FCA collects no personal information about you when you visit the FCA Web site unless you give us that information directly. However, for security purposes, FCA does collect information about your Internet connection. When you use the FCA Web site, you are giving consent to the Government to monitor and audit your use of this system if it chooses.
What We Collect and Store Automatically—Your Internet Connection
We collect and store automatically the following information about you when you visit our Web site. This information does not identify you personally.
- The name of the Internet domain you used to access the Internet (for example, “xcompany.com,” if you use a private Internet access account, or “yourschool.edu,” if you connect from a university’s domain)
- Your IP address, which is a number that identifies your computer or your firewall
- The date and time you access our site
- The pages you visit
How We Use Personal Information That You Send to Us
When you contact us and provide us with personal information (such as your name and address), we use this information in the following ways:
- If you make an inquiry or ask us to add your name to an FCA mailing list, we add your personal information to an electronic database for correspondence tracking or mailing lists. We keep your personal information in secure computer systems and only employees with a business reason may see it.
- If you make an inquiry or a request, or file a complaint that needs supervisory or other attention, we may give personal information to our attorneys, examiners, or other appropriate staff or to other Federal, State, or local agencies.
- If you file a complaint about a Farm Credit System institution, we may give personal information and the complaint to the institution so the institution can investigate the problem. If you do not want us to disclose personal information, please state this clearly in writing.
- If you comment on a proposed rule, policy statement, or regulatory action, we place your comment letter and your personal information in the public rulemaking file, which is available to the public.
- We may disclose personal information to further our mission of maintaining stability and public confidence in the Farm Credit System.
We may disclose personal information as required by law or for a criminal investigation. Please remember that electronic mail (e-mail) is not secure from interception, so you may want to send your information by postal mail instead to
1501 Farm Credit Drive
McLean, VA 22102-5090
FCA information systems are protected by the National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The NCPS provides intrusion detection, advanced analytics, information sharing, and intrusion prevention capabilities that combat and mitigate cyber threats to the Federal Government information and networks. One of the key technologies is EINSTEIN, which is an early warning system to improve awareness, identification, and prevention of threats.
Your electronic communications with FCA may be scanned to look for known or suspected malicious cyber activity, including malicious content or communications. Your electronic communications will be collected or retained only if they are associated with known or suspected cyber threats. The collected information will be used to analyze known or suspected cyber threats and help FCA and other agencies respond and better protect their computers and networks.
For additional information, please see the EINSTEIN program-related Privacy Impact Assessments available on the DHS cybersecurity privacy website (http://www.dhs.gov/files/publications/editorial_0514.shtm#4) along with other information on the Federal Government’s cybersecurity activities.