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NIC Privacy Policy

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Information we learn about you from your visit to our website is handled as follows.

If you visit our site to read or download information, such as program opportunities or NIC reports and publications, we collect and store only the information about you that is described in the Information We Collect And Store Automatically section of this policy.

If you send us an email to request other materials or information, you will be providing us with personally identifying information. For example: your name, organization mailing address, agency, etc. Information collected in this manner is used solely for responding to requests for information and is not passed on to other organizations or businesses.

Information 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; it is anonymized. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:

  • The Internet domain (for example, "" if you use a private Internet access account, or "" 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
  • The URL of the referring page.

We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors -- to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the content our visitors are interested in. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits to target one person at a time, only to see the trends among many users. This information is primarily collected for statistical analysis and technical improvements to the site. This system uses software services such as Google Analytics 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.


Website measurement and customization technologies (commonly called "cookies") are small bits of text that are downloaded to your internet browser when you visit a website. The Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M-10-22, Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies defines conditions under which Federal agencies may use session and persistent cookies, and categorizes them in "tiers" to identify their characteristics.

Session cookies

Session cookies are not stored on your computer's hard drive, and are removed when you complete your session or exit the site. Some Department websites use these "Tier 1" session cookies to provide streamlined navigation and statistical analysis. No personally identifying information is gathered.

Persistent cookies

"Tier 2" persistent cookies remain on your computer's hard drive after you complete an activity. Google Analytics Premium uses persistent cookies to measure how new and returning visitors use our websites over time. These persistent cookies do not collect any personally identifying information, and the information that is collected is only used to improve our website. To prevent your data from being collected, you can download and install the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on created by Google. (See related: Google’s main privacy policy)

You may control permissions for cookies on this or any other website by adjusting your individual browser settings for customized privacy protection - see for helpful guidance. You can still use Department websites if you do not accept the cookies, but you may be unable to use certain cookie-dependent features.


The NIC forums are open to the public after an individual creates an account on the website, any information you provide could be viewable to the general public. We make every effort to keep details such as email addresses private, but if you do select to have your email address shown it will be viewable by the general public.

How We Use Your Personal Information

You do not have to provide any personal information to visit this website. If you choose to provide us with personal information, such as by sending a message to an e-mail address on this website or by filling out a form and submitting it through our website, we will use that information to respond to your message or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication. The National Institute of Corrections does not collect or use information for commercial marketing.

We may share information you give us with contractors acting on our behalf or with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency. In other limited circumstances, such as responses to requests from Congress and private individuals, we may be required by law to disclose information you submit. If you provide comments in response to a request for public comments, we may make those comments, as well as your identity, available to the public in a publication or by posting them on our website. Where possible, we may give you more specific guidance at the point of collection regarding how your personal information may be used or disclosed.

Electronically-submitted information is maintained and destroyed according to the principles of the Federal Records Act and the regulations and records schedules of the National Archives and Records Administration, and in some cases, may be covered by the Privacy Act and subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A discussion of the FOIA can be found at: and a discussion about the Privacy Act can be found at

Remember that e-mail is not secure against interception. If your communication is sensitive or includes personal information, you may prefer to send it by postal mail instead.


We believe in the importance of protecting the privacy of children online and do not knowingly contact or collect personal information from children under 13. Our site is not intended to solicit information of any kind from children under 13.

Site Security

For site security purposes and to ensure 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. Anyone using this system 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.

Links to Other Web Sites

The information posted on the National Institute of Corrections' site includes hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations. The National Institute of Corrections provides these links and pointers solely for your information and convenience. When you click on a link to an outside Web site, you are subject to the privacy, copyright, security, and information quality policies of that website. The National Institute of Corrections:

  • DOES NOT control or guarantee the accuracy, legality, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of information contained on a linked website;
  • DOES NOT endorse linked websites, the views they express, or the products/services they offer;
  • CANNOT authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites;
  • IS NOT responsible for transmissions users receive from linked websites;
  • DOES NOT guarantee that outside websites comply with the accessibility requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Links to non-federal government sites will either appear on a page notifying you that the sites are not controlled by the National Institute of Corrections, or you will receive an intercepting (redirect) page indicating that you are leaving the NIC's site when you access such a link.

If you find a link that does not work please e-mail the National Institute of Corrections Web Manager through our helpdesk.


The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Government or NIC's parent agencies.

Reference herein to any specific commercial products, processes, or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government.

The information and statements contained on this server shall not be used for the purposes of advertising, nor to imply the endorsement or recommendation of the United States Government.

With respect to documents available from this server, neither the United States Government nor any of its employees make any warranty, express or implied, including but not limited to the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Further, neither the United States Government nor any of its employees assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product or process disclosed; nor do they represent that its use would not infringe privately owned rights.