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New York State Partners for Children (PFC)


NYPFC posted this updated privacy policy on January 28, 2003  in response to the Internet Security and Privacy Act  and  in recognition of the growing public interest in and concern for information privacy.

Your online privacy is important. This section of the Partners for Children’s Website provides information about this agency's approach to information from online visitors as well as general information about online privacy.

This section of the Website is divided into several topics. You can scroll through the entire section. Or you can go directly to one of the topics listed below and on the navigation bar above.

TOPIC 1. PFC Internet Privacy Policy
TOPIC 2. Details on PFC Online Information Practices
TOPIC 3. General Information about Internet Privacy
TOPIC 4. General Information about Cookies and Web Bugs
TOPIC 5. General Information about Children's Online Privacy
TOPIC 6. Click here for Contact Information


This section describes the Partners for Children's online information practice regarding the information collected from visitors to our Website and ways in which the office uses and maintains this information.

The PFC Website has four main purposes:

  1. Provide a network of information from both the public and private sectors intended  to improve the lives of New York's children and families.
  2. Provide a means to communicate with members of  New York State Partners for Children . You can use this Website as a convenient alternative to mail or telephone communication.
  3. Provide an electronic medium for Partner agencies to submit and disseminate information on funding opportunities, policy updates, important issues and trends. 
  4.  Provide  information and strategies for building  successful collaborations in New York communities.

The PFC Website collects two kinds of information:

  1. Information you decide to give us, which may include personally identifiable information (PII); and
  2. Non-personal information your computer automatically provides to every Website you visit. This is sometimes referred to as "navigation" information. The PFC retains this information only for a short time.

  Information you decide to give the PFC Information your computer automatically transmits to all Websites
How the PFC uses information you provide The PFC Website provides a convenient way to communicate with the Partners for Children in addition to the more traditional means such as mail, phone or in-person visits. For example, you can
  • send  PFC staff  messages or
  • request information
PFC retains this information and protects it just as if you had sent it by mail.
PFC temporarily retains the information automatically sent by your computer to evaluate the traffic through the PFC Website to help make the site more user-friendly.
Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Personally identifiable information  is information about you, such as your name, address, or social security number, that someone could use to identify or locate you.

The PFC acquires PII online when a visitor sends it. If you browse through the PFC Website - reading, printing, or downloading information such as consumer brochures or press releases—you do not transmit PII.

The PFC only uses PII for authorized PFC purposes, for example, authorizing information when processing payment claims or collecting data via web-based PFC applications

Automatic information typically does not personally identify you. Even when it could,  PFC does not try to discover or use your identity.


Sensitive Information There may be particular privacy concerns with certain kinds of information such as financial or medical records. PFC uses such information only for authorized PFC purposes. Automatic information typically does not include any sensitive information about you.


Information practices the PFC does not use  PFC does not have a profile database of all online visitors.  PFC does not use persistent cookies, clear GIFs ("Web bugs"), or any kind of anonymous identifier to try to track or recognize you  from visit to visit.

PFC does not draw conclusions about you  on the PFC on pages you view or search terms you enter.

Data sharing and transfer
  1. PFC does not sell or rent information provided by online visitors.

  2. PFC may share or disclose certain information you provide if necessary to fulfill PFC functions, such as mediating a complaint.


PFC does not sell or rent the automatic navigation information your computer transmits.
Data security, integrity, and retention
  1.  PFC does not store information submitted by all our visitors in an office-wide, master database.

  2. PFC takes appropriate technical measures to protect the security and integrity of information the PFC receives.

  3. Access to information provided by visitors online is limited to PFC personnel who have authorization to access the data.

  4. The same rules of confidentiality that apply to information you might send the PFC offline apply to information provided online.
  1. PFC temporarily stores the automatic navigation information in a computer database. After six months, it purges this information from the PFC databases.

  2. PFC takes appropriate technical measure to protect the security and integrity of this information.

The following notices apply generally to any information the PFC receives:

  1. Legal obligations to disclose information:  PFC may disclose information to comply with a court order, authorized law enforcement request, subpoena, or a request under federal or state "freedom of information" law.

  2. Emergency exceptions: If necessary to protect health or safety in an emergency situation, the PFC may use, share or disclose information other than outlined in this policy.

  3. If there are other exceptions or special needs for handling information in a specific case, the PFC will provide notice as appropriate.
Notice of changes
in this Privacy Policy
If any of the information in this section changes in a material way, PFC will post 30 days advance notice on the Home page of this Website, with the effective date of the change. Where a specific page is affected specifically by a change in policy,  PFC will post a clear and conspicuous notice.
Links to other Websites This Privacy Policy applies to the Website of the Partners for Children of  State of New York. While the PFC offers links to other Websites that may be of interest, PFC disclaims any responsibility for their content and cannot vouch for their information practices.

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TOPIC 2. Details on PFC Online Information Practices


Personally identifiable
information you
give the PFC

Many visitors to the PFC Website provide personally identifiable information for a particular purpose. For example -
  1. If you send the PFC a message and want a reply, the PFC needs at least your name and your e-mail address or telephone number.

  2. If you request a publication, the PFC needs your name and street address to send it to you.                                         Back to Top

Sharing information you
give the PFC

The PFC may need to share your information to perform PFC functions, just as if you had sent the PFC the information by mail. For example -
  1. If you apply for employment, the PFC may need to contact your references and perform other appropriate verification.
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Information your computer
automatically provides
to all Websites

While you are browsing, your computer automatically provides certain "navigation" information to every Website you visit, including the PFC Website. The navigation information includes:
  1. The address (also known as URL, short for "uniform resource locator") of any Web page you visited before you linked to an PFC Web page.

  2. Your Internet Protocol address (or "IP address"). This is the Internet's address for your particular computer. A Website's computer must know your IP address so the site can send the Web page you ask to view.

  3. The Web-browsing software you are using.

  4. Whether your computer is configured to display English or some other language.

  5. Your online service provider.

  6. Note: Your computer does not automatically provide your e-mail address.
For example, if you have an AOL account, were visiting a page on the Yahoo site, and clicked on a link to the PFC home page, your computer would transmit to the PFC Website that:

  1. You are an AOL subscriber;

  2. You use a particular browser software version such as Internet Explorer 5.0.

  3. You were just visiting a particular page on

  4. You linked to     on a particular date at a particular time.
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Use of information
your computer automatically
provides to all Websites

The PFC Website uses automatic navigation information for internal, site-monitoring purposes.
  1. This data allows PFC staff to measure visitors' interest in different sections of the Website, so the PFC can make the site more useful to visitors.

  2. The PFC generates internal reports that identify the number of web users on a given day who requested pages through particular online service providers. This information may report the volume of requests originating from a service provider associated with a particular school or company or from foreign countries.

    The PFC does not:

  3. analyze our visitors' automatic navigation information to attempt to identify unique or repeat visitors

  4. routinely retain permanent records of automatic navigation information


  5. attempt to identify individual visitors by analyzing their IP (Internet Protocol) addresses except in cases of attempted security breaches and/or intrusions

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Identifiability of domain
names and IP addresses

  1. Identifiability of your domain name: If you access the Internet through facilities provided by an organization such as your school or business, your automatic navigation information may reveal the name of your organization. For example, a student's navigation information might let a Website know that the student accesses the Internet through

  2. Geographic area: Similarly, if you access the Internet through an Internet Service Provider (ISP) located in a particular geographic area, a Website may be able to use the ISP's identity to infer that to be your geographic location.

  3. Identifiability of your IP address: Whether your IP address is identifiable depends on whether it is dynamic or static. If it is dynamic, your ISP (Internet Service Provider) assigns a different IP address for each online visit that does not identify any person or machine.

In contrast, if you access the Internet through an ISP that assigns you a static or fixed IP address (for example, DSL or cable modem service), your IP address will always be the same, and will identify your computer.

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TOPIC 3. General Information about Internet Privacy

PFC handles information about visitors to the PFC Website in the following manner:

Notice and disclosure PFC provides notice and disclosure of its information practices by posting its privacy policy.
Choice/ Consent PFC receives your online information only when you choose to disclose it, for example, by submitting an online complaint form or request for information. PFC only uses this information for the purpose for which you disclose it, except when the law or emergencies require the PFC to do otherwise.
Access Because the Partners for Children is an  agency dealing with information about children, it must carefully safeguard information. Access to personally identifiable information is  limited only to authorized staff.  If you need information you previously gave PFC, please contact this office, and, if known, the bureau working on your initial request.
Security The PFC takes reasonable measures to protect the security and integrity of information received. The PFC periodically purges its computer files that log activity on the PFC Website.

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TOPIC 4. General Information about Cookies and Clear GIFs ("Web Bugs")

Although the PFC does not use persistent cookies or clear GIFs ("Web bugs") on this Website, many sites do use this technology. Here is some helpful information.


A cookie is...
  • A cookie is a small data file placed on your hard drive by a Website so it can "remember" information about you or your computer.

    • A Website may assign you an ID and create a temporary cookie with that ID number on your computer.

    • The Website then can create a profile with your ID number on the Website's server.

    • In your profile, the Website can store information about your interests and other characteristics. For example, a site that carries news and weather might record your zip code so it can display local weather and news each time you visit the site. A credit card or bank site might use your profile to store your password, so that it has a way to recognize you and display your account information.
  • A cookie can be read and updated only by the Website that created it. One Website cannot "peek" at another Website's cookies.
A cookie is not... 
  • A cookie is not a program. It is a data file.

  • A cookie is not a spy device that can read files on your computer.

  • A cookie is not a way for a Website to secretly discover your personal information.
Cookies on your computer
  • To learn more about cookies on your computer and what you can do about them, consult your browser's help or tutorial feature.

Clear GIFs or "Web bugs"

A clear GIF is...
  • Another common way that web sites collect information about you is by using technology called clear GIF or "Web bug" (also referred to as a "1-by-1 GIF," "pixel tag," or "Web beacon").
  • A clear GIF is an invisible image that can be imbedded in a Web page or certain kinds of e-mail. ("GIF" stands for "graphical interface format," which is one of the technologies uPFC by PFC to show pictures in a Web page.)
  • As with cookies, a Website can use clear GIFs to collect data about you.
  • Unlike cookies, clear GIFs are not stored on your computer.
  • Unlike cookies, most browsers do not have built-in features to explain or help you detect clear GIFs.

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TOPIC 5. General Information about Children's  Online Privacy

The PFC does not solicit information from children under the age of thirteen. If the PFC receives information submitted by children under the age of thirteen, those communications are accorded the same protections as if the information had been submitted offline.

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 ("COPPA") imposes restrictions on commercial Websites, not PFC agency websites. Although COPPA does not apply to the PFC Website, the PFC practices are consistent with its mandates. If you would like more information about COPPA, please visit the FTC's official COPPA page at:

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If you have questions about the PFC Website privacy statement or this Website, please contact the PFC by e-mailing the Information Security Officer at

You can also write PFC at:

Joyce Perry
155 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12210-2323

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