Website Privacy and Security Policies
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA) and Sister Sky, Inc. (the federal contractor that administers this site) do not collect personal information about you when you visit this website, sisterskyinc.com/sba, unless you choose to provide that information.
On This Page
- Information Collected and Stored Automatically
- Site Security
- Use of Persistent Cookies
- External Links
- Social Media Sites
- If You Send Us Personal Information
Information Collected and Stored Automatically
When you visit nativesba.sisterskyinc.com we may store some or all of the following: the Internet protocol (IP) address from which you access the website, the date and time, the name of the website from which you linked to our site, the name of the words you searched, which items clicked on a page, and the browser and operating system used. The aggregated website usage information we collect is never associated with individual users or with any of your personal information, even when you choose to provide personal information, such as through a contact form.
We collect this website usage information to measure the number of visitors to various sections of our site and identify system performance or problem areas. We also use this information to help us develop and improve the site, analyze patterns of usage, and to make the site more useful. Sister Sky, Inc. provides the aggregated data (never information on individual users) to third party entities for the purposes of research analysis. We do not share or sell visitor data for the purposes of advertising, marketing, or any other commercial purpose.
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 guidelines.
Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.
Use of Persistent Cookies
Like many websites, nativesba.sisterskyinc.com uses “persistent cookie” technology. A persistent cookie is a small text file that this website places on your web browser so it can gather anonymous summary demographic information, and remember your browser when it is used to visit our site again later—kind of like cookie crumbs! (Hence the name.) These cookies uniquely identify a browser on a computer, but never a person. In other words, if the same person uses Chrome and Internet Explorer, two unique browser cookies will be assigned, one for each browser, so that the person will be counted as two different visitors because visits are based on browsers, not computers or persons. We use persistent cookies in the following ways to enhance your experience on our website, while also protecting your privacy. Cookies are used:
- To get aggregate metrics on site usage, so we can understand how people are using our site and how we can make it better. We use web metrics services to track activity on sisterskyinc.com/sba. We only ever gather web traffic statistics anonymously and in the aggregate.
- To gather anonymous summary demographic information about our visitors such as gender, age range, and areas of interest for adults over the age of 18. We do this by using Google Demographic and Interests reports. When you visit a website that has partnered with the Google Display Network, Google stores a number in your browser using a persistent cookie to remember your visits. This number uniquely identifies a web browser, not a specific person. Browsers may be associated with a demographic category, such as gender or age range, based on the sites that were visited. This demographic information is used to help us better understand our visitors’ interests and needs to more effectively develop content to serve you.
Most Internet browsers automatically accept persistent cookies. Although using persistent cookies creates a much better experience for you, this site will also work without them. If you don’t want to accept cookies, you can edit your browser’s options to stop accepting persistent cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit. USA.gov has information on how you can disable cookies and/or Google Demographic and Interests reports.
Our website links to many websites created and maintained by other public or private organizations. If you click a link to an outside website, you will leave our website, and you are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website that you go to.
Social Media Sites
Sister Sky, Inc. manages a presence on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, and others to share government information, program information, and to engage with the public. We do not collect any personally identifiable information through those sites, and we do not use personal information made available by the third-party sites.
If You Send Us Personal Information
We do not collect personal information for any purpose other than to respond to your request. The only personal information that we collect is what you decide to give us by subscribing to our email subscription services or by filing out a contact form or technical assistance request. If you choose to provide us with personal information, we will use that information to respond to your message, and to help get you the information you requested.