Statement of Organization, Practices and Procedures: Website Privacy and Twitter Disclaimer

Twitter Policy

Council staff update the Twitter feed with articles that they believe will be of interest to the Council community.  These articles necessarily include a wide range of viewpoints related to the management of West Coast fisheries and may include perspectives and interpretations of the respective article author.  The content of articles posted on Twitter have not necessarily been thoroughly reviewed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council staff and should not be presumed to reflect the views of the Pacific Fishery Management Council or Council staff.

Privacy Policy

We are committed to the privacy of our visitors. We collect no personal information about you when you visit our Web site unless you choose to provide that information to us.

How we handle information about your visit to our Web site

Information Collected and Stored Automatically: If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the Web site, read pages or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store information like the following concerning your visit.

  • The Internet domain (for example, “xcompany.com” if you use a private Internet access account, or “yourschool.edu” if you connect from a university’s domain);
  • Your IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our Web site;
  • The pages you visit; and
  • If you linked to our Web site from another Web site, the address of that Web site.

We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors—to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use.

Information That You Voluntarily Provide

We do not collect personally-identifiable information unless you choose to provide it to us. If you provide us with personally identifiable information, for example by signing up for our mailing list, we use that information only to respond to your message and to help us provide you with the information and services that you request.

Submitting voluntary information constitutes your consent to the use of the information for the stated purpose. When a user signs up for our mailing list they are indicating voluntary consent to use of the information they submit for the stated purpose. We do not collect or use information for commercial marketing.

Sharing of Information

We do not share your information with any other agencies or organizations.

Links to Other Sites

This site may have links to the Web sites of other federal agencies. There may be links to private organizations, with their permission. Once you go to another site, you are subject to the privacy policy of the new site. It is always a good idea to read the Privacy Policy of any Web site that you visit.

Google AnalyticsTM

pcouncil.org uses Google Analytics, a third-party web measurement and customization technology as defined and organized by the federal government’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) “Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies” (OMB M-10-22, http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/memoranda_2010/m10-22.pdf).

Here’s how it works: Google Analytics places a small file on your computer, commonly called a “cookie,” so that it can recognize your computer if you visit our pcouncil.org website in the future. This cookie does not collect personal identifying information. This is considered a Tier 2 service in the OMB guidance.

Google Analytics does not collect personally identifiable information through its cookie and does not combine, match, or cross-reference pcouncil.org information with any other information. Please review the  Google Analytics privacy policy for additional information.

Visitors who choose to disable this web measurement tool will still have full access to Pcouncil.org. While the details vary from browser to browsers, most modern browsers can be set up to accept, reject or request user intervention when a site asks to set a cookie. Google Analytics uses a cookie that begins with: _utm.

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 Web site (“persistent cookies”). This Web site does not use persistent cookies or any other persistent tracking technology.

Interaction with Children

This Web site may offer educational content to children under 13. No personally identifiable information is collected from them unless voluntarily submitted as a request for information or services. The information collected is used to respond to user inquiries or to provide services requested by our users.

Your Rights Under the Privacy Act

More information about the Privacy Act can be found at the following off-site link: http://www.justice.gov/opcl/overview-privacy-act-1974-2015-edition.