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Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the United States Marshals Service (USMS) website and reviewing our Privacy Policy. The U.S. Marshals Service is committed to protecting your privacy and securing the personal information made available to us when you access our public-facing websites and applications. This Privacy Policy describes what information is made available to the U.S. Marshals, what information the USMS collects, how that information is used, and how information is stored when you visit the U.S. Marshals Service's public-facing websites or official USMS accounts on third-party websites and applications.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

If you access information on our websites, the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), or a contractor operating on behalf of the USMS, will automatically collect and store the following basic information:

  • The name of the internet domain (for example, "xcompany.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you are connecting from a university's domain);
  • The Internet Protocol (IP) address (a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you are using the Internet) from which you access our site;
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  • The date and time you access our site;
  • The internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site; and
  • The pages you visit and the information you request.

The U.S. Marshals Service primarily collects this information for statistical analyses and technical improvements to the site. For example, the USMS computer system uses software programs to create summary statistics that may be used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest to the public, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. Although the primary purpose of automatically collecting this kind of information is not to track individuals who visit this site, in certain circumstances and consistent with Federal law, the U.S. Marshals Service may take additional steps to identify you using this information and may share this information, including your identity, with other agencies.

Information Automatically Collected by a Third-Party Website or Application

The USMS maintains official DOJ accounts on third-party websites and applications. These third-party website and application service providers may themselves automatically collect and store additional information about you, in accordance with their terms of service and privacy policies. The Department does not control what these third-parties service providers do with the information they collect. For information on the Department’s use of third-party websites and applications to engage with the public, please review the section below regarding the Department's Use of Third-Party Websites and Applications.

Personal Information That You Voluntarily Provide

You are not required to provide any personal information to us to access information on our websites. If you choose to provide us with personal information, such as by sending a message to an email address on this website or by filling out and submitting a form through our website, we will use that information to respond to your message or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication. Where feasible, the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) provides visitors with a notice at the point of collection when requesting personal information on U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) websites that will include a brief description of the U.S. Marshals Service's practices with respect to the collection, use, maintenance, or dissemination of personal information.

The U.S. Marshals Service maintains and disposes of personal information you provide according to the requirements of the Federal Records Act, Department policies, and the regulations and records schedules approved by the National Archives and Records Administration. In some cases, the information you provide may be covered by the Privacy Act of 1974 (Privacy Act), or subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A discussion of the FOIA can be found at Department of Justice Guide to the Freedom of Information Act and a discussion about the Privacy Act can be found at Privacy Act of 1974.

Sharing Personal Information You Voluntarily Provide

The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) may share information you voluntarily provide it with other entities, consistent with the Privacy Act and other applicable laws. For example, information you voluntarily provide may be shared with contractors acting on the U.S. Marshals Service's behalf, with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency, with other agencies for a specific law enforcement purpose or to protect the U.S. Marshals Service websites from security threats, or when otherwise required by law.

If you provide comments in response to a request for public comments, we may make those comments, as well as your identity, available to the public in a publication or by posting them on our website.

Personal Information Voluntarily Provided As Part of a Search Request on Department of Justice (DOJ) websites

The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) will collect information you voluntarily provide as part of a search request on a Department of Justice website. If you choose to provide personal information as part of a search request on a USMS webpage, the U.S. Marshals Service and its service providers will use that information to facilitate your search request. The U.S. Marshals Service, or a contractor operating on behalf of the U.S. Marshals Service, may also automatically collect and store the information you provide as part of a search request as described in the section above regarding Information Collected and Stored Automatically. Department of Justice currently uses the General Services Administration's (GSA) Search.gov (e.g., https://search.gov) as its primary search engine tool for searching for information within Department of Justice websites. Upon entering search request information into search engines managed by Search.gov, GSA will collect and use certain information in accordance with the Search.gov Terms of Service.

Personal Information Voluntarily Provided to the U.S. Marshals Service on Third-Party Websites or Applications

The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) maintains official Department of Justice accounts on third-party websites and applications. When interacting with the public on third-party websites and applications, the USMS may request that you voluntarily provide information to the U.S. Marshals Service (for example, the U.S. Marshals Service may request your information to register for an event hosted by the U.S. Marshals Service). These third-party website and application service providers may also collect the information you voluntarily provide, in accordance with their terms of service and privacy policies. The U.S. Marshals Service does not control what these third-parties service providers do with the information they collect.

For information on the U.S. Marshals Service's use of third-party websites and applications, please review the section below regarding the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Use of Third-Party Websites and Applications.

Commercial Marketing

The U.S. Marshals Service does not collect or use information for commercial marketing.

Use Caution When Voluntarily Providing Sensitive Information

Remember that internet communications are not necessarily secure from interception. If your communication is sensitive or includes personal information, you may prefer to send it to the U.S. Marshals Service by postal mail or other commercial carriers instead.

Children and Privacy on usmarshals.gov

We believe in the importance of protecting the privacy of children online and do not knowingly contact or collect personal information from children under 13. Unless otherwise stated, our websites are not intended to solicit information of any kind from children under 13.

Website Measurement and Customization Technologies

Website measurement and customization technologies (commonly called "cookies") are small bits of text that are downloaded to your internet browser when you visit a website. The Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M-10-22, Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies, defines conditions under which Federal agencies may use session and persistent cookies, and categorizes them in “tiers” to identify their characteristics. You may control permissions for cookies on this or any other website by adjusting your individual browser settings for customized privacy protection – see https://www.usa.gov/optout-instructions for helpful guidance. You can still use U.S. Marshals Service websites if you do not accept the cookies, but you may be unable to use certain cookie-dependent features.

Session cookies

Session cookies are not stored on your computer’s hard drive, and are removed when you complete your session or exit the site. Some Department websites use these “Tier 1” session cookies to provide streamlined navigation and statistical analysis. These temporary cookies do not gather personally identifying information.

Persistent cookies

Certain Department websites use “Tier 2” persistent cookies that remain on your computer’s hard drive after you complete an activity. For example, some Department of Justice (DOJ) websites use persistent cookies in association with a voluntary customer satisfaction survey conducted by a third party, Foresee. These surveys obtain feedback and data regarding visitors’ satisfaction with our websites, but they do not collect any personally identifying information. If you are randomly selected to participate in this survey, a persistent cookie is stored on your computer’s hard drive for 90 days to preclude a new invitation during that time. Some Department websites also use persistent cookies to enable a Google Analytics, Siteimprove, or Webtrends program to measure how new and returning visitors use our websites over time. These persistent cookies do not collect any personally identifying information, and the information collected is used only to improve our websites.

The U.S. Marshals Service's Use of Third-Party Websites and Applications

In the interest of promoting transparency, public participation, and open government, the Department uses third-party websites (including social media platforms with official Department of Justice accounts) and third-party applications to enhance the user experience, promote access to information, and provide ease of navigation throughout Department websites. The Office of Management and Budget MemorandumM-10-23, Guidance for Agency Use of Third-Party Websites and Applications, defines conditions under which Federal agencies may use third-party websites and applications to engage with the public.

Visiting Official Department of Justice Pages on Third-Party Websites and Applications

The Department currently maintains official Department of Justice accounts on several third-party websites and applications. The third-party service provider’s terms of service and privacy policies govern your activity on the third-party website or application. The Department does not control what these third-parties service providers do with the information they collect. You may wish to review the third-party service provider’s terms of service and privacy policies before using it to understand how and when the third-party service provider collects, uses, and/or shares information you make available by using its service. You can find the privacy policies for third-party websites and applications commonly used by the Department below.

The creation and use of official Department of Justice accounts on third-party websites and applications may cause personally identifying information to become available or accessible to the Department. Such information may become available to the Department when a user provides, submits, communicates, links, posts, or associates information with official Department of Justice accounts (e.g., through "liking," "friend-ing," responding to tweets, or commenting on content provided by the Department). The Department does not control, moderate, or endorse the comments or opinions provided by you on official Department of Justice accounts.

The Department may collect and maintain personally identifying information you make available on third-party websites and applications with official Department of Justice accounts. Specifically:

  • The Department of Justice, or a contractor operating on behalf of the Department, may automatically collect certain browser information, including the full internet address of the third-party service provider, if you travel directly to a Department website from the third-party application or website, as outlined in the section above regarding Information Collected and Stored Automatically;
  • Department of Justice may request that individuals voluntarily provide information to the Department through third-party websites and applications. In such cases, to the extent feasible, Department of Justice will provide a conspicuous notice written in plain language at locations where the public might submit such information;
  • In certain circumstances, Department of Justice Capstone Officials, which include Department of Justice Senior Leadership, Heads of Components, and their direct reports, may "share," "retweet," "friend," "follow," or respond publicly to content made available on official Department of Justice accounts. To the extent that the Department's "share," "retweet," "friend-ing," "follow," or public response constitutes the creation of a record under the Federal Records Act, the Department may be required to maintain and archive such interaction;
  • Department of Justice may collect and maintain information made available to the Department on official Department of Justice accounts for a specific law enforcement or national security purpose (for example, activity that indicates a violation or potential violation of law, a threat of physical harm, or harm to national security); and
  • Department of Justice may collect and maintain information made available to the Department on official Department of Justice accounts when required by law.

The Department will not otherwise collect and maintain personally identifying information you make available on third-party websites and applications with official Department of Justice accounts. In all circumstances, the Department will only collect and maintain personally identifying information you make available on official Department of Justice accounts consistent with the Privacy Act, the Federal Records Act, and other applicable laws.

Visit our the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Contact Page for information on how to send official correspondence to the Attorney General or the Department.

Embedded Third-Party Content and Applications on Department of Justice Websites

Certain Department webpages also contain embedded content and applications from third-party website and application service providers. Department of Justice provides embedded content and applications to further the Department’s interest in promoting transparency and open government.

In addition to the practices outlined in the sections above regardingInformation Collected and Stored Automatically and the Personal Information That You Voluntarily Provide, these third-party service providers also collect information on visitors who visit a Department of Justice webpage hosting the embedded content or application. For more details on how and when these third-party service providers collect, use, and share information, you may wish to review their terms of service and privacy policies. The privacy policies for third-party websites and applications commonly used by the Department can be found below.

The privacy policies for third-party social media platforms, a specific type of third-party website, with official Department of Justice accounts used to communicate with the public include:

Twitter Privacy Policy
Facebook Privacy Policy
YouTube Privacy Policy
LinkedIn Privacy Policy
Instagram Privacy Policy
Pinterest Privacy Policy
Flickr Privacy Policy

A list of official Department of Justice social media accounts can be found at: https://www.justice.gov/social. For more information on the Department's use of third-party social media platforms used to communicate with the public, please refer to the Department's adapted Privacy Impact Assessment, "Use of Third-Party Social Media Tools to Communicate with the Public."

The privacy policies for other third-party websites and applications commonly used by the Department include:

Buzzsprout Privacy Policy
Eventbrite Privacy Policy
MapBox Privacy Policy
Siteimprove Privacy Policy

For more information on the Department's use of third-party websites and applications, please refer to the Department's Privacy Impact Assessment webpage.

Email Subscriptions and Updates

The Department of Justice (DOJ) maintains several lists of subscribers who have asked to receive periodic email updates. Any recipient of a Department email may unsubscribe from future messages via a link at the bottom of each email message. We do not sell, rent, exchange, or otherwise disclose our list subscribers to persons or organizations outside the Department.

Our email analytics provider, GovDelivery, also offers the capability to view some data, such as whether a mass email was opened, at an individual level for 30 days after an email was sent; as a matter of policy and practice this data is only viewed on an aggregate basis.

The Department’s websites may contain links to websites created and maintained by other public or private organizations. We provide these links as a service to visitors to our site. When you follow a link to an external site, you are leaving the Department and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the external site.

Links to External Sites

The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) website may contain links to websites created and maintained by other public or private organizations. We provide these links as a service to visitors to our site. When you follow a link to an external site, you are leaving the U.S. Marshals Service website and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the external site.

Security

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, the Department's information systems, and information systems operated by contractors on behalf of the Department, employ software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Anyone using these information systems expressly consents to such monitoring and is advised that if such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to appropriate law enforcement officials. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on these information systems are strictly prohibited and may be punishable by law, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996.

Additionally, Department of Justice information systems, and information systems operated by contractors on behalf of the Department, may be protected by EINSTEIN cybersecurity capabilities under the operational control of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Electronic communications with Department of Justice may be scanned by government-owned or contractor equipment to look for network traffic indicating known or suspected malicious cyber activity, including malicious content or communications.

Electronic communications within Department of Justice will be collected or retained by Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) only if they are associated with known or suspected cyber threats. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) will use the information collected through EINSTEIN to analyze the known or suspected cyber threat and help Department of Justice and other agencies respond and better protect their computers and networks.

For additional information about EINSTEIN capabilities, please see the EINSTEIN program-related Privacy Impact Assessments available on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity privacy website along with other information about the federal government's cybersecurity activities.

Vulnerability Disclosure Policy (VDP)

The Department is committed to ensuring the security of the American public by safeguarding their digital information. The Vulnerability Disclosure Policy (VDP) provides guidelines for the cybersecurity research community and members of the general public (hereafter referred to as researchers) on conducting good faith vulnerability discovery activities directed at public facing Department of Justice websites and services. The Vulnerability Disclosure Policy also instructs researchers on how to submit discovered vulnerabilities to the DOJ's Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), within the Justice Management Division.

Public Key Encryption information will be posted in this location soon.

For more information, see our Vulnerability Disclosure Policy.