Privacy Policy

INTRODUCTION

Thank you for visiting AnswerFinder.org.  We recognize that it is critical for individuals and businesses to be confident that their privacy is protected when they visit AnswerFinder.org.

Consistent with the provisions of the Internet Security and Privacy Act, the Freedom of Information Law, and the Personal Privacy Protection Law, this policy describes our privacy practices regarding information collected from users of this website. This policy describes what information is collected and how that information is used. Because this privacy policy only applies to this website, you should examine the privacy policy of any website, including other third-party websites, that you access using this website.

For purposes of this policy, “personal information” means any information concerning a natural person which, because of name, number, symbol, mark, or other identifier, can be used to identify that natural person.

AnswerFinder.org does not collect any personal information about you unless you provide that information voluntarily by sending an email, responding to a survey, or completing an online transaction.

INFORMATION COLLECTED AUTOMATICALLY WHEN YOU VISIT THIS WEBSITE

When visiting this website, AnswerFinder.org automatically collects and stores the following information about your visit:

  • User client hostname. The hostname or Internet Protocol address of the user requesting access to a state agency website.
  • HTTP header, “user agent.” The user agent information includes the type of browser, its version, and the operating system on which that the browser is running.
  • HTTP header, “referrer.” The referrer specifies the web page from which the user accessed the current web page.
  • System date. The date and time of the user’s request.
  • Full request. The exact request the user made.
  • Status. The status code the server returned to the user.
  • Content length. The content length, in bytes, of any document sent to the user.
  • Method. The request method used.
  • Universal Resource Identifier (URI). The location of a resource on the server.
  • Query string of the URI. Anything after the question mark in a URI.
  • Protocol. The transport protocol and the version used.

The above information is considered personal information.

The information that is collected automatically is used to improve this website’s content and to help understand how users interact with the website. This information is collected for statistical analysis, to determine what information is of interest to the users, and to improve the utility of the material available on the website. The information is not collected for commercial marketing purposes and AnswerFinder.org is not authorized to sell or otherwise disclose the information collected from the website for commercial marketing purposes.

TRACKING & COOKIES

We, and third-party partners (like Google) use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our website and retain certain information.

Cookies are simple text files stored on your web browser to provide a means of distinguishing among users of this website. The use of cookies is a standard practice among Internet websites. To better serve you, we occasionally use “session cookies” to enhance or customize your visit to this website. Session cookies can be created automatically on the device you use to access this state agency website. They do not contain personal information and do not compromise your privacy or security. We may use the cookie feature to store a randomly generated identifying tag on the device you use to access this website. A session cookie is erased during operation of your browser or when your browser is closed.

If you choose, you may complete a registration to personalize this website and permit a “persistent cookie” to be stored on your computer’s hard drive. This persistent cookie will allow the website to recognize you when you visit again and tailor the information presented to you based on your needs and interests. AnswerFinder.org uses persistent cookies only with your permission.

The software and hardware you use to access the website allows you to refuse new cookies or delete existing cookies. Refusing or deleting these cookies may limit your ability to take advantage of some features of this website.

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR)

We are a Data Controller of your information.

AnswerFinder.org legal basis for collecting and using the personal information described in this Privacy Policy depends on the Personal Information we collect and the specific context in which we collect the information:

  • AnswerFinder.org needs to perform a contract with you
  • You have given AnswerFinder.org permission to do so
  • Processing your personal information is in AnswerFinder.org legitimate interests
  • AnswerFinder.org needs to comply with the law

AnswerFinder.org will retain your personal information only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. We will retain and use your information to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our policies.

If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you have certain data protection rights. If you wish to be informed what Personal Information we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us. Our Privacy Policy was generated with the help of GDPR Privacy Policy Generator and the GDPR Privacy Policy Template.

In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:

  • The right to access, update or to delete the information we have on you.
  • The right of rectification.
  • The right to object.
  • The right of restriction.
  • The right to data portability
  • The right to withdraw consent

INFORMATION COLLECTED WHEN YOU E-MAIL THIS WEBSITE OR COMPLETE A TRANSACTION

During your visit to this website you may send an e-mail to AnswerFinder.org. Your name, e-mail address and the contents of your message will be collected. The information included in your message will be used to respond to you, to address issues you identify, to improve this website, or to forward your message to other third-party vendors, where appropriate, for action.

Your e-mail address is not collected for commercial purposes and AnswerFinder.org is not authorized to sell or otherwise disclose your e-mail address for commercial purposes.

During your visit to this website you may complete a transaction such as a survey, registration, or order form. The information, including personal information, volunteered by you in completing the transaction is used by AnswerFinder.org to operate our programs, which include the provision of goods, services, and information.

AnswerFinder.org does not knowingly collect personal information from children or create profiles of children through this website. Users are cautioned, however, that the collection of personal information submitted in an e-mail will be treated as though it was submitted by an adult, and may, unless exempted from access by federal or State law, be subject to public access. We strongly encourage parents and teachers to be involved in children’s Internet activities and to provide guidance whenever children are asked to provide personal information on-line.

PRIVACY CHOICES

Here are some of the privacy choices available to you:

  • Blocking cookies. Most browsers can be configured to notify when a cookie is received. They may also allow for the restriction or to disable cookies. Please know that choosing to disable cookies, may affect features of the sit.
  • Third-party ad networks. Information about third-party ad networks and services that use these technologies can be viewed by visiting www.aboutads.info. You also may visit Network Advertising Initiative’s site for additional options on how to opt out of interest-based advertising.
  • Opt-out Options for Google Analytics. For further information on how to opt-out of Google Analytics, you can visit the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION COLLECTED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE

The collection of information through this website and the disclosure of that information are subject to the provisions of the Internet Security and Privacy Act. Except as provided below or as otherwise authorized by law, AnswerFinder.org will only collect personal information through this website or disclose personal information collected through this website if the user has consented to the collection or disclosure of such personal information. The voluntary disclosure of personal information to AnswerFinder.org by the user, whether solicited or unsolicited, constitutes consent to the collection and disclosure of the information by AnswerFinder.org for the purposes for which the user disclosed the information to AnswerFinder.org, as was reasonably ascertainable from the nature and terms of the disclosure.

RETENTION OF INFORMATION COLLECTED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE

The information collected through this website is retained by AnswerFinder.org in accordance with the records retention and disposition requirements of New York State. In general, the Internet services logs of AnswerFinder.org, comprising electronic files or automated logs created to monitor access and use of Agency services provided through this website, are retained for one (1) year and then destroyed, absent a specific need or obligation to retain it for a longer period. Information, including personal information, that you submit in an e-mail or when you complete a survey, registration form, or order form is retained in accordance with the records retention and disposition schedule established for the records of the program unit to which you submitted the information. Information concerning these records retention and disposition schedules may be obtained through the Internet privacy policy contact listed in this policy.

ACCESS TO AND CORRECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION COLLECTED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE

Except as otherwise provided by law, any user may submit a request to AnswerFinder.org privacy compliance officer to determine whether personal information pertaining to that user has been collected through this website.

Any such request shall be made in writing and must be accompanied by reasonable proof of identity of the user. Reasonable proof of identity may include verification of a signature, inclusion of an identifier generally known only to the user, or similar appropriate identification.

Except as otherwise provided by law, the privacy compliance officer shall, within five (5) business days of the receipt of a proper request, provide access to the personal information; deny access in writing, explaining the reasons therefore; or acknowledge the receipt of the request in writing, stating the approximate date when the request will be granted or denied, which date shall not be more than thirty (30) days from the date of the acknowledgment.

In the event that AnswerFinder.org has collected personal information pertaining to a user through the state agency website and that information is to be provided to the user pursuant to the user’s request, the privacy compliance officer shall inform the user of his or her right to request that the personal information be amended or corrected, except as otherwise provided by law.

CONFIDENTIALITY AND INTEGRITY OF PERSONAL INFORMATION COLLECTED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE

AnswerFinder.org is strongly committed to protecting personal information collected through this website against unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Consequently AnswerFinder.org limits employee access to personal information collected through this website to only those employees who need access to the information in the performance of their official duties. Employees who have access to this information follow appropriate procedures in connection with any disclosures of personal information.
In addition, AnswerFinder.org has implemented procedures to safeguard the integrity of its information technology assets, including, but not limited to, authentication, monitoring, auditing, and encryption. These security procedures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and day-to-day operations of this website as part of our continuing commitment to the security of electronic content as well as the electronic transmission of information.

For website security purposes and to maintain the availability of the website for all users, we employ software to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise damage this website.

GENERAL DISCLAIMER

The information provided in this privacy policy should not be construed as giving business, legal, or other advice, or warranting as fail proof, the security of information provided through this website.

LINKS DISCLAIMER

In order to provide users with certain information, this website may provide links to third-party websites. A link does not constitute an endorsement of the content, viewpoint, accuracy, opinions, policies, products, services, or accessibility of that website. Once you link to another website from this website, you are subject to the terms and conditions of that website, including but not limited to its privacy policy.

INFORMATION DISCLAIMER

Information provided on this website is intended to allow the public immediate access to public information. While all attempts are made to provide accurate, current, and reliable information, AnswerFinder.org recognizes the possibility of human and/or mechanical error. Therefore, AnswerFinder.org, its employees, officers and agents make no representations as to the accuracy, completeness, currency, or suitability of the information provided by this website, and deny any expressed or implied warranty as to the same.