The Director of
Central Intelligence heads both the U.S. Intelligence Community and
the Central Intelligence Agency. As a result of these dual roles, this
Web site includes information about both the Intelligence Community
(see the DCI's welcome page) and the Central
Intelligence Agency . For the purpose of the notices which follow, we
will refer to this entire Web site as the Central Intelligence Agency
Web site since 'Central Intelligence Agency' is a more widely known
name than is 'Director of Central Intelligence.' The notices which follow
apply equally to all areas of this Web site.
The Central Intelligence Agency
is committed to protecting your privacy and will collect no personal information
about you unless you choose to provide that information to us.
you simply browse our Web site:
When you visit
the Director of Central Intelligence/Central Intelligence Agency Web
site [hereafter, the Central Intelligence Agency Web site] to browse
information it contains, you do so anonymously unless you choose to
provide us information about yourself. If you do nothing during your
visit but browse through the Web site-—reading pages, viewing photographs,
or downloading information for example—we will gather and store certain
information about your visit automatically. This information does
not identify you personally.
and storing of information is separate from the activity described
as monitoring in our Security Notice.
automatically is used for only two purposes: site management and,
in the case of suspected unauthorized activity, for law enforcement
and possible criminal prosecution (see Security Notice).
The Central Intelligence
Agency Web site automatically logs visitor information from which
summary statistics are created. We use the summary statistics to help
us make our site more useful to visitors, such as assessing what information
is of most and least interest to visitors, and for other purposes
such as determining the site's technical design specifications and
identifying system performance or problem areas.
are representative of the types of information automatically collected
and stored about your visit:
submit a resume online:
- the Internet
domain and Internet Protocol (IP) address from which you access
our Web site;
- the type
of Internet browser and the operating system of the computer you
use to access our site;
- the date
and time you visit our site;
- the pages
you visit on our site;
- if you linked
to our Web site from another Web site, the address of that Web site;
- and, if you
linked to our Web site from a search Web site, the address of that
Web site and the search term you used.
The resume data
you do submit will be used for employment consideration only and will
be stored in an internal resume tracking system for one year. Your
data is only available internally to a limited number of hiring officals
and, unless you authorize the CIA to share it with other federal hiring
officials by answering 'yes' to the relevant question on the resume
form, it will not be shared with any other people or organizations
internally or externally. The only exception to this policy is described
in our Security notice below.
for soliciting your Social Security Number (SSN) is Executive Order
9397. Since other people may have the same name and birth date, your
SSN will be used to identify you precisely. Although disclosure of
your SSN is not mandatory, your failure to do so will impede completion
of your application.
You subscribe to the CIA Web Site Update service:
If you choose
to provide us with your e-mail address to subscribe to the CIA Web
Site Update service, we will use that information only to send you
e-mail notices of substantive updates to our Web site.
send us an e-mail using our comment form:
you choose to subscribe to the CIA Web Site Update service, we will
collect your e-mail address by an automated process
- We do not
collect your e-mail address for any purpose other than to provide
the update notices you have requested.
- We will not
share your e-mail address with any third party, other than as described
below in our Security notice.
- We do not
create individual profiles with the information that you have provided
- Under no
circumstances will we give your e-mail address to any private organization,
commercial or otherwise.
- If you unsubscribe
to the CIA Web Site Update service, your email address will be purged
from our mailing list. Periodically, we will validate e-mail addresses;
any that are found to be inactive will be purged from our mailing
If you choose
to submit a question or comment using our online form and provide
us your name and e-mail or postal address, we will use that information
only to respond to your question or comment.
If you choose to offer information
or assistance to the CIA in the pursuit of its foreign intelligence
mission by using our online form, we will make appropriate inquiries
to determine the accuracy of your information. In addition, we may share
the information you provide with other appropriate entities to enable
the CIA to carry out its legally authorized responsibilities. By providing
information or assistance to the CIA through our online form, you expressly
consent to these uses of the information you provide about yourself.
- We will not
share your name, e-mail, or postal address with any third party,
other than as described below in our Security
- We will not
create individual profiles with the information that you have provided.
- Under no
circumstances will we give your name, e-mail, or postal address
to any any private organization, commercial or otherwise.
50 U.S.C. 403-1; 50 U.S.C. 403-3(d); 50 U.S.C. 403a-g.
Uses: Information collected via the CIA Web site is used to: 1)
process employment applications from individuals who choose to submit
their resumes through the CIA's on-line resume form; 2) provide e-mail
notifications of substantive updates to the CIA Web site to subscribers
who request this service; and 3) provide information in response to
comments or questions when a response is requested by the person submitting
the comment or question; and 4) assist the CIA in the fulfillment
of its foreign intelligence mission.
Information collected via the CIA Web site may be provided to
law enforcement agencies as described in our Security
notice, and may be disclosed pursuant to the CIA's "Statement of General
Routine Uses" published in the Federal Register.
A cookie is a text file placed on the hard drive of a computer by some Web pages or Web servers. Cookies cannot run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. They are uniquely assigned to a visitor and can only be read by a Web server in the domain that issued the cookie. Visitors can accept cookies (generally their browser's default setting) or decline them through their browser settings. Persistent cookies remain on a computer's hard drive until the visitor deletes them. Session cookies are deleted automatically when the visitor closes his or her browser.
In compliance with Office of Management and Budget policy, the Central Intelligence Agency Web site does not set persistent cookies on visitors' computers. However, the CIA Careers section of the CIA website does set session cookies on visitors' computers to support a survey that visitors may be asked to complete.
CIA has arranged for ForeSee Results to conduct a visitor survey to help CIA recruiters evaluate the usefulness of the CIA Careers page to visitors. ForeSee Results' survey mechanism uses a session cookie automatically deleted when the visitor closes his or her browser to track how many pages each visitor to the CIA Careers website views. A percentage of visitors who view a certain number of pages are offered an opportunity to complete a brief survey Foresee Results uses this technique to ensure a visitor has viewed a sufficient number of pages to adequately answer the survey and to ensure a visitor is not presented the survey multiple times during a single browser session. Neither the CIA nor Foresee Results collects personal information from visitors completing the survey nor will either track any visitor once they have left the CIA Careers website.
This system and related software
and equipment are intended solely for the communication, transmission,
processing, and storage of U.S. Government information. For site security
purposes and to ensure that this Web site remains available to all users,
the Central Intelligence Agency monitors network traffic to identify unauthorized
attempts to upload or change information or to otherwise cause damage
to the site. Anyone using this Web site expressly consents to such
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.
If monitoring reveals
evidence of possible criminal activity, such evidence may be provided
to law enforcement personnel.
Information presented on this
Web site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied
freely unless identified as being subject to copyright protection. In
return, we request only that the Central Intelligence Agency be cited
as the source of any information, photos, and images copied from this
site and that any photo credits or bylines be similarly credited to the
photographer or author.
We strongly recommend
that Central Intelligence Agency data be acquired directly from this
Web site and not through other sources that may change the information
in some way or exclude material crucial to the understanding of that
information. An actual example of the latter is a commercial Web site
that copied the CIA
World Factbook to its Web site, but excluded 17 pages of Notes and
Definitions that provide a framework for understanding the content of
the Factbook. While the Central Intelligence Agency makes every effort
to provide accurate and complete information, some information may change
between site updates. Substantive changes may be noted when content
is next updated.
The documents posted on this
Web site may contain hypertext links or pointers to information created
and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links
and pointers are provided for visitors' convenience. Neither the U.S.
Government nor the Central Intelligence Agency controls or guarantees
the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any linked information.
Further, the inclusion of links or pointers to Web sites other than the
Agency-managed Web site is not intended to assign importance to those
sites and the information contained therein, nor is it intended to endorse,
recommend, or favor any views expressed, or commercial products or services
offered on these outside sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites,
by trade name, trademark, manufacture, or otherwise.
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 site's visitor's, and does not constitute endorsement,
recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or the Central
The views and opinions
of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those
of the U.S. Government or the Central Intelligence Agency, and shall
not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.
Every effort is made to provide
accurate and complete information. However, with the thousands of documents
available, often uploaded within short deadlines, we cannot guarantee
that there will be no errors. The Central Intelligence Agency makes 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.
With respect to
the content of Central Intelligence Agency Web site, neither the United
States Government, nor the Central Intelligence Agency, nor their employees
and contractors make any warranty, expressed or implied or statutory,
including but not limited to the warranties of noninfringement of third
party rights, title, and the warranties of merchantability and fitness
for a particular purpose with respect to content available from Central
Intelligence Agency Web site or other Internet resources linked from
it. Additionally, neither the U.S. Government nor the Central Intelligence
Agency assumes any legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or
usefulness of any information, product, or process disclosed herein
nor freedom from computer virus, and do not represent that use of such
information, product, or process would not infringe on privately owned
this Web Site or Its Contents
You may freely link to the
Central Intelligence Agency Web site or any of its content. We ask only
that you identify that the link is to a Central Intelligence Agency Internet
Our Web site has links to
other United States Government agencies. In a few cases, we link to private
organizations, with their permission. Once you link to another site, you
are subject to the disclaimers and security and privacy policies of the
Unless a copyright is indicated,
information on the Central Intelligence Agency Web site is in the public
domain and may be reproduced, published or otherwise used without the
Central Intelligence Agency's permission. We request only that the Central
Intelligence Agency be cited as the source of the information and that
any photo credits or bylines be similarly credited to the photographer
or author or Central Intelligence Agency, as appropriate.
If a copyright
is indicated on a photo, graphic, or any other material, permission
to copy these materials must be obtained from the original source.
notice does not pertain to information at Web sites other than the Central
Intelligence Agency Web site.
Use of the
Central Intelligence Agency Seal
Federal law prohibits use
of the words ''Central Intelligence Agency'', the initials ''CIA'', the
seal of the Central Intelligence Agency, or any colorable imitation of
such words, initials, or seal in connection with any merchandise, impersonation,
solicitation, or commercial activity in a manner reasonably calculated
to convey the impression that such use is approved, endorsed, or authorized
by the Central Intelligence Agency.
Fraud and Abuse Act
Unauthorized attempts to upload
information and/or change information on the Central Intelligence Agency
Web site is strictly prohibited and is subject to prosecution under Title
18 U.S.C., Sections1001 and 1030.
for Kids: Notice for Parents
We established a kid's homepage
in compliance with the President's April
18, 1997, Memorandum for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies,
Subject: Expanding Access to Internet-based Educational Resources for
Children, Teachers, and Parents.
We encourage parents
and teachers to be involved in children's Internet explorations. The
Central Intelligence Agency homepage for kids provides information about
the Nation's intelligence efforts as well as a geography quiz and other
fun things for kids to do. We do not ask for nor collect any information
regarding children's visits to the kid's homepage other than as stated
in the Privacy Notice. The information collected
as stated in the Privacy Notice does not differentiate
between adults and children.
If you are interested in documents
recently declassified by the Central Intelligence Agency, you can access
much of this information through the CIA
FOIA Electronic Reading Room (Freedom of Information Act) on this
The FOIA Electronic
Reading Room offers an Internet-based database containing recently declassified
documents on a wide variety of issues. Many of the referenced documents
are available for viewing as full text images of the original document.
In addition to the FOIA Electronic Reading Room, the Agency's homepage
contains a Related Links section
which includes links to the National Archives Records Administration
and other sites where declassified documents and satellite photography
may be obtained.
The Director of Central Intelligence/Central
Intelligence Agency's Office of Public Affairs (OPA) manages the overall
information content, design, and, organization of the Web site. OPA also
coordinates release of Central Intelligence Agency information on the
Verification or Hard Copy of
If you would like verification
or a hard copy of information released on the Central Intelligence Agency
Web site, contact the Office of Public Affairs staff:
of Public Affairs
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If you have any questions
or comments about the information presented here, please contact the Central
Intelligence Agency Web information manager in the Office of Public Affairs
at the address or phone or fax numbers listed above.