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If you visit our site to read or download information, we may collect and store the following information about your visit. (This information does not identify you personally.)
This information is primarily collected for statistical analysis and technical improvements to the site. This computer uses software programs to create summary statistics, which may be 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. In certain circumstances, however, additional steps made be made to identify you based on this information and we may share this information, including your identity, with other government agencies.
If you identify yourself by sending an e-mail containing personal information: You may volunteer to provide us personally-identifying information—for example, your mailing address—in an electronic mail message. Before you do so, you should know that the material you submit may be seen by various people. We may enter the information into a database, and we may share it with other government agencies. Also, e-mail is not necessarily secure against interception. If your communication is very sensitive or includes personal information, you may want to send it in by postal mail instead. Information collected in this manner may be used for responding to requests for information as well as other authorized purposes.
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All information provided by the FBI Biometric COE on this homepage is made available to provide immediate access for the convenience of interested persons. While the FBI Biometric COE believes the information to be reliable, human or mechanical error remains a possibility. Therefore, the FBI Biometric COE does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or correct sequencing of the information. Neither the FBI Biometric COE, nor any of the sources of the information, shall be responsible for any error or omission, or for the use of, or the results obtained from the use of, this information.
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