We do not use "persistent" web cookies. Persistent web cookies are defined as web cookies that can track "the activities of users over time and across different web sites.
Session cookies, the kind used on this site, automatically expire when users leave a site. Session cookies retain information only during the session or for the purpose of completing a particular online transaction, without any capacity to track users over time and across different web sites.
Emails and Web Forms
Personally identifying information that you provide by email and/or web forms will be used only for such purposes as are described at the point of collection (for example on a web form), such as to send information or products to you, process your application, or to respond to your questions or comments. If you provide contact information, NEA staff or its contractors may contact you to clarify your comment or question, or to learn about your level of customer satisfaction with our services. We do not sell any personal information to third parties.
Information Collected and Stored Automatically
If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the web site, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:
- The Internet domain (for example, "xcompany.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "your school.edu" if you connect from a university) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our web site;
- The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
- The date and time you access our site;
- The pages you visit and how long you visited each page; and
- If you linked to the NEA web site from another web site, the address of that web site.
We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors and to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits.
Our policy discloses the privacy practices for the NEA web site. But NEA provides links to other web sites. When you leave the NEA web site (www.arts.gov), you will go to sites outside our control. These external sites may send their own cookies to users, collect data, or solicit personal information. The privacy policies and procedures described here for NEA do not apply to any external links. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of any site you link to from ours, especially if you share any personal information. Be informed. You are the person best qualified to protect your own privacy.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, the National Endowment for the Arts uses software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage.
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 1986 and 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1001 and 1030. Information also may be used for authorized law enforcement investigations. Except for the above purposes, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits.