(U) Intelink and related services provide robust information sharing and collaboration capabilities for the Intelligence Community and its national defense, homeland security, diplomatic, and law enforcement partners. The ISMC element provides the operational means to deliver enabling services supporting the objectives of the National Intelligence Strategy. These community level services include —
(U) Use of these Services is limited to official government business. Use of these Services for personal/non-official use (e.g., casual browsing, gaming, entertainment, personal communications; commerce) is prohibited. Prohibited uses include —
(U) Intelink collects and maintains activity (audit) logs of browsing and other activity. These logs are made available upon request by an authorized security/law enforcement official (e.g., Information/Computer Security Officer, Inspector General).
(U) Use of government resources by contractors is governed by the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and may be supplemented by specific agency policy. Contractors shall use Intelink information systems only to perform tasks that are authorized by contract, approved by the Contracting Officer, or permitted by specific agency policy.
(U) Contractors shall not use Intelink information systems to solicit business, advertise products or services, recruit employees, or otherwise obtain an unfair competitive advantage. Contractors shall not use Intelink information systems to establish a web presence (e.g., page, wiki, or blog) unless the web presence is required for contract performance and approved by the appropriate Contracting Officer or Contracting Officer's Representative. Individual contractors are responsible for awareness and compliance with contract terms and the applicable agency policies concerning contractor use of information systems.
(U) For security purposes and to ensure that these Services remain available to all users, this Government computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to access, change, or otherwise cause damage. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring and is advised that if such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to appropriate law enforcement officials. Unauthorized attempts to access, change, or otherwise cause damage on this system are strictly prohibited and may be punishable by administrative discipline, civil penalties, and/or criminal prosecution under the provisions of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996 (18 U.S.C. § 1030) or other criminal statutes. The following security banner/notice is required on all Intelink websites and websites registered on Intelink —
You are accessing a U.S. Government (USG) Information System (IS) that is provided for USG-authorized use only.
By using this IS (which includes any device attached to this IS), you consent to the following conditions:
(U) Information derived from or created as a consequence of the use of Intelink Services may be subject to classification as national security information in accordance with Executive Order 13526, as amended. The Executive Order prescribes a uniform system for classifying, safeguarding, and declassifying national security information. It also establishes a monitoring system to enhance its effectiveness.
(U) Classified information, regardless of its form, shall be afforded a level of protection against loss or unauthorized disclosure commensurate with its level of classification. Authorized persons who have access to classified information are responsible for: (a) protecting it from persons without authorized access to that information, to include securing it in approved equipment or facilities whenever it is not under the direct control of an authorized person; (b) meeting safeguarding requirements prescribed by the agency head; and (c) ensuring that classified information is not communicated over unsecured voice or data circuits, in public conveyances or places, or in any other manner that permits interception by unauthorized persons.
(U) Questions concerning the classification, safeguarding, and declassifying national security information should be directed to your agency or organizational security officer.
(U) Some Services may require registration and the use of a password and/or user identification. Individual users are responsible for protecting the confidentiality of passwords against unauthorized disclosure or use by another individual.
(U) The Privacy Act of 1974 (As Amended), Public Law 93-579, requires Federal agencies to inform individuals when they are asked to provide personally identifiable information. Intelink does use names, email addresses, phone numbers, and organizational information to enable use of its Services. Posting of, or making available, personally identifiable information protected by the Privacy Act e.g., social security account numbers, dates of birth, is prohibited and may violate an individuals right to privacy under the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a).
(U) Search engine tools are typically referred to as robots, crawlers, walkers, or spiders that use hyperlink structures of web-based content to find and index content. Intelink search engines are the only content indexing mechanisms authorized to crawl Intelligence Community hosts visible on Community networks. This facilitates broad community access to shared content as well as providing the capability address general community needs (e.g., security incidents/spills response, bandwidth limitations).
(U) The Intelink search engine indexes HTML and non-HTML content (e.g., pdf, word processing, spreadsheets, graphics, presentations, and text files). The Intelink search mechanisms honor the Robots Exclusion Protocol. A "robots.txt" files should be used to limit indexing of named directories (e.g., private content, cgi-bin directories). Our responsibility to limit adverse impacts from indexing is taken very seriously. Problems with Intelink crawlers accessing community websites should be reported immediately via email to search @ intelink.gov.
(U) Section 3101 of title 44 U.S.C. requires the head of each Federal agency to make and preserve records containing adequate and proper documentation of the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures and essential transactions of the agency and designed to furnish the information necessary to protect the legal and financial rights of the Government and of persons directly affected by the agency's activities. Federal employees have three basic obligations for making and keeping records of their work including —
(U) A "cookie" is small amount of data, typically an anonymous but unique identifier, sent to a browser by a web server and may be saved to use's computer to facilitate convenient use of certain website features. Session cookies are used for the duration of a session connection with the visited website. Session cookies are typically deleted at the end of a browsing session — when the browser is closed. Persistent cookies are saved to a user's computer to allow recognition of a user and/or their preferences the next time the user visits the same website.
(U) Generally, materials produced by Federal agencies are in the public domain and may be reproduced without permission. However, not all content provided via Intelink is in the public domain. Some content is licensed or obtained from individuals, organizations, or commercial entities and may be subject to restrictions on use.
(U) Some Services may contain commercial content (e.g., Janes) licensed by the United States Government under specific license agreements that govern its use. Reproduction or redistribution of commercial or licensed content is prohibited by copyright/intellectual property laws, and may result in civil and criminal penalties. You may consult our staff for details on specific items. We will be able to refer you to our content providers, but may not be able to confirm the copyright status of specific items.
(U) Images and other material used on Intelink systems which are in the public domain may be used without restriction. Some material on Intelink systems have been obtained from other agencies. Permission to use these materials should be obtained directly from those agencies/organizations.
(U) Personally created and posted content on Intelink systems does not create any right, benefit, privilege, or equity on behalf of the individual.
(U) Public domain or open source software may be made available on Intelink systems for the convenience of the user community when deemed appropriate and consistent with the objectives for which these Services are provided. The availability of the these resources does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, suitability determination for any purpose, or favoring by the United States Government. Verification and compliance with any licensing requirements is the exclusive responsibility of the user and organization using any software made available via Intelink. Your organizational or local policy requirements or restrictions may also apply to the use of such software. Continued availability of any or all these resources is subject to the exclusive discretion of ISMC management.
(U) Reference to, or identification of, any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, on any Intelink systems does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any of its employees, makes any warranty, expressed or implied, including merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or assumes any 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.
Revision Date - June 2012