Privacy Statement

Summary

DGS collects personal information from visitors to our Web site ONLY when visitors provide it voluntarily. We automatically collect and store certain non-personal information about every visit to our site. All information is strictly for DGS's use and is not shared, rented, or sold to any other organization.

  • For every visit, we automatically collect the following information: the name of the domain from which you access the Internet, the date and time you visit our site, and the Internet address of the site from which you linked to our site.
  • When visitors send us e-mail, those messages often include personal information, as well as comments and questions about our site and our work. The information you provide helps us tailor our responses to your requests and improve our service. We strive to directly answer your questions, but if we cannot, we will direct you to other resources that may help you.
  • When you sign up for DGS Email List, our e-mail announcement service, we collect your first and last name and e-mail address in addition to the information automatically recorded (domain name, date and time of visit, Internet address that referred you to us).

The DGS Web site has a great number of links to our government, corporate, and academic partners. When you link to another site, you are no longer on our site and are subject to the privacy policy of the new site.

Questions about DGS's Web Site Privacy Statement should be submitted through the Contact Us feature on any page.

Details

The Digital Government Society (DGS) Web site is intended to provide comprehensive information about the global multi-disciplinary organization of scholars and practitioners engaged in and committed to democratic digital government. Our privacy policy, which is described here, was designed to protect our Web site visitors.

DGS collects personal information from visitors to our Web site ONLY when visitors provide it voluntarily. We automatically collect and store certain non-personal information about every visit to our site. All information is strictly for DGS's use and is not shared, rented, or sold to any other organization.

This policy is consistent with the provisions of the Internet Security and Privacy Act, the Freedom of Information Law, and the Personal Privacy Protection Law.

Information Collected Automatically When You Visit www.dgsociety.org

When visiting www.dgsociety.org, the Web server automatically collects and stores the following information about your visit:

  • The Internet Protocol address or host name of the computer that accessed the Web site
  • The type of browser, its version and the operating system on which that browser is running
  • The Web page from which the user accessed the current Web page
  • The date and time of the user's request
  • The exact request for information made by the user
  • The status code returned to the user
  • The content length of any document sent to the user
  • The request method used
  • The Universal Resource Identifier (URI) and any associated query string which defines the locationof a resource on the server
  • The transport protocol and the version used

None of the above-mentioned information is deemed to constitute personal information by the Internet Privacy and Security Act. The information that is collected automatically is used to improve www.dgsociety.org's content and to help DGS understand how users are interacting with its Web site. This information is collected for statistical analysis and to determine what information is of most and least interest to our users. The information is not collected for commercial marketing purposes and DGS is not authorized to sell or otherwise disclose the information collected from www.dgsociety.org for commercial marketing purposes.

Information Collected When You Volunteer (deliberately send) Information

When visitors send us e-mail, those voluntary messages often include personal information, as well as comments and questions about our site and our work. The information you provide helps us tailor our responses to your requests and improve our service. We strive to directly answer your questions, but if we cannot, we will direct you to other resources that may help you. Your e-mail address and the information included in your message will be used to respond to you, to address issues you identify, to improve this Web site, or to forward your message to another office for appropriate action. Your e-mail address is not collected for commercial purposes and DGS is not authorized to sell or otherwise disclose your e-mail address for commercial purposes.

When you sign up for DGS Email List, our e-mail announcement service, we collect your first and last name and e-mail address in addition to the information automatically recorded (domain name, date and time of visit, Internet address that referred you to us).

The DGS does not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13 or create profiles of children under the age of 13. 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.

Disclosure of Information Collected Through This Web site

The collection of information through www.dgsociety.org and the disclosure of that information are subject to the provisions of the Internet Security and Privacy Act. DGS will only collect personal information through www.dgsociety.org or disclose personal information collected through www.dgsociety.org if the user has consented to the collection or disclosure of such personal information. The voluntary disclosure of personal information to DGS by the user, constitutes consent to the collection and disclosure of the information by DGS for the purposes for which the user disclosed the information to DGS as was reasonably ascertainable from the nature and terms of the disclosure.

However, DGS may collect or disclose personal information without consent if the collection or disclosure is: (1) necessary to perform the statutory duties of DGS , or necessary for DGS to operate a program authorized by law, or authorized by state or federal statute or regulation; (2) made pursuant to a court order or by law; (3) for the purpose of validating the identity of the user; or (4) of information to be used solely for statistical purposes that is in a form that cannot be used to identify any particular person.

Further, the disclosure of information, including personal information, collected through www.dgsociety.org is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law and the Personal Privacy Protection Law.

DGS may disclose personal information to federal or state law enforcement authorities to enforce its rights against unauthorized access or attempted unauthorized access to DGS 's information technology assets.

Retention of Information Collected Through this Web Site

The Internet services logs, comprising electronic files or automated logs created to monitor access and use of services provided through www.dgsociety.org, are retained indefinitely.

Confidentiality and Integrity of Personal Information Collected Through www.dgsociety.org

DGS is strongly committed to protecting personal information collected through www.dgsociety.org against unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Consequently, DGS limits employee access to personal information collected through www.dgsociety.org 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, DGS has implemented procedures to safeguard the integrity of its information technology assets, including, but not limited to, authentication, authorization, monitoring, auditing, and encryption. These security procedures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and day-to-day operations of www.dgsociety.org as part of our continuing commitment to the security of electronic content as well as the electronic transmission of information.

For Web site security purposes and to maintain the availability of www.dgsociety.org for all users, DGS employs software to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise damage www.dgsociety.org.

Cookies

Cookies are simple text files stored on your computer and used by your web browser to provide a means of distinguishing among users of a web site. The use of cookies is a standard practice among Internet websites. To better serve you, the www.dgsociety.org web site may occasionally use "session cookies" to enhance or customize your visit to this web site. Session cookies, if permitted, are created automatically on the device you use to access the www.dgsociety.org website. A session cookie is erased when your browser is closed.

DGS does not use "persistent cookies" stored permanently on your computer's hard drive.

Most web browsers used to access websites allow you to refuse cookies or delete existing cookies. Refusing or deleting cookies may limit your ability to take advantage of some features of the www.dgsociety.org website.

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 www.dgsociety.org.

Contact Information

Questions about DGS's Web Site Privacy Statement should be submitted through our Contact Us page.

Definitions

The following definitions apply to, and appear in italics, in this policy:

Personal information: 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.

User: shall have the meaning set forth in subdivision 8 of section 202 of the State Technology Law.

External Links

The DGS Web site has a great number of links to our government, corporate, and academic partners. When you link to another site, you are no longer on our site and are subject to the privacy policy of the new site.