Ohio's Internet Portal Privacy Notice
The Ohio Internet Portal, a service provided by the Department of Administrative Services, recognizes the importance of privacy to our web site visitors. Therefore, visitors should be aware of the following information.
Visitors should be aware that, subject to certain statutory exceptions, most documents and records maintained by the state of Ohio, including but not limited to electronic data, are public records under Ohio law. Therefore, information submitted through this web site may be subject to disclosure pursuant to a public records request.
In order to generate usage statistics to help us improve our web site, we automatically collect certain information on every visitor to the web site. However, this information does not disclose "personal identifiers" (such as name, address, telephone number, e−mail address, etc.). Each time a request is made to view a page within this web site, our web site creates a log file capturing generic user information. Examples of this type of information includes the type of Internet browser or computer operating system you are using, the date and time you accessed this site, the Internet protocol address of the individual computer (or proxy server) making the request, and the Internet address of the site from which you may have linked to this site. All information collected by way of server log files is used in aggregate form only, and may be analyzed for trends and statistics.
Online Forms and E-Mail
This web site will not collect personally identifiable information (such as name, address, telephone number, etc.) unless you provide such information voluntarily. We may ask for such information so that we can tailor interactive features of this web site to your specific interests and needs (including periodically forwarding information that matches your selected interests). You are free to provide or not to provide the requested information. If you choose not to provide this type of information, you can still visit most of the web site, but you may be unable to participate in certain online forums. Any personal information voluntarily provided by visitors, including personal information submitted on online forms and e−mail, will be used for the purposes stated on the web page and may also be shared with other agencies as required by law or pursuant to agency authority. Information submitted through this web site also may be subject to disclosure pursuant to a public records request.
Visitors who submit information via this web site should be aware that data linking your computer to this web site (a "cookie") may be created. Temporary cookies may be used when necessary to complete a transaction, to process data submitted to us online or to facilitate ongoing Internet interaction. Information collected on our web sites, including cookies, may also be subject to disclosure pursuant to a public records request.
We take very seriously the integrity of the information and systems that we maintain. Therefore, we have instituted security measures for all information systems under our control. These security measures are designed to identify attempts to tamper with this web site. Information collected through these security measures may be used in connection with a criminal prosecution or other legal proceedings.
Any links to external web sites found on this website are intended for informational purposes only and are not endorsed by the Department of Public Safety in any way. These sites have their own security and privacy policies, which may be less rigorous than those followed by the State. Information found on this site is believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed. ODPS disclaims any liability for any errors or omissions.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety has taken steps to ensure that this website is at least minimally accessible to people with disabilities who use assistive technology to access the Internet.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety website complies with State of Ohio IT Policies, which establish minimum website accessibility requirements for information and services provided on state-controlled websites. The requirements include compliance with the accessibility standards of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety website also follows the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 which are standards created by the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). WCAG 1.0 compliance levels are described as single-A (meets all priority 1 checkpoints), double-A (meets all priority 1 and 2 checkpoints), and triple-A (meets all priority 1, 2, and 3 checkpoints). This website conforms to the single-A (priority 1) compliance level, and many of the priority 2 and 3 checkpoints.
We welcome your comments about the usability and accessibility of Ohio.gov. If you are having a problem accessing any part of Ohio.gov, or would like to make a suggestion for improvement, please contact us.