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Security & Privacy Disclaimer

Disclaimer Notice

You are about to access a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) computer system. This computer system and data therein are property of the U.S. Government and provided for official U.S. Government information and use. There is no expectation of privacy when you use this computer system. The use of a password or any other security measure does not establish an expectation of privacy. By using this system, you consent to the terms set forth in this notice. You may not process classified national security information on this computer system. Access to this system is restricted to authorized users only. Unauthorized access, use, or modification of this system or of data contained herein, or in transit to/from this system, may constitute a violation of section 1030 of title 18 of the U.S. Code and other criminal laws. Anyone who accesses a Federal computer system without authorization or exceeds access authority, or obtains, alters, damages, destroys, or discloses information, or prevents authorized use of information on the computer system, may be subject to penalties, fines or imprisonment. This computer system and any related equipment is subject to monitoring for administrative oversight, law enforcement, criminal investigative purposes, inquiries into alleged wrongdoing or misuse, and to ensure proper performance of applicable security features and procedures. DHS may conduct monitoring activities without further notice.


Registration Notice

The Responder Knowledge Base has been developed in support of the emergency responder community. While the majority of site information and services are in the public domain, some content will be restricted to professional responders. Thus we have two levels of registration, one for public users and the other for responders.

Registration is not required to utilize the public portion of the site. It is optionally available to public users, and is mandatory for those who desire professional responder status on the site. Personal information such as address, email, phone, etc. is requested for all registrants. In addition, users requesting responder status are required to provide a point of contact who can verify their status.

Each registered user is asked to select a functional "role" during registration. This role is used in some cases to help provide on-line functionality. Summary statistics on these roles will be published as part of operating site reports (e.g., showing the number of firefighters or patrol officers registered on the site) but these statistics will not be traceable to any individual.


Privacy Notice

Passwords chosen by RKB users are not available to the RKB staff. If a password is forgotten, it can be mailed to the email address on file through the forgotten password request feature. Session cookies are used during RKB sessions, but no persistent cookies are used. Our session cookies terminate when you logout or your session times out.

No personal information on any RKB user is ever provided to anyone or any organization outside of the knowledge base staff and staff from sites to whom we offer reciprocal sign-on privileges. Reciprocal sites are required to operate under this privacy policy with respect to personal information. Personal information on RKB users is only used for the following purposes:


Finally, our staff will take all reasonable precautions to prevent any unauthorized access to the site and its personal data, including annual third-party vulnerability assessments and an active security program. We value your privacy, and will do everything we can to protect your information.


Linking Policy

The information posted on the RKB website includes hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations. RKB provides these links and pointers solely for your information and convenience. When you select a link to an outside website, you are subject to the privacy, copyright, security, and information quality policies of that website. RKB is not responsible for transmissions users receive from linked websites.


RKB neither endorses nor guarantees in any way the external organizations, services, advice, views, or products/services included in these website links. Furthermore, the U.S. government neither controls nor guarantees the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of the information contained in non-government website links, and does not guarantee that outside websites comply with the requirements of Section 508 (Accessibility Requirements) of the Rehabilitation Act.


Product Policy

Reference herein to any specific commercial products, processes, or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any of its employees make any warranty, express or implied, including but not limited to the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose for any specific commercial product, process, or service referenced herein.