Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the Virtual Career Network web site.  Our privacy policy is simple: we will collect no personal information about you when you visit our Web site unless you choose to provide that information to us nor will we share that information with any other party except as expressly authorized by you or as general information as discussed below.

There are five main sections of our privacy policy: Information Collected and Stored Automatically; Information That You Voluntarily Provide, Use of Cookies; Security, Intrusion, and Detection Issues; and Links to Other Sites.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

While you browse through our website, read pages, or download information, we gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store the following information about visits made to our website:

  • The IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which our website is accessed;
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  • The date and time our site is accessed;
  • The pages visited; and
  • If the VCN website is visited from another website, the address of that website

We aggregate this information and use it to help us make our site more useful to visitors -- to learn about the number of visitors to our site, to determine those portions of our site which are of greatest interest to our users, and to learn about the types of technology our visitors use.

Information That You Voluntarily Provide

We do not collect personally identifiable information (PII) unless you choose to provide it to us. If you provide us with personally identifiable information, for example, by creating a user account (also referred to as Career Management Account), sending an e-mail or by filling out a form and submitting it through our Web site, we use that information to respond to your message and to help us provide you with the information and services that you request. In addition, the email address provided as part of the account creation process will be used as the account identifier. This personally identifiable information including but not limited to email address, contact information, name, zip code, test scores, education credentials, resumes, etc. will be securely transmitted and stored in an encrypted manner in the VCN system. The PII will not be released to any third party unless it is specifically authorized by you. We make every effort to disclose clearly how information is used at the point where it is collected so you can determine whether you wish to provide the information.

Submitting voluntary information constitutes your consent to the use of the information for the stated purpose. When you click the “Submit” button on any of the Web forms found on our sites, you are indicating your voluntary consent to use of the information you submit for the purpose stated.

Use of Cookies

VCN uses cookies to measure website activity.  Cookies are small amounts of information stored on your computer by your web browser software.  None of the information collected is personally identifiable. The VCN website use both single session temporary cookies and multi-session persistent cookies for the purpose of website measurement.

Single session cookies are temporarily stored on your computer and are deleted as soon as you close your web browser.  Multi-session cookies are used for the purpose of web measurement, and to improve your online experience by remembering your online interactions and preferences across multiple sessions, and identify if you are a returning user.  None of the information stored in either single session or multi-session cookies used by VCN contain any personally identifiable information.  Information collected for web measurement is stored and maintained indefinitely for the purpose of historical web measurement and tracking.

If you prefer not to have non-personally identifiable persistent multi-session cookies stored on your computer you can opt out by not creating an account or signing in. Doing so may affect access to some resources on the VCN site.

Or, you can remove or block the use of multi-session web measurement technologies by changing the settings of your browser as described at’s web measurement and customization opt-out web page pop out link icon.

Security, Intrusion, and Detection Issues

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government-funded computer system employs software programs that monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.

Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

Links to Other Sites

Our Web site has links to other federal agencies and private organizations. When you link to another site, you are no longer on our site and are subject to the privacy policy of the new site.


The Virtual Career Network was created to support public access to information about careers and occupations, related education and training, and available jobs. Some of the information was created by other public and private organizations and is the responsibility of these organizations. The accuracy of the information for individual occupations is subject to error because of the many factors that affect the economy over time. While occupational projections and related job outlook information can provide valuable inputs to the career decision-making process, they should not be the sole basis of a career choice.

Further, the inclusion of links to particular items or sites is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed or products or services offered by the author of the reference or the organization operating the server on which the reference is maintained.

This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.

This solution is distributed as open-source software under a GPLv3 license, which is included on the start-up screen of the software or written in the code.


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