For general use or browsing of this website, visitors are not asked for personally identifiable information, and none will be collected. This website uses server logs and persistent cookies to collect information about the number and types of visitors and how they use the website. This information includes the type of browser, operating system, and the Internet Protocol ("IP") address used by each visitor and similar information about the computer network used. It also includes information verifying when and how pages of the website were accessed. However, no attempt is made to match this information with the identity of the visitor, except as is required to comply with a law enforcement investigation. For more information regarding cookies, see below.
Metrics from our server logs and persistent cookies are used for the following purposes:
- Assessing the usability of the website
- Determining what information is of most interest to visitors
- Establishing technical design specifications
- Measuring system performance
- Identifying potential issues associated with the interface or operation of the website.
A cookie is a small text file that a website stores on a visitor’s personal computer to track specific information about that visitor’s interaction with the website. The services hosted on this website use both session cookies and persistent cookies. A session cookie is temporary and only exists during a single session during which a visitor uses the website. Session cookies are used to keep track of a particular online transaction and are destroyed after successful completion of a transaction, after a few minutes of inactivity, or when the browser is closed.
Persistent cookies continue to exist after a few minutes of inactivity, after the browser is closed, or after a visitor completes a single session. This website uses persistent cookies to track visitor activity on the site to structure content and make the site easy to use. All persistent cookies from this website will expire within twenty-five months.