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Privacy and Security

The DOD SBIR/STTR Resource Center is provided as a public service by the Department of Defense Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. Unless restricted through password accounts, the information presented on this website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.

As a condition of your use of the Resource Center, you will not use this website for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited or could damage or interfere any DOD SBIR server or with any other party's use and enjoyment of the website.

This website is for authorized, unclassified use only. Do not discuss, enter, transfer, process, or transmit classified/sensitive national security information.

We want all viewers to be able to access the information provided by the Resource Center. We have and continue to strive to be sure all sections of www.dodsbir.net are in compliance with Section 508 standards.

SECURITY POLICY

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this computer employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Anyone visiting this website expressly consents to such monitoring and is advised that if such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to appropriate law enforcement officials.

Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on this server are strictly prohibited and may be punishable by law, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996.

Password Security

Some areas of this site are limited to authorized users with passwords. For example, to submit a SBIR or STTR proposal to the DOD through the Electronic Proposal Submission system, you must complete the registration process by providing us with current, complete and accurate information as prompted by the registration form and choose a password. If you use this site, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account and for restricting access to your computer, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password. It is important for you to protect against unauthorized access to your password or to your computer. Be sure to sign off when finished using a shared computer.

We are committed to protecting the security of your personal and proposal information. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. We store information you provide on servers with limited access that are located in controlled facilities. We protect the security of your information during transmission by using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) software, which encrypts information to and from the server.

PRIVACY POLICY

Our privacy policy is clear: We will collect no personal information about you when you visit our website unless you choose to provide that information to us. The following details how we handle information about your visit:

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

If you visit our site to read or download information, we collect and store the following information about your visit. (This information does not identify you personally.)

  • The name of the Internet domain (for example, "xcompany.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you are connecting from a university's domain) and the IP address (a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you are using the Internet) from which you access our site;
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  • The date and time you access our site;
  • The Internet address of the Web site from which you linked directly to our site; and
  • The pages you visit and the information you request.

This information is primarily collected for statistical analysis and technical improvements to the site. This computer uses software programs to create summary statistics, which may be 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. In certain circumstances, however, additional steps made be made to identify you based on this information and we may share this information, including your identity, with other government agencies.

Information Collected from E-mails and Web Forms

If you choose to provide personal information by sending an e-mail or by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it through this website, please note that the material you submit may be seen by various people. We will use that information to respond to your message or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication. The information you provide is not given to any private organizations or private persons without your prior permission. We do not collect or use information for commercial marketing.

We may share information you give us with contractors acting on the sponsoring agencies' behalf or with other government agencies. In other limited circumstances, such as to respond to requests from Congress and for authorized law enforcement investigations, we may be required by law to disclose information you submit. Electronically submitted information, in some cases, may be covered by the Privacy Act and subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

Cookies Disclaimer

The Resource Center does not use persistent cookies. "Persistent cookies" are small bits of text that are saved on a user's hard drive in order to identify that user, or information about that user, used the next time the user logs on to a Web site. Some areas may use session cookies to make the site easier to use. "Session cookies" remain active only until you close your browser and are deleted from the server after your session ends. You can configure your Web browser to inform you when cookies are set or to prevent cookies from being set; however, cookies must be enable to utilize parts of this website properly.

External Link Disclaimer

The appearance of hyperlinks to external sites does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense of the linked web site or the information, products or services contained therein. Links to outside sites are provided for information purposes only.

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