FAA is committed to protecting individual privacy and securing the personal information made available to us when you visit our site.
We will revise or update this policy if our practices change, or as we develop better ways to keep you informed about them. You should refer back to this page often for the latest information and the effective date of any changes. If we decide to change this policy, we will post a new policy on our site and change the date at the bottom. Changes to the policy shall not apply retroactively.
Information received and stored by the FAA when you visit our site
When a computer is used to access information on our site, the following basic information is automatically received and stored by the FAA web servers hosting our site:
- Internet Protocol (IP) Address. A computer’s IP address establishes its location on the internet and allows other computers, such as those hosting our site, to send it content and other information;
- The internet domain name when a computer accesses the internet through a domain, such as from a corporation (“xcompany.com”) or university ("yourschool.edu");
- The date, time, and duration of a website visit;
- If a computer accesses a page on our site via a link on another page, the URL of that referring page;
- Information about the computer set-up, such as the type and version of web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer 8.0, Mozilla Firefox 5.0), operating system (e.g., Unix, Mac OS, MS Windows), Java support (yes or no), Flash version (e.g., 10.1 r85), screen resolution (e.g., 1280x800), and connection speed (e.g., DSL, T1);
- The specific pages a computer accesses when it requests information from our site; and
- The amount of data (measured in number of bytes) transmitted from our site to a computer.
The FAA does not use this information to identify or track the browsing of individual users. We do use it to generate aggregate statistics about how our site is used. We retain this information for a year — for example, server logs from June 2015 will be deleted in June 2016.
We do not sell, rent, exchange, or otherwise disclose this information to persons or organizations outside of the FAA. In some cases, we may share the information with other federal agencies in response to lawful law enforcement requests or to protect our site from security threats.