- Information Collected and Stored Automatically
- Personal Information That You Voluntarily Provide
- Website Measurement and Customization Technologies
- NAPTIP’S use of Third-Party Websites and Applications
- Links to External Sites
1. INFORMATION COLLECTED AND STORED AUTOMATICALLY
If you access information on our websites, the following basic information is automatically collected and stored on the National Sexual Offenders Register and Service Providers Database:
The name of the internet provider.
The Internet Protocol (IP) address (a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you are using the Internet) from which you access our site.
The type of browser and operating system used to access our site.
The date and time you access our site.
The pages you visit and the information you request.
NAPTIP primarily collects this information for statistical analysis and technical improvements of the site. For example, NAPTIP’S computer system uses software programs to create summary statistics that may be used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest to the public, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. Although the primary purpose of automatically collecting this kind of information is not to track individuals who visit the site, in certain circumstances and consistent with Federal law, NAPTIP may take additional steps to identify persons using this information and may share this information, including their identity, with other agencies.
2. PERSONAL INFORMATION THAT YOU VOLUNTARILY PROVIDE
You are not required to provide any personal information to us to access information on our websites. If you choose to provide us with personal information, such as by sending a message to an email address on this website or by filling out and submitting a form through our website, we will use that information to respond to your message or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication. Where feasible, NAPTIP provides visitors with a notice at the point of collection when requesting personal information on this website.
NAPTIP may share information you voluntarily provide with other entities, consistent with the VAPP Act and other applicable laws. For example, information you voluntarily provide may be shared with another government agency or service provider if your inquiry relates to that agency or service provider respectively for a specific law enforcement purpose or to protect NAPTIP’S websites from security threats, or when otherwise required by law.
I. Commercial Marketing
NAPTIP does not collect or use information for commercial marketing.
II. Use Caution When Voluntarily Providing Sensitive Information
Remember that internet communications are not necessarily secure from interception. If your communication is sensitive or includes more personal information, you may prefer to send it to NAPTIP by E-mail or other commercial carriers instead.
3. WEBSITE MEASUREMENT AND CUSTOMIZATION TECHNOLOGIES (COOKIES)
Website measurement and customization technologies (commonly called “cookies") are small bits of text that are downloaded to your internet browser when you visit a website.
I. Session cookies
Session cookies are not stored on your computer’s hard drive, and are removed when you complete your session or exit the site. Some websites use these session cookies to provide streamlined navigation and statistical analysis. These temporary cookies do not gather personally identifying information.
II. Persistent cookies
NAPTIP websites may use persistent cookies that remain on your computer’s hard drive after you complete an activity. These persistent cookies obtain feedback and data regarding visitors’ satisfaction with our website, but they do not collect any personally identifying information. If you are randomly selected to participate in this survey, a persistent cookie is stored on your computer’s hard drive for 90 days to preclude a new invitation during that time. NAPTIP websites may also use persistent cookies to enable a Google Analytics program to measure how new and returning visitors use our websites over time. These persistent cookies do not collect any personally identifying information, and the information collected is used only to improve our websites
4. NAPTIP’S USE OF THIRD-PARTY WEBSITES AND APPLICATIONS
In the interest of promoting transparency, public participation, and open government, NAPTIP may use third-party websites (including social media platforms with official accounts) and third-party applications to enhance the user experience, promote access to information, and provide ease of navigation throughout Department websites.
5. LINKS TO EXTERNAL SITES
NAPTIP websites may contain links to websites created and maintained by other public or private organizations. We provide these links as a service to visitors to our site. When you follow a link to an external site, you are leaving NAPTIP’S website and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the external site. NAPTIP currently maintains official accounts on several third-party websites and applications. The third-party service provider’s terms of service and privacy policies govern your activity on the third-party website or application. NAPTIP does not control what these third-parties service providers do with the information they collect. You may wish to review the third-party service provider’s terms of service and privacy policies before using it to understand how and when the third-party service provider collects, uses, and/or shares information you make available by using its service.
NAPTIP may collect and maintain personally identifying information you make available on third-party websites and applications with official accounts.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, NAPTIP’S computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring and is advised that if such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to appropriate law enforcement officials. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on this server are strictly prohibited and may be punishable by law.
Additionally, the National Sex Offenders Register and Service Providers Database information systems may be protected by cybersecurity capabilities under the operational control of NAPTIP. Electronic communications with the National Sex Offenders Register and Service Providers Database may be scanned by government-owned or contractor equipment to look for network traffic indicating known or suspected malicious cyber activity, including malicious content or communications.
Electronic communications within the National Sex Offenders Register and Service Providers Database will be collected or retained, only if they are associated with known or suspected cyber threats. The information collected through NAPTIP Cybersecurity would analyze the known or suspected cyber threat and help NAPTIP and other agencies respond and better protect their computers and networks.