Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting Senator Leahy’s website. Protecting the personal privacy of individuals who use the Internet is a priority of Senator Leahy.  Here, you can read about the policies in place to safeguard the privacy of individuals who visit this website. If you have questions or concerns about the Internet privacy policy, or any other issues involving the Internet, please contact Senator Leahy by email, telephone, or postal mail.

The basic Internet privacy policy of this website is simple: this website collects no personal information about you when you visit the site unless you choose to provide that information during your visit so that Senator Leahy can contact you about an issue you have raised. Read below for more information on the type of information that may be gathered when you visit this website and how that information is handled:

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

The U.S. Senate collects aggregate data about visits to Senate websites, such as statistics that show which parts of each website were visited the most. The following information is also collected when you visit any U.S. Senate website: the domain from which you access the Senate website, the date and time of your visit, the pages you visit, and the address of the website, if any, that provided the link from which you reached the Senate site. This information is gathered only for the purpose of enabling the Senate to improve the online service provided to visitors to Senate websites.

No individual identifying or personal information (such as your name) is automatically gathered when you visit any Senate website. Senator Leahy’s website does not use 'cookies' or other means to track your visit in any way. Click here to learn more about the Senate's Internet security and privacy policy online: http://www.senate.gov/security.html.

Personal Information

This website is set up not to collect any personal information when you visit unless you choose to provide that information. You can contact Senator Leahy through this website. The information on the contact form will only be used to contact you about the matter on which you expressed your views and to provide casework assistance regarding problems you may be experiencing with a government agency. This information will be available to members of Senator Leahy’s staff so they can help in responding to your message or request.

If you are requesting help with a casework matter, it also may be necessary for to share the information you provide with the government agency from which you are requesting assistance, in order to respond to your request. Other than when needed to perform constituent casework at your request, or in the course of an authorized law enforcement investigation or emergency posing an imminent risk to public safety, Senator Leahy’s office will share no personal information communicated through this website with any outside organization or individual.

Senator Leahy’s staff tabulates comments received through this website concerning legislation and government policy issues. From time to time, there is a comment made by a constituent, or a situation described by a constituent that makes a point of such general interest that Senator Leahy may refer to it in a speech, include it in the Congressional Record, or make some other use of it, either in connection with debate in the Senate or by sharing it with the relevant government agency. Senator Leahy’s makes every effort in such cases to contact the author first. If you intend your message to be confidential, and would prefer that it not be used in such a way, please feel free to include your preference in the message, so Senator Leahy can respect your wishes and see that your views are held entirely within his office.

Links to Other Sites

This website has links to other useful sites on the Internet, including sites of other government agencies and sites relating to Vermont. If you follow any link that takes you to a location that does not include 'senate.gov' in the address, you will have left the Senate web server, and you will need to refer to that site's own privacy policy.