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Introduction

This website is provided as a public service by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a resource and information clearinghouse for those individuals and organizations that have an interest in the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994.

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Links from our website to other websites, or from other sites to our website, do not constitute an endorsement by the FBI. These links are for convenience only. It is the responsibility of the user to evaluate the content and usefulness of information.

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All information provided by our website is made available to provide immediate access for the convenience of interested and authorized persons. While the FBI believes the information to be reliable, human or mechanical error remains a possibility. Therefore, the FBI does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or correct sequencing of the information. Neither the FBI nor any of the sources of the information, shall be responsible for any error or omission, or for the use of, or the results obtained from the use of, this information.

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Proprietary and Confidential Information

This website may contain other proprietary notices and/or copyright information, the terms of which must be observed and followed. Information on this website may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Information may be changed or updated at any time without prior notice. The FBI may also make improvements and/or changes in the programs and services described in this website information at any time without prior notice.

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However, we will not release your name or otherwise publicize the fact that you submitted materials or other information to us unless we obtain your written permission to use your name.

Use of Our Email Service

We do not authorize the use of our service to accept, transmit or distribute unsolicited bulk email sent from the Internet to our users.

In addition, Internet email sent, or caused to be sent, to or through our service that makes use of or contains invalid or forged headers, invalid or non-existent domain names or other means of deceptive addressing will be deemed to be counterfeit. Any attempt to send or cause such counterfeit email to be sent to or through our service is unauthorized.

Similarly, email that is relayed from any third party's mail servers without the permission of that third party, or which employs similar techniques to hide or obscure the source of the email, is also an unauthorized use of our service. We do not authorize anyone to send email or cause email to be sent to our service that violates our privacy or legal notices.

We reserve the right to employ all legal and technical steps available to prevent unsolicited bulk email or other unauthorized email from entering, utilizing or remaining within our service. Nothing in this policy is intended to grant any right to transmit or send email to, or through, our service. Our perceived failure to enforce this policy in every instance in which it might have application does not amount to a waiver of our rights.

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Digital Millennium Copyright Act

We will make a good faith effort to respond to communications regarding alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Should you believe that an item on the AskCALEA website comes under this Act, please contact us with a full description of the alleged violation, along with the specific website URL, and your complete contact information.

Information on the term "CALEA"

The term CALEA is used on this website as an acronym for the C ommunications A ssistance for L aw E nforcement A ct of 1994. "CALEA" is also a registered service mark for setting and reviewing standards and practices in the field of law enforcement, which is owned by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. , they have a website at www.calea.org .

Last Updated: February 1, 2011