GovTrack collects typical non-personal information needed to maintain a healthy website, such as your IP address, web browser, and referral URL. If you create an account, then you know we are also collecting your email address, a password, and other information you provide, such as the list of bills you are tracking. Your password is stored in a matchable-but-not-recoverable (hashed) format. If you log in via a social network, we also keep your account ID on that network so we can recognize you when you try to log in again. You may also select legislation or our other feeds to track, and you may react to or leave notes on legislation, in which case we store that information for you.
We do not use any of the information we collect in ways that would not be obvious to you. If you turn on email updates, we may email you legislative updates. We may email you other generic website notices if you have an account with us, but you can turn that off on your account page. Some users are invited to research panels, and if you accept a research panel invitation your reactions and private notes on legislation will be shared with the panel’s administrator, as disclosed at the time you accept the invitation. We do not share your information with other parties without your permission except those parties that handle basic web infrastructure for us, such as our outbound email provider, and parties that help us anonymize your data so that we can share the data safely and anonymously with researchers.
If you access this website from a federal government IP address, we may record your browsing history and may make all of the information we have collected about you, except your password, available to the general public.
GovTrack collects the same information whether or not your browser sends a Do Not Track header. When you visit this website, other parties whose resources we have embeded may be collecting information about you as well. We avoid embedding resources that have egregious tracking policies. We place a cookie in your browser to link your session together.
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