NSA.gov Terms of Use

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NSA.gov Web Site Terms of Use


Terms of Use

The following are terms of a legal agreement between you and NSA. By accessing, browsing, or using this website, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by these terms and to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

Disclaimer of Warranty

Use of this site is at your sole risk. All materials, information, products, software, programs, and services are provided "as is," with no warranties or guarantees whatsoever. NSA expressly disclaims to the fullest extent permitted by law all express, implied, statutory, and other warranties, guarantees, or representations, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement of proprietary and intellectual property rights. Without limitation, NSA makes no warranty or guarantee that this website will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free.

You understand and agree that if you download or otherwise obtain materials, information, products, software, programs, or services, you do so at your own discretion and risk and that you will be solely responsible for any damages that may result, including loss of data or damage to your computer system.

Limitation of Liability

In no event will NSA be liable to any party for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary or consequential damages of any type whatsoever related to or arising from this web site or any use of this web site, or of any site or resource linked to, references, or accessed through this web site, or for the use or downloading of, or access to, any materials, information, products, or services, including, without limitation, loss of goodwill, any lost profits, business interruption, lost savings or loss of programs or other data or any other intangible loss, even if NSA is expressly advised of the possibility of such damages. This exclusion and waiver of liability applies to all causes of action, whether based on contract, warranty, tort, or any other legal theories.

Exclusions and Limitations

Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for certain damages. Accordingly, some of the above disclaimers and limitations of liability may not apply to you. To the extent that NSA may not disclaim any implied warranty or limits its liability, as a matter of applicable law, the scope and duration of such warranty and the extent of NSA's liability shall be the minimum permitted under such applicable law.

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Browsing NSA.gov

We at NSA.gov are dedicated to providing a quality service for our visitors. NSA.gov has been tested on a wide variety of systems and tools, and works best with:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 6.0 and higher;
  • Opera version 9.0
  • Apple Safari 3.0
  • Mozilla Firefox version 2.0 and higher

To upgrade your browser to a later version, you may visit one of the sites below to download the appropriate software for your hardware platform:

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Privacy Policy

Privacy Notice

The National Security Agency Web site (NSA.GOV) is provided as a public service by the National Security Agency. NSA is committed to protecting your privacy and will collect no personal information about you unless you choose to provide that information to us.

Browsing the National Security Agency Web site

The contents of this Web site may be browsed anonymously. The National Security Agency Web site automatically logs visitor information concerning the pages read, photographs viewed, and information downloaded for statistical purposes. This information does not identify you personally. The information gathered helps us to assess the content most interesting to visitors and to determine technical design specifications for identifying system performance issues. The following represents the types of information automatically collected and stored about your visit:

  • The Internet Domain and Internet Protocol (IP) address from which you access our Web site;
  • The type of Internet browser and the operating system of the computer you use to access our site;
  • The date and time you visit our site;
  • The pages you visit on our site;
  • If you linked to our Web site from another Web site, the address of that Web site;
  • And, if you linked to our Web site from a search Web site, the address of the Web site and the search term you used.

If you submit a resume online

The authority for collecting information on this form is contained in 10 U.S.C. 1601-1614, 50 U.S.C. 402 note, and 50 U.S.C. 831-835; Executive Orders 10450 and 12333; ICD 704; and DOD Directive 5100.23. NSA's Blanket Routine Uses found at 58 Fed. Reg. 10,531 (1993) as well as the specific uses found in GNSA02, GNSA03, GNSA05, GNSA08, GNSA09, and GNSA10 apply to this information. Authority for requesting your Social Security Number (SSN) is Executive Order 9397. The requested information will be used to determine your skills and experience, as well as your security eligibility for employment with the National Security Agency. To be considered for employment or assignment with the Agency, your disclosure of requested information, including your SSN, is mandatory. Failure to provide the requested information may result in processing delays, delay the Agency in making an employment decision, or any decision at all, regarding your security eligibility or suitability for employment or assignment with the Agency.

Privacy Act Statement:

Authorities: 50 U.S.C. 403-4; 50 U.S.C. 403-4a (d); 50 U.S.C 403a-5

Principal Uses: Information collected via the NSA Web site is used to: 1) process employment applications from individuals who choose to submit their resumes through NSA's online resume form; 2) provide e-mail notifications of substantive updates to the NSA Web site to subscribers who request this service; and 3) provide information in response to comments or questions when a response is requested by the person submitting the comment or question.

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Site Security

  • For site security purposes and to ensure this service remains available to all users, NSA monitors network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or to otherwise cause damage to the site.
  • 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.
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Use of the National Security Agency Seal

In accordance with Section 15 of the NSA Act of 1959, as amended, (50 U.S.C. 402 note) no one may use, without permission from the NSA/CSS the words 'National Security Agency', the initials, or seal of the National Security Agency in connection with any commercial activity or in a manner intended to convey the impression that such use is approved, or authorized by the National Security Agency.

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Copyright Notice

Unless a copyright or trademark is indicated, information on the National Security Agency Web site is in the public domain and may be reproduced, published or otherwise used without the National Security Agency's permission. We request only that the National Security Agency be cited as the source of information and that any photo credits or bylines be similarly credited to the photographer or author or NSA, as appropriate.

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Cookies

A cookie is a text file placed on the hard drive of a computer by some Web pages or Web servers. Cookies cannot run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Visitors can accept cookies or decline them through their browser settings. Persistent cookies remain on a computer's hard drive until the visitor deletes them. Session cookies are deleted automatically when the visitor closes his or her browser. NSA.GOV does not use persistent cookies; the NSA Web site may use of session cookies to make the site easier to use. The National Security Agency does not keep a database of information obtained from these cookies.

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Kids' Page: Notice for Parents

The National Security Agency has established a kids' page in compliance with the President's April 18, Memorandum for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies, Subject: Expanding Access to Internet-based Educational Resources for Children, Teachers and Parents. The Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires NSA to obtain parental consent before it collects personally identifiable data from children under 13. Children under 13 must get approval from a parent or guardian before submitting questions or comments via this computer system.

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Accessibility Policy

The National Security Agency is committed to providing access to all individuals-with or without disabilities-seeking information on NSA.GOV. To provide this information, NSA.GOV has been built to comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (as amended). Section 508 requires that all individuals with disabilities (whether federal employees or members of the general public) have access to and use of information and data, comparable to that provided to individuals without disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on us.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader, eye tracking device, voice recognition software, etc.) and have difficulty accessing information on NSA.GOV, please contact NSAPAO@NSA.GOV and provide the URL (web address) of the material you tried to access, the problem you experienced, and your contact information. An NSA.GOV team member will contact you and attempt to provide the information you are seeking.

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Viewing PDF Documents

To view documents stored as Portable Document Format (PDF) files your local computer must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0, or later, application or a Web browser plug-in that supports the PDF file format.

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Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Mar 16, 2009 | Last Reviewed: Mar 16, 2009

 
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