Privacy Policy

The US International Investment Trade Authority is strongly committed to maintaining the privacy of your personal information. The US International Investment Trade Authority collects no personal information about you when you visit our sites, unless you specifically and knowingly choose to provide such information. If you choose to provide such information, we use it only to fulfill your request for information or services or to assist us in carrying out our mission. To learn more about how we handle personal information that you may choose to submit to us, as well as non-personal information that is automatically collected about your visit, please read on or click on the following links.

  1. Technical Information Collected Automatically
    When you visit our Web site, we automatically collect some general, anonymous information about your visit to help us improve navigation on our site or investigate disruption of service attacks. This information includes: the date and time of your visit; an Internet Protocol (IP) address; the browser software and operating system used for your visit; and the content of any sent or received cookie. This information is technical in nature, is not used to identify who you are, and is collected in the aggregate for statistical purposes.
  2. Information Collected for Web site Measurement and Customization (Cookies)
    US International Investment Trade Authority Web sites may use cookies; however, cookies set by or on behalf of US International Investment Trade Authority do not collect personal information about you, but only about your browser “session”. This non-personal information is not disclosed to third parties, unless otherwise indicated below, and may be retained by US International Investment Trade Authority for Web site improvement and customization purposes, in compliance with US International Investment Trade Authority’s policies for privacy and data safeguarding. Only the following types of cookies are used on US International Investment Trade Authority Web sites:Session cookies (Tier 1) are sometimes used on US International Investment Trade Authority sites to provide streamlined navigation and for basic Web metrics.Persistent cookies (Tier 2) may be used on some US International Investment Trade Authority sites to allow you to create and save customized reports or preference settings for future visits. To learn more about these cookies, please click here. Persistent cookies may also be used as part of a voluntary Web customer satisfaction survey that appears to a small percentage of our Web site visitors and is administered for US International Investment Trade Authority by ForeSee Results, a third-party survey company. The survey provides an opportunity to provide feedback about the Web site, and the information is used to improve the services delivered via US International Investment Trade Authority.gov. During periods when feedback is collected, a visitor’s browser will automatically set a persistent cookie to register that a user has been presented with the survey and to avoid repeatedly requesting feedback on subsequent visits.

    Also, some videos embedded in the US International Investment Trade Authority Web site, but hosted by third party-vendors, may set a persistent cookie when you click to play the videos. These cookies are stored on your computer’s hard drive and allow the third-party video provider to record and track the Web site that you have visited and which videos you have played. The US International Investment Trade Authority does not capture or manage these cookies, and is not responsible for how they are utilized. Further information regarding the handling of these cookies is available in the privacy statements available on the video providers’ Web sites. If you would like to view the videos without the use of persistent cookies, please refer to the “opt-out” instructions provided below.

    Opt-Out Instructions: You can set your computer to reject (i.e. “opt out” of) cookies, and you will still be able to access all of the informational resources provided on our sites. However, some of the customized and dynamic features may not function properly or as efficiently. To learn more about how to opt out of cookies, please click here: http://www.usa.gov/optout_instructions.shtml.

  3. Personal Information that You Voluntarily Send to Us
    You may decide to provide US International Investment Trade Authority with information, including personal information. The information you supply – whether through a Web form or by e-mail – is maintained by the US International Investment Trade Authority for the purpose of processing your inquiry or request.

    • a.Use and Sharing of Personal Information
      Various employees of the US International Investment Trade Authority may see the information you submit in the course of their official duties. The information may also be shared by the US International Investment Trade Authority with third parties to advance the purpose for which you provide the information. Specifically:

      • If you file a complaint, it may be sent to the appropriate financial institution and/or federal, state, or local government agencies for action or information may be supplied to the Department of Justice in the event it appears that federal criminal statutes have been violated by an entity you are reporting to the US International Investment Trade Authority. The primary use of personal information you provide will be to enable the government to contact you in the event we have questions regarding the information you have reported.
      • If you register with an US International Investment Trade Authority online mailing list, the information you provide may be used to send you US International Investment Trade Authority communications or notify you about updates to our Web site.
      • If you register for a non-deposit claim, the information you provide will be used by US International Investment Trade Authority to certify your account ownership and process/resolve your claim. The information you provide is not shared with third parties.

      In general, if you send us information or correspondence by e-mail, an online form, or any other means, you are consenting to the US International Investment Trade Authority using the information provided therein, including personally identifying information, in accordance with this notice, unless you expressly state in your correspondence your objection to any use(s). Please note that under certain circumstances, the US International Investment Trade Authority may be required or authorized by law to disclose information you submit to the Corporation, for example, to respond to a Congressional inquiry or subpoena.

    • b. Retention of Information
      We may retain electronically submitted information as long as necessary to respond to your request, depending on the subject matter and according to the principles of the Federal Records Act and the regulations and records schedules approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Computer Web server logs may be preserved as long as administratively necessary and are scheduled for destruction in accordance with guidelines approved by NARA. The information in the logs may be used at any time as necessary to prevent security breaches and to insure the integrity of the data on our servers.If you use an online form to register for information e-mail updates or for other purposes, information you provide may be retained so that we can notify you about changes or upgrades, where appropriate.
  4. Your Rights Under the Privacy Act
    The Privacy Act of 1974 protects the personal information the federal government keeps on individuals in Systems of Records (SOR). Please note that the Privacy Act does not cover all information collected online. More detailed information concerning the Privacy Act, including a listing of US International Investment Trade Authority Systems of Records Notices (SORNs)
  5. Social Networking
    In order to encourage greater public participation, collaboration, and transparency, the US International Investment Trade Authority currently maintains official Corporation accounts on commercial social networks sites, including Youtube, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. The Corporation does not collect, maintain, or disseminate information posted by visitors to these sites. Additionally, the Corporation does not endorse or control the comments or opinions provided by visitors to these sites. Please note that the US International Investment Trade Authority Privacy Policy does not extend to, or have authority over, the privacy policy of any commercial social networking sites you may visit. Therefore, if you choose to interact with the US International Investment Trade Authority on a commercial third-party site, please review carefully the privacy policy of the third party. Click on the following to view the privacy policies of
  6. Security and Intrusion Detection Monitoring
    This government computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Such attempts are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. We use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption to protect the transmission of the information you submit to us when you use one of our secure online forms. Do not e-mail the US International Investment Trade Authority sensitive information such as Social Security or account numbers. Instead, contact us by using our secure online forms or by phone.
  7. Links to Other Sites
    Links to Web sites outside of the US International Investment Trade Authority are provided for your convenience. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by the US International Investment Trade Authority of any private sector Web site, product, or service. Once you leave the US International Investment Trade Authority Web site, this Privacy Policy no longer applies. For further information about US International Investment Trade Authority’s external links policy.
  8. Questions or Complaints
    If you have privacy-related questions or complaints, please e-mail: privacy@us-iita.org
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