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External Link Disclaimer

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Links to CIA.gov

You may freely link to the Central Intelligence Agency Web site or any of its content. Unless a copyright is indicated, CIA.gov is a public domain Web site, which means you may link to it or any of its content at no cost and without our permission. We ask only that you identify that the link is to a Central Intelligence Agency Internet resource.


Disclaimer of Endorsement

Reference in this Web site to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the site's visitors and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the US government or the Central Intelligence Agency. See our full Disclaimer of Endorsement.


Links to Other Government Web Sites

CIA.gov may add a link to any government Web site that is publicly available unless directed not to by the agency that owns the site. Acceptable Federal government-owned or government-sponsored Web site domains include .gov, .mil, and .fed.us. CIA.gov may also link to: quasi-government agencies and Web sites created by public sector/private sector partnerships; state and local government sites (e.g., www.virginia.gov); and some government-sponsored Web sites that end in .com, .org, or .net.


Reciprocal Links

CIA.gov does not engage in reciprocal linking. We link to information according to our linking criteria, whether or not the other Web site links to us.



The CIA maintains a zero tolerance policy on harassment and discrimination. Accordingly, CIA.gov will not link to any Web site that contains content inconsistent with this zero tolerance policy.

Additionally, CIA.gov will not link to any Web site that requires payment or registration to view its content.

Finally, CIA.gov reserves the right to remove any link the CIA determines, in its sole discretion, is inconsistent with the Agency’s mission or any of its policies, is misleading, and/or that is no longer relevant to CIA.gov visitors.


Links to Non-Federal Web sites

In limited instances, CIA.gov may link to Web sites that are not government-owned or government-sponsored if these Web sites provide information and/or services that are not available on an official government Web site. CIA.gov may provide links to these non-government Web sites solely as a service to CIA.gov visitors. The US government neither endorses nor guarantees in any way the external organizations, services, advice, or products included in these Web site links. (See Disclaimer of Endorsement for more information on this topic.) Further, the US government neither controls nor guarantees the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of the information contained in non-government Web site links.

Links to non-Federal Web sites that the Agency has deemed necessary are found primarily in one place on CIA.gov:

  • in Studies in Intelligence articles that are written by individuals, who may or may not be CIA or other Federal agency employees, and may include links to related Internet resources.

Please contact us about links from CIA.gov to Web sites you believe are inappropriate.


Non-Federal Link Evaluation Criteria

Executive Order 12731, dated Oct. 17, 1990, as well as 5 CFR 2635.101(b)(8), require that government agencies act impartially and not give preferential treatment to any private organization or person. As such, every private organization or person requesting, in writing via our Contact CIA form, a link from CIA.gov to their Web site will be given equal consideration by the CIA to determine if the requested link meets the Agency’s policy for inclusion of external links on CIA.gov. The CIA.gov policy council evaluates all links similarly using a number of criteria, including the following:

  • Is a link to the recommended Web site's content necessary for the CIA’s mission?

  • Is the Web site relevant and useful to CIA.gov visitors or a segment of CIA.gov visitors?

  • Does the recommended Web site complement existing information on CIA.gov?

  • Does the recommended Web site provide community-level information or services of interest to CIA.gov visitors or a segment of CIA.gov visitors?

  • Is the recommended Web site an official government-owned or supported Web site?

  • Does the recommended Web site provide official government information or services?

  • Does the recommended Web site violate or contain prominent links to Web sites that violate CIA’s Zero Tolerance of Harassment and Discrimination policy?


Privacy and Security

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Disclaimer of Endorsement

In limited instances, CIA.gov links to Web sites that are not Federal government-owned or -sponsored if these Web sites provide information that is necessary and not available on an official Federal government Web site. CIA.gov provides these links solely as a service for our visitors’ information and convenience and does not control, approve, or endorse these sites, nor does the CIA control, approve, or endorse information contained therein. External links to non-Federal resources are in no way intended to represent an exhaustive listing.

  • When users select a link to a non-Federal Web site, they are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the external Web site.

  • CIA.gov does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of information contained on any linked Web site.

  • CIA.gov does not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked non-Federal Web sites, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they may offer. Inclusion of these links is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, nor products or services offered, nor the organizations sponsoring the sites.

  • CIA.gov does not warrant that external, non-Federal Web sites comply with the accessibility requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

  • Reference in CIA.gov to any specific commercial product, process, service, manufacturer, or company does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation or favoring by the US government.


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Posted: May 06, 2007 05:02 PM
Last Updated: Jan 03, 2012 01:18 PM