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Collection of Information by WWW.NYHIV.ORG
In order to improve the content and usability of this website, the HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council (the "Council") automatically collects several categories of information from users. This information includes the following:

1. The apparent Internet Protocol ("IP") address of your Internet Service Provider ("ISP") and/or your computer, if your computer has an IP address assigned directly to it.

2. The apparent Fully Qualified Domain Name ("Domain Name") of your Internet Service Provider ("ISP") and/or your computer, if your computer has a domain name assigned directly to it.

3. The type of browser (such as, for example Netscape, Internet Explorer, Opera, Konqueror, etc.) used and the operating system resident on a user's computer.

4. The date and time a user visited the site.

5. The web pages accessed at the site, as well as any applications used and forms data.

6. The Uniform Resource Locator ("URL") of the site which a user visited prior to WWW.NYHIV.ORG (if detectable), if such user did not connect directly to WWW.NYHIV.ORG, or use it as a homepage or "Portal."

The Planning Council uses this information to identify site performance needs; to ensure compatibility with the technology used by WWW.NYHIV.ORG's visitors, and to generally add and improve services offered on WWW.NYHIV.ORG. In order to accomplish those goals, from time to time, the Planning Council may conduct statistical analysis of the data it collects.

The Planning Council does not collect data for commercial or marketing purposes, and the Planning Council does not sell, exchange or otherwise distribute the data collected by WWW.NYHIV.ORG for commercial or marketing purposes.

Information Submitted to WWW.NYHIV.ORG
During a session on WWW.NYHIV.ORG, a user may affirmatively submit information to the Council by, among other means, electronic mail ("e-mail"), and by filling in and submitting an on-line form. Such affirmatively submitted information is stored in a secure environment, and will be used by the Council in furtherance of its duties and/or obligations to its citizenry (i.e., "governmental purposes").

The governmental purposes to which affirmatively submitted information may be put include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Helping the Planning Council respond to a request for information not readily available from WWW.NYHIV.ORG

2. Keeping lists of parties interested in some particular issue or facet of the HIV Planning Council about which the Council anticipates issuing further information in the future.

The Council does not rent or sell personally identifiable information (i.e., information such as name, address, phone number, e-mail, etc., that identifies a user as a particular person), nor would the Council exchange or trade such information with third-parties without a user's explicit permission. The Council does not disclose credit card or other personally identifiable financial information other than as necessary to complete a credit card or other financial transaction, or upon explicit permission from the applicable user. All such use by the Council of financial information shall be subject to the section of this policy on financial issues, set forth below.

If a WWW.NYHIV.ORG user has elected not to receive further information from the Planning Council, WWW.NYHIV.ORG will not send such information. If an WWW.NYHIV.ORG user has elected to receive further communication from the Planning Council, WWW.NYHIV.ORG will only send information in categories that have been authorized. If WWW.NYHIV.ORG sends electronic mail ("e-mail") to a user, such e-mail is NOT confidential, and is identical in nature to that information generally available to the public and news media.

In certain instances, a user may have the opportunity to receive or create a password to access or submit personally identifiable information. One should not divulge a password to anyone, and the Planning Council will never ask a user for a password in a telephone call, fax, e-mail or other form of unsolicited communication. When a user is finished with an application or applications that are password protected, such user should exit the relevant page(s). If the browser used to access said password protected pages is a publicly-accessible browser, users should close down the entire session and, if applicable or possible, flush any temporary caches or other areas where such a password might be stored subsequent to use.

The Planning Council has integrated industry standard or better security measures and systems into the design, implementation and day to day operation of WWW.NYHIV.ORG and its underlying servers and networks. Furthermore, the Planning Council maintains ongoing efforts to identify and/or block unauthorized intrusions into or onto WWW.NYHIV.ORG, and to upload to or change information on or otherwise cause damage to WWW.NYHIV.ORG or the information resident hereon or submitted hereto.

This website and WWW.NYHIV.ORG generally, do not use "persistent cookies." Cookies are text files, or entries in larger files, utilized to distinguish between visitors to a website, and to track information during multiple visits to a website. The Planning Council uses "temporary cookies" on some parts of WWW.NYHIV.ORG, and such temporary cookies expire upon the end of the browsing session. If a user registers to use WWW.NYHIV.ORG as a customized portal, the Planning Council uses a persistent cookie to facilitate such customization.

The use of cookies is a standard practice among Internet websites. Most Internet web browsers may be customized to reject cookies, to only accept or reject cookies by user intervention, or to delete cookies. Rejecting and/or removing cookies, however, may lead to loss of functionality on those WWW.NYHIV.ORG pages requiring cookies to function fully. Additionally, if a user has created a customized version of WWW.NYHIV.ORG, the Planning Council will create a cookie that contains the user's unique identifier and indicator for any custom content modules requested and, if a user elected the "remember me" option for signing in to WWW.NYHIV.ORG, the cookie will contain a user's password. Deletion of such a cookie could result in the loss of one's customized WWW.NYHIV.ORG portal settings.

Web Bugs (a/k/a Web Beacons)
WWW.NYHIV.ORG does not use web bugs on its web pages or in any html e-mail generated by use of the portal, or otherwise sent from WWW.NYHIV.ORG, for any purpose other than to identify site performance needs; to ensure compatibility with the technology used by WWW.NYHIV.ORG's visitors, and to generally add and improve services offered on WWW.NYHIV.ORG.

No applications on WWW.NYHIV.ORG specifically solicit information from minors or seek to determine whether the visitor is a minor. Consequently, because such information will not be specifically identified as being from minors, users of WWW.NYHIV.ORG should be aware that personally identifiable information submitted to WWW.NYHIV.ORG by minors will be subject to being treated in the same manner as information given by an adult and may become subject to FOIL.

The Planning Council strongly believes that parental supervision is an important factor in Internet use by minors. Therefore, WWW.NYHIV.ORG asks parents to guide their minor children when children are asked to provide any personal information online. WWW.NYHIV.ORG further asks that children ask for and receive their parent's permission before providing any information online.

Health Care Information
Any agency providing personally identifiable health care information via WWW.NYHIV.ORG will be required to certify that its health care data handling and security procedures are compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA"). If such data and security services are provided to such agency(ies) by a third-party provider, the agency(ies) shall be responsible for such third party's compliance with HIPAA.

Third Party Links
WWW.NYHIV.ORG provides links to, and may be linked from, local, State and federal government agencies, and from, or to, other websites. The existence and/or provision of those links neither constitutes nor implies endorsement of the destination or departure website(s) or of the content, viewpoint, accuracy, opinions, policy(ies), product(s), accessibility or privacy policy of said destination or departure website(s). Nor does any link between WWW.NYHIV.ORG and a third-party website imply sponsorship of such website, or the creator of such website.

Some content on portions of WWW.NYHIV.ORG resides on servers run by third parties. Each agency providing content for WWW.NYHIV.ORG is bound by WWW.NYHIV.ORG's privacy policy. Any agency using a third-party host, ISP, ASP or other combination of third-party transport, storage, content or application provision services shall be responsible for such third party's compliance with WWW.NYHIV.ORG's privacy policy.

Intellectual Property
The content of WWW.NYHIV.ORG's webpages is copyrighted, and contain some third party images/graphics that are used with permission. Users are notified, therefore, that one should presume the need to obtain permission from the copyright holder before reproducing or otherwise using images/graphics from this website.

WWW.NYHIV.ORG may change this policy from time to time, and reserves the right to do so without notice.