Privacy and Security Notice

About Privacy and Security

  1. This World Wide Web (WWW) site is sponsored by the Technology Innovation Program of the Environmental Protection Agency. It is operated under contract by Environmental Management Support, Inc.

  2. When you come to this website to browse, you do so anonymously. This computer system does not collect identifying information about you. We collect only summary information [see below] about the numbers of individuals who visit our website and what those individuals look at. This computer system uses industry-standard software to create summary statistics, which are used for assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.

  3. Links to websites outside the U.S. EPA website are for the convenience of the user. The Standards of Ethical Conduct do not permit the U.S. EPA to endorse any private sector website, product, or service. The U.S. EPA does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at this location. These links are being provided consistent with the intended purpose of this website.

  4. Where identifying information is asked of you (such as to respond to an information request) that information is provided vountarily by you. It is used only for the stated purpose and is not made available for other purposes. By providing this information voluntarily, you are consenting to its collection for the stated purpose. See our notice of use.

  5. No other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits.

  6. Unauthorized access to or unauthorized use of this website is subject to criminal, civil, administrative, or other lawful action. For site security and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, the U.S. Government may for any lawful government purpose, without notice, monitor, intercept, search, and seize any authorized or unauthorized communication to or from this website or information used or stored on this website at any time. Any communications or information used, transmitted, or stored on this website may be used or disclosed for any lawful government purpose, including but not limited to, administrative purposes, penetration testing, communication security monitoring, personnel misconduct measures, law enforcement, and counterintelligence inquiries.

  7. If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, or would like to view all personally identifiable information that is in your name and currently stored in support of this website, please contact us through our Comments Page.

Example of the Information Collected for Statistical Purposes

Below is an example of the information collected based on a standard request for a World Wide Web document:

1999-06-08 10:32:39 134.146.8.33 - W3SVC5  
GET /public/phyto/default.htm - 200 22927 5204 80 HTTP/1.0 
Mozilla/3.0+(Win95;+I) 

+ASPSESSIONIDGQGGGRPQ=KFEOCAAALPCEDBMNJGLNMGJL http://www.rtdf.org/default.htm
1999-06-08 10:32:39
The date and time of the request.
134.146.8.33 (or yyy.zzz.com)
The IP address (or host name) associated with the requestor (you as the visitor). Depending on the requestor's method of network connection, the IP address (or host name) may or may not identify a specific computer. Connections via many Internet Service Providers assign different IP addresses for each session, so the host name identifies only the ISP. The IP address (or host name) will identify a specific computer if that computer has a fixed IP address.
W3SVC5
The site name, a designation used by the web server for logging purposes. It informs the server that this particular request came through a website located on this server.
GET /public/phyto/default.htm
The location of the requested file.
200
The status code. 200 means the request was filled.
22927
The size of the requested file in bytes.
5204
The time required to complete the request in milliseconds.
80 HTTP/1.0
The port and protocol used to complete the request.
Mozilla/3.0
Identifies the type of browser software used to access the page, which indicates what design parameters to use in constructing the pages.
(Win95;+I)
Identifies the operating system used to access the page, which indicates what design parameters to use in constructing the pages.
+ASPSESSIONIDGQGGGRPQ=KFEOCAAALPCEDBMNJGLNMGJL
Identifies the session cookie being used by the server. This web site uses cookies to more accurately log both visits to the site and pages visitors view while on the website. The is the ONLY purpose for which this web site uses cookies. The use of cookies enables us to improve our site based on how users navigate the site, as well as the length of their visits. These cookies are automatically deleted at the end of your session.
http://www.rtdf.org/default.htm
Identifies the page which the user came from before visiting this page.

Requests for other types of documents use similar information. No other user-identifying information is collected.


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