We may collect two types of information about our users: Personal Information and Non-Personal Information.
“Personal Information” is personally identifiable information, such as your name, address, and email address. Personal Information is collected by us when you choose to provide it to us through on-line forms such as our Civilian Award nominations or Comments or Concerns submission form.
“Non-Personal Information” is information of an anonymous nature, such as your Internet Protocol Address (IP Address), the domain you may have used to access this site, the type and version of browser or operating system you may be using, and the website you may have come from and visit next. Aggregate information, such as demographic statistics of our users (e.g. geographical allocation of our users), number of visitors and average time spent on this site, is also considered Non-Personal Information.
USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
Personal Information may be used by us for providing you with information you have requested from us or responding to your inquiry through any one of our on-line forms. We may from time to time use your Personal Information to contact you about changes, enhancements or similar notices related to this site.
DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
We will not sell or rent your Personal Information to anyone. We will only disclose your Personal Information to third parties where you have specifically given us your consent to disclose your Personal Information for a designated purpose.
USE OF NON-PERSONAL INFORMATION
Non-Personal Information is collected or derived by us in the course of operating this site. For example, our Web servers may automatically collect Non-Personal Information which is provided through your browser or stored on a Cookie or through a Web Beacon when you choose to visit.
Non-Personal Information is used generally by the EPC to monitor and improve the operation of the site, to perform statistical analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of our users, to measure user demographics and interests regarding specific site offerings. No Personal Information will be disclosed during these activities.
LINKS TO OTHER SITES
The EPC site may contain links to other websites. While we try to link only to sites and services that share our high standards and respect for privacy, please understand that we are not responsible for the content of, or the privacy practices employed by, other companies or websites.
The security of your Personal Information is important to us. The EPC takes technical, contractual, administrative, and physical security steps to protect Personal Information that you provide to us.
An IP Address is the unique number which is assigned to every direct Internet access point. Many IP Addresses can generally be associated with certain Internet service providers or large organizations. IP Addresses do not contain any Personal Information. When you, through your browser, request a web page or similar Internet information from another computer on the Internet, your browser automatically provides that computer with an IP address to which it will send the requested information. Whenever you request an EPC web page or certain other similar content, your browser automatically provides our computers with your IP Address, to which our computers will send the requested information. Each such request is logged by our computers with information including the IP Address of the computer that requested the page and is stored by our computers as needed for the purposes described in this policy;
The EPC may use your IP Address to facilitate the diagnoses and remedy of a technical problem reported by you or our technical team.
COOKIES AND WEB BEACONS
A cookie is a small text file containing a unique identification number that is transferred (through your browser) from a web site to the hard drive of your computer. The cookie identifies your browser and will NOT let a web site know any personal information about you, such as your name and address. Since cookies are only text files, they cannot run on your computer, search your computer for other information or transmit any information to anyone.
a. Monitor website usage and improve the operation and performance of the site and to make our site easier and more convenient to use. For example, cookies help us remember who you are through your browser settings so that we can offer and provide more personalized services; and
b. Measure aggregate user traffic and demographic statistics related to the site (e.g. number of users, average time spent and similar statistics). This information helps us to better understand when to update, change or offer new services.
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