You do not have to provide personal information to visit this site. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will collect no personal information about you when you visit our Web site unless you choose to provide that information. The only information the Commission automatically collects is the visitor's Internet domain and Internet Protocol address, the type of browser and operating system used to access the site, the pages visited and time spent on each page, and the date and time of the visit.
The Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. Section 552a, passed by Congress in 1974, establishes certain controls over what personal information is collected by the federal government and how it is used. The act guarantees three primary rights: (1) the right to see records about oneself, subject to the Privacy Act's exemptions; (2) the right to amend that record if it is inaccurate, irrelevant, untimely or incomplete; and (3) the right to sue the government for violations of the statute, including permitting others to see your records, unless specifically permitted by the act.