Information Collected and Stored Automatically
The U.S. Senate collects aggregate data about visits to Senate web sites, such as statistics that show which parts of each web site were visited the most. The following information is also collected when you visit any U.S. Senate web site: the domain/ip address from which you access the Senate web site, the date and time of your visit, the pages you visit, and the address of the web site, if any, that provided the link from which you reached the Senate site. This information is gathered only for the purpose of enabling us to improve the online service we provide to visitors to Senate web sites.
No individual identifying or personal information (such as your name) is automatically gathered when you visit any Senate web site. My web site uses google analytics which uses 'cookies' to track your visit to my site.
If You Send Us Personal Information
My web site is set up not to collect any personal information about you when you visit the site unless you choose to provide that information to us. My web site has online web forms that you can use to contact me by sending me an electronic mail message expressing your views or concerns or asking for assistance with a particular problem involving a federal agency. To send me e-mail, the online web form asks you for your name, address, e-mail address, and, if you wish, your home or work telephone numbers. I use this information provided by you to contact you about the matter you expressed your views about and to provide any casework assistance I can regarding problems you may be experiencing in dealing with a government agency. This information will be available to members of my staff so they can help me in responding to your message or request.
If you are requesting help with a casework matter, it also may be necessary for my office to share the information you provide with the government agency from which you are requesting assistance, in order to respond to your request. Other than when needed to perform constituent casework at your request, or in the course of an authorized law enforcement investigation or emergency posing an imminent risk to public safety, my office will share no personal information communicated through my web site with any outside organization or individual.
My office tabulates comments received through my web site concerning legislation and government policy issues so that I will be fully informed about the views of constituents. From time to time, I come across a comment made by a constituent, or a situation described by a constituent, in an e-mail message (as well as postal mail, phone calls, and faxes) that I feel makes a point of such general interest that I would like to refer to it in a speech, or include it in the Congressional Record, or make some other use of it, either in connection with debate in the Senate or by sharing it with the relevant government agency. My staff makes every effort in such cases to contact the author first. If you intend your message to be confidential, and would prefer that it not be used in such a way, please feel free to advise me of your preference in the message, so I can be sure to respect your wishes and see that your views are held entirely within my office.
Links to Other Sites
Bicentennial Monument, Nashua, NH: Photo by Jeff Jones on flickr, distributed under a CC-BY-NC 2.0
US Capitol: Photo courtesy of Architect of the Capitol on flickr