Privacy NoticeThis privacy notice addresses the collection, use and security of, and access to information that may be shared through your use of this web site. This notice covers the following topics:
- Information Collected and How it is Used (Current section)
- Personal Information and Choice
- Public Access to Information
- DSHS Contact Information
- The Internet Protocol (IP) Address and domain name used. The IP address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to your computer. We use the IP Address to direct Internet traffic to you. This address can be translated to determine the domain name of your service provider (e.g. xcompany.com or yourschool.edu);
- The type of browser and operating system you used;
- The date and time you visited this site;
- The web pages or services you accessed at this web site; and
- The web site you visited prior to coming to this web site.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, DSHS supported computer systems employ software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations and the security purposes mentioned elsewhere in this notice, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs used for no other purposes are scheduled for regular destruction according to public records retention schedules (Chapter 40.14 RCW).
What information we collect if you volunteer it.
If during your visit to our web site you send us an e-mail, we collect the contents of your e-mail message (including audio, video and graphics information) along with your return e-mail address. We use this information to respond directly to you, address the issues you identify in your e-mail, further improve our web site or forward it to another agency for appropriate action. The information is retained according to Chapter 40.14 RCW, Preservation and Destruction of Public Records.
If you participate in a survey, information we collect is used to make improvements to the web site and collect demographic information on web site use.
If you perform some other transaction online, information we collect will be used solely for the purpose outlined on the form.
We do not collect personal information about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us by sending us an e-mail, participating in a survey, or completing an on-line form. If you choose not to participate in these activities, you are still able to browse the DSHS web site and read or download any information from it.
The DSHS web sites are accessible by any Internet user. We do not knowingly collect any personal information from children. Users are cautioned that the collection of personal information requested from or volunteered by children on-line or by e-mail is treated the same as information given by an adult.
All of the information collected at this web site becomes public record and may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. RCW 42.17.260 (1) states:
Each agency, according to published rules, must make available for public inspection and copying all public records, unless the record falls within the specific exemptions of RCW 42.17.260 (6), RCW 42.17.310, RCW 42.17.315, or other statute which exempts or prohibits disclosure of specific information or records.In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and the Public Records Act or other law governing the agency’s disclosure of records, the Public Records Act or other applicable law controls.
To the extent required to prevent an unreasonable invasion of personal privacy interests protected by RCW 42.17.310 and RCW 42.17.315, an agency must delete identifying details in a manner consistent with RCW 42.17.310 and RCW 42.17.315 when it makes available or publishes any public record; however, in each case, the justification for the deletion must be explained fully in writing.
Cookies created on your computer by using this web site do not contain personal information and do not compromise your privacy or security. We use the cookie feature only to store a randomly generated identifying tag on your computer. You can refuse the cookie or delete the cookie file from your computer by using any of the widely available methods.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this web site remains available to all users, DSHS employs software to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage to this web site. These measures are designed and intended to prevent corruption of data, block unknown or unauthorized access to our systems and information, and to provide reasonable protection of private information in our possession.
Unauthorized attempts to upload, change or destroy information on this web site are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under State Law (RCW 9A.52.110) and federal statutes including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.
Reference in this web site to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Washington, DSHS, or its officers, employees, or agents.
Please be aware that we do not create and maintain these sites and therefore, are not responsible for the accuracy, timeliness, completeness or security of the information presented at web sites outside of DSHS.
DSHS reserves the right to revise and update this Privacy Notice at anytime without notice by posting the revised Privacy Notice on the DSHS Internet site.
DSHS Children's Administration Webmaster.
To offer comments about this Privacy Notice or present a privacy issue you may e-mail your comments or concerns to:
Or you may contact the DSHS privacy officer by writing, faxing or calling as noted below:
DSHS Privacy Officer
PO Box 45135
Olympia WA 98504-5115
FAX (360) 902-7855
Phone (360) 902-8278