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Notice of Monitoring

You are entering an Official United Coast Guard Auxiliary System, which may be used only for authorized purposes. The U.S. Government, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security and or any other Government Agency may monitor and audit usage of this system, and all persons are hereby notified that use of this system constitutes consent to such monitoring and auditing. Unauthorized attempts to upload information and/or change information on these web sites are strictly prohibited and are subject to prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and 18 U.S.C. §§1001 and §§1030.

This system and related software and equipment are intended solely for the communication, transmission, processing, and storage of US government information. For site security purposes and to ensure that this Web site remains available to all users, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary monitors network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or to otherwise cause damage to the site. Anyone using this Web site expressly consents to such monitoring.

Unauthorized attempts to modify any information stored on this system, to defeat or circumvent security features, or to utilize this system for other than its intended purposes are prohibited and may result in criminal prosecution.

If monitoring reveals evidence of possible criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to law enforcement personnel. In addition, if you send us information about a threat or comments that or might constitute a threat, or your comments contain information about criminal activities, we may provide that and associated information to law enforcement and/or other appropriate authorities.

Any person submitting an e-mail, form or other electronic for communication in an attempt or with the content of a solicitation in any manner shape or form, or content that is in a form other than that of a request regarding the missions of the U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary is subject to civil and criminal prosecution. All inform about the visit and any information collected in the communication shall be passed to law enforcement for criminal charges to be filed and or needed for prosecution.

Disclaimer and limitation of liability

This web site and the information it contains is provided as a public service by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. This system is monitored to ensure proper operation, to verify the functioning of applicable security features, and for other like purposes. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring. Unauthorized attempts to modify any information stored on this system, to defeat or circumvent security features, or to utilize this system for other than its intended purposes are prohibited and may result in criminal prosecution.

Restriction of liability

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this web site and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this web site. No warranty of any kind, implied, expressed or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and freedom from computer virus, is given with respect to the contents of this web site or its hyperlinks to other Internet resources. Reference in this web site to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The information posted on the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary website includes hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations. United States Coast Guard Auxiliary provides these links and pointers solely for our users' information and convenience. When users select a link to an outside website, they are leaving the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary site and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website.

Ownership

Information presented on this web site in the non-logged in domain is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. However, all information submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary via this site shall be deemed and remain the property of the U.S. Coast Guard and or United States Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Department of Homeland Security, except those submissions made under separate legal contract. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary shall be free to use, for any purpose, any ideas, concepts, or techniques contained in information provided to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary through this site.

What Information We Collect

Our system routinely collects information about origin and site navigation of website visitors. To collect this data, the site may use "session cookies". A "session cookie" is stored in temporary memory and is not retained after the browser is closed. This information is used only to help us continually modify the site based on use patterns and is not linked to any personal identifying information. We may collect any identifying or personal data on site as deemed necessary for operations, site standards or as required by law or U.S. Government requirement.

Who Is Collecting The Information

The people using aggregate website access information include but are not limited to Auxiliary staff, in particular, our web team, Elected Auxiliary Leadership, U.S. Coast Guard Staff, U.S. Government staff and other national security teams. If a visitor submits additional identifying information, that information is available  to the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary staff who will be involved in implementing the requested activity.

How We Will Use The Information

Information about website use patterns will be utilized by the web team and other appropriate United States Coast Guard Auxiliary staff to modify and enhance the website. Identifying individual information (such as name, e-mail, and address) may also be used. Persons submitting such information consent that this information be shared on a "as neeeded" bases within the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Coast Guard or U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

With Whom Will The Information Be Shared

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary does not sell, share or release any information about website users to any third parties, unless requested to do so by that user. Personal information about individual website users, as submitted as part of a service or information request, will not be shared for other than the stated purpose in any way without specific consent from the user. However, we shall disclose information as required by law or when required as part of securing the interests of the United States or its ascents.

Consumer Choices

Personal information about website users is collected only as part of a request for service. If information is required in order to provide a service, the website user will be informed as to which information in optional and which is essential for receipt of the service. Users have the option of asking that personal information be removed from our site once the service has been completed. Users also have the choice of ending any subscription or request for information by submitting a cancellation request to the National Help Desk.

If users do not wish to have any "cookies" attached to their browser, they may disable cookies through their browser or Internet service company.

Email Security

Email links are provided as a means to contact to the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary forces. The sender's return email address will be used to respond to comments and questions and may be made available to other members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Because normal e-mail is not encrypted, the possibility exists that unauthorized individuals may intercept e-mail messages. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is not responsible for privacy of e-mail messages.

Links

This web site contains links to other external web sites. If you decide to utilize any of the external links, you will be directed to a site which is not covered by our privacy policy. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary recommends that you read the privacy statements of these sites since their policies may differ from ours.

Links to non-Coast Guard or U.S. Government entities are provided for the convenience of our customers. They do not, in any way, constitute an endorsement of the linked pages or any commercial or private issues or products presented there. We cannot make any warranty or representation concerning the content of these sites, or secondary sites from the pages to which they link.

Users are encouraged to review the privacy policy of each linked site, as the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is not responsible for the privacy policies or procedures of other sites.

Copyright Notice

Unless a copyright is indicated, information on the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Web site is in the public domain and may be reproduced, published or otherwise used without the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary permission. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary requires only that the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary be cited as the source of the information and that any photo credits or bylines be similarly credited to the photographer or author or United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, as appropriate.

If a copyright is indicated on a photo, graphic, or any other material, permission to copy these materials must be obtained from the original source.

This copyright notice does not pertain to information on Web sites other than the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Seals & Logos

Federal law prohibits use of the words "U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary," the initials "USCG-Auxiliary,", USCGAUX, or any variation as provided under federal law or COMDTINST M16790. The seal of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, or any colorable imitation of such words, initials, or seal in connection with any merchandise, impersonation, solicitation, or commercial activity in a manner reasonably calculated to convey the impression that such use is approved, endorsed, or authorized by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is strictly prohibited under title 14 section 822 of the United States Code..

Photographs & Illustrations Disclaimer

All digital photographs on this site have been processed to meet presentation and bandwidth requirements and should be considered illustrations unless otherwise noted.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: January 3, 2013