Web Site Privacy Policy

The National Missing and Unidentified Deceased System (NamUs) respects your privacy and your concerns about maintaining it. This privacy policy is intended to help you understand our website information privacy practices regarding the collection and use of your personally identifiable information (PII). PII is any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual who is the subject of the information. NamUs is committed to data security and the data quality of personally identifiable information that is either available from or collected by the findthemissing.org website and has taken reasonable precautions to protect such information from loss, misuse, or alteration.

Information We Collect

You have several opportunities to submit your personally identifiable information on this web site. Such personally identifiable information may include your name, address, E-mail address, telephone number, and the like. For example, you may have information about a missing person and wish to submit that information through our web site. Or, you may want to receive important information about a missing person report which you have created. In such cases we ask for your personal information so that we can fulfill your request(s) and ensure that information we provide is reliable.

Information That We Share With Third Parties

In cases where a visitor to our web site makes a report about a missing person and, in doing so, submits personally identifiable information, we save this information in the NamUs system. This information will be saved in the NamUs system and accessible to registered NamUs partners, including appropriate law enforcement agencies for investigation, missing persons clearinghouse coordinators, unidentified decedent investigators, and others whose missions align with the purpose of the system.

All NamUs partners are required to adhere to the "NamUs Security and Access Control Policies," the Terms of Use (ToU) for this website, and any applicable state and federal law, rule or regulation governing PII. Among other security measures, this obligates NamUs partners that any use of your personal information will be in compliance with the specific purpose of the system and will not be shared with any other entity or individual. Occasionally we will share aggregate information about our visitors with certain third parties. "Aggregate information" shows visitor activity as a whole but does not identify any individual user. For example, we may use the information about website usage trends to improve our services and/or our web site.

Except as described in this section, we will not sell, rent, share, give away, publish or otherwise disclose your personal information to any party for any reason.

Use of Cookies

"Cookies" are small portions of information that are stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive. Cookies enable us to provide customized and convenient features to you on your initial and subsequent visits to findthemissing.org. Our cookies do not contain any personally identifying information. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies. Even if you have set your browser to refuse cookies, you will still be able to access and use the findthemissing.org website. We do not use cookies to track your use of our site, although we employ cookies to make your search of our missing persons posters or use of our site more efficient.

Links to Other Web Sites

Our web site contains links to other web sites. This privacy policy does not apply to those Web sites, nor do the privacy policies of those web sites apply to us. We urge you to review the privacy policies of any web site you may access through our site.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

NamUs may change this privacy policy from time to time. We will notify you of any such changes by posting notice of the changes on our start-up screen. If you use the NamUs site following notice of any changes, your use will indicate that you acknowledge such changes and agree to be bound by them.

Your Consent

By using this site, you signify your consent to the NamUs.org Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with the terms of this Policy, please do not use our site. Should we change the way in which we use your personal information, we will provide notice and a way for you to consent before using your information in this new way.

This Privacy Policy was last updated on December 15, 2008.