Policy | Security Notice | Accessibility
you for visiting the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Web site. We are committed to the privacy of our visitors. We 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.
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 information like
the following concerning your visit:
- 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);
- Your 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;
- 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 Web site from another Web site, the address of that
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.
protection: 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.
that you voluntarily provide: We do not collect personally
identifiable information unless you choose to provide it to us.
If you provide us with personally identifiable information, for
example, by sending an e-mail or by filling out a form and submitting
it through our Web site, we use that information to respond to your
message and to help us provide you with the information and services
that you request. All uses of that information are described on
the Web page containing the form.
voluntary information constitutes your consent to the use of the
information for the stated purpose. When you click the “Submit”
button on any of the Web forms found on our sites, you are indicating
your voluntary consent to use of the information you submit for
the purpose stated.
information is used: The information we collect is used
for a variety of purposes (e.g., to register you for a conference,
to respond to requests for information, and to fill orders). We
make every effort to disclose clearly how information is used at
the point where it is collected so you can determine whether you
wish to provide the information.
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.
is not responsible for the privacy practices employed by non-NIST
sites that may link to the NIST web site or non-NIST sites hosted
on NIST computers (e.g. web sites of professional organizations.
“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 the
a Web site (“persistent cookies”). This Web site does
not use persistent cookies or any other persistent tracking technology.
we are using session cookies as part of a Web customer satisfaction
survey we are conducting in collaboration with ForeSee Results.
The sole purpose of the session cookies is to cause the survey to
be displayed to a small percentage of our Web site visitors as they
leave the NIST Web site. NIST does not retain any information collected
by these session cookies. Session cookies are automatically deleted
at the end of a session, that is, when you close your browser. Additional
privacy information related to the survey is available from a link
on the survey itself.
with children: This Web site offers some 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 supplied is
used to respond to the user’s inquiries or to provide services
requested by the user.
to other sites: Our Web site contains links to various
other federal agencies and private organizations. Once you link
to another site, you are then subject to the privacy policies of
of any site you visit.
under the Privacy Act: Information on the Privacy Act can be found
on the following web site: http://www.cftc.gov/foia/foiprivacyact.htm
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is committed
to making its web sites accessible to all NIST customers and staff
in accordance with provisions of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation
Act Amendments of 1998.
If you have
difficulty obtaining information from any NIST Web site, please
to get the material in another format. You should provide the URL
of the Web site referencing that information.
If you have
any 508-related questions, comments, or suggestions for improvement,
please contact the NIST Office of the Chief Information Officer
by email at email@example.com.