YOUR USE OF THE RECAP MATERIALS CONSTITUTES YOUR AGREEMENT TO THESE TERMS AND ANY SUBSEQUENT CHANGES TO THESE TERMS. DO NOT USE THE EXTENSION OR THE SERVER IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH ALL OF THESE TERMS.
This document describes what information we collect from our users and what we will and will not do with it. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email us at .
About RECAP and the Role of the Internet Archive
RECAP is a project of the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University (“CITP”).
Public records submitted by RECAP users are transmitted to the RECAP Extension Server, which is under the control of CITP. Public records are then transmitted to the Internet Archive (“IA”), a 501(c)(3) non-profit tasked with building an Internet library with permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format, which serves as the ultimate repository of the public records submitted by RECAP users. Before transmitting the public records to IA, the Extension Server strips out all information relating to the individual RECAP user and submits only the public record to IA.
Uploading Public Records
The RECAP Materials help end users perform two functions: (1) upload public records to IA; and (2) download public records from IA.
When a RECAP Extension user downloads pages containing public records from PACER, including docket pages, “receipt” pages, and PDF files of individual documents, a copy is automatically sent to the Extension Server. Some of these pages may contain personally-identifiable information such as a PACER username. Personally-identifiable information is immediately discarded by the Extension Server and is never saved on the Extension Server or transmitted to IA.
Downloading Public Records
Querying the Internet Archive
When a RECAP user conducts a search on PACER, the Extension queries the Extension Server to determine if the user-sought public record is publicly-available for download from IA. The Extension transmits information about the court, case, and public record sought to the Extension Server, which responds to the query, and then immediately discards the information. It is neither stored on the Extension Server nor transmitted to IA.
Interacting with PACER
The RECAP Extension never directly interacts with the PACER servers, nor does it store any information related to your PACER account. The Extension does check for the existence of a “PACER cookie” or “ECF cookie” in the user’s browser, but it does not further examine the contents of the cookie or transmit the cookie to the RECAP Extension Server. It does so in order to determine when you are logged in using a public-access PACER account or an attorney ECF account so that uploads and queries can be triggered. The RECAP Materials will not retain any information about your PACER account on our Servers.
The RECAP Extension Server keeps logs of all queries and uploads it receives. The Extension Server logs the client IP address, URL, and time of access. The Extension Server also separately logs information on the documents uploaded, including upload time, court name, case number and what transpired. The logs are separated to minimize the risk that individual RECAP users’ uploads can be identified after the fact, but we cannot guarantee that identification will be impossible.
CITP will purge the above mentioned logs after 14 days. However, CITP reserves the right to compute standard aggregate statistics such as total number of uploads, queries, and unique users before purging our logs. After the 14 day period, the Extension Server will continue to maintain a database log with the court and document information for each public record.
RECAP Website traffic will be tracked using Google Analytics. In addition, when users leave a reply or comment on the RECAP Website, the name, email, url, IP address, date and time of publication, and comment will be stored in a Website Server Log. The Website Server will also log standard information for HTTP requests, including date, time IP address, and URL. The Website Server Log may be kept in perpetuity.
Disclosure of Information
CITP will not publicly display log records or client IP addresses. CITP will not sell logs to third parties. CITP will only release logs to a third party if compelled to do so by a court order.
Last Updated May 21, 2014.