We are committed to the privacy of our visitors. We collect no personal information about you when you visit our Web site unless you choose to provide that information to us. Here is how we handle information about your visit to our Web site.
If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the website, read pages or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store information like the following concerning your visit.
We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors -- to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use.
The Privacy Act of 1974 provides safeguards against invasion of personal privacy through the misuse of records by Federal Agencies.
The Privacy Act was passed in 1974 to establish controls over what personal information is collected, maintained, used and disseminated by agencies in the executive branch of the Federal government.
The Privacy Act guarantees three primary rights:
If you are a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, you may make a request for personal information on yourself under the Privacy Act. Go to the Request page for more information.
Requests made under the Privacy Act will be processed under both the Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to ensure the greatest access to your personal records.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. 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 under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act or other law.
We do not collect personally-identifiable information unless you choose to provide it to us. If you provide us with personally identifiable information, for example by sending an e-mail or by filling out a form and submitting it through our Web site, we use that information only to respond to your message and to help us provide you with the information and services that you request.
Submitting voluntary information constitutes your consent to
the use of the information for the stated purpose. When a user
clicks the "Submit" button on any of the Web forms found
on our site they are indicating voluntary consent to use of the
information they submit for the stated purpose. We do not collect
or use information for commercial marketing.
The information we collect is used for a variety of purposes (e.g., comments on proposed rules, license applications, to respond to requests for information about our regulations and policies and to fill orders). We make every effort to disclose clearly how information is used at the point where it is collected so that our users can determine for themselves whether they wish to provide the information.
We may share the information you give us with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency. In other limited circumstances, such as responses to requests from Congress and private individuals, we may be required by law to disclose information you submit. Before you submit personally identifiable information, such as on an online form, you will be advised as to the purpose and how the information will be used.
We may also share information collected during your visit with non-federal entities, but only if your inquiry requires accessing data from that external entity. All of our sites that require such external access will be clearly identified to help you make an informed choice.
Specifically, information collected during your visit may be shared with the following specific non-governmental entities:
- AddThis. We offer a toolbar on all pages that enables the ability to share what you find of interest with others. You will be prompted to login with your credentials to each social media site you choose. The use of this toolbar is an approved service however we want to make you aware that it does connect to AddThis to allow sharing to take place and to record the number of times the service was used. The toolbar described looks like the following:
- Google Analytics: This site uses Google Analytics, a third-party web measurement and customization technology as defined and organized by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), “Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies” (OMB M-10-22). Google Analytics places a small file on your computer, commonly called a “cookie,” so that it can recognize your computer if you visit oceantoday.noaa.gov in the future. This cookie does not collect personal identifying information. This is considered a Tier 2 service in the OMB guidance.
Visitors who choose to disable this web measurement will still have full access to oceantoday.noaa.gov. While the details vary from browser to browsers, most modern browsers can be set up to accept, reject, or request user intervention when a site asks to set a cookie. Google Analytics uses a cookie that begins with: _utm
We destroy the information we collect when the purpose for which
it was provided has been fulfilled unless we are required to keep
it longer by statute or official policy. Electronically submitted
information is maintained and destroyed according to the principles
of the Federal Records Act and the regulations and records schedules
approved by the National Archives and Records Administration,
and in some cases information submitted to us may become an agency
record and therefore might be subject to a Freedom of Information
This site may have links to the websites of other federal agencies.
There may be links to private organizations, with their permission.
of the new site. It is always a good idea to read the Privacy
Policy of any website that you visit.
"Cookies" are small bits of text that are either used
for the duration of a session ("session cookies"), or
saved on a user's hard drive in order to identify that user, or
information about that user, the next time the user logs on to
a Web site ("persistent cookies"). This website does
not use persistent cookies or any other persistent tracking technology.
One or more of our component sites may use session cookies to
provide streamlined navigation. These session cookies are deleted
from the component's server after your session ends and information
from them is not collected or saved.
This website may offer educational content to children under 13. No personally identifiable information is collected from them unless voluntarily submitted as a request for information or services. The information collected is used to respond to user inquiries or to provide services requested by our users.