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American Association of Laboratory Directors

Privacy and Security Notice

Big Brother is watching you! And he's taking notes!

Introduction

This World Wide Web site is provided as a public service by the North Texas Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory. All information that is provided at this site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied, subject to State and Federal Law.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

If you visit our site to read or download information, such as case submission, training, calendar, etc., we automatically collect and store only the following information about you:

The name of the domain (for example: "yourisp.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you are connecting from a university's domain) and IP address ( a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you are using the Internet ) from which you accessed our website; The type of browser and operating system used to access our website; The date and time you accessed our website; The Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our website; and The pages you visited.

This information is primarily collected for statistical analysis. This government computer system uses software programs to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. In certain circumstances, however, we may take additional steps to identify you based on this information and we may share this information, including your identity, with other government agencies.

Information Collected from E-Mail

If you identify yourself by sending an E-mail containing personal information:

You may volunteer to provide us personally-identifying information, for example your mailing address, in an electronic mail message. Before you do so, you should know that the material you submit may be seen by various people. We may enter the information into a database and we may share it with other government agencies. Also, e-mail is not necessarily secure against interception. If your communication is very sensitive or includes personal information, you may want to send it in by postal mail instead. Information collected in this manner may be used for responding to requests for information as well as other authorized purposes.

Security, Intrusion, and Detection

For site security purposes, and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, all network traffic is monitored in order to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage or conduct criminal activity. To protect the system from unauthorized use and to ensure that the system is functioning properly, individuals using this computer system are subject to having all of their activities monitored and recorded by personnel authorized to do so by the NTRCFL (and such monitoring and recording will be conducted). Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring and is advised that if such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, system personnel may provide the results of such monitoring to appropriate officials. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage to this service, are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under applicable law.

Disclaimer for Hypertext Links

Neither the NTRCFL nor its contributors are responsible for the content of any off-site pages that are referenced by or that reference to the NTRCFL's Home Page. The user specifically acknowledges that neither the NTRCFL nor its contributors are responsible for any defamatory, offensive, misleading, or illegal conduct of other users, links, or third parties and that the risk of injury from the foregoing rests entirely with the user.

Links from the NTRCFL Home Page on the World Wide Web to other sites, or from other sites to the NTRCFL Home Page, do not constitute an endorsement by the NTRCFL. These links are for convenience only. It is the responsibility of the user to evaluate the content and usefulness of information obtained from other sites.

Disclaimer for NTRCFL Information

All information provided by the NTRCFL on this Home Page is made available to provide immediate access for the convenience of interested persons. While the NTRCFL believes the information to be reliable, human or mechanical error remains a possibility. Therefore, the NTRCFL does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or correct sequencing of the information. Neither the NTRCFL, nor any of the sources of the information, shall be responsible for any error or omission, or for the use of, or the results obtained from the use of, this information.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

Reference herein to any specific commercial products, processes, or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government, the State of Texas, or any other government agency represented by the NTRCFL.

In The News

5/1/2012: NEW! Case Acceptance Guidelines — As of May 1, 2012, the NTRCFL has issued a new set of Case Acceptance Guidelines. Click here to read more.


04/13/2011: North Texas RCFL Supported Successful Child Pornography Prosecution — Dallas resident Timothy Honnoll, 39, plead guilty in federal court to receiving child pornography, and will serve eight years in prison along with a lifetime of supervised release. The North Texas RCFL provided digital forensics support to the investigation which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. According to a press release issued by the FBI's Dallas Division, 600 images and 180 videos of child pornography were found on Honnoll's computer and related storage media.  

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