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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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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.

Your Personal Information

Personal information collected via NSA.gov is used to: 1) process employment applications from individuals who choose to submit their resumes through NSA's online resume form; 2) to process requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act submitted through the NSA/CSS online FOIA request form; 3) provide e-mail notifications of substantive updates to the NSA Web site to subscribers who request this service; and 4) provide information in response to comments or questions when a response is requested by the person submitting the comment or question.

If you submit a resume online

Privacy Act Statement: Authority for collecting information requested through this website is contained in 10 U.S.C. §§ 1601-1614, 50 U.S.C. §§ 831-835 and 3602; Executive Order 12333, as amended; Executive Order 12968, as amended; and Executive Order 13467. DoD's Blanket Routine Uses (found at Appendix C of 32 CFR Part 310), as well as the specific uses found in GNSA 02, GNSA 03, GNSA 05, GNSA 08, GNSA 09, and GNSA 10 apply to this information. Authority for requesting your Social Security Number (SSN) is Executive Order 9397, as amended. 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. Your disclosure of the requested information, except your SSN, is voluntary. 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. Your disclosure of your SSN is mandatory. Your SSN will be used to confirm your identity during the application process and security investigation. Failure to furnish the requested information may delay processing, affect security approvals, and ultimately affect your eligibility for employment.

Privacy on Third Party Websites

NSA uses a third-party website to facilitate interviews of applicants for employment with the Agency. When using the third-party website, you may be asked to provide that third-party with personally identifiable information (PII). If you are selected for an interview, you are encouraged to review the privacy policy of the third-party website prior to registering or using the site to fully understand how your PII may be collected or used by the third-party website. The Agency, including Human Resources, will use PII it receives through the third-party website to facilitate the hiring of qualified applicants. The Agency will secure, use, and disseminate the PII that it receives through the third-party website consistent with the Privacy Act and System of Record Notice GNSA 02. If you do not wish to use the third-party website during your application process, please notify your recruiter to discuss alternative options.

Your Rights Under the Privacy Act

For information about your rights under the Privacy Act, please refer to the Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Division website at dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy.aspx.

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.


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.

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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Urchin software collects aggregate statistics of website visitor characteristics, traffic, and activity. This information is used to assess what content is of most and least interest, determine technical design specifications, and identify system performance or problem areas. The software records a variety of data, including IP addresses (the locations of computers or networks on the internet), unique visits, page views, hits, referring websites and what hyperlinks have been clicked. Tier 2 cookies are used to distinguish between summary statistics for users who have been to the site before and those that are visiting the site the for the first time. The Defense Department does not gather, request, record, require, collect or track any internet users' personally identifiable information through these processes.

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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 call 301-688-6311 and ask for NSA Public Affairs. Be ready to provide the URL (web address) of the NSA.GOV 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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