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Privacy Policy

This policy covers user privacy, system security, and Maritime Mobile Service Network information collection practices.

These World Wide Web pages are provided as a public service by the Maritime Mobile Service Network.

Information presented on these pages is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.  Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.

Site Management Data
Use of "cookies"
Consent to Voluntary Information Collection and Sharing
How e-mail is handled
How information is used
How long information is retained
Privacy Act System of Records
Information Protection
Your Rights Under the Privacy Act

Site Management Data:

The Maritime Mobile Service Network Web server automatically collects information for site management and for statistical purposes.  This server uses software programs to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.

The use of "cookies":

The Maritime Mobile Service Network does not use "persistent cookies" or other persistent tracking technology.

Consent to Voluntary Information Collection and Sharing:

All the information users submit to the Maritime Mobile Service Network is done on a voluntary basis.  When a user clicks the "Submit" button on any of the Web forms found on the Maritime Mobile Service Network site they are indicating voluntarily consent to the conditions outlined in this policy.  We do not collect personally identifiable information (e.g., name, address, phone number, e-mail address) unless you provide it.  In all cases, the information collected is used to respond to user inquiries or to provide services requested by our users.  Any information provided through one of our Web forms is removed from Web servers within seconds, increasing the protection for this information.

How e-mail is handled:

We use information you send us by e-mail only for the purpose for which it is submitted (e.g., to answer a question, to send information).  In addition, if you do choose to provide information, it is only used to respond to your request (e.g., addressing a package to send you pamphlets or booklets) or to provide a service you are requesting (e.g., email notifications).  Information we receive by e-mail is disclosed to the public only pursuant to the laws and policies governing the dissemination of information.  However, information submitted to the Maritime Mobile Service Network becomes a record and therefore might be subject to a Freedom of Information Act request.

How information is used:

Information the Maritime Mobile Service Network collects is used for a variety of purposes (e.g., E-spotter forms, product user survey forms).  We make every effort to clearly disclose at the point of collection how information is used and allow our Web site visitor to determine whether they wish to provide the information.

How long information is retained:

We destroy the information we collect when the purpose for which it was provided has been fulfilled unless we are required to keep it longer by statute, policy or both.

Privacy Act System of Records:

The Maritime Mobile Service Network does not maintain and retrieve information submitted to it based upon personal identifiers (name, email addresses, etc.).  Consequently, the Maritime Mobile Service Network Web site does not use or collect information for any Privacy Act System of Records.

Information Protection:

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.  If such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to appropriate law enforcement officials.  Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on this server are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act or other law.

Your Rights Under the Privacy Act:

More information about the Privacy Act can be found at the following off-site link: