The Donors Working Group on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

The Donors Working Group on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. A Matter of Gender Equality.

Privacy Policy

This section explains how the DWG will handle information we learn about you from your visit to our Web site. The information we receive depends upon what you do when visiting our site.

Privacy Notice

If you visit our site to read or download information:
We collect and store only the following information about you: the name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an America Online account, or iowa.edu, if you are connecting from the University of Iowa's domain); your operating system and browser type/version; the date and time you access our site; the Internet address of the Web site that linked directly to our site; and what information you view while you visit our Web site.

We use the information we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, to find out what information is the most viewed, and to help us make our Web site more useful to visitors. This gathering and storing of information are separate from the activity described as monitoring in our Security Notice.

The information gathered is used for two purposes: site management and, in the case of suspected unauthorized activity, law enforcement and possible criminal prosecution (see Security Notice).

If you identify yourself by sending us a comment or an e-mail:
You also may decide to send us personally identifying information (e.g., in an electronic mail message asking a question or providing us with a comment or suggestion). We use personally identifying information to respond to your comment or suggestion, and to count the number of people sending us comments. In certain instances, your comment or suggestion may be forwarded to U.S. Government agencies or departments, if they are in the best position to respond to your message.

We want to be very clear: We will not obtain personally identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us. We maintain the information we collect in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, where applicable.

"Cookies" and other information stored on your computer:
This site does NOT use the "cookies" that some Web sites use to gather and store information about your visits to their sites.

Cookies are essentially tokens of information, such as preferences and passwords that some Web servers collect from you when you access them. The data is stored on your hard drive – not on the Web site's server. Whenever you visit a "cookie" site, the server looks for its cookie on your hard drive and, if found, then reads the information it stored there. Cookies generally are stored in your browser's directory or a folder in a file named cookie.txt (MagicCookie on a Macintosh).

However, this site DOES use "session cookies," which allow quicker transfer of information from the DWG Web site's server to the user. A session cookie, or "memory cookie," is a temporary block of information stored in the memory of your computer. Regular cookies are files stored on your computer, while session cookies are deleted when you close your browser.

ProjectSEARCH Web site also uses multi-session cookies to help us understand how people use the site, and how we can make it better. Traffic statistics are collected anonymously and aggregated, and no information is traceable to any specific individual. ProjectSEARCH Web site does not collect PII (personally identifiable information) such as social security numbers, date or place of birth.

A tier 2 cookies (multi-session without PII) may be set by Google Analytics, which are used to improve web metrics capabilities. Detailed Google Analytics privacy information can be found at Google Privacy Center page.

Further, some of the links on this Web site point to sites that may place cookies on your computer. If you want to avoid such cookies, we encourage you to set your browser to notify you when cookies are being set and to allow you to reject them. Your system's help files will explain how to do this.

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Security Notice

For SITE SECURITY purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.

Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

We generally will not obtain personally identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us. See also Privacy Act Notice.

If monitoring reveals evidence of possible criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to law enforcement personnel.

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General Disclaimer

Information presented on this Web site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied freely unless identified as being subject to copyright protection. In return, we request only that the DWG be cited as the source of any information, photos, or images copied from this site and that any photo credits or bylines be similarly credited to the photographer or author.

We strongly recommend that data be acquired directly from this Web site and not through other sources that may change the information in some way or exclude material crucial to the understanding of that information. While we make every effort to provide accurate and complete information, some information may change between site updates. Substantive changes may be noted when content is next updated.

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Disclaimer of Endorsement

The documents posted on this Web site may contain hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links and pointers are provided for visitors' convenience. We do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any linked information. Further, the inclusion of links or pointers to specific Web sites is not intended to assign importance to those sites and the information contained therein, nor is it intended to endorse, recommend, or favor any views expressed, or commercial products or services offered on these outside sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites, by trade name, trademark, manufacture, or otherwise.

Reference on this Web site to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the site's visitors, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the U.S. Government or the DWG.

The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the U.S. Government or the DWG and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

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Disclaimer of Liability

Every effort is made to provide accurate and complete information. However, with the many of documents available, often uploaded within short deadlines, we cannot guarantee that there will be no errors. We make no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the content of this Web site and expressly disclaim liability for errors or omissions in the content of this Web site.

With respect to the content of this site, neither the U.S. Government, DWG, nor their employees and contractors make any warranty, expressed or implied or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, and the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose with respect to content available from this DWG Web site or other Internet resources linked from it. Additionally, neither the U.S. Government nor the DWG assumes any legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, product, or process disclosed herein nor freedom from computer virus, and do not represent that use of such information, product, or process would not infringe on privately owned rights.

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Links to this Web Site or Its Content

You may freely link to this Web site or any of its content. We ask only that you identify that the link is to an Internet resource.

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Links to Other Sites

Our Web site has links to other U.S. Government agencies and private organizations that we believe are relevant to the DWG mission. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the disclaimers and security and privacy policies of the new site.

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Copyright Notice

Unless a copyright is indicated, information on this Web site is in the public domain and may be reproduced, published, or otherwise used without the DWG's permission. We request that the DWG be cited as the source of the information and that any photo credits or bylines be similarly credited to the photographer, or author, or DWG, as appropriate.

If a copyright is indicated on a photo, graphic, or any other material, permission to copy these materials must be obtained from the original source.

This copyright notice does not pertain to information on Web sites other than this Web site.

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Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Unauthorized attempts to upload information and/or change information on this Web site are strictly prohibited and are subject to prosecution under Title 18 U.S.C., Sections 1001 and 1030). (See Security Notice)

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Site Management

The DWG manages the overall information content, design, and organization of this Web site.

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Verification or Hard Copy of Content

If you would like verification or a hard copy of information released on this Web site, contact our staff:

Knowledge Management Services II (KMS II) 
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Suite 440
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-660-1860
Fax: 202-216-0990
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For More Information

If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please use the address or phone or fax numbers listed above.