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This policy covers user privacy, system security, and Hurricane Watch Net information collection practices.
These World Wide Web pages are provided as a public service by the Hurricane Watch Net.
Information presented on these pages is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.
Site Management Data
Use of "cookies"
Consent to Voluntary Information Collection and Sharing
How e-mail is handled
How email distribution lists are handled
How information is used
How long information is retained
Interaction with Children
Privacy Act System of Records
Your Rights Under the Privacy Act
Site Management Data:
The Hurricane Watch Net Web server automatically collects information for site management and for statistical purposes. This computer system uses software programs to create summary statistics,
which are 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.
The use of "cookies":
The Hurricane Watch Net does not use "persistent cookies" or other persistent tracking technology.
Consent to Voluntary Information Collection and Sharing:
All the information users submit to the Hurricane Watch Net is done on a voluntary basis. When a user clicks the "Submit" button on any of the Web forms found on the Hurricane
Watch Net site they are indicating voluntarily consent to the conditions outlined in this policy. We do not collect personally identifiable information (e.g., name, address, phone number,
e-mail address) unless you provide it. In all cases, the information collected is used to respond to user inquiries or to provide services requested by our users. Any information
provided through one of our Web forms is removed from Web servers within seconds, increasing the protection for this information.
How e-mail is handled:
We use information you send us by e-mail only for the purpose for which it is submitted (e.g., to answer a question, to send information). In addition, if you do choose to provide information,
it is only used to respond to your request (e.g., addressing a package to send you pamphlets or booklets) or to provide a service you are requesting (e.g., email notifications). Information
we receive by e-mail is disclosed to the public only pursuant to the laws and policies governing the dissemination of information. However, information submitted to the Hurricane Watch
Net becomes a record and therefore might be subject to a Freedom of Information Act request.
Our site provides users the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications from us and from our partners at the point where we request information about the user.
This site gives users the following options for removing their information from our database so that they no longer receive future communications or access to our other services:
- You can send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating your request.
- You can reply to any unwanted communications that you receive, stating your request.
How information is used:
Information the Hurricane Watch Net collects is used for a variety of purposes (e.g., E-spotter forms, product user survey forms). We make every effort to clearly disclose at the point
of collection how information is used and allow our Web site visitor to determine whether they wish to provide the information.
How long information is retained:
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, policy or both.
Interaction with Children:
The Hurricane Watch Net offers educational content to children under 13. No personally identifiable information is collected from these visitors unless voluntarily submitted as a request
for information or services. The information collected is used to respond to user inquiries or to provide services requested by our users.
Privacy Act System of Records:
The Hurricane Watch Net does not maintain and retrieve information submitted to it based upon personal identifiers (name, email addresses, etc.). Consequently, the Hurricane Watch Net
Web site does not use or collect information for any Privacy Act System of Records.
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.
Your Rights Under the Privacy Act:
More information about the Privacy Act can be found at the following off-site link: http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/fed_prog/foia/foia.htm.