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Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the VallesCaldera.gov Web site and reviewing our privacy policy. Our privacy policy is plain and simple. We only collect personal information (name, address, etc.) when you choose to provide it to us, and if you do provide us your personal information we will not sell or rent your information to outside parties.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

We do collect some technical information when you visit to make your visit seamless. When you browse, read pages or download information on VallesCaldera.gov, we automatically gather and store certain technical information about your visit. This information never identifies who you are. The information we collect and store about your visit is listed below:

This information is only used to help us make the site more useful for you. With this data we learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use.

Personal Information Collected

When you visit our Web site, no personal information is collected automatically. If you choose to provide feedback, submit a survey, make a purchase or make a donation some personal information will be required for the transaction. You will be asked to provide the personal information required to complete the transaction. We only share this information with other agencies if your transaction requires it or as otherwise required by law.

The pages requesting your personal information will use industry standard encryption software to protect your information when it is in transit to us. The address in your browser will change from "HTTP" to "HTTPS" (the is "S" is for secure) when this security feature is invoked. Your browser may also display a lock symbol on its bottom task bar line to indicate a secure connction is in place.


When you visit some Web sites, their web servers generate pieces of information known as cookies. Some cookies collect personal information to recognize your computer in the future. This is not the case at VallesCaldera.gov, where we use only non-persistent cookies or "per-session cookies." These cookies do not collect personal information on users and they are erased as soon as you leave our Web site.

Per-session cookies serve technical purposes like providing seamless navigation through VallesCaldera.gov. These cookies do not permanently record data and they are not stored on your computer's hard drive. VallesCaldera.gov cookies are stored in memory and are available only during an active browser session. Once you close your browser, the cookie disappears.

Site Security

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. 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 National Archives and Records Administration guidelines. 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.

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