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Privacy and Security Disclaimer

Purpose and scope

This Web site is designed to present general information to viewers; it should not be considered advice or fit for any particular purpose by users. Neither the NIEM program nor its associated government and contractor organizations provide any expressed or implied warranty for the information contained in this Web site, including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Within this disclaimer references to 'NIEM' include the NIEM Program Management Office (PMO), associated government agencies, and government contractors associated with the NIEM program and providing content or support through the NIEM Web sites.

Limitation of liability

By using information on these Web pages, viewers of these Web pages agree to use the contents herein for informational purposes only. NIEM does not assume any responsibility in the use of this service or its contents for its accuracy, completeness, or currency, nor that such items or use of such items would not violate or infringe rights of others. This service is provided on a strictly "as is" basis. In no event shall NIEM be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, or consequential damages of any kind whatsoever with respect to these services, materials, or products. NIEM expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in this publication. While we try to keep the information timely and accurate, we make no guarantees. We will make an effort to correct errors brought to our attention. The information we make available is subject to change without notice. NIEM may suspend or discontinue this service at any time. The user assumes the risk of verifying any materials used or relied upon.

No endorsement

Reference in these Web pages to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by NIEM. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of NIEM, and agreement with those views may not be implied in advertising.

External links (to other sites)

The documents on these Web pages contain hypertext pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links and pointers are provided for our visitors' convenience. Please be aware that we do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of pointers to particular items in hypertext is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed or products or services offered by the author of the reference or the organization operating the server on which the reference is maintained.

NIEM specifically disavows legal responsibility for what a user may find on another site, or for personal opinions of individuals posted on any site, whether or not operated by NIEM, established for the purpose of permitting free exchange of personal opinions or discussion.

Information automatically collected and stored

Access to this server is monitored. The requested documents, the machine originating the request, and the time of the request are logged for access statistics and security purposes. In addition, please be advised that the following information is collected from Web site visitors to measure the capabilities of visitors' browsers so NIEM can tailor our Web sites to visitor browser capabilities:

  • browser name
  • whether or not a browser can use JavaScript
  • screen resolution and color depth
  • name of page the browser was on when the information was collected
  • requested documents
  • machine originating the request
  • time of request
  • name of domain from which you access the Internet
  • date and time of your visit
  • pages you visit
  • Internet address of Web site you came from (if it linked you directly)

Unless you choose to provide additional information to us, we will collect no personal information about you other than the information (above) which is automatically collected and stored when you visit our site.

If your browser accepts cookies, we may use a session cookie to decide if you are a repeat or a new visitor. For some tool functions we use cookies to preserve state so that you do not lose information you have entered. We also use session cookies so we can learn the number of different visitors. We use this information for statistical purposes and to help us make our site more useful to you. When we look at this data, it is always presented in an aggregate form. We do not track an individual's use of our site.

If you send us personal information

When you send us personal information (e.g., in an electronic mail message containing a question or comment) or by filling out a form that e-mails us this information, we use this information only to respond to your request.

We may forward your e-mail to the government employee or agent thereof who can best answer your questions. We do not disclose, give, sell or transfer any personal information about our visitors, unless required for law enforcement or statute.

We want to make it clear that we will not obtain personally identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide that information to us. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, or as otherwise required by law, we do not share any information we receive with anyone else.

Workspaces

Workspaces are available to all interested users of the Information Exchange Package Documentation (IEPD) Tool. To use this tool, a user must request and receive a user account for a workspace and must sign on to participate; information will be recorded about use of the workspace features and associated with personally identifying information. Only an E-mail address is required to obtain a user account and corresponding workspace on this site. Information that you upload to your workspace will not be available to other users unless you intentionally and explicitly mark it shared.

Security

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, the Web servers at this site use industry-standard methods to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on the servers for this site are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under local, state, and federal laws, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

Privacy

Please be aware that your Internet address and messages to NIEM which are submitted to these Web pages may not be confidential because of the inherent openness of the Internet. Our computer systems are subject to monitoring at all times to assure proper functioning of the systems, to provide security for the computer system's operation and information contained, to prevent unauthorized use, and to deter and investigate violations of law. There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in the use of these Web pages.

Copyrights

The contents of these Web pages are copyrighted by NIEM and all rights are reserved. Contact NIEM for information on permission to use any of the information contained herein.

If you have any questions about these policies, please contact us.