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Privacy Policy

This website is provided as a public service by the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).

Information presented on this website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied unless otherwise specified. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.

Privacy Act Statement - If you choose to provide us with personal information - like filling out a Contact Us form with e-mail and/or postal addresses - we only use that information to respond to your message or request. We will only share the information you give us with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency, or as otherwise required by law. We never create individual profiles or give it to any private organizations. NPS never collects information for commercial marketing. While you must provide an e-mail address or postal address for a response other than those generated automatically in response to questions or comments that you may submit, we recommend that you NOT include any other personal information, especially Social Security numbers. The Social Security Administration offers additional guidance on sharing your Social Security number.

We maintain a variety of physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect your personal information. 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.

Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes and are scheduled for regular destruction in accordance with National Archives and Records Administration guidelines.

Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please forward them to us using the our Contact Us page.

 

Use of Measurement and Customization Technology

This website uses measurement and customization technology known as a "cookies." Cookies are used to remember a user's online interactions with a website or online application in order to conduct measurement and analysis of usage or to customize the user's experience.

There are two kinds of cookies used on this website. A single-session cookie (Tier 1) is a line of text that is stored temporarily on a user's computer and deleted as soon as the browser is closed. A persistent or multi-session cookie (Tier 2) is saved to a file on a user's hard drive and is called up the next time that user visits a website. Use of these cookies does not involve the collection of a visitor's personally identifiable information (PII).

The Department of Defense does not use the information associated with cookies to track individual user activity on the Internet outside Defense Department websites, nor does it share the data obtained through such technologies, without the user's explicit consent, with other departments or agencies. The Department of Defense does not keep a database of information obtained from the use of cookies.

Cookies are enabled by default to optimize website functionality and customize user experience. Users can choose not to accept the use of these cookies by changing the settings on their local computer's web browser. The USA.gov website, http://www.usa.gov/optout_instructions.shtml, provides general instructions on how to opt out of cookies and other commonly used web measurement and customization technologies. Opting out of cookies still permits users to access comparable information and services; however, it may take longer to navigate or interact with the website if a user is required to fill out certain information repeatedly.


 

Specific Technologies / Vendors

This website uses the Google Analytics third-party tracking service to monitor site usage and trends. We use the information compiled by Google Analytics to help us make our site more useful to you. Through this service, we are able to monitor the number of visitors to the site, which features/pages are most popular, the general location (region/country/city) of site visitors, and visitors' web browser type and version. These metrics are not tied to any specific site visitor, but are instead used for aggregate visit analysis.

Google Analytics utilizes web browser "cookies" to track non-personally identifiable information about visitors. You may decline Google's cookies by setting your web browser's preferences to disallow third-party cookies. If you choose to allow the usage of third-party cookies, Google will use them to collect general information about your visit (pages visited, and documents downloaded), which they will store on their servers in the United States. Google's general privacy policy is available on the Google Privacy Policy page.

Analytics Privacy Safeguards

The following items describe how NPS safeguards privacy data from the perspective of Google Analytics.  

  • IP Address Masking (Anonymization)
    The Naval Postgraduate School requires IP Anonymization of all metrics data that is made available to Google for processing in Google Analytics.  More details about this data safeguard are available here: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/2763052?hl=en

  • Global Opt-Out of Data Sharing with Google or Google Partners
    The Naval Postgraduate School prohibits sharing data with Google or any of its partners.  All OPT-OUT options are required and enforced.

  • NON-Participation in Google Analytics Advertising Features
    The Naval Postgraduate School does NOT support or utilize any of the services from Google Advertising Advertising Features, and does not collect demographics or any other private information about our website visitors.

Tracking Opt Out Information for Visitors

To provide website visitors the ability to prevent their data from being used by Google Analytics, Google offers an opt-out browser add-on for the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js, analytics.js, dc.js).

If you want to opt-out, download and install the add-on for your web browser. The Google Analytics opt-out add-on is designed to be compatible with Chrome, Internet Explorer 8-11, Safari, Firefox and Opera. For Internet Explorer, 3rd-party cookies must be enabled.  Learn more about about the opt-out and how to properly install the browser add-on here.

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