the Internet) from which you access our
- The type of browser and operating system used to access
- The date and time you access our site;
- The Internet address of the Web site from which you linked
directly to our site; and
- The pages you visit and the information you request.
This information is primarily collected for
statistical analysis and technical improvements to the site. This government
computer system uses software programs to create summary statistics, which may
be used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least
interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system
performance or problem areas. In certain circumstances, however, we may take
additional steps to identify you based on this information and we may share
this information, including your identity, with other government agencies.
B. If You Send Us Personal Information
If you choose to provide us with personal
information, such as by sending an e-mail or by filling out a form and
submitting it through our Web site, we will use that information to respond to
your message or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication. Remember
that e-mail is not necessarily secure against interception. If your
communication is sensitive or includes personal information you may prefer to
send it by postal mail instead.
We 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, we may be required
by law to disclose information you submit. Before you submit 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 and 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 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 to a Web site ("persistent cookies"). This
Web site does not use persistent or session cookies.
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. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such
monitoring and is advised that 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 by law, including
the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure
Protection Act of 1996.