User Terms of Agreement
If you choose to provide us with personal information (e.g., providing e-mail and/or postal addresses on “Contact Us” forms) we only use that information to respond to your message or request. We will only share the information you give us with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency, or as otherwise required by law. We never create individual profiles or provide your information to any private organizations. WHINSEC never collects information for commercial marketing. While you must provide an e-mail address or postal address for a response other than those generated automatically in response to questions or comments that you may submit, we recommend that you NOT include any other personal information, especially Social Security numbers. The Social Security Administration offers additional guidance on sharing your Social Security number.
For site management, usage information is collected for statistical purposes only. This government computer system uses software programs to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.
Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes and are scheduled for regular destruction in accordance with National Archives and Records Administration guidelines.
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, Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act of 2008, and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996.
Whinsec.org does not use persistent cookies (persistent tokens that pass information back and forth from the client machine to the server). Whinsec.org may use session cookies (tokens that remain active only until you close your browser) in order to make the site easier to use. WHINSEC DOES NOT keep a database of information obtained from these cookies.
Users can choose not to accept these cookies and still use the site, but it may take you longer to fill out the same information repeatedly and clicking on the banners may not take you to the correct link. Refer to the help information in your browser software for instructions on how to disable cookies
External Links Disclaimer
The appearance of hyperlinks to external sites does not constitute endorsement by the WHINSEC, Department of the U.S. Army or the Department of Defense of the linked web site or the information, products or services contained therein. WHINSEC does not exercise any editorial control over the information found at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this DoD web site.
The use of copyrighted material within the Army is subject to U.S. copyright law as reflected in Army regulations. It is Army policy to recognize and respect the rights of copyright owners. This page does not create any right, remedy, or cause of action for any person against the Army.
It is Department of the Army policy to recognize the rights of copyright owners (e.g., photo journalists or embedded media) consistent with the Army’s mission and worldwide commitments. Copyrighted works will not be reproduced or distributed outside of the Army without the written or electronically conveyed permission of the copyright owner.
In the event a copyright owner grants the Army written or electronically conveyed permission to use copyrighted material for internal command information or morale and welfare purposes, commanders or heads of Army activities will take care to assure that such permission is not abused by improper use of the material.
In addition, any use of copyrighted material, for which permission has been obtained, will carry attribution for the source of the material. Army Public Affairs will continue to make every effort to reinforce this policy through public affairs channels and to ensure widest dissemination of these guidelines around the Army, and at every level of command.
Copyrighted material in the Army’s possession should be safeguarded from accidental unauthorized release.
Copyright issues are under the purview of the Office of the Judge Advocate General and are covered in Army Regulation 27-60, Intellectual Property.
Army Regulation 25-1 prohibits the posting of documents or information protected by a copyright on Army websites without the permission of the copyright holder.
Licensed use. A license is a contract which identifies the terms under which the Army can use a copyrighted work (e.g., can use my painting on the Army website for a period of 6 months, but not for any other purposes). There is no required format for a license and different licenses will vary greatly in their terms. At a minimum, the organization which receives the license should file a record copy. This will vary based on the scope of the license and intended use of the copyrighted work. For example, Office of Chief of Public Affairs might keep track of any licenses which allow use of a copyrighted work on the Army website, but a battalion might keep track of a license to use a copyrighted work in a locally distributed document.
Use of information in these resources is governed by the U.S. copyright law, as well as individual database vendor agreements. According to the fair use clauses of U.S. copyright law, you may cite short excerpts in papers and reports for classroom and other academic uses if you also cite the source of the information (e.g. journal article). You may not use entire works for this purpose. When using information from these databases, properly cite and credit the source.
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