TERMS OF USE


Privacy Policy

agi.alabama.gov is devoted to maintaining and protecting the privacy of all users that access our site. This policy will serve to explain our position on privacy, inform the users of what information will be collected and how we intend to protect said data. This policy applies to agi.alabama.gov; for policies as they relate to individual State Agencies, you should refer to the particular Agency’s Web Site for their privacy policy.


Personally Identifiable Information

We strive to protect all users’ Personally Identifiable Information (PII). This information includes, but is not limited to:

o   Name

o   Address

o   Social Security Number

o   Driver’s License Number

o   Date of Birth

o   Medical Information

o   Bank Account Numbers

o   Credit/Debit Card Numbers

o   Employment records

The above mentioned information will not be collected nor stored, unless otherwise stated. Any information voluntarily provided by you will be used for the purpose of which the information was provided. This information may be used to process your request, respond to emails, address issues you identify, or to forward emails to another agency for appropriate action.


Disclosure of Information by Law

Except where required by law, no personally identifiable information will be shared outside of our state entities or third party agents that are operating under a contract with the state. We will under no circumstances sell your information to third party companies or otherwise distribute your personally identifiable information to anyone beyond the terms explained in this policy.

Under the Code of Alabama 1975, Section 36-12-40, citizens have the right to inspect and take a copy of any public writing of the state, unless access to it is expressly forbidden by statute. Some examples of records restricted by statute are records of ongoing criminal investigations, juvenile court records, probation reports, tax returns, and financial statements.

Under this code, agi.alabama.gov may be required by law enforcement or applicable law to provide personally identifiable information to the appropriate governmental authorities. We will also cooperate with law enforcement agencies to help identify and report anyone attempting to use our services for illegal activities.


Information that will be collected

Information that will be collected during the use of our site is:

o   The Internet Domain name you are using to access the site.

o   The data and time you accessed the site

o   The Internet Address you link to from our website

o   What section(s) of our website you visited.

This information will be collected and analyzed to help us improve the site’s usability and report back to our state partners as to which services are being utilized most. We will not seek to obtain any personally identifiable information using your IP address. No personally identifiable information will be collected nor stored using this data.


Cookies

This site may use cookies to carry user information from one page to another. Cookies are small files that web sites will store on the user’s workstation to track specific information about his or her visit. An example is a search criterion. This information is not stored on our server but on your workstation. We do not track this information on our server. The cookies we use are session cookies. These cookies are set to expire at the end of your browser session. This means when you close your browser they are deleted. Some features, such as the weather on the homepage, use persistent cookies. These cookies will be deleted when you clear the cache on your browser.


Network Monitoring

To ensure site security, we monitor the network traffic on this site to help protect against unauthorized access, manipulation, or otherwise malicious attempts to access or alter any information hosted on this website.  No personally identifiable information will be obtained during this monitoring process, unless required by law. Any information obtained will be disclosed only to the proper authorities.


Changes to Policy

This Privacy Policy is subject to change at any time without notice. Any updated policies will be posted on this web page.


Accessibility

In response to the need to ensure equal access to electronic and information technologies, the state of Alabama has developed a set of standards for Web page design. Just as environmental obstacles have inhibited individuals with disabilities, the Web poses an entirely new set of obstacles. In recognition of those individuals with visual, physical or developmental disabilities agi.alabama.gov has adopted a policy to make government information accessible to all. It has been estimated that 54 million people or 20.6 percent of all Americans have some level of disability. According to the Disability Statistics Center: People with disabilities will work in greater numbers, in part because of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Between 1991 and 1994, the number of disabled Americans employed increased by more than 1.1 million, according to the Census Bureau. Employment rates for young adults with severe disabilities are triple that of their older counterparts. Education rates for people with disabilities are increasing: 75 percent of them finished high school in 1994, up from 60% in 1986; their college enrollment leapt from 29 percent to 44 percent. Technological advances are eliminating many of the physical and informational barriers that have long existed for people with disabilities. Public awareness of disability issues is growing and changing. America's population is aging, and disability increases with age. The number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to increase 135% between 1995 and 2050, according to the Census Bureau. Design Standards These standards are influenced by those recommended by the W3C and Access Board. The Access Board is responsible for developing the standards outlined by the amended Rehabilitation Act of 1998. Universal design calls for appropriate use auxiliary aids and services where necessary to ensure communication. agi.alabama.gov has adopted the Design of HTML Pages to increase accessibility to users with disabilities as the primary guideline to meet the objectives of the Universal Access for State Design policy. These published guidelines are maintained by professionals trained in the area of assistive and information technology. agi.alabama.gov embraces these standards and will be evaluating our site on a regular basis, increasing the opportunity for all individuals to access information over the Internet. The Universal Access Design Standards are being integrated into agi.alabama.gov and will continue to evolve as new technologies and opportunities emerge. Every graphic image will have an "alt" tag and a short description that is intuitive to the user. If a graphic image is used as a navigation element, it will contain text description and direction that is intuitive to the user. Decorative graphics, such as bullets, will be set with an "alt" tag of as to not impede screen readers. For every graphic element that uses an image map, alternative text of the hyperlink will be provided. The Official Web Site of the State of Alabama will have descriptive, intuitive text links and avoid the use of vague references such as "click," "here," "link," or "this." An alternative form of access will be made available for online forms, such as an email address or phone number. The use of frames will be avoided since they cannot be read intelligently by screen readers, create navigation problems and are not supported by all browsers.alabama.gov cannot be held responsible for sites outside the network that utilize frames. Multiple browser testing will be conducted on the current versions of Internet Explorer, FireFox, Chrome, and Safari.


Linking Policy

This Web portal may contain hypertext links to external Web sites and pages containing information created and maintained by public and private organizations other than agi.alabama.gov. These hypertext links may be created by agi.alabama.gov if it determines that establishing the external link will be consistent with assisting or furthering the purpose of this Web portal, which is to significantly and diligently promote public service to citizens and businesses by: Expanding business and citizen access to government services and government information; Offering an easy and convenient process for citizens and businesses to conduct transactions with State government online; Accelerating the development and delivery of an increased volume of high quality online government services; Improving the level of customer service from State government; Extending electronic government services to citizens of cities and county government. In addition, hypertext links may be created by agi.alabama.gov for informational purposes where the linked external Web site will provide useful and valuable information to visitors of this Web portal, or where the linked external Web site is required or authorized by law. agi.alabama.gov, in its sole discretion, will determine whether the external Web site meets the purpose of this Web portal or for the specified informational purposes. The inclusion of a hypertext link to an external Web site is not intended as an endorsement of any product or service offered or referenced on the linked Web site, the organizations sponsoring said Web site, or any views that might be expressed or referenced in the Web site. Hypertext links to external Web sites and pages may be removed or replaced at the sole discretion of agi.alabama.gov, at any time without notice. In the event you discover problems with or have concerns regarding the format, accuracy, timeliness, or completeness of a linked external Web site, please contact the organization responsible for the linked external Web site. agi.alabama.gov does not control and is not responsible for any linked external Web sites, pages, or content. We encourage you to link to agi.alabama.gov. Unfortunately, we cannot always create reciprocal links back to your site, which may not meet our criteria for posting links (Alabama state government agency/organization, federal, or other site which is deemed as an important resource for related state government services or information). If you would like to request a link be added to agi.alabama.gov, please submit your request in writing to ask-me@agi.alabama.gov.


Security Policy

agi.alabama.gov considers the security of our partners' and citizens' information critical. We handle online information with commitment to ensure a secure environment that can be trusted to fulfill all confidentiality requirements. Steps are taken to safeguard information according to established security standards and procedures and we continually assess the newest technology for protecting information. Sensitive information used in transactions is confidential. agi.alabama.gov is committed to ensuring our partners' and citizens' confidentiality through the use of appropriate information security and the adoption of appropriate privacy policies and procedures. agi.alabama.gov will not sell or distribute user information.


Copyright Issues

When using the agi.alabama.gov web site, you may encounter documents or other information resources contributed or licensed by private individuals, companies, or organizations that may be protected by U.S. and foreign copyright laws. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use as defined in the copyright laws requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Please contact the individual owner for their specific policies concerning additional notification of conditions associated with the use of information contained on their web sites.


Disclaimers

Information presented on this Web Site is collected, maintained, and provided for the convenience of the reader. While every effort is made to keep such information accurate and up-to-date, the State of Alabama can not certify the authenticity of information that originates from third parties. Under no circumstances shall the State of Alabama be liable for any actions taken or omissions made from reliance on any information contained herein from whatever source nor shall the State be liable for any other consequences from any such reliance.


Legal Notices

If you believe that any material contained on the agi.alabama.gov site (the "Site") infringes your copyright or other intellectual property rights, you may notify Alabama Interactive, LLC of your copyright infringement claim in accordance with the following procedure. Alabama Interactive, LLC will process notices of alleged infringement which it receives, and may take action as authorized by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and/or other applicable intellectual property laws if it has the ability to do so. The DMCA requires that notifications of claimed copyright infringement should be sent to this Site's Designated Agent: By mail: Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries, Legal Division c/o Legal Counsel, 1445 Federal Drive, Montgomery Al 36107. By phone: 334-240-7100 By email: ask-me@agi.alabama.gov To be effective, the notification must be in writing and contain the following information (DMCA, 17 U.S.C. 512(c)(3)):

  • Physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
  • Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;
  • Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or claimed to be the subject of infringing activity and that is sought to be removed or access to which is sought to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the location of the material;
  • Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted;
  • A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  • A statement, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.