Privacy Policy

Why We Have a Privacy Policy

The privacy policy outlined here applies to the data we collect from you over the Internet.

This is our notice to you about why we collect your personal information, how we use it, who we share it with, and how we protect the information we collect.

Why We Collect Your Personal Information

We collect personal data in order to communicate with you, and in order to measure how well our site is doing at meeting its goals. We do not use the information for any other purpose.

You don't have to give us any personal information to visit our website. We never ask for sensitive personal information, including Social Security numbers or credit card numbers.

If you do give us your personal information, we treat it very carefully. We never give out any personal information you might send to us to anyone without your dated written permission.

We collect personal information about you (including your name and e-mail address) only if you specifically and knowingly give it to us.

How We Will Use Your Personal Information

We do not sell the information we collect on this website, nor do we share it with anyone else unless you ask us to in writing.

For statistical purposes, we do collect non-personal information about your visit to the site. We analyze this data to determine interest in various parts of the site and to study usage patterns, in order to improve the site's usability. The information we collect for these purposes is in a format that does not personally identify anyone.

Personal Information via E-Mail

E-mail is not a secure medium. We do not ask for the submission of personal information via e-mail.

Information in Your Vault

All information saved in the Vault is encrypted such that it can only be read by you, using your password. Your password is not saved anywhere on our servers.

You can use the Vault to share documents or contact information:

  • Vault information you share with other Vault users is encrypted such that only the contacts with whom you share it can read it.
  • Vault information you share with contacts who are not Vault users is sent via email and is not encrypted.

Our Use of "Cookies"

A cookie is a small piece of text information that is sent to your computer – along with a webpage – when you access a website. Your computer will give the information on the cookie only to the computer that sent it and no other site can request it.

We use cookies for the following reasons only:

  • To track, on a statistical basis, the paths that users take through the site. This anonymous tracking allows us to improve our navigational schemes.

  • To connect logged-in users to data in a “My DB101” account.

What Happens when I Follow a Link?

Our website contains links to federal agencies, state agencies, nonprofits, and private organizations. Offsite links are identified with a special icon (Offsite Link). These websites are not within our control and may not follow the same privacy, security or accessibility policies. Once you follow a link to another site you are subject to the policies of that site.