Privacy & Security

The NSSI Educational Aids website is provided as a public service by the NSSI Academic Affairs division.

Information presented on the NSSI Educational Aids website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.

Information concerning visitors, use of this site is collected for analytical and statisticalpurposes, such as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.

Example Information Collected for Statistical Purposes

Below is an example of the information collected based on a standard request for a World Wide Web document:

xxx.yyy.com - - [28/Jan/1997:00:00:01 -0500]
"GET /sitename/news/nr012797.html HTTP/1.0" 200 16704
Mozilla 3.0/www.altavista.digital.com

xxx.yyy.com (or 123.123.23.12) -- this is the host name (or IP address) associated with the requester (you as the visitor). In this case, (....com) the requester is coming from a commercial address. Depending on the requestor's method of network connection, the host name (or IP address) may or may not identify a specific computer. Connections via many Internet Service Providers assign different IP addresses for each session, so the host name identifies only the ISP. The host name (or IP address) will identify a specific computer if that computer has a fixed IP address.

[28/Jan/1997:00:00:01 -0500] -- this is the date and time of the request

"GET /sitename/news/nr012797.html HTTP/1.0" -- this is the location of the requested file

200 -- this is the status code - 200 is OK - the request was filled

16704 -- this is the size of the requested file in bytes

Mozilla 3.0 -- this identifies the type of browser software used to access the page, which indicates what design parameters to use in constructing the pages

www.altavista.digital.com -- this indicates the last site the person visited, which indicates how people find this site

Requests for other types of documents use similar information. No other user-identifying information is collected.

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.

Raw data logs will only be used to identify individual users and their usage habits for authorized law enforcement investigations or national security purposes. These logs are scheduled for regular destruction in accordance with National Archives and Records Administration Guidelines.

Unauthorized attempts to deny service, upload information, change information, or to attempt to access a non-public site from this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under Title 18 of the U.S. Code to include the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The FOIA allows the general public to request records in writing from the Federal Government. Some records are released to the public under the FOIA and may therefore reflect deletion of some information in accordance with the FOIA's nine statutory exemptions or two law enforcement record exclusions. A consolidated list of such records is on Defense Link.

Effective March 30, 2009, the Air Force established a new FOIA Web site for submitting requests online to the Requester Service Centers. Links providing information and guidance are listed in the left column.

Cookie Disclaimer

A "cookie" is a small piece of information (token) sent by a Web server and stored on a user’s system (hard drive) so it can later be read back from that system. Using cookies is a convenient technique for having the browser remember some specific information. Cookies may be categorized as "session" or "persistent" cookies. "Session" cookies are temporary cookies that are used to maintain context or "state" between otherwise stateless Web transactions (e.g., to maintain a "shopping basket" of goods selected during a single logical session at a site) and that must be deleted at the end of the web session in which they are created. "Persistent" cookies remain over time and can be used for a variety of purposes, including to track a user's access over time and across Web sites, or to establish user preferences.

The NSSI Educational Aids website does not use session cookies, i.e., tokens that remain active only until you close your browser. The NSSI Educational Aids website does use a persistent cookie but ONLY when a user selects a video quality setting. Only the quality number selected by the user is stored in the persistent cookie and is used to show the appropriate video quality upon the users return to the website. No database of information obtained from this cookie is kept.

You can choose not to accept these cookies and still use the site. The help information in your browser software should provide you with instruction on how to disable cookies.




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