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At times, particularly when you request reports or forms, download electronic files, or submit information through online forms from the DOF Web site or via email, we may ask you to provide certain information about yourself by filling out and submitting an online form. It is completely optional for you to participate in these programs. If you elect to participate in these programs, however, we may require that you provide your contact information, which may include your name, mailing address, email address, and other personal identifying information.
DOF will not willingly or openly collect or distribute information or perform monetary transactions with children under the age of 13 in accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. While this act is intended to apply to websites and online services used for commercial purposes (which this website is not), in keeping with the intent and purpose of that protection act, DOF may share personal information in the form of a name, address, phone number, or email address with another agency for the sole purpose of answering the child's inquiry or forwarding their inquiry, but will not make the information publicly available in identifiable form, by any means including by a public posting, through the Internet, or through a home page of a website, a pen-pal service, a non-government electronic mail service, a message board, or a chat room.
When you visit our website, you can surf the site anonymously and access important information without revealing your identity. In order to improve the DOF website, we may use "cookies" to track your visit. A cookie is a small amount of data that is transferred to your browser by a web server and can only be read by the server that gave it to you. It functions as your identification card, recording your passwords, purchases, and preferences. It cannot be executed as code or deliver viruses.
Most browsers are set to accept cookies by default. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether or not to accept it. (For some web pages that require an authorization, cookies are not optional. Users choosing not to accept cookies will probably not be able to access those pages.)
Please note that DOF is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of non-DOF websites to which this website may link.