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Department of Labor Privacy and Security Notice

At the DOL, we recognize the importance of privacy to our web site visitors. This privacy policy explains what type of information is collected from you when you visit, and how the DOL uses it.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

When you visit the DOL Web site, we use automated tools to log information about each visit. We process this information in the aggregate to determine site performance issues, such as popular pages, most frequently downloaded forms, and other site performance characteristics. This information does not identify you personally. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits.

The specific data we collect are:

  1. The Internet domain (example: www.columbia.edu) and the assigned Internet protocol (IP) address. IP address is a number that is assigned to your computer when you are surfing the Web).
  2. The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  3. The date and time you access our site;
  4. The pages that are viewed, and paths that are taken through the Web site.

This aggregated log data is processed by software tool. The raw log data is retained for three months, and is then destroyed.

About Web "Cookies"

On some DOL Web pages, "session" cookies are utilized to enhance and improve your visit. "Session" cookies expire when you close your Web browser. A few DOL Web pages use "persistent" cookies, an advisory is posted on that page, informing you what information is being collected, why it is being collected, and how it is being used.

Information Collected from E-mail and Web Forms

You may decide to send us personally-identifying information, for example your mailing address, in an electronic mail message requesting that information or records be mailed to you. Information collected in this manner is used solely for responding to requests for information or records. The DOL will not collect or sell your information for commercial purposes.

Posted January 4, 2001