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Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the Risk Management Agency (RMA) Web site and reviewing our privacy statement. Our privacy policy is clear: We will collect no personal information about you when you visit our Web site unless you choose to provide that information to us.

Here is 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 only the following information about your visit:

  1. The Internet domain (for example, "your-internet-provider.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "your-school.edu" if you connect from a university's domain) and 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;
  2. The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  3. The date and time you access our site;
  4. The pages you visit; and
  5. If you linked to the Risk Management Agency's 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. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits.

If You Send Us Personal Information
If you choose to provide us with personal information, as in an email or by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it to us through our Web site, we use that information to respond to your message and to help us locate for you the information you have requested.

We treat emails the same way that we regard letters sent to us. We are required to maintain many documents under the Presidential Records Act for historical purposes, but we do not collect personal information for any purpose other than to respond to you. We only share the information you give us with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency, or as otherwise required by law. Moreover, we do not create individual profiles with the information you provide or to give it to any private organizations.

Cookies
A cookie is a small piece of information sent to your browser--along with a Web page--when you access a Web site. There are two kinds of cookies. A session cookie is a line of text stored temporarily in your computer's RAM. Because a session cookie is never written to a drive, it is destroyed as soon as you close your browser. A persistent cookie is a more permanent line of text that gets saved by your browser to a file on your hard drive. Depending on your browser settings, you may receive notification that a given site is requesting cookie information, possibly with an expiration date. Persistent cookies have an expiration date in the future. Session cookies have no expiration date associated with them and are erased automatically when you close your browser.

  1. Our Web site does not use persistent/permanent cookies.
  2. Some areas of our Web sites use session/temporary cookies to provide advanced functionality and enhance performance during your visit. For example, our Premium Calculator requires the use of temporary cookies in order to store information from page to page as you fill in online forms.
  3. All session cookies created by our Web site are set to expire immediately, and will be erased automatically as soon as you close your Web browser.

Links to Other Sites
Our Web site has links to many other federal government agencies and some private organizations. Once you access another site through a link that we privide, you are subject to the privacy policy of the new site.

Web Site Security
Information presented on the RMA Web site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.

The following additional conditions apply to visitors of U.S. government Web sites:
  1. If you are not authorized access to this U.S. government computer system, disconnect now. All attempts to access and use this system and/or its resources are subject to keystroke monitoring and recording. Everyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring and is advised that if such reveals possible evidence of criminal activity or abuse of authority, the information will be reported to authorities for action. Unauthorized access attempts or use in excess of documented authority may subject you to a fine and/or imprisonment in accordance with Title 18, USC, Section 1030 or administrative penalties or dismissal.
  2. For site management, information is collected for statistical purposes. This government computer system 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes and are scheduled for regular destruction in accordance with regulations of the National Archives and Records Administration General Schedule 20.
  5. 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.

Comments or Questions
If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please forward them to: RMA.cco@rma.usda.gov or to our privacy contact, Bill Crews.

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