ShakeAlert™ User Privacy Act Statement

When you apply to use ShakeAlert™ data products the United States Geological Survey (USGS) collects some information from you. This Privacy Act Statement is meant to help you understand what we collect, why we collect it, and what we do with it. This is important; we hope you will take time to read it carefully.


Authority: This information is solicited under the authority of 42 U.S.C. 7701, P.L. 108-360, 40 U.S.C. 486 (c), and 41 CFR part 201-7.

Purpose: By providing the requestor’s email address, the requestor is submitting information to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to be approved to be a User of the ShakeAlert System. Once approved, ShakeAlert will store the email address along with the code (password). This will allow the requestor’s organization to access and receive topics of interest from the ShakeAlert ActiveMQ broker.

Routine Uses: Only USGS ShakeAlert System administrators and the requestor’s local point of contact will have access to the email address and code (password).

Additional information on authorized routine uses may be found in the published system of records notice, GS-18, Computer Registration System, at 63 FR 29910, which may be viewed at A new routine use was added to the system of records notice on May 19, 2009, which may be viewed at

Disclosure: Furnishing the information on this form is voluntary; however, failure to provide all or part of the information will not provide the organization access to the ShakeAlert System to access and receive topics of interest from the ShakeAlert ActiveMQ broker.