Privacy and Security Notice
We do collect some technical information when you visit to make your visit seamless. The section below explains how we handle and collect technical information when you visit our website.
Information Collected and Stored Automatically
For statistical purposes, GPO automatically gathers and stores information about your visit. This information never identifies who you are. The information gathered and stored about your visit is listed below:
GPO does not enable cookies to collect personal information to recognize your computer in the future; however, "per-session cookies" are used. These cookies do not collect personal information on users and they are erased as soon as you leave our website.
Per-Session cookies serve technical purposes like providing seamless navigation through the PICSWEB web site. These cookies do not permanently record data and they are not stored on your computer's hard drive. PICSWEB cookies are stored in memory on the server and are only available during an active browser session. Again, once you close your browser, the cookie disappears.
To take full advantage of the features on the PICSWEB web site, you must enable the per-session cookies option on your browser. In Internet Explorer 5.5, its called "Allow per-session cookies (not stored)". In Netscape 4.77, its called "Accept only cookies that get sent back to the originating server".
Your privacy is very important to us. The PICSWEB web site supports 128 bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption to provide maximum protection of your information to form a secure link between your browser and our site. This capability assures that your information cannot be manipulated or misused by anyone during transmission. Anytime your user ID, password or other pertinent information is sent or received through the Internet, it is performed using SSL. This technology is provided by VeriSign, the leading provider of digital trust services that enable everyone, everywhere to engage in commerce and communications with confidence.
If You Send Us Personal Information
If you choose to provide us with personal information, as in filling out a Contact Us form and submitting it to us through the website, we will use that information to respond to your message. There are times when your email may be forwarded within the GPO to employees who are better able to assist you; this information is not distributed to parties outside of GPO.
PICSWEB Linking Policy
To assist users in finding official Government information, we provide links to other web sites as a service to our users. Once users have left PICSWEB and entered another site, they are subject to the privacy and security policies of that site.
For site security 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, deny service, otherwise cause damage, or access non-public information. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996. Information regarding possible violations of law may be provided to law enforcement officials.