The United Nations Space Command Emergency Priority Order 098831A-1, or the Cole Protocol, was established by Admiral Preston Cole on November 1, 2525, seven months after the UNSC made first contact with the Covenant. After their intentions to wipe out humanity, a series of laws made up the protocol to prevent the Covenant from finding the location of Earth. UNSC ships that are entering slipspace must make several randomized jumps before heading to Earth, as the Covenant are able to track Slipspace travel and find its location. Furthermore, any UNSC ship or station must wipe their database of any information concerning the homeplanet before engaging in battle. Finally, any vessel is to self destruct if capture by the Covenant is imminent.