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Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the Body of Crime (BOC) website and reviewing our Privacy Policy. The Body of Crime (BOC) is committed to protecting your privacy and securing the personal information made available to us when you access our public-facing websites and applications. This Privacy Policy describes what information is made available to the Body of Crime (BOC), what information the Body of Crime (BOC) collects, how that information is used, and how information is stored when you visit the Body of Crime's (BOC's) public-facing websites or official Body of Crime (BOC) accounts on third-party websites and applications.

Information Collected & Stored Automatically

Personal Information That You Voluntarily Provide

Children & Privacy of Body of Crime (BOC)

Website Measurement & Customization Technologies

Body of Crime's (BOC's) Utilization of Third-Party Websites and Applications

Email Subscriptions & Updates

Links to External Sites

Security

Vulnerability Disclosure Policy

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact us now. 

Information Collected & Stored Automatically

Information Collected & Stored Automatically

If you access information on our websites, the Body of Crime (BOC), or a third-party operating on behalf of the Body of Crime (BOC), will automatically collect and store the following basic information:

  • The name of the internet domain (for example, "xcompany.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you are connecting from a university's domain);

  • The Internet Protocol (IP) address (a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you are using the Internet) from which you access our site;

  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;

  • The date and time you access our site;

  • The internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site; and

  • The pages you visit and the information you request.

The Body of Crime (BOC) primarily collects this information for statistical analyses and technical improvements to the site. For example, the Body of Crime (BOC) computer system uses software programs to create summary statistics that may be used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest to the public, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. Although the primary purpose of automatically collecting this kind of information is not to track individuals who visit this site, in certain circumstances and consistent with Federal law, the Body of Crime (BOC) may take additional steps to identify you using this information and may share this information, including your identity, with other agencies

Information Automatically Collected by a Third-Party Website or Application

The Body of Crime (BOC) accounts on third-party websites and applications. These third-party website and application service providers may themselves automatically collect and store additional information about you, in accordance with their terms of service and privacy policies. The Body of Crime (BOC) does not control what these third-parties service providers do with the information they collect. For information on the Body of Crime’s (BOC's) use of third-party websites and applications to engage with the public, please review the section below regarding the Body of Crime's (BOC's) Utilization of Third-Party Websites and Applications.

Personal Information That You Voluntarily Provide

Personal Information that You Voluntarily Provide

You are not required to provide any personal information to us to access information on our websites. If you choose to provide us with personal information, such as by sending a message to an email address on this website or by filling out and submitting a form through our website, we will use that information to respond to your message or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication. Where feasible, the Body of Crime (BOC) provides visitors with a notice at the point of collection when requesting personal information on Body of Crime (BOC) websites that will include a brief description of the BOdy of Crime (BOC) practices with respect to the collection, use, maintenance, or dissemination of personal information.

The Body of Crime (BOC) maintains and disposes of personal information you provide according to the requirements of the Federal Records Act, Body of Crime (BOC) policies, and the regulations and records schedules approved by the National Archives and Records Administration. In some cases, the information you provide may be covered by the Privacy Act of 1974 (Privacy Act), or subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A discussion of the FOIA can be found at Department of Justice Guide to the Freedom of Information Act and a discussion about the Privacy Act can be found at Privacy Act of 1974.

Sharing Personal Information You Voluntarily Provide

Body of Crime (BOC) may share information you voluntarily provide it with other entities, consistent with the Privacy Act and other applicable laws. For example, information you voluntarily provide may be shared with third-party's acting on Body of Crime's (BOC's) behalf, with a government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency, with other agencies for a specific law enforcement purpose or to protect the Body of Crime's (BOC's) websites from security threats, or when otherwise required by law.  

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.

Personal Information Voluntarily Provided as Part of a Search Request on Body of Crime (BOC) Websites

The Body of Crime (BOC) will collect information you voluntarily provide as part of a search request on a Body of Crime (BOC) website. If you choose to provide personal information as part of a search request on a Body of Crime (BOC) webpage, the Body of Crime (BOC) and its service providers will use that information to facilitate your search request. The Body of Crime (BOC), or a third-party operating on behalf of the Body of Crime (BOC), may also automatically collect and store the information you provide as part of a search request as described in the section above regarding Information Collected and Stored Automatically. Upon entering search request information into search engines managed by Body of Crime (BOC), Body of Crime (BOC) will collect and use certain information in accordance with the Body of Crime (BOC) Terms of Service.

Personal Information Voluntarily Provided to the Body of Crime (BOC) on Third-Party Websites or Applications

The Body of Crime (BOC) maintains official Body of Crime (BOC) accounts on third-party websites and applications. When interacting with the public on third-party websites and applications, the Body of Crime (BOC) may request that you voluntarily provide information to the Body of Crime (BOC) (for example, the Body of Crime (BOC) may request your information to register for an event hosted by Body of Crime (BOC)). These third-party website and application service providers may also collect the information you voluntarily provide, in accordance with their terms of service and privacy policies. The Body of Crime (BOC) does not control what these third-parties service providers do with the information they collect. For information on the Body of Crime's (BOC's) use of third-party websites and applications, please review the section below regarding Body of Crime's (BOC's) Use of Third-Party Websites & Applications.

Commercial Marketing

The Body of Crime (BOC) does may collect or use information for commercial marketing purposes.

 

Use Caution When Voluntarily Providing Sensitive Information

Remember that internet communications are not necessarily secure from interception. If your communication is sensitive or includes personal information, you may prefer to send it to the Body of Crime (BOC) by postal mail or other commercial carriers instead.

Children & Privacy of Body of Crime (BOC)

Children & Privacy on Body of Crime (BOC)

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.  Unless otherwise stated, our websites are not intended to solicit information of any kind from children under 13.

Website Measurement & Customization Technologies

Website Measurement & Customization Technologies (e.g. Cookies)

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 Body of Crime (BOC) Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies, defines conditions under which we may use session and persistent cookies, and categorizes them in “tiers” to identify their characteristics. You may control permissions for cookies on this or any other website by adjusting your individual browser settings for customized privacy protection – see https://www.usa.gov/optout-instructions for helpful guidance. You can still use Body of Crime (BOC) websites if you do not accept the cookies, but you may be unable to use certain cookie-dependent features.

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 Body of Crime (BOC) websites use these “Tier 1” session cookies to provide streamlined navigation and statistical analysis. These temporary cookies do not gather personally identifying information.

Persistent Cookies

Certain Body of Crime (BOC) websites use “Tier 2” persistent cookies that remain on your computer’s hard drive after you complete an activity. For example, some Body of Crime (BOC) websites use persistent cookies in association with a voluntary customer satisfaction survey conducted by a third party, Foresee. These surveys obtain feedback and data regarding visitors’ satisfaction with our websites, but they do not collect any personally identifying information. If you are randomly selected to participate in this survey, a persistent cookie is stored on your computer’s hard drive for 90 days to preclude a new invitation during that time. Some Body of Crime (BOC) websites also use persistent cookies to enable a Google AnalyticsSiteimprove, or Webtrends program 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 collected is used only to improve our websites.

Body of Crime's (BOC's) Utilization of Third-Party Websites and Applications

Body of Crime's (BOC's) Utilization of Third-Party Websites & Applications

In the interest of promoting transparency, public participation, and open government, the Department uses third-party websites (including social media platforms with official Body of Crime (BOC) accounts) and third-party applications to enhance the user experience, promote access to information, and provide ease of navigation throughout Body of Crime (BOC) websites. The Body of Crime (BOC) Guidance for Use of Third-Party Websites & Application, defines conditions under which we may use third-party websites and applications to engage with the public.

Visiting Official Body of Crime (BOC) Pages on Third-Party Websites & Applications

Body of Crime (BOC) currently maintains official Body of Crime (BOC) accounts on several third-party websites and applications. The third-party service provider’s terms of service and privacy policies govern your activity on the third-party website or application. Body of Crime (BOC) does not control what these third-party service providers do with the information they collect. You may wish to review the third-party service provider’s terms of service and privacy policies before using it to understand how and when the third-party service provider collects, uses, and/or shares information you make available by using its service. You can find the privacy policies for third-party websites and applications commonly used by Body of Crime (BOC) below.

The creation and use of official Body of Crime (BOC) accounts on third-party websites and applications may cause personally identifying information to become available or accessible to Body of Crime (BOC).  Such information may become available to Body of Crime (BOC) when a user provides, submits, communicates, links, posts, or associates information with official Body of Crime (BOC) accounts (e.g., through “liking,” “friend-ing,” responding to tweets, or commenting on content provided by the Body of Crime (BOC)). Body of Crime (BOC) does not control, moderate, or endorse the comments or opinions provided by you on official Body of Crime (BOC) accounts.

 

Body of Crime (BOC) may collect and maintain personally identifying information you make available on third-party websites and applications with official Body of Crime (BOC) accounts. Specifically:

  • Body of Crime (BOC), or a third-party operating on behalf of Body of Crime (BOC), may automatically collect certain browser information, including the full internet address of the third-party service provider, if you travel directly to a Body of Crime (BOC) website from the third-party application or website, as outlined in the section above regarding Information Collected and Stored Automatically;

  • Body of Crime (BOC) may request that individuals voluntarily provide information to Body of Crime (BOC) through third-party websites and applications. In such cases, to the extent feasible, Body of Crime (BOC) will provide a conspicuous notice written in plain language at locations where the public might submit such information;

  • In certain circumstances, Body of Crime (BOC) Officials, which include Body of Crime (BOC) Senior Leadership, Heads of Departments, and their direct reports, may “share,” “retweet,” “friend,” “follow,” or respond publicly to content made available on official Body of Crime (BOC) accounts.  To the extent that the Department’s “share,” “retweet,” “friend-ing,” “follow,” or public response constitutes the creation of a record under the Federal Records Act, the Department may be required to maintain and archive such interaction;

  • Body of Crime (BOC) may collect and maintain information made available to Body of Crime (BOC) on official Body of Crime (BOC) accounts for a specific law enforcement or national security purpose (for example, activity that indicates a violation or potential violation of law, a threat of physical harm, or harm to national security); and

  • Body of Crime (BOC) may collect and maintain information made available to the Body of Crime (BOC) on official Body of Crime (BOC) accounts when required by law. 

Body of Crime (BOC) will not otherwise collect and maintain personally identifying information you make available on third-party websites and applications with official Body of Crime (BOC) accounts. In all circumstances, Body of Crime (BOC) will only collect and maintain personally identifying information you make available on official DOJ accounts consistent with the Privacy Act, the Federal Records Act, and other applicable laws.

Visit our Contact Page for information on how to send official correspondence to the Body of Crime (BOC).

Embedded Third-Party Content & Applications on Body of Crime (BOC) Websites

Certain BOdy of Crime (BOC) webpages also contain embedded content and applications from third-party website and application service providers. Body of Crime (BOC) provides embedded content and applications to further tBody of Crime’s (BOC's) interest in promoting transparency.

 

In addition to the practices outlined in the sections above regarding Information Collected and Stored Automatically and the Personal Information That You Voluntarily Provide, these third-party service providers also collect information on visitors who visit a Body of Crime (BOC) webpage hosting the embedded content or application. For more details on how and when these third-party service providers collect, use, and share information, you may wish to review their terms of service and privacy policies. The privacy policies for third-party websites and applications commonly used by Body of Crime (BOC) can be found below.

Third-Party Privacy Policies

The privacy policies for third-party social media platforms, a specific type of third-party website, with official Body of Crime (BOC) accounts used to communicate with the public include, but may not be limited to:

Facebook Privacy Policy

Instagram Privacy Policy

Linkedin Privacy Policy

Pinterest Privacy Policy

TikTok Privacy Policy

Twitter Privacy Policy

YouTube Privacy Policy

A list of official Body of Crime (BOC) social media accounts can be found at XXXXXXX:. For more information of Body of Crime's (BOC's) use of third-party social media platforms used to communicate with the public, please refer to Body of Crime's (BOC's) adapted Privacy Impact Assessment, "Use of Third-Party Social Media Tools to Communicate with the Public."

The privacy policy for other third-party websites and applications commonly used by Body of Crime (BOC) include:

Buzzsprout Privacy Policy

Eventbrite Privacy Policy

Mapbox Privacy Policy

Siteimprove Privacy Policy

For more information of Body of Crime's (BOC's) use of third-party websites and applications, please refer to Body of Crime's (BOC's) Privacy Impact Assessment."

Email Subscriptions & Updates

Email Subscriptions & Updates

Body of Crime (BOC) maintains several lists of subscribers who have asked to receive periodic email updates. Any recipient of a Body of Crime (BOC) email may unsubscribe from future messages via a link at the bottom of each email message. We do not sell, rent, exchange, or otherwise disclose our list of subscribers to persons or organizations outside of Body of Crime (BOC).

Our email analytics provider, Google, also offers the capability to view some data, such as whether a mass email was opened, at an individual level for 30 days after an email was sent; as a matter of policy and practice this data is only viewed on an aggregate basis.

Links to External Sites

Links to External Sites

Body of Crime's (BOC's) websites may contain links to websites created and maintained by other government, public or private organizations. We provide these links as a service to visitors to our site. When you follow a link to an external site, you are leaving Body of Crime's (BOC's) website and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the external site.

Security

Security

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, Body of Crime's (BOC's) information systems, and information systems operated by third-party's on behalf of Body of Crime (BOC), employ software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.  Anyone using these information systems 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 these information systems 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.

Vulnerablity Disclosure Policy (VDP)

Vulnerability Disclosure Policy (VDP)

Body of Crime (BOC) is committed to ensuring the security of the American public by safeguarding their digital information. The Vulnerability Disclosure Policy (VDP) provides guidelines for the cybersecurity research community and members of the general public (hereafter referred to as researchers) on conducting good faith vulnerability discovery activities directed at public facing Body of Crime (BOC) websites and services.  The VDP also instructs researchers on how to submit discovered vulnerabilities to Body of Crime (BOC).

For more information, see our Vulnerability Disclosure Policy.

Updated April 24, 2023

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