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BOND Website Internet Privacy Policy

Effective Date: 01/03/2011

We respect the privacy of our website visitors. We collect and use information for statistical purposes related to execution and improvement of the BOND project. We recognize that this information belongs to our website visitors and that we must treat it accordingly. The following statements explain our privacy policy.

Applicability. This policy applies only to the BOND website, and only to the information that we collect from our visitors through the BOND website over the Internet. It does not apply to other non-BOND websites (i.e., third-party websites, including commercial websites), that may be accessible from the BOND website. Visitors should review the privacy policy of those "third-party" websites prior to providing any information to them.

Information Collection. BOND collects two kinds of information about our online visitors: non-personal and personal. We collect personal information only with your knowledge and consent; non-personal information may be collected automatically, as described below.

Browser Information Collected on the Website. We log IP addresses, which are the locations of computers or networks on the Internet, and analyze them in order to improve the value of our site. We also collect aggregate numbers of page hits in order to track the popularity of certain pages and improve the value of our site. We do not gather, request, record, require, collect or track any internet users' personal information through these processes.

Cookies. A cookie is a tiny piece of data stored by a user's browser that helps a website to recognize that user's unique computer. Cookies are used throughout the BOND website to improve the user experience and for basic web metrics. Cookies created by the BOND website can only be accessed by the BOND website. You can remove or block cookies at any time by changing the settings of your browser.

Personal Information Collection. We may ask that you voluntarily provide some personal information such as your name, e-mail address, or other unique identifier. You may decline to provide such information. We collect personally identifiable information only as necessary to administer this project, and we will use any information you provide only for that purpose.

Information Collection via Email. Do not send personal information to BOND via electronic mail (email). BOND will only send general information to you via email. Email messages that meet the definition of records in the Federal Records Act (44 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.) are covered under the same disposition schedule as all other Federal Records. This means that email you send to BOND will be preserved and maintained for varying periods of time when that email meets the definition of Federal Records. Electronic messages that are not Federal Records are deleted when no longer needed.

How We Use Your Personal Information. Throughout our website, we will describe the purpose for any collection of information prior to collecting it. We will let you know whether the information we ask you to provide is voluntary or required. When you provide personal information, that action constitutes your consent to use the information for the purpose for which it is collected. We will ask for your consent before using the information you provide, for any purpose other than those purposes required by Federal law.

Sharing Your Information. We may share the information you provide with our employees or representatives with a "need-to-know," other Federal agencies (for example, Railroad Retirement Board, or the Department of Veterans Affairs), or other named representatives as needed to expeditiously process your request or transaction. In a government-wide effort to combat security and virus threats, we may share some information we collect automatically, such as your Internet Protocol address, with other Federal government agencies. Also, Federal law (such as, the Privacy Act and Social Security Act) may require us to share the collected information for other purposes.

Security. The Internet was originally designed as an open system with no built-in security; however, we are required to protect the information we collect and maintain about you and will not use the Internet to do business with you unless we can do so in a secure manner. We will take reasonable precautions to maintain the security, confidentiality, and integrity of the information we collect at this site. We take the following steps to secure the information we collect:

  • Employ internal access controls to ensure that the only people who see your information are those with a need to do so to perform their official duties.
  • Train appropriate personnel on our privacy and security policies to know requirements for compliance.
  • Secure the areas where we retain paper copies of the information we collect online.
  • Perform regular backups of the information we collect online to ensure against loss.
  • Use technical controls to secure the information we collect online including, but not limited to:
    • Secure Socket Layer (SSL)
    • Encryption
    • Firewalls
    • Password protections
  • Periodically test our security procedures to ensure personnel and technical compliance.
  • Employ external access safeguards to identify and prevent unauthorized tries of outsiders to "hack" into, or cause harm to, the information contained in our systems.