Web Site Privacy & Security Policy
Disclaimer and limitation of liability This web site
and the information it contains is provided as a public service by the U.S.
Coast Guard. This system is monitored to ensure proper operation, to verify
the functioning of applicable security features, and for other like purposes.
Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring. Unauthorized
attempts to modify any information stored on this system, to defeat or circumvent
security features, or to utilize this system for other than its intended
purposes are prohibited and may result in criminal prosecution.
Restriction of liability The U.S. Coast Guard make no
claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy
of the contents of this web site and expressly disclaims liability for errors
and omissions in the contents of this web site. No warranty of any kind,
implied, expressed or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties
of non-infringement of third party rights, title, merchantability, fitness
for a particular purpose and freedom from computer virus, is given with
respect to the contents of this web site or its hyperlinks to other Internet
resources. Reference in this web site to any specific commercial products,
processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name
is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute
endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Ownership Information presented on this web site in the
non-logged in domain is considered public information and may be distributed
or copied. However, all information submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard via
this site shall be deemed and remain the property of the U.S. Coast Guard,
except those submissions made under separate legal contract. The U.S. Coast
Guard shall be free to use, for any purpose, any ideas, concepts, or techniques
contained in information provided to the U.S. Coast Guard through this site.
We collect no personal information about you when you visit our website
unless you choose to provide this information to us. However, we collect
and store certain information automatically. Here is how we handle information
about your visit to our website.
What We Collect and Store Automatically
If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the website, 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
- The Internet domain (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 website;
- 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 website from another website, the address of that
We use the information we collect to count the number and type of visitors
to the different pages on our site, and to help us make our site more
useful to visitors like you.
If You Send Us E-mail
You may choose to provide us with personal information, as in e-mail with
a comment or question. We use the information to improve our service to
you or to respond to your request. Sometimes we forward your e-mail to other
government employees who may be better able to help you. Except for authorized
law enforcement investigations, we do not share our e-mail with any other
"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 cookies or any other persistent tracking
technology. One or more of our component sites may use session cookies to
provide streamlined navigation. These session cookies are deleted from the
component's server after your session ends and information from them is
not collected or saved.
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.
United States Coast Guard links to many websites created and maintained
by other public and/or private organizations. United States Coast Guard
provides these links as a service to our users. When users link to an outside
website, they are leaving the United States Coast Guard site and are
subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the
United States Coast Guard will not link to any website that exhibits
hate, bias or discrimination. Furthermore, we reserve the right to deny
or remove any link that contains misleading information or unsubstantiated
claims, or is determined to be in conflict with United States Coast Guard's
mission or policies.
Disclaimer of Endorsement
The information posted on the United States Coast Guard website includes
hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other
public and/or private organizations. United States Coast Guard provides
these links and pointers solely for our users' information and convenience.
When users select a link to an outside website, they are leaving the United States Coast Guard site and are subject to the privacy and security policies
of the owners/sponsors of the outside website.
- The United States Coast Guard does not control or guarantee the
accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained
on a linked website.
- The United States Coast Guard does not endorse the organizations
sponsoring linked websites and we do not endorse the views they express
or the products/services they offer.
- The United States Coast Guard does not and cannot authorize the
use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites. Users must
request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website.
- The United States Coast Guard is not responsible for transmissions
users receive from linked websites.
- The United States Coast Guard does not guarantee that outside
websites comply with the requirements of Section 508 (Accessibility Requirements)
of the Rehabilitation Act.
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.
Notice of Monitoring
You are entering an Official United States Government System, which may
be used only for authorized purposes. The Government may monitor and audit
usage of this system, and all persons are hereby notified that use of this
system constitutes consent to such monitoring and auditing. Unauthorized
attempts to upload information and/or change information on these web sites
are strictly prohibited and are subject to prosecution under the Computer
Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and 18 U.S.C. §§1001 and 1030.