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Privacy Policy for Online Detainee Locator System

Thank you for visiting the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Online Detainee Locator System (ODLS) website and reviewing our privacy policy.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

ICE has taken steps to protect the information in ODLS. When you use the system and visit the associated pages, we automatically gather and store certain technical information about your visit. The information includes:

  • Internet domain (e.g., "xcompany.com" if you use a private Internet access account or "yourschool.edu" if you connect from a university's domain) from which you access our website.
  • Internet Protocol (IP) address from which you access our website. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web.
  • The type of browser (e.g., Netscape, Internet Explorer) and operating system (e.g., Windows, UNIX) used to access our site.
  • The date and time you access our site.
  • The pages you visit but not the content of the search you perform or any of the information displayed in response to your search.
  • The Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to the ODLS website.

Although this information may be used to create summary statistics, it is primarily collected to allow ICE to troubleshoot issues with the system and for monitoring and protecting the system from cyber attacks. The information that is collected is not used to identify individuals except in cases where individuals are being investigated regarding their involvement in a security incident involving this website. ICE does NOT use the information that is collected to identify people who use ODLS, to track what they search in the system, or to assist with immigration enforcement activities. The collected information is stored and retained in compliance with National Archives and Records Administration guidelines.


When you visit some websites, their web servers generate pieces of information known as "cookies". Cookies are small bits of text that are used to track visitors to the website. Some cookies only last for the duration of your active browser session and are designed to help you navigate through a website. The cookie disappears once you close your browser or once your browser is inactive for an extended period of time. These cookies are called "session cookies". Other cookies are saved on your computer's hard drive in order to identify you the next time you log on to the website. These cookies are called "persistent cookies". The ODLS website only uses session cookies and if you are inactive on the website for 20 minutes, the browser's session times out.

Notice regarding ICE's public website

If you linked to the ODLS website from ICE's public website http://www.ice.gov , you should be aware that the privacy policy for ICE's public website differs from this one slightly. While you were on ICE's public website, it collected similar information about you but it uses it in a slightly different way. To see the privacy policy on ICE's public website, please visit http://www.ice.gov/about/legal.htm.