USAARL Website Privacy & Security Policy

USAARL Web Site Privacy and Security Terms of Use

USAARL web sites are provided as a public service by the United States Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory

Information presented on this web site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.

To aid in site management, information is collected for statistical purposes. This government computer system uses software programs to create summary statistics, which are 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. Below is an example of the information collected based on a standard request for a World Wide Web document:

xxx.yyy.com -- [28/Jan/2008:00:00:01 -0500] "GET /Defense/news/nr012708.html HTTP/1.0" 200 16704 Mozilla 3.0/www.google.com

  • xxx.yyy.com (or 123.123.23.12) -- this is the host name (or Internet protocol (IP) address) associated with the requester (you as the visitor). In this case, the requester is coming from the xxx.yyy.net address. Depending on the requester's method of network connection, the host name (or IP address) may or may not identify the user's specific computer. Connections via many Internet Service Providers (ISP) assign different IP addresses for each session, or only connect to the Internet via proxy servers, so the host name may only identify the ISP. The host name (or IP address) may identify a specific computer if that computer has a fixed IP address.
  • [28/Jan/2008:00:00:01 -0500] -- this is the date and time of the request
  • "GET /Defense/news/nr012708.html HTTP/1.0" -- this is the location of the requested file
  • 200 -- this is the status code - 200 is OK - the request was filled
  • 16704 -- this is the size of the requested file in bytes
  • Mozilla 3.0 -- this identifies the type of browser software used to access the page, which indicates what design parameters to use in constructing the pages
  • www.google.com -- this indicates the last site the person visited, which indicates how people find the requested file.

Requests for other types of documents use similar information. Unless otherwise stated, no personally-identifiable information is collected.

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 General Schedule 20 . All data collection activities are in strict accordance with DoD Directive 5240.1 (reference (p)).

Web measurement and customization technologies (WMCT) may be used on this site to remember your online interactions, to conduct measurement and analysis of usage, or to customize your experience. The Department of Defense does not use the information associated with WMCT to track individual user activity on the Internet outside of Defense Department websites, nor does it share the data obtained through such technologies, without your explicit consent, with other departments or agencies. The Department of Defense does not keep a database of information obtained from the use of WMCT. General instructions for how you may opt out of some of the most commonly used WMCT is available at http://www.usa.gov/optout_instructions.shtml.

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 1987 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please forward them to our webmaster at usarmy.rucker.medcom-usaarl.list.webmaster@mail.mil.

Cookie Disclaimer. USAARL's Website does not use persistent cookies, i.e., tokens that pass information back and forth from your computer to the server and remain after you close your browser. USAARL web sites do use session cookies, i.e. tokens that remain active only until you close your browser, for site management and statistical purposes. This government computer system uses software programs to create summary statistics, which are 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.

Session cookies are temporary cookies that are used to maintain context or "state" between otherwise stateless web transactions and that are deleted at the end of the web session in which they are created. No database of information obtained from these cookies is kept and when you close your browser, the cookie is deleted from your computer.

You can choose not to accept these cookies and still use the site. The help information in your browser software should provide you with instruction on how to disable cookies.


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This Web site provides an introduction to the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL) and contains official Government information. Its use is intended for members of the general public, news media and Army Medical Department beneficiaries. Please address questions or concerns about this website to the USAARL Public Affairs Office via email or by telephone at 334-255-6883