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Privacy / Security

Terms and Conditions:

Effective: February 29, 2016

END USER AGREEMENT

(User agrees to the terms of use outlined below.)

SECURITY NOTICE

This web site and the Energy Zones Mapping Tool (EZMT) is part of a federal computer system used to accomplish federal functions. The Department of Energy (DOE) monitors the EZMT for security purposes to ensure that it remains available to all users and to protect information in the system. By accessing the EZMT, you are expressly consenting to these monitoring activities. Unauthorized attempts to defeat or circumvent security features, to use the system for other than intended purposes, to deny service to authorized users, to access, obtain, alter, damage, or destroy information, or otherwise to interfere with the system or its operation are prohibited. Evidence of such acts may be disclosed to law enforcement authorities and result in criminal prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (Pub. L. 99-474) and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-294), (18 U.S.C. 1030), or other applicable criminal laws.

PRIVACY NOTICE

We collect no personal information about you when you visit a DOE web site, unless otherwise stated and unless you choose to provide this information to us, as described below. However, we collect and store certain information automatically. What we collect and store automatically is:

• The Internet Protocol (IP) address of the domain from which you access the Internet (i.e. 123.456.789.012) whether yours individually or provided as a proxy by your Internet Service Provider (ISP),

• The date and time you accessed our site,

• The pages you peruse (recorded by the text and graphics files that compose that page), and

• The Internet address of the web site from which you linked directly to our site.

We use the summary statistics to help us make our site more useful to visitors, such as assessing what information is of most and least interest to visitors, and for other purposes, such as determining the site's technical design specifications and identifying system performance or problem areas.

This information is NOT shared with anyone beyond the EZMT support staff except when required by law enforcement investigation, and is used only as a source of anonymous statistical information.

Also, after you register to use the EZMT, the User Community page will list your name, organization, and state, unless you have checked the “Do not list me on the User Community Page” option. Upon registration, you may choose to receive or not receive email updates about significant changes to the web site. In addition, you may choose to provide us with personal information in an e-mail message to ezmt@anl.gov containing your comments or questions, or through submitting a web site Survey form. We use this information to improve our service to you or to respond to your request. Your message may be forwarded as e-mail to other Department of Energy and/or Department of the Interior employees (or their contractors) who may be better able to help you. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, we do not share our e-mail with any other outside organizations. Any information the user posts on the web site, including but not limited to: modeling results, analysis areas, and user-generated maps, may be shared with other web site users as a means for collaboration.

DISCLAIMER

Acknowledgment: This material is, in part, based upon work supported by the Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory under Award Number(s) DE-OE0000316 and M610000590.

Disclaimer: This material was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government (to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, NARUC, as part of the Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council, EISPC, under agreement US DOE DE-OE000316). Neither EISPC, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the United States Government, nor any agency thereof, nor the UChicago Argonne, LLC or University of Chicago, nor any of their employees or officers, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of EISPC, NARUC, the United States Government or any agency thereof.

For More Information

For questions about this legal notice please contact the EZMT webmaster at ezmt@anl.gov.

LAYER AGREEMENTS DATA

Some map layers used in the EZMT include commercially-procured information. By accepting this agreement, the user accepts liability for the misuse of the data per the terms and conditions of the UChicago Argonne, LLC agreements with the commercial provider, Platts-a division of McGraw Hill Financial as outlined below.

ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE DATA CONTENT FROM PLATTS - A DIVISION OF MCGRAW HILL FINANCIAL

By agreeing to the following terms and conditions, the user of the EZMT and web site (application) agrees to not use Platts-a division of McGraw Hill Financial GIS data to create derivative commercial products in any medium, digital or print. Permitted uses are limited to: performing analysis, creating reference maps or images for internal distribution. Maps or images shall not be republished without proper citation of the data. Source: Platts-a division of McGraw Hill Financial. The reproduction of this information in any form without the express permission of Platts-a division of McGraw Hill Financial is strictly prohibited.