Thank you for visiting the Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration Web site. We are committed to respecting your right to privacy and will protect it when you visit our Web site.
When you visit our Web site, we collect information about your visit that does not identify you personally. We can tell the type of computer, browser, and Web service you are using. We also know the date, time, and pages you visit. Collecting this information helps us design the site to suit your needs.
When you visit our Web site, we may request and collect the following categories of personal information from you:
Our principal purpose for collecting personal information online is to provide you with the information you need and want, and to facilitate the use of our Web site.
Generally, our uses of information collected online include:
We may share personally identifiable information you provide to us online with appropriate representatives within the Department of Transportation (see http://www.dot.gov/privacy for information on DOT Operating Administrations and related entities), other federal government agencies, or other designated representatives as needed to facilitate your request or transaction.
Throughout our Web site, we will let you know whether the information we ask you to provide is voluntary or required. By providing personally identifiable information, you are granting us consent to use this personally identifiable information for the primary purpose for which you are providing it. Additionally, we will ask for you to grant us consent before using your voluntarily provided information for any secondary purposes, other than those required under the law.
If we choose to collect personal information from children, we will comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). To find out more about COPPA, please click on the following link: www.ftc.gov/privacy/privacyinitiatives/childrens.html .
A “cookie” is a small text file that is stored on your computer and makes it easy for you to move around a Web site without having to continually re-enter your name, password, preferences, etc.
We use only “session” cookies; this means we store the cookie on your computer only during each visit to our Web site. After you turn off your computer or stop using the Internet, the cookie is erased and nothing will be remembered the next time you visit our Web site. These cookies are only used for system administration only.
We are committed to properly securing the information we collect online. To help us accomplish this, we take the following steps:
Tampering with Federal Railroad Administration's Web site is against the law. If anyone tries to tamper with it, they may be punished under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.
The Privacy Act of 1974 protects the personal information the federal government keeps on you in “systems of records (SOR)” (information an agency controls that can be retrieved by name or some other personal identifier). The Privacy Act regulates how the government can disclose, share, provide access to, and maintain the personal information that it collects. Not all information collected online is covered by the Privacy Act.
The Act's major provisions require agencies to:
• Publish a Privacy Act Notice in the Federal Register explaining the existence, character and uses of a new or revised SOR;
• Keep information about you accurate, relevant, timely, and complete to assure fairness in dealing with you; and
• Allow you to, upon request, access and review your information held in a SOR and request amendment of the information if you disagree with it.
When the Federal Railroad Administration collects information from you online that is subject to the Privacy Act (i.e., information to be kept in a SOR), we will provide you, through a link on the Web page from which we collect information, access to our Privacy Act Notice . This Privacy Act Notice will inform you what portion of the information is maintained and retrieved by your name or other personal identifier.
Each Privacy Act Notice will also notify you of the following:
For more information on our privacy practices, or for comments and concerns, please contact our Privacy Officer at 202.493.1322.