World Justice Information Network – The International Criminal Justice Library – Statement of Privacy

Since the majority of the WJIN funding comes from the United States Government, we are required by our cooperative agreement to follow information policies and procedures prescribed by law for our sponsor agencies.  In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (U. S. Code: Title 5, Section 552), we do not collect data of a personal or confidential nature about web site visitors. You may choose to provide that information voluntarily via e-mail or online forms.  Here is how we handle information about your visit to the WJIN web site:  Non-Personally Identifiable Information Is Collected and Stored Automatically 

When you browse the web site, download or print files, or use our search engine, we automatically collect and store the following information only: 

  • The Internet domain and IP address from which you access the web site (examples: Internet domain “” if you use a private Internet access account, or “” if you connect from a university. The IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are using the Internet.)
  • The type of browser and operating system you use to access the web site (examples: Internet Explorer on Windows NT, Netscape Navigator on Unix)
  • The dates and times you access the web site
  • The pages you access on the web site
  • The address of the web site when you link to the WJIN web site from another site

This information does not identify you personally. We use this information to make the web site more useful to visitors. The specific information is kept for one year and statistical summary information is kept for approximately four years.  Personally-Identifiable Information Is Used to Serve You  When you choose to provide us with personal information, as in an e-mail message or when submitting an online form, we use that information to respond to your message and fulfill your request.  No information, including your e-mail address, will be sold or distributed to any other organization without your explicit, advance permission.  The specific and summary information may be shared with other Department of Justice contractors and staff engaged in improving the web site. In the event of illegal or unlawful practices, the specific and summary information may be shared with duly authorized law enforcement agents.  Cookies  Cookies are data the web site can send to your browser and which is stored on your hard drive. Cookies are used to keep track of passwords, preferences, and various aspects of your visit to a web site. Any cookies used by the WJIN web site are automatically removed from your computer when you close your browser.  When you navigate through search results, a temporary cookie may be written to your browser. For example, if your search returns 100 items and the application displays 20 items per page, a cookie can be used to track the results page you are using. This cookie will expire approximately 3 hours after your last search. If your browser does not accept cookies, your search results may be delayed, may display in one long page, or may return an error message.  When You Link to Other Web Sites  The WJIN web site has links to other Federal and private web sites. When you leave the WJIN web site, information about you is governed by the privacy policy of the new web site.  Children’s Privacy 

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) protects the online privacy and personal information of children under 13. In compliance with this act, WJIN does not intentionally collect any personally identifiable information from individuals under 13 years of age.