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  1. This Website is provided as a public service by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Office of Corporate Communications.
  2. Information presented on this Website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied unless otherwise specified. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.
  3. If you choose to provide us with personal information, we only use that information to respond to your message or request. We will only share the information you give us with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency, or as otherwise required by law. We never create individual profiles or give it to any private organizations. Defense.gov never collects information for commercial marketing. While you must provide an email address or postal address for a response other than those generated automatically in response to questions or comments that you may submit, we recommend that you not include any other personal information, especially Social Security numbers. The Social Security Administration offers additional guidance on sharing your Social Security Number.
  4. We maintain a variety of physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect your personal information. 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.
  5. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes and are scheduled for regular destruction in accordance with National Archives and Records Administration guidelines.
  6. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.
  7. If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please forward them to us using our Contact Us page.

The Privacy Act of 1974
The Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C., Section 552a, was enacted in 1974 as a response to the perceived government excesses of the Watergate era. Its primary intent is to protect individuals from unwarranted invasions of privacy, while at the same time affording the government necessary access to needed personal information. The Privacy Act applies to U.S. citizens and legal aliens with permanent resident status. Only personal information held by the Executive branch of the federal government is subject to disclosure under the Privacy Act.

This law guarantees the following rights:

  1. To see records about oneself, subject to the Privacy Act’s exemptions;
  2. To amend a no-exempt record if it is inaccurate, irrelevant, untimely or incomplete; and
  3. 3. To sue the government for violation of the statute, such as allowing unauthorized persons to read your records

The Privacy Act also pertains only to information that is maintained in a system of records, or SORNs. This is information that is controlled by an agency that requires a unique identifier, such as a social security number, date of birth or employee identification number to be accessed. The Privacy Act also defines as records: information that is personally identifiable and may cover a variety of areas such as education, financial transactions, medical history, criminal history, etc.

The SORN is a legally binding public notification, which identifies and documents the purpose of a specific system of records, the individuals covered by the system, the types of records held in the system and how the information is shared. The Privacy Act requires that each agency publish its SORNs in the Federal Register for public review and comment.

Requesting records under the Privacy Act:

Privacy Act requests, where you are seeking information on yourself, records related to your security clearance or background investigation, etc., must be submitted in writing, include a social security number and/or date of birth and be signed by you. Such requests cannot be submitted through this online system. Under some circumstances, a notarized copy of your request and signature may be required. Click here for alink to the Privacy Act request form.

Please mail the form to:
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
FOIA/PA Requester Service Center, Mail Stop #S01-SISCS
7500 GEOINT Drive
Springfield, Virginia 22150

Use of Measurement and Customization Technology
This website uses measurement and customization technology known as a "cookies." Cookies are used to remember a user's online interactions with a website or online application in order to conduct measurement and analysis of usage or to customize the user's experience.

There are two kinds of cookies used on this website. A single-session cookie (Tier 1) is a line of text that is stored temporarily on a user's computer and deleted as soon as the browser is closed. A persistent or multi-session cookie (Tier 2) is saved to a file on a user's hard drive and is called up the next time that user visits a website. Use of these cookies does not involve the collection of a visitor's personally identifiable information (PII).

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency does not use the information associated with cookies to track individual user activity on the Internet outside NGA websites, nor does it share the data obtained through such technologies, without the user's explicit consent, with other departments or agencies. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency does not keep a database of information obtained from the use of cookies.

Cookies are enabled by default to optimize website functionality and customize user experience. Users can choose not to accept the use of these cookies by changing the settings on their local computer's web browser. The USA.gov website, http://www.usa.gov/optout_instructions.shtml, provides general instructions on how to opt out of cookies and other commonly used web measurement and customization technologies. Opting out of cookies still permits users to access comparable information and services; however, it may take longer to navigate or interact with the website if a user is required to fill out certain information repeatedly.

Specific Technologies/Vendors
Urchin software collects aggregate statistics of website visitor characteristics, traffic, and activity. This information is used to assess what content is of most and least interest, determine technical design specifications, and identify system performance or problem areas. The software records a variety of data, including IP addresses (the locations of computers or networks on the Internet), unique visits, page views, hits, referring websites, and which hyperlinks have been clicked . Tier 2 cookies are used to distinguish between summary statistics for users who have been to the site before and those that are visiting the site the for the first time. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency does not gather, request, record, require, collect or track any Internet users' PII through these processes.

Use of Third-party Websites and Applications
Third-party websites and applications that are not owned, operated, or controlled by the Department of Defense are integral to Internet-based operations across the DOD. These capabilities include social networking services, wikis, photo- and video-hosting services, data mash-ups, and so forth. A list of all Defense Department official pages across various social media networks can be found at http://www.defense.gov/registeredsites/socialmediasites.aspx.

Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA)

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