Information Collected Automatically when Users Surf the GPO Website
GPO collects the following data for statistical purposes only:
- the IP address from which users access our website;
- the date and time of their visits;
- the URLs of the pages that they view;
- WAIS searches and retrievals, including search terms.
We use these statistics to make improvements to GPO.gov, not to identify individual users or their searches. We do not enable cookies to monitor usage or to gather users' personal information.
Information Collected via Correspondence with GPO
Personal information submitted by a user in comments or questions via phone, fax, or e-mail is not distributed to parties outside of GPO. Identifying information, such as name, e-mail address, and phone or fax number, is used only for responding to users' comments or questions, and is not made available for other purposes.
Information Collected via the U.S. Government Online Bookstore
Personal information supplied by a user when submitting an order via our U.S. Government Online Bookstore website, or FDSys.gov, phone, fax, or e-mail is used for fulfilling that order. This information may be used to notify customers of new products that may be of interest to them. GPO provides names and addresses, upon request, only to the publishing agency of the specific product purchased.
GPO is pleased to participate on open, un-moderated forums offered by commercial social network sites in order to increase government transparency, promote public participation, and encourage collaboration. We currently maintain official GPO accounts on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
We also send out opt-in email newsletters through our New Titles by Topic email sign-up located on our online bookstore website, and we allow comments to be posted to our GovBookTalk blog. Please note that GPO does not control or endorse the comments or opinions provided by visitors to these sites or to our blog.
Your order Information is encrypted
Information submitted through an order placed on the U.S. Government Online Bookstore is protected by the use of robust commercial encryption software. By using this software to create a secure environment for online information exchange, GPO ensures that only authorized personnel can view personal information, such as credit card numbers.
Disclaimer for GPO Information
All information provided by GPO on this US Government Bookstore site is made available to provide immediate access for the convenience of interested persons. While GPO believes the information to be reliable, human or mechanical error remains a possibility. Therefore, GPO does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or correct sequencing of the information. Neither GPO, nor any of the sources of the information, shall be responsible for any error or omission, or for the use of, or the results obtained from the use of, this information.
The material available for purchase from the US Government Bookstore is produced by the three branches of the Federal Government and trade names, trademarks, agency seals, logos, and other symbols or insignia should be accepted as official Federal Government content and are often protected by their agency regulations. An end user will need to request permission to use these symbols.
Most content produced by the Federal Government is in the public domain. If specific content has any copyrighted material within its content, it shall be noted within the document and applicable Federal laws apply. Citation to the appropriate source of the originating information is appreciated, as appropriate for public domain content.
Disclaimer of Endorsement
Reference herein to any specific commercial products, processes, or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the U.S. government.
Cookies are small pieces of information that Web servers or pages store on a user's hard drive. There are two types of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Both types of cookies allow Internet servers to "remember" specific information about a user. Websites use them primarily to personalize their sites for individual users, to keep track of orders when users purchase products, and to target advertising toward users based on the information that they access. However, session cookies will "remember" that information for only as long as you explore a website during one "session", or visit to the website. Session cookies will not "remember" information about you when you return to the site for subsequent visits. However, persistent cookies will "remember" this information for more than one session. OMB has decided that persistent cookies should not be allowed on Government websites, except in "the most unusual of circumstances." GPO currently follows this recommendation.
Encryption technology ensures the protection of personal information via private, secure transactions. View encryption information for the U.S. Government Online Bookstore.
Site security is the concept of monitoring network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on GPO's servers.
In the case that suspicious activity of this sort arises, a user's personal information may be tracked to identify a possible threat. This is the only reason that GPO will ever collect personal information and/or monitor user activity without asking permission or giving prior notice.
Note: To assist users in finding official Government information, we provide links to other websites. Once users have left gpo.gov and entered another site, they are subject to the policies and legal notices on that site.
Disclaimer for Hypertext Links
Copyright Status Notice
Unless specifically stated otherwise, all information on the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) website is in the public domain, and may be reproduced, published or otherwise used without GPO's permission.
Some photographs in major banners and navigation headings are commercially licensed and cannot be reproduced, published or otherwise used.