Automatically collected and stored information
When you browse the IP website, read pages or download information, we may automatically collect and store certain information about your visit. We may use technologies to measure your browsing habits or course of surfing and improve the information you receive. For example, if you are looking for both IP loans and rural communities during a website visit, you may also receive information on IP rural lending programs on a later visit.
The information we store does not personally identify you. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:
- The Internet domain and the IP address from which you access our website. For example, if you access our web site from the school, “schoolname.edu” and the school’s IP address will be displayed.
- The type of browser and operating system used to access our website.
- Date and time of your access to our website;
- The pages you visited; and
- If you have linked to the IP website from another website, the address of this website.
- We use this information to make our site more useful, to learn how many visitors visit our site, which technologies our visitors use to visit our site, and to present relevant information based on your website browsing needs ,
We do not track your web activity beyond browsing the USDA website. We do not refer to your browsing habits with other companies and we do not sell or share your information with other companies.
Online Child Protection Act (COPPA)
COPPA applies to the online collection of personal data of children under the age of 13. IP is equivalent to COPPA and does not knowingly collect personal information from children.
When you visit some websites, their web servers generate information called cookies. Some cookies collect personal information in order to recognize your computer in the future.
Cookies are small files that web servers place on a user’s hard drive to support a website or service. There are two types of cookies:
- Session cookies, also known as temporary or session cookies, are for technical purposes such as seamless navigation through IP. They are stored in temporary memory and are only available during an active browser session. As soon as you close your browser, the cookie disappears.
- Persistent cookies, also known as persistent or stored cookies, are used to collect identifying information about the user, such as: For example, user name, surfing behavior, or user preference for a particular website. These cookies will work until they expire or a user deletes them.
- IP may use both types of cookies to improve our online services for you.
You can disable cookies by adjusting the setting in your web browser.
You send us personal information
If you provide us with personal information, eg. For example, by e-mailing the Secretary or other IP employees, or by filling in a form and submitting it through our website, we will use that information to respond to your message. This also helps us to find the information you requested. We handle emails as well as correspondence on paper, which is sent to IP. We are required to keep many documents for historical purposes in accordance with the Federal Record Act, but we do not collect personal information for any purpose other than to respond to you. We will only share the information you give us with another government agency if your request relates to that authority or if required by law. In addition, we do not create customized profiles of the information you provide, nor does the information you provide to private organizations be shared. IP does not collect information for commercial marketing.