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On-Line Privacy Statement

The State of Alaska web site is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you a safe and secure online experience. By using the State of Alaska web site, you consent to the data practices described in this statement. This statement addresses the collection, use and security of and access to information that may be obtained through use of the State of Alaska’s web site. This statement covers:

  • Information Collected
  • Use of Your Personal Information
  • Choice
  • Use of Cookies
  • Our Commitment to Data Security
  • Contact Information

Information Collected

If you visit our web site to browse, read or download information we automatically collect and store certain information about your visit. This information does not identify you personally. The type of information collected includes:

  • The Internet Protocol Address and domain name used. This is the numerical address assigned to your computer as you use the Internet and the associated name (e.g. xyServiceProvider.com or your.school.edu);
  • The type of browser and operating system you used;
  • The date and time you visited the site;
  • The web pages or applications you accessed; and
  • The Internet Protocol Address of the web site from which you visited prior to coming to this site (such as www.yahoo.com), typically called the referrer address.

If you choose to identify yourself when you contact us electronically via email, online forms or applications, we may collect personally identifiable information including, but not limited to:

  • your e-mail address,
  • name,
  • address and/or
  • telephone number.

The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and graphic information formats you send us.

Use of Your Personal Information


If you visit our web site to browse, read or download information, the information is collected so that we can better maintain statistics on our web site and in turn provide you with better services and data, better ease of site navigation, and a more enjoyable web site experience overall.

If you choose to identify yourself when you contact us electronically via email, online forms or applications, we use the information you provide to respond appropriately to the situation. This may be to:

  • respond directly back to you,
  • address issues you identify,
  • participate in a program or computer application,
  • share your comments with attribution with others,
  • analyze and track user comments and feedback to further improve our web site, or
  • forward the information to another agency for appropriate action.


Most of your communications with the State of Alaska are considered part of the public record and may be subject to disclosure under AS 40.25.110 - 40.25.120. Personal information obtained through the State of Alaska web site is governed by AS 40.25.300 – 40.25.350. It requires notice when collecting personal information that may become part of the public record.

Within specific agencies, the use and disclosure of personal information may have additional State statues or regulations that apply. In those situations, the specific statue or regulation that authorizes or regulates the information collection or use should be cited.

Choice

We collect no personal information about you unless you voluntarily participate in an activity on this web site that asks for information. These activities may include, but are not restricted to sending an email, registering or participating in an email list or participating in a voluntary application or form. If you choose not to participate in these activities, your choice will in no way affect your ability to use any other area of our web site.

Use of Cookies

The State of Alaska web site may use "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a simple text file stored on your computer by your web browser. They provide a method of distinguishing among visitors to a web site. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by the web server that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize State of Alaska web site pages, or register with a State of Alaska web site or services, a cookie helps to recall your specific information on subsequent visits or keeps track of your current visit status. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same State of Alaska web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the State of Alaska web site services or web sites you visit.

Our Commitment to Data Security

We take very seriously the integrity of the information and systems we maintain. We have appropriate security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of information that have collected from you so you can feel comfortable and secure with online transactions.

We use Secure Sockets Layering (SSL) to encrypt your personal credit information, including your credit card number, in the online collection and transaction processing. SSL technology is the industry standard for secure online transactions. Because we use SSL, providing personal credit information over our web site is just as safe as giving your credit card number over the phone.

Contact Information


The State of Alaska web site welcomes your comments regarding this privacy statement. If you believe that the main State of Alaska web site has not adhered to this statement, please contact:

State of Alaska
Department of Administration
P.O. Box 110208
Juneau, AK 99811-0208
Phone: 907-465-2277
Fax: 907-465-2194
Email: webmaster@state.ak.us

If you do not believe the personal information concerning yourself maintained by a state agency is accurate or complete, you may file a written request with the specific state agency for the information to be changed. The request must provide the details required in AS 40.25.310.