Privacy Policy

OVERVIEW

The Ohio Department of Health and its agents, contractors, sub-contractors, and third party service providers (collectively, “Ohio Department of Health”) are strongly committed to protecting the privacy of registrants and users of our products and services. Throughout cyberspace, we want to contribute to providing a safe and secure environment for you, our users.

The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to inform you, as a user, to OPHCS or user of any OPHCS content, what kinds of information we may gather about you when you visit OPHCS, how we may use that information, whether we disclose it to anyone, and the choices you have regarding our use of, and your ability to correct, the information. This privacy policy applies to OPHCS and any OPHCS content that incorporates this policy. Please note that this policy applies only to OPHCS and OPHCS content, and not to other companies’ or organizations’ Web sites to which we link.

INFORMATION ABOUT ALL SITE VISITORS

In general, OPHCS automatically gathers certain usage information like the numbers and frequency of visitors to OPHCS. This is very much like television ratings that tell the networks how many people tuned in to a program. We only use such data in the aggregate. This aggregate data helps us determine how much you use parts of OPHCS, so we can improve our site to assure that it is as appealing as we can make it for as many of you as possible. For example, the Ohio Department of Health’s Ohio Public Health Communication System offered by the Ohio Department of Health uses a technology nicknamed “cookies” that tells us how and when pages in OPHCS are visited, and by how many people.

Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent.

DISCLOSURE

We may use or disclose information about your individual visits to OPHCS or information that you may give us on OPHCS, such as your e-mail address and other contact information (the Registration Information) as may be deemed necessary by us, to any outside entities, for the purpose of alerting you to a public health emergency. Please note that a user’s name is public record. The Ohio Department of Health, through OPHCS, may share such information in response to legal process, such as a court order or subpoena, e.g. in special cases such as a physical threat to you or others. And, as we mention above, we may share with our Web site partners aggregated statistical “ratings” information about the use of OPHCS.

SITE PRIVACY POLICY CHANGES

If we decide to change our privacy policy for OPHCS, we will post those changes here so that you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information and whether we will disclose it to anyone.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this statement, please contact us.

Effective February 13, 2012