We do not collect personally-identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us. Except as might be required by law, we do not share any information we receive with outside parties.
What We Collect And Store Automatically
If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the website, 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 "yourschool.edu" if you connect from a university's domain) 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 website;
- 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
- If you linked to our website from another website, the address of that website. We use the information we collect to count the number and type of visitors to the different pages on our site, and to help us make our site more useful to visitors like you.
If You Send Us Email
You may choose to provide us with personal information, as in email with a comment or question. We use the information to improve our service to you or to respond to your request. Sometimes we forward your email to other government employees or authorized concessioners who may be better able to help you. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, we do not share our email with any other outside organizations.
Information Collected From Or About Children 15 Years Of Age Or Younger
Only individuals 16 years and older are allowed to create an online profile or fill out online forms related to the river weighted lottery. We collect no personal information on river trip participants under the age of 16. If children under 16 choose to send us email we do not collect any more personal information than reasonably necessary to respond to a specific request for information.
If You Complete An Online Application
Only if you choose to create an online profile or request a noncommercial launch date via the weighted lottery do we collect information. Depending on the online form, information collected can include: legal name, date of birth, mailing address, phone number(s), email address(es), date of last Grand Canyon recreational river trip, and river equipment details. For river trip participants information collected includes: legal name, date of birth, and contact information. The information collected from completed online forms is used to maintain your online profile, to assign noncommercial launch dates via the weighted lottery, and to issue noncommercial river permits. We do not collect personal information for any other purposes. The information you provide is not given to any private organizations or private persons. We do not collect or use information for commercial marketing. The online application form for requesting a noncommercial river permit via the weighted lottery uses the data fields listed in the approved Office of Management and Budget form (NPS Form 10-404, OMB Control No. 1024-0022).
When collecting personal information, we use a secure transmission protocol (Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)) to provide protection of web page communications across the internet between us and your computer. SSL is a commonly used protocol for managing the security of an interactive web session on the internet. If the web page has an address that begins with <https://> then the page is protected by SSL.
To Whom Do We Release Information?
If you send us information electronically, either by email or by filling out an online form, the information you provide may be reviewed by River Permit Office staff who have a need to see the information in order to process your request for information, answer a question, or process your permit request. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, we do not share any personal information collected from online forms or email. Any information we collect and maintain in the course of responding to you or processing your request will be handled in accordance with the access and privacy protection requirements of the Privacy Act, and the Freedom of Information Act. Any requests for disclosure of the information is subject to the Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act to ensure the greatest protection of personal privacy.