Some of our Conferences web pages let you voluntarily submit personal information (such as e-mail address). In those cases, we will provide a specific notice before you begin submitting any personal information, explaining how your information will be safeguarded.
If you want to know more about how we record non-personal information about your visit or how we use information that you voluntarily submit, read on.
Links to Other Sites
Our policy discloses the privacy practices for Federal Student Aid Conferences. But Federal Student Aid Conferences provides links to other websites. When you leave Federal Student Aid Conferences (http://fsaconferences.ed.gov), you will be going to sites that are beyond our control. We try to ensure that links that leave our site are clearly labeled. These other sites may send their own cookies to users, collect data, or solicit personal information. The privacy policies and procedures described here for Federal Student Aid Conferences do not apply to any external links. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of any site you link to from ours, especially if you share any personal information. Be informed. You are the person best qualified to protect your own privacy.
Non-Personal Information We Record
If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the website, read pages, or download information, our website's operating system will automatically record some general information about your visit.
During your visit, our web operating system will record:
- The Internet domain for your Internet service, such as "xcompany.com" or "xcompany.net" if you use a private Internet access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you connect from a college or university domain.
- The type of browser (such as "Netscape version x" or "Internet Explorer version x") that you are using.
- The type of operating system that you use (such as Macintosh, Unix, or Windows).
- The date and time you visit our site, and the web pages that you visit on our site.
- The address of the previous website you were visiting, if you linked to use from another website.
We use this information for statistical analysis, to help us make our site more useful to visitor. This tracking system does not record information about individuals.
Security and Intrusion Detection
For security purposes and to make sure this service remains available to all users, we use special software programs for monitoring network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise to cause damage to this government computer system. These programs collect no personally identifiable information, but they do collect information that could help us identify someone attempting to tamper with this website.
Information from E-mail You Send to Us
If you decide to send us an electronic mail message (e-mail), the message will usually contain your return e-mail address. If you include personally identifying information in your e-mail because you want us to help you with a specific problem, we may use that information in responding to your request. This information is not maintained in a privacy act system of records.
Also, e-mail is not necessarily secure against interception. Please send only information necessary to help us process your request.