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New York State Partners for Children (PFC)
PRIVACY OF YOUR ONLINE INFORMATION AT THE PFC
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.
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
The PFC Website has four main purposes:
- Provide a network of information from both the
public and private sectors intended to improve the lives of New
York's children and families.
- 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.
- Provide an electronic medium for Partner
agencies to submit and disseminate information on funding opportunities,
policy updates, important issues and trends.
- Provide information and strategies
for building successful collaborations in New York communities.
The PFC Website collects two kinds of information:
- Information you decide to give us, which may include personally
identifiable information (PII); and
- 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.
decide to give the PFC
computer automatically transmits to all Websites |
|How the PFC uses information you
||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
PFC retains this information and
protects it just as if you had sent it by mail.
- send PFC staff messages or
- request information
|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 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.
||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
|| PFC does not have a profile database of all
|| 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
- PFC does not sell or rent information provided by online
- PFC may share or disclose certain information you provide if
necessary to fulfill PFC functions, such as mediating a
|PFC does not sell or rent the automatic navigation
information your computer transmits.|
|Data security, integrity, and
- PFC does not store information submitted by all our
visitors in an office-wide, master database.
- PFC takes appropriate technical measures to protect the
security and integrity of information the PFC receives.
- Access to information provided by visitors online is limited
to PFC personnel who have authorization to access the data.
- The same rules of confidentiality that apply to information
you might send the PFC offline apply to information provided
- PFC temporarily stores the automatic navigation information in
a computer database. After six months, it purges this information
from the PFC databases.
- PFC takes appropriate technical measure to protect the
security and integrity of this information.
The following notices apply generally to any information the PFC
- 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.
- 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.
- If there are other exceptions or special needs for handling
information in a specific case, the PFC will provide notice as
|Notice of changes
|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
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.|
TOPIC 2. Details on PFC Online Information
|Many visitors to the PFC Website provide personally
identifiable information for a particular purpose. For example -
- 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.
- If you request a publication, the PFC
needs your name and street address to send it to
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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 -
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- If you apply for employment, the PFC may
need to contact your references and perform other appropriate
Information your computer
|While you are browsing, your computer automatically
provides certain "navigation" information to every Website you
visit, including the PFC Website. The navigation information
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:
- The address (also known as URL, short for "uniform resource
locator") of any Web page you visited before you linked to an PFC
- 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.
- The Web-browsing software you are using.
- Whether your computer is configured to display English or some
- Your online service provider.
- Note: Your computer does not automatically provide your
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- You are an AOL subscriber;
- You use a particular browser software version such as Internet
- You were just visiting a particular page on www.yahoo.com.
- You linked to www.nyspartnersforchildren.org on a particular date at a
Use of information
your computer automatically
|The PFC Website uses automatic navigation information
for internal, site-monitoring purposes.
- 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.
- 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
The PFC does
- analyze our visitors' automatic navigation information to
attempt to identify unique or repeat visitors
- routinely retain permanent records of automatic navigation
- attempt to identify individual visitors by analyzing their IP
(Internet Protocol) addresses except in cases of attempted
security breaches and/or intrusions
Identifiability of domain
names and IP addresses
- 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 www.myuniversity.edu.
- 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.
- 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.
TOPIC 3. General Information about Internet
PFC handles information about visitors to the PFC Website in the
|Notice and disclosure
||PFC provides notice and disclosure of its information
||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.|
||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.|
||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
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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
|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
- 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
- A cookie can be read and updated only by the Website that
created it. One Website cannot "peek" at another Website's
|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
- A cookie is not a way for a Website to secretly discover your
|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
|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
- 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
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: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/online/kidsprivacy.htm
Topic 6. PFC CONTACT
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 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also write PFC at:
155 Washington Avenue
New York 12210-2323