Privacy Policy

General Disclaimer
Thank you for visiting Small Business Majority’s and SBA’s website and reviewing our Privacy Policy. While visiting the site, we will not collect any personal information about you unless you choose to provide that information to us. If you choose to provide this information, it will be used for the express purpose for which it was intended, such as responding to your request for information or joining a web discussion forum. We remind you that if you visit a link outside of smallbiz4youth.com, you are subject to the privacy policies of that site.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically
This site automatically collects some technical information from you when you visit the site in order to give you the best possible experience. Smallbiz4youth.com uses web measurement technology (Google Analytics) to automatically track how visitors interact with the site, including where they came from, what they did on the site and whether they completed any pre-determined tasks while on the site. This type of usage is classified by the Office of Management and Budget as Tier 2 usage since it is a multi-session web measurement. Aggregate data is used to help Small Business Majority and SBA improve our user interface and diversify our content offerings to meet the needs of our customers, track operational problems, prevent fraud and improve the effectiveness, security and integrity of the site. This information does not identify you personally and data is only retained in accordance with the SBA data retention policy. For each page that you visit, we collect and store only the following technical information:

  • Date and time of access
  • URL address of the smallbiz4youth.com webpage visited
  • Internet domain and IP address from which our website was accessed
  • Type of browser and operating system used to access our site (if provided by the browser)
  • URL address of the referring page (if provided by the browser)
  • Completion or success status of the request for a web page or other on-line item
  • File size of the webpage visited

This information is only used to help us make the site more useful for you. With this data we learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We never track or record information about individuals and their visits and we do not share this data with anyone outside the SBA unless necessary for law enforcement purposes.

Cookies
When you visit some websites, their web servers generate pieces of information known as cookies, which helps webmasters understand how users interact with their site’s content and services. Websites use cookies to track one’s activities on a website (e.g., pages visited, links clicked on, etc.), and to record information about the user so when the user returns to the site, customized features can be provided.

There are two types of cookies. A session cookie is a line of text that is stored temporarily in your web browser’s memory cache, and will expire when the browser is closed. A session cookie is not placed on any hard drive, and it is destroyed as soon as you close your browser. A persistent cookie is saved to a file on your hard drive and is accessed whenever you re-visit the website that put it there. This lets that website remember what you were interested in the last time you visited.

We use persistent cookies to enable Google Analytics to differentiate between new and returning visitors. Persistent cookies remain on your computer between visits to smallbiz4youth.com until they expire. We also use persistent cookies to block repeated invitations to take the customer satisfaction survey. The persistent cookies that block repeated survey invitations expire in 90 days.

By default, persistent cookies and web measurement technologies are automatically used when you visit smallbiz4youth.com. Nevertheless, if you decide to disable or remove cookies from your browser, you will continue to have access to all information and resources on this site. To learn more about how to disable cookies in your browser please visit http://www.usa.gov/optout_instructions.shtml

Information Collected from Interactive Forms and Surveys
This site provides interactive forms that let you voluntarily submit personal information (such as your e-mail address, name, or organization). This occurs when you register to sign the pledge or share the pledge with others. In these cases, all submitted information is used only for the express purposes for which it is provided, and is not made available to any third party.

SBA only shares information you voluntarily provide with other government agencies if required by law. This site never collects information or creates individual profiles for commercial marketing. Any personal information you provide will be protected to the extent permissible under the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act.

Electronically submitted information is maintained and destroyed according to the principles of the Federal Records Act and the regulations and records schedules of the National Archives and Records Administration, and in some cases may be covered by the Privacy Act and subject to the Freedom of Information Act. A discussion of your rights under these laws can be found on the Freedom of Information Act home page.

Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA)
The E-Government Act requires agencies to conduct privacy impact assessments for collections of information through electronic information systems or otherwise and make them publicly available.

Children’s Privacy
Because we care about the safety and privacy of children online, we comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). COPPA and its accompanying regulations protect the privacy of children using the Internet. This site does not knowingly contact or collect personal information from children under 13. Smallbiz4youth.com is not intended to solicit information of any kind from children under 13.

It is possible that by fraud or deception we may receive information pertaining to children under 13. If we are notified of this, as soon as we verify the information, we will immediately obtain parental consent or otherwise delete the information from our servers. If you want to notify us of our receipt of information by children under 13, please do so by sending an e-mail to the SBA Answer Desk.

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

Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no attempts are made to identify individual users and their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes and are scheduled for regular destruction in accordance withNational Archives and Records Administration General Schedule 20.

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.

Links to Other Sites
Smallbiz4youth.com contains links to websites of other public and private organizations. When you follow a link to another site, you leave the smallbiz4youth.com site and your website interactions are no longer protected by our privacy policy. SBA and Small Business Majority are not responsible for, and do not endorse the privacy or security practices and content of sites to which smallbiz4youth.com links.

Additional Information
FOIA
No Fear Act
USA.gov