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The U.S. Senate collects aggregate data about visits to Senate web sites, such as statistics that show which parts of each web site were visited the most. The following information is also collected when you visit any U.S. Senate web site: the domain from which you access the Senate web site, the date and time of your visit, the pages you visit, and the address of the web site, if any, that provided the link from which you reached the Senate site. This information is gathered only for the purpose of enabling us to improve the online service we provide to visitors to Senate web sites.
Our web site is set up not to collect any personal information about you when you visit the site unless you choose to provide that information to us. Our web site has an online web form that you can use to contact us by sending us an electronic mail message expressing your views or concerns. To send us e-mail, the online web form asks you for your name, address, e-mail address, and, if you wish, your home or work telephone numbers. We use this information provided by you to contact you about the matter you expressed your views about. This information will be available to members of our staff so they can help us in responding to your message or request.
Our office tabulates comments received through our web site concerning legislation and government policy issues so that we will be fully informed about the views of constituents. From time to time, we come across a comment made by a constituent, or a situation described by a constituent, in an e-mail message (as well as postal mail, phone calls, and faxes) that we feel makes a point of such general interest that we would like to refer to it in a speech, or include it in the Congressional Record, or makes other use of it, either in connection with debate in the Senate or by sharing it with the relevant government agency. Our staff makes every effort in such cases to contact the author first. If you intend your message to be confidential, and would prefer that it not be used in such a way, please feel free to advise us of your preference in the message, so we can be sure to respect your wishes and see that your views are held entirely within our office.