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Release No: 393-97
July 18, 1997


The Department of Defense today issued a new policy on establishing and maintaining a publicly accessible Department of Defense Web Information Service.

Included in that policy are changes to the privacy and security notice to users on DefenseLINK, the official Department of Defense Internet web site. The new notice explains the adoption of site management and security procedures on DefenseLINK.

The reasons for this notice are apparent. First, most World Wide Web services record information about web sites visits for site management purposes. DoD uses software programs to gather basic data about web site visits. This data is used for site management purposes, such as assessing what information is of most and least interest to users, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.

In addition, computer vandalism has become an ever increasing problem over the past few years. Such attacks can lead to alteration of information used and trusted by millions of people. To insure that DoD public web services remain available to all users in a trusted format, the Department is employing hardware and software programs to monitor network traffic. Such efforts will help to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage.

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

DefenseLINK is the official World-Wide Web information service of the Department of Defense and is the entry point for locating US defense information around the world. It provides the public with a single, unified starting point for information about the Department, its organization and function. DefenseLINK also offers direct access to the information services established by the military Services.

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