Privacy Act and Disclaimers

Warranty Disclaimer

DSAC shall not be used as an advisory committee, will not engage in deliberative processes, or otherwise act on behalf of the FBI. DSAC members may be asked for their individual views, but the primary purpose of DSAC is to facilitate the exchange of information by and among its corporate members, the FBI and other U.S. government entities.

Privacy Act Statement

Collection of member information is authorized under: Title 28, Section 534 28 CFR. 0.85. The information collected will be used for the principal purpose of conducting security risk assessments on DSAC members and applicants. As part of this assessment, the collected data may also be used to assist in determining approval, denial, revocation or renewal of access to the DSAC Portal and the authorization to receive DSAC-sensitive information. Information provided will be protected and used in strict compliance with the Privacy Act and the routine uses most recently published in the Federal Register for the FBI's Central Records System (Justice/FBI-002) and the FBI's Blanket Routine Uses (Justice/FBI-BRU).

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

If you visit our site to read or download information, we collect and store the following information about your visit:

  • The name of the Internet domain (for example, "xcompany.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you are connecting from a university's domain) and the IP address (a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you are using the Internet) from which you access our site;
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  • The date and time you access our site;
  • The Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site; and
  • The pages you visit and the information you request.

This information is primarily collected for statistical analysis and technical improvements to the site. This government computer system uses software programs to create summary statistics, which may be 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. In certain circumstances, however, we may take additional steps to identify you based on this information and we may share this information, including your identity, with other government agencies.

This site uses a tool which collects your requests for pages and passes elements of them to search engines to assist in indexing this site. We control the configuration of the tool and are responsible for any information sent to the search engines.

If You Send Us Personal Information

You do not have to provide any personal information to visit this website. If you choose to provide us with personal information, such as by sending a message to an e-mail address on this website or by filling out a form and submitting it through our website, we will use that information to respond to your message or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication. We may share information you give us with contractors acting on our behalf or with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency. In other limited circumstances, such as responses to requests from Congress and private individuals, we may be required by law to disclose information you submit. If you provide comments in response to a request for public comments we may make those comments as well as your identity available to the public in a publication or by posting them on our website. Where possible we may give you more specific guidance at the point of collection regarding how your personal information may be used or disclosed.

Electronically submitted information is maintained and destroyed according to the principles of the Federal Records Act and the regulations and records schedules of the National Archives and Records Administration, and in some cases may be covered by the Privacy Act and subject to the Freedom of Information Act. A discussion of your rights under these laws can be found here:  http://www.foia.gov/

Remember that e-mail is not necessarily secure against interception. If your communication is sensitive or includes personal information, you may prefer to send it by postal mail instead.

Cookies

"Cookies" are small bits of text that are either used for the duration of a session ("session cookies") or saved on a user's hard drive in order to identify that user, or information about that user, the next time the user logs on to a website ("persistent cookies"). The DSAC website and its component sites do not use persistent cookies. One or more of the DSAC's component sites may use session cookies to provide streamlined navigation throughout their sites and for statistical analysis. These session cookies are deleted from the component's server soon after your session ends and are not collected or saved. You can set up your web browser to inform you when cookies are set or to prevent cookies from being set. You can still use our website if you do not accept the cookies, but you may be unable to use certain cookie-dependent features.

Links to External Websites

Links to websites outside the U.S. federal government or the use of trade, firm, or corporation names within the DSAC website are for the convenience of the user. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by the Domestic Security Alliance Council of any private sector website, product, or service.

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Unauthorized attempts to upload information and/or change information on this website are strictly prohibited and are subject to prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and Title 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1001 and 1030.

Accessibility

DSAC is committed to providing access to our web pages for individuals with disabilities, both members of the public and federal employees. To meet this commitment, we will comply with the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 508 requires that individuals with disabilities, seeking information or services from us, have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to the public who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on us. If the format of any material on our website interferes with your ability to access the information due to an issue with accessibility caused by a disability as defined in the Rehabilitation Act, please Contact Us for assistance. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the web address (URLs) of the material with which you are having difficulty, and your contact information.