Information Privacy Statement

Welcome to the web site. We are committed to maintaining the privacy and security of personal information submitted by all visitors to this site.

Is information collected when I visit the web site?

Currently, when you visit the web site, no information is collected from your web browser.

What if I send you an email?

You may choose to provide us with personal information, as an e-mail with a comment or question. This information is used to improve our service to you or to respond to your request. Sometimes we share your e-mail with other agencies and employees who may be better able to help you, and these staffs may be employed by a different agency within the State. By law, we cannot share this information with individuals (including state employees) that do not require it as a normal part of their official duties. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, or as required by law, we do not distribute, share, sell, or lease e-mail to any other entities without your consent.
We use your e-mail: to address issues you identify, to further improve our web site, or to forward the e-mail to another agency for appropriate action. Once the issue or concern is resolved, this information will not be retained unless required by state law or agency regulation.

Does the web site require me to accept cookies?

Visitors to the web site can access the site without accepting cookies.

What is a Cookie?

There are two general types of cookies that web sites make use of:

  1. Session cookies -- these are cookies created by a web site that exist only as long as your visit to that web site. They are not stored permanently on your computer.
  2. Persistent cookies -- these cookies are stored on your computer by a web site for some period of time and are used when you return to that site in the future.

What exactly does a cookie do?

A cookie provides a way for a web site to keep track of a user's internet browsing patterns and preferences. Cookies contain a range of web site addresses for which they are valid. When a user's web browser encounters those addresses again, it sends those specific cookies to the Web server. For example, if a user's specific preferences were stored as a cookie, it would save that person from typing in the same information all over again when accessing that service for the second and subsequent times.

Will my information be disclosed to third parties?

The web site will not distribute, share, sell, or lease your information to third parties for direct marketing or e-mail marketing purposes. The information collected at this site will remain confidential to the extent permitted by state or federal law. State law may, however, require disclosure upon request of certain information collected at this site should it be deemed "public information" under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. To learn more about requirements for requests, and information that may be disclosed in response to a request, consult the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

What if the Privacy Policy changes?

Changes to the web site privacy policy will be posted to this web page for review without expressed prior notification to its visitors.

NOTE: Other sites that you can reach from the web site (including some sites maintained by Virginia State agencies) may have different privacy statements. You may wish to review the individual policy statements utilized by these entities. In the event that a link to the privacy statement is not provided, you may want to e-mail the Webmaster and inquire as to the privacy policy employed by that site.