The web server used by the United States House of Representatives tracks the IP addresses of computers connecting to House websites. This information is used in the aggregate to measure the total number of web requests made from a given domain (for example, 16,000 requests were recently made from house.gov addresses). The information provided to each office does not identify the individual or computer making the request.
On the Flag Requests and Tour Requests pages, information pertaining to a specific constituent request is collected solely for the purpose of fulfilling the request in a timely fashion.
On the "Contact Bob" pages, information about a specific constituent is collected in order to allow Congressman Goodlatte to identify constituents and provide them with a response to their questions. In addition, this information may be used to convey information to a constituent about Congressman Goodlatte's work for the residents of the Sixth District of Virginia or to inform constituents about upcoming meetings or events.
No information collected on this website will be sold to others or used for the purpose of political campaigning.
Thank you for taking the time to consider the issue of your privacy on the Internet. We respect the privacy of our visitors and all those who come in contact with our office - be it in-person, through our website, or by mail, phone, or email. We therefore try to collect only such personal information as is needed to provide the information, service, or assistance that you request.
Information We Collect Automatically
If you visit our website to browse, read, or download information:
Your Web browser automatically sends us (and we may retain) information such as the:
Internet domain through which you access the Internet (e.g., yourServiceProvider.com if you use a commercial Internet service provider, or yourSchool.edu if you use an Internet account from your school);
Internet Protocol address of the computer you are using;
type of browser software and operating system you are using;
date and time you access our site; and
the Internet address of the site from which you linked directly to our site.
We will use this information as aggregate data to help us maintain this site, e.g., to determine the number of visitors to different sections of our site, to ensure the site is working properly, and to help us make our site more accessible and useful.
We will not use this information to identify individuals, except for site security or law enforcement purposes.
Other Information We Collect
If you choose to identify yourself (or otherwise provide us with personal information) when you call us, write to us, send us e-mail, or use our online forms:
If you request information, services, or assistance, we may disclose your personal information to those third parties that (in our judgment) are appropriate in order to fulfill your request. If, when you provide us with such information, you specify that you do not want us to disclose the information to third parties, we will honor your request. Note, however, that If you do not provide such information, it may be impossible for us to refer, respond to or fulfill your request.
If your communication relates to a law enforcement matter, we may disclose the information to law enforcement agencies that we deem appropriate.
How Long We Keep Information
We may keep information that will collect for an unlimited period of time.
Please note that electronic communication, particularly e-mail, is not necessarily secure against interception. Please do not send sensitive data (e.g., Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers) by e-mail or Web form.
We do not use persistent "cookies" on this website.
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