Thank you for visiting a State of West Virginia Web site. This site has been designed to make it easier and more efficient for West Virginia citizens and businesses to interact with West Virginia State Government. The State of West Virginia is committed to preserving your privacy when you visit our Web sites. This privacy statement addresses the collection, security and disclosure of information that may be obtained through the use of Web sites maintained by the State of West Virginia.
Collection of Information
If you visit a Web site maintained by the State of West Virginia in order to read or download information, we may collect the following information:
The name of your domain; for example, “abzcompany.com”;
The IP address of the client accessing the web site;
The type of browser and operating system used to access our sites;
The Internet address of the Web site from which you linked directly to our sites, if applicable;
The pages you visit within the State of West Virginia’s Web site(s); and
The links made to other Web sites through our sites.
This information is collected for purposes of determining what information is of most and least interest to all visitors and in improving content and performance of the site. This information is not collected for commercial marketing purposes.
The State of West Virginia may collect personally identifiable information that you voluntarily provide while visiting a State of West Virginia maintained Web site. Personal information is information about a natural person that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Personal information includes such things as an individual’s name, address, social security number, credit and debit card information, and phone number. A domain name or Internet Protocol address is not considered personal information.
We collect no personal information about you unless you volunteer to participate in an activity that asks for information, e.g., sending an email, registering or participating in a listserv or participating in a survey. If you choose not to participate in these activities, your choice will in no way affect your ability to use any other feature of the State of West Virginia Web site.
If personal information is requested on the Web site or volunteered by the user, state law and the federal Privacy Act of 1974 may protect it. However, this information is a public record once you provide it, and may be subject to public inspection and copying if not protected by federal or state law.
Users are cautioned that the collection of personal information requested from or volunteered by children on-line or by email will be treated the same as information given by an adult, and may be subject to public access.
In general, please note the information collected, whether or not personally identifiable, is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video and other graphic formats you send us. Information is retained in accordance with existing laws, rules, regulations, and other policies.
As a general rule, the State of West Virginia does not disclose any personally identifiable information collected online except where permission has been granted, or where the information is public information under the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act W.V.C.A. §§ 29B-1-1 et seq., or other applicable laws. Visitors should be aware that information collected by the State of West Virginia on its Web sites may be subject to inspection, if such information is a public record or not otherwise protected from disclosure.
Access and Correction of Personal Information
You can review any personal information we collect about you, and you may request a copy of that information. You may recommend changes to your personal information you believe in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us. in all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections. See Contact Information Section.
Trademarks, Service Marks, and Copyrights
All trademarks, service marks or copyrights appearing on this Web site and other linked Web sites are trademarks, service marks, or copyrights of their respective owners. Pursuant to 17 U.S.C. Sec. 512(c)(2).
Information provided on Web sites maintained by the State of West Virginia is intended to allow the public convenient access to public information. While all attempts are made to provide accurate, current and reliable information, we cannot guarantee that the information will be error-free. Therefore, the State of West Virginia and respective employees, officers and agencies expressly deny any guarantee of the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published through our Web sites and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance upon the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information.
Any person who relies upon such information obtained from these Web sites, does so at his or her own risk. The contents of this Web site are published for information purposes only and subject to change without notice.
To offer comments about the information presented in this Privacy Notice, contact:
Jim Richards, CISSP, CISM
Chief Security Officer, State of West Virginia
One Davis Square, Charleston, WV 25301