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NWCC/WCIS Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the National Water and Climate Center (NWCC)/Water and Climate Information System (WCIS) Web site and reviewing our privacy statement. Our privacy policy is clear: We will collect no personal information about you when you visit our Web site unless you choose to provide that information to us.

Here is how we handle information about your visit to our Web site:

Information Collected and Stored Automatically
If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the 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. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:

  1. The Internet domain (for example, "your-internet-provider.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "your-school.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;
  2. The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  3. The date and time you access our site;
  4. The pages you visit; and
  5. If you linked to the NWCC/WCIS 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.

If You Send Us Personal Information
If you choose to provide us with personal information, as in an email or by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it to us through our Web site, we use that information to respond to your message and to help us locate for you the information you have requested.

We treat emails the same way that we regard letters sent to us. We are required to maintain many documents under the Presidential Records Act for historical purposes, but we do not collect personal information for any purpose other than to respond to you. We only share the information you give us with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency, or as otherwise required by law. Moreover, we do not create individual profiles with the information you provide or give it to any private organizations.

Links to Other Sites
Our Web site has links to many other federal government agencies and some private organizations. Once you access another site through a link that we privide, you are subject to the privacy policy of the new site.

Web Site Security
Information presented on the NWCC/WCIS Web site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.

The following additional conditions apply to visitors of U.S. government Web sites:
  1. 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.
  2. 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 in accordance with regulations of the National Archives and Records Administration General Schedule 20.
  3. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

Comments or Questions
If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please forward them to: nwccwebmaster@por.usda.gov .