Description of Information Collected about Website Users
- This World Wide Web (WWW) site is provided as a public
service by the Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology
Innovation of the Environmental Protection Agency. It is operated under
contract by Environmental Management Support, Inc.
- Information presented on this WWW site is considered public
information and may be distributed or copied. The U.S. Government retains a
nonexclusive, royalty-free license to publish or reproduce these documents, or
allow others to do so, for U.S. Government purposes. These documents may be
freely distributed and used for non-commercial, scientific, and educational
purposes. Commercial use of the documents available from this server may be
protected under U.S. and Foreign Copyright Laws. When individual documents on
this server have different copyright conditions, it will be noted in those
- Links to Web sites outside of this website and non-EPA documents are provided for the
convenience of the user. The Standards of Ethical Conduct do not permit the
U.S. EPA to endorse any private sector Web site, product, or service. The U.S.
EPA does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find
on these web sites and within these documents.
These links are being provided consistent with the intended
purpose of this Web site.
- When you come to this web site to browse, you do so
anonymously. By default, EPA does not collect personally identifying
information about you. We collect only summary information [see below] about the numbers of individuals who visit our
web site and what those individuals look at. This computer system uses
industry-standard software to create summary statistics, which are used for
assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical
design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.
- The information above is also collected by Google Analytics on behalf of EPA. Google Analytics uses first-party persistent cookies, which the government classifies as Tier 2 persistent cookies. Tier 2 persistent cookies do not collect any personally identifiable information, but only those metrics listed above. In addition, persistent cookies can identify return visitors to trainex.org by setting a small file in internet Web browsers. Unless you first opt-out (see below), the Google Analytics code used will automatically set a persistent cookie in the browser of the computer you are using to access trainex.org.
Traffic statistics for trainex.org are only reported to us anonymously and in the aggregate, and no information provided by Google Analytics is traceable to any specific individual. We use the information that we automatically collect to measure the number of visitors to the different areas of our sites, and to help us make our pages more useful to visitors. This includes analyzing Web traffic to determine the types of devices and browsers that view web pages most often and the level of demand for specific pages and topics of interest.
You can opt-out by changing the cookie settings in your browser. See instructions on how to disable cookies in some of the most popular Web browsers. Google also provides an Opt-Out Browser Add-on for newer browsers. Opting-out will not prevent you from obtaining information from this website.
For more information about the federal government's use of persistent cookies, please refer to the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Memo Guidance for the Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies (PDF).
- Where identifying information is asked of you (such as to respond to an information request) that information is provided voluntarily by you. It is used only for the stated purpose and is not made available for other purposes. By providing this information voluntarily, you are consenting to its collection for the stated purpose. See our notice of use and Privacy Impact Assessment (175KB/11pp/PDF) for more details.
- Unauthorized access to or unauthorized use of this website is subject to criminal, civil, administrative, or other lawful action. For site security and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, the U.S. Government may for any lawful government purpose, without notice, monitor, intercept, search, and seize any authorized or unauthorized communication to or from this website or information used or stored on this website at any time. Any communications or information used, transmitted, or stored on this website may be used or disclosed for any lawful government purpose, including but not limited to, administrative purposes, penetration testing, communication security monitoring, personnel misconduct measures, law enforcement, and counterintelligence inquiries.
- No additional attempts are made to identify individual users
or their usage habits.
- If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, or would like to view all personally identifiable information that is in your name and currently stored in support of this website for review and possible correction, please contact us through our
Comments Page. You may also contact the EPA Privacy Hotline at 202-566-1668 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Example of Information Collected for
Below is an example of the information collected based on a
standard request for a World Wide Web document:
2013-06-08 10:32:39 126.96.36.199 - W3SVC5
GET /usenotice.cfm - 200 22927 5204 80 HTTP/1.1
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:27.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/27.0
- 2013-06-08 10:32:39
- The date and time of the request.
- 188.8.131.52 (or yyy.zzz.com)
- The IP address (or host name) associated with the requestor
(you as the visitor). Depending on the requestor's method of network
connection, the IP address (or host name) may or may not identify a specific
computer. Connections via many Internet Service Providers assign different IP
addresses for each session, so the host name identifies only the ISP. The IP
address (or host name) will identify a specific computer if that computer has a
fixed IP address.
- The site name designated internally by the server for
logging purposes. It informs the server that this particular request came
through a web site located on this server.
- GET /usenotice.cfm
- The location of the requested file.
- The status code. 200 means the request was filled.
- The size of the requested file in bytes.
- The time required to complete the request in
- 80 HTTP/1.0
- The port and protocol used to complete the request.
- Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:27.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/27.0
- Identifies the type of browser software used to access the
page, which indicates what design parameters to use in constructing the
pages. This also specifies what platform (operating system) was used.
- Identifies the page which the user came from before
visiting this page.
Requests for other types of documents use similar information.
No other user-identifying information is collected.
Information Regarding Personally Identifying Information
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.
Your viewing of this website does not result in the collection of any personal information that is contained in a Privacy Act System of Records as defined by the Privacy Act.
Any information collected by any form located on this web site is
used only for its stated purpose and is not made available for other
You are only required to provide any personally identifying
information (such as your name, e-mail address, or mailing address) to allow us
to respond to your submission.
We collect personally identifiable information only if
specifically and knowingly provided by you as part of a voluntary submission:
- Personally identifying information which you provide will only
be used in connection with responding to your submission or
facilitating registration in training classes. Records of registrations
are kept to allow you to view classes that you have previously
taken, for your reference.
- Records of registration are used to identify popular training paths and
areas where additional training opportunities would be beneficial.
- Information is collected for statistical purposes. The purpose
of this use is to measure customer interest in various areas of the site. This
information is not expressed in any form which would reveal personally
- When registering for a training class on this site, we provide the information entered to the class organizers so they can manage the event. These organizers may include companies under contract to the U.S. EPA and third parties outside the U.S. EPA. No personal information collected is sold or otherwise transferred to parties other than class organizers. This information is maintained on Trainex to provide current, comprehensive participation records for training participants.
- Cookies are enabled on this site (a "cookie" is a small file
placed on your hard drive by a web site that allows it to enhance your use of
the site over time). Cookies used on this site store personally identifying
information only when explicitly provided by you. You may still view the site
if your browser is configured to disable or disallow cookies. These cookies (specifically, session variables) are used to facilitate registration activities and are not used to track visitors outside of this website.
- No sensitive personally identifiable information (identification numbers, financial information or medical information) is stored on this system.
Unauthorized access to or unauthorized use of this website is subject to criminal, civil, administrative, or other lawful action. For site security and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, the U.S. Government may for any lawful government purpose, without notice, monitor, intercept, search, and seize any authorized or unauthorized communication to or from this website or information used or stored on this website at any time. Any communications or information used, transmitted, or stored on this website may be used or disclosed for any lawful government purpose, including but not limited to, administrative purposes, penetration testing, communication security monitoring, personnel misconduct measures, law enforcement, and counterintelligence inquiries.
By accessing or attempting to access this system, you are agreeing to these terms.