PRIVACY OF YOUR ONLINE INFORMATION AT THE OAG WEBSITE
This section of the Attorney General's Website provides information about this office's approach to information from online visitors as well as general information about online privacy.
This section of the Website is divided into several topics. You can scroll through the entire section. Or you can go directly to one of the topics listed below and on the navigation bar above.
This section describes the Office of the Attorney General's online information practice regarding the information collected from visitors to our Website and ways in which the office uses and maintains this information.
When you voluntarily disclose personally identifiable information (PII) to the OAG, it means that you consent to the collection and use of your information by the office as described in this policy.
The OAG Website has two main purposes:
- Provide useful information, including tips for New Yorkers, legal rights and remedies, and a description of the work of the Attorney General's Office.
- Provide a means to communicate with the Attorney General's Office. You can use this Website as a convenient alternative to mail or telephone communication.
The OAG Website collects two kinds of information:
- Information you decide to give us
- Nonpersonal information your computer automatically provides to every Website you visit. This is sometimes referred to as "navigation" information. The OAG retains this information only for a short time. Click here for details on information your computer automatically transmits.
The following notices apply generally to any information the OAG receives:
TOPIC 2. Details on OAG Online Information Practices
TOPIC 3. General Information about Fair Information Practices
The information practices of the Office of the Attorney General incorporate a set of principles that have become known as Fair Information Practices. The OAG follows these principles in handling information about visitors to the OAG Website in the following manner:
Here is some helpful information.
Cookies are used as a means of distinguishing among users that visit a website and are a standard practice among Internet websites. Cookies may also be used to help the website guide you through interactive applications. These cookies do not contain personal information and do not compromise your privacy or security. The software you use to access the website allows you to refuse new cookies or delete existing cookies.
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TOPIC 5. General information about the privacy of your online information
Learn how websites are
collecting information about you.
Anytime you are online, the site you are visiting may collect information about you. In a world where users regularly access information online or make online purchases, it is important to know how to safeguard your privacy.
All internet users should understand a Website's information practices, especially if you disclose your name, address, or e-mail address.
Some Websites keep profiles on their visitors, and even purchase information about you from other marketers.
Websites may maintain information profiles about you so that they have a list of subscribers to the site. Or a site may profile you to send you a targeted advertisement matched to your interests. Your profile can be sold to other marketers (including businesses that market by sending unwanted, "spam" e-mails).
When Websites collect
consumer information, consumers
may benefit in important ways.
- An online business may monitor visitors' activities to determine which of its Web pages are the most interesting, or to make sure that its computers can handle the volume of visitor traffic.
- An online business may design its Web pages to display different information - such as local weather reports or sports articles - to match the interests of its visitors.
- The online advertisements you see may be targeted to items more likely to appeal to you. An online merchant may store your credit card and mailing address to make online purchasing more convenient for you.
Online collection of
consumer information can also pose risks.
- Increasingly, businesses are collecting, and even buying, selling, and combining information about consumers. With more computerized information about consumers, consumers are exposed to greater risk that someone may misuse that information.
- For example, there have been cases of hackers stealing and selling credit card numbers. Identity theft crimes are on the rise, such as where someone falsely obtains credit and makes unauthorized financial transactions in the consumer's name. Some businesses acquire e-mail addresses in order to send unwanted marketing solicitations or even "spam" e-mail messages. There have even been cases of malicious individuals obtaining other people's personal information to embarrass, blackmail or stalk them.
- These acts can have serious consequences for the victim who unexpectedly suffers from a negative credit rating and must spend hours or even months dealing with merchants and financial institutions to repair the damage. Also, many consumers are simply concerned that the businesses gathering and sharing information simply know too much personal information.
TOPIC 6. General Information about Children's Online Privacy
The OAG does not solicit information from children under the age of thirteen. If the OAG receives information submitted by children under the age of thirteen, those communications are accorded the same protections as if the information had been submitted offline.
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 ("COPPA") imposes restrictions on commercial Websites, not government agency websites. Although COPPA does not apply to the OAG Website, the OAG practices are consistent with its mandates. If you would like more information about COPPA, please visit the FTC's official COPPA page
OAG CONTACT INFORMATION
If you have questions about The OAG Website privacy statement or this Website, please contact the OAG by e-mailing email@example.com
You can also write the OAG at:
Office of the New York Attorney General
Albany, New York 12224
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