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Privacy Statement & Privacy Policy

Privacy Statement & Privacy Policy

Privacy Act Statement

Authority: 54 U.S. Code § 101321, Service employee training; and 54 U.S. Code § 101322, Management development and training.

Purpose: The information we collect as part of the registration process for the Common Learning Portal (CLP) enables non-National Park Service persons to register and participate with others within the site. The creation of a personal profile provides those using the CLP with basic information that can be used to find others with similar jobs, learning interests or to solve learning problems. All personal information, with the exception of the person’s name and email address are optional when creating the profile, and profile information may be edited or deleted at any time, except for the name and email address.

Routine uses: In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C.552a(b) of the Privacy Act, records or information contained in this system may be disclosed outside the National Park Service as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) to other Federal, State, territorial, local, tribal, or foreign agencies and other authorized organizations and individuals based on an authorized routine use when the disclosure is compatible with the purpose for which the records were compiled as described under the system of records notice for this system.

Disclosure:  Voluntary, however, failure to provide the requested information will prevent you from creating a personal profile in the system.

This computer system including all related equipment, networks and network devices (including Internet access) is provided by the Department of the Interior (DOl) in accordance with the agency policy for official use and limited personal use.

All agency computer systems may be monitored for all lawful purposes including but not limited to ensuring that use is authorized, for management of the system, to facilitate protection against unauthorized access and to verify security procedures, survivability, and operational security. Any information on this computer system may be examined, recorded, copied and used for authorized purposes at any time.

Commons Etiquette

By agreeing to this privacy statement and policy you are agreeing to adhere to our Commons Etiquette Standards.  This site is an extension of the NPS workplace, so common rules and regulations apply.  Encouraged behaviors include:

  • Assume good faith.
  • Remember that well-meaning people do sometimes make mistakes. Be patient.
  • Be straightforward and sincere.
  • Share what you know.
  • Recognize and praise good work.
  • Ask for help.
  • Help others.

Please refrain from the following behaviors:

  • Avoid copyright infringement – give credit to your sources.
  • Don’t personally attack people or their contributions to the Commons.
  • Don’t rant.
  • Don’t intimidate, abuse, or harass.
  • Don’t use offensive language.

Privacy Policy

We collect no personal information about you when you visit our website unless you choose to provide this information to us. However, we collect and store certain information automatically. Here is how we handle information about your visit to our website.

What We Collect and Store Automatically

If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the website, 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:

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) 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 website; The type of browser and operating system used to access our site; The date and time you access our site; The pages you visit; and If you linked to our website from another website, the address of that website. We use the information we collect to count the number and type of visitors to the different pages on our site, and to help us make our site more useful to visitors like you.

Information Collected for Tracking and Customization (Cookies)

A cookie is a small file that a website transfers to your computer to allow it to remember specific information about your session while you are connected. Your computer will only share the information in the cookie with the website that provided it, and no other website can request it. There are two types of cookies, session and persistent. Session cookies last only as long as your Web browser is open. Once you close your browser, the cookie disappears. Persistent cookies store information on your computer for longer periods of time.

mylearning.nps.gov uses session cookies for technical purposes such as to enable better navigation through the site, or to allow you to customize your preferences for interacting with the site. Like many websites, mylearning.nps.gov uses “persistent cookie” technology. A persistent cookie is a small text file that this website places on your web browser so that it can gather anonymous summary demographic information, and remember your browser when it is used to visit our site again later—kind of like cookie crumbs! (Hence the name.) These cookies uniquely identify a browser on a computer, but never a person. In other words, if the same person uses Chrome and Internet Explorer, two unique browser cookies will be assigned, one for each browser, so that person will be counted as two different visitors because visits are based on browsers, not computers or persons. We use persistent cookies in two ways, both of which enhance your experience on mylearning.nps.gov while also protecting your privacy:

  • To get aggregate metrics on site usage to understand how people are using the site and how we can make it better. We use web metrics services to track activity on mylearning.nps.gov. Government agencies only ever receive traffic statistics anonymously and in the aggregate.
  • To gather anonymous summary demographic information about our visitors such as gender, age range, and areas of interest for adults over the age of 18. We do this by using Google Demographic and Interests reports. When you visit a website that has partnered with the Google Display Network, Google stores a number in your browser using a persistent cookie to remember your visits. This number uniquely identifies a web browser, not a specific person. Browsers may be associated with a demographic category, such as gender or age range, based on the sites that were visited. This demographic information is used to help us better understand our visitors’ interests and needs to more effectively develop content to serve you.

Most Internet browsers automatically accept persistent cookies. Although using persistent cookies creates a much better experience for you, this site will also work without them. If you do not wish to have session or persistent cookies stored on your machine, you can edit your browser’s options to stop accepting persistent cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit.

USA.gov provides instructions for “opting-out” of web measurement and customization technologies through disabling cookies on your web browser.

If You Send Us E-mail

You may choose to provide us with personal information, as in e-mail with a comment or question. We use the information to improve our service to you or to respond to your request. Sometimes we forward your e-mail to other government employees or authorized concessioners who may be better able to help you. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, we do not share our e-mail with any other outside organizations.

Links to Other Sites

Our website has many links to our partners, other federal agencies, and private organizations. When you click one of these external links, you are no longer on our site and are subject to the privacy policy of the new site.

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Rules of Behavior

  • Refrain from attempting to install unauthorized software onto DOI computers.
  • Refrain from sharing passwords and/or your DOI Access card personal identification number (PIN).
  • Refrain from attempting to access information or information systems for which access has not been authorized.
  • Use of this system by any authorized or unauthorized user constitutes consent to monitoring, retrieval, and disclosure by authorized personnel. Users have no reasonable expectation of privacy in the use of this system.
  • Unauthorized use may subject violators to criminal, civil, and/or disciplinary action.

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