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Privacy Policy

Introduction

Thank you for visiting the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) website. This website is designed to make it easier and more efficient for individuals and businesses to interact with the DHCR. The DHCR recognizes that it is critical for individuals and businesses to be confident that their privacy is protected when they visit the DHCR's website.

Consistent with the provisions of the Internet Security and Privacy Act, the Freedom of Information Law, and the Personal Privacy Protection Law, this policy describes the DHCR's privacy practices regarding information collected from users of this website. This policy describes what information is collected and how that information is used. Because this privacy policy only applies to this website, you should examine the privacy policy of any website, including other state agency websites, that you access using this website.

For purposes of this policy, "personal information" means any information concerning a natural person, as opposed to a corporate entity, which, because of name, number, symbol, mark, or other identifier, can be used to identify that natural person. The DHCR only collects personal information about you when you provide that information voluntarily by sending an e-mail or initiating an on-line transaction.

Information Collected Automatically When You Visit this Website

When visiting this website the DHCR automatically collects and stores the following information about your visit:

  1. The Internet Protocol (IP) Address and domain name used, but not the e-mail address. The IP Address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to your computer;

  2. The type of browser and operating system you used;

  3. The date and time you visited this site;

  4. The web pages or services you accessed at this site;

  5. The web site you visited prior to coming to this web site;

  6. The web site you visit as you leave this web site; and

  7. The pages and/or forms you accessed.

None of the foregoing information is deemed to constitute personal information.

The information that is collected automatically is used to improve this website's content and to help the DHCR understand how users are interacting with the website. This information is collected for statistical analysis, to determine what information is of most and least interest to our users, and to improve the utility of the material available on the website. The information is not collected for commercial marketing purposes and the DHCR is not authorized to sell or otherwise disclose the information collected from the website for commercial marketing purposes.

Cookies

Cookies are simple text files stored on your web browser to provide a means of distinguishing among users of this website. The use of cookies is a standard practice among Internet websites. To better serve you, we use "session cookies" to enhance or customize your visit to this website. Session cookies can be created automatically on the device you use to access this state agency website. These session cookies do not contain personal information and do not compromise your privacy or security. We use the cookie feature to store a randomly generated identifying tag on the device you use to access this website. A session cookie is erased during operation of your browser or when your browser is closed.

The software and hardware you use to access the website allows you to refuse new cookies or delete existing cookies. Refusing or deleting these cookies will limit your ability to take advantage of some features of this website, such as the Affordable Housing Directory.

Information Collected When You E-mail this Website

During your visit to this website you may send an e-mail to the DHCR. Your e-mail address and the contents of your message will be collected. The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and graphic information formats included in the message. 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 website, or to forward your message to another State agency for appropriate action. Your e-mail address is not collected for commercial purposes and the DHCR is not authorized to sell or otherwise disclose your e-mail address for commercial purposes.

Information Collected When You Complete an On-line Transaction

During your visit to this website you may initiate a transaction such as registering for the Electronic Mailing List. The information, including personal information, volunteered by you in initiating the transaction is used by the DHCR to operate DHCR programs, which include the provision of goods, services, and information. The information collected by the DHCR may be disclosed by the DHCR for those purposes that may be reasonably ascertained from the nature and terms of the transaction in which the information was submitted.

Information collected when registering for the Electronic Mailing list is used solely for the purpose of distributing E-News Bulletins. You can have your personal information updated or removed from the Electronic Mailing List at any time by sending an e-mail to DHCRInfo@nyshcr.org. User's personal information will be removed from the Electronic Mailing List if 3 consecutive E-News Bulletins are returned as undeliverable.

Information and Choice

As noted above, the DHCR does not collect any personal information about you during your visit to this website unless you provide that information voluntarily by sending an e-mail or initiating an on-line transaction. You may choose not to send us an e-mail or complete an on-line transaction. While your choice not to participate in these activities may limit your ability to receive specific services or products through this website, it will not prevent you from requesting services or products from DHCR by other means and will not normally have an impact on your ability to take advantage of other features of the website, including browsing or downloading publicly available information.

The DHCR does not knowingly collect personal information from children or create profiles of children through this website. Users are cautioned, however, that the collection of personal information submitted in an e-mail or a transaction 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. The DHCR strongly encourages parents and teachers to be involved in children's Internet activities and to provide guidance whenever children are asked to provide personal information on-line.

Disclosure of Information Collected Through This Website

The collection of information through this website and the disclosure of that information are subject to the provisions of the Internet Security and Privacy Act. The DHCR will only collect personal information through this website or disclose personal information collected through this website if the user has consented to the collection or disclosure of such personal information. Participation in an online transaction resulting in the disclosure of personal information to the DHCR by the user, whether solicited or unsolicited, constitutes consent to the collection and disclosure of the information by the DHCR for the purposes reasonably ascertainable from the nature and terms of the transaction.

However, the DHCR may collect or disclose personal information without user consent if the collection or disclosure is: (1) necessary to perform the statutory duties of the DHCR, or necessary for the DHCR 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 this website is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law and the Personal Privacy Protection Law.

The DHCR may disclose personal information to federal or state law enforcement authorities to enforce the DHCR's rights against unauthorized access or attempted unauthorized access to the DHCR's information technology assets or against other inappropriate use of this website.

Retention of Information Collected Through this Website

The information collected through this website is retained by the DHCR in accordance with the records retention and disposition requirements of the New York State Arts & Cultural Affairs Law. Information on the requirements of the Arts & Cultural Affairs Law may be found at http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/services/artslaw.html. In general, the Internet services logs of the DHCR, comprising electronic files or automated logs created to monitor access and use of Agency services provided through this website, are retained for 3 months and then destroyed. Information, including personal information, that you submit in an e-mail is retained in accordance with the records retention and disposition schedule established for the records of the program unit to which you submitted the information. Information concerning these records retention and disposition schedules may be obtained through the Internet privacy policy contact listed in this policy.

Access to and Correction of Personal Information Collected Through this Website

Any user may submit a request to the DHCR privacy compliance officer to determine whether personal information pertaining to that user has been collected through this website. Any such request shall be made in writing to the address below and must be accompanied by reasonable proof of identity of the user. Reasonable proof of identity may include verification of a signature, inclusion of an identifier generally known only to the user, or similar appropriate identification. The address of the privacy compliance officer is:

Privacy Compliance Officer
8th Floor North
Hampton Plaza
38-40 State Street
Albany, NY 12207

The privacy compliance officer shall, within five (5) business days of the date of the receipt of a proper request: (i) provide access to the personal information; (ii) deny access in writing, explaining the reasons therefore; or (iii) acknowledge the receipt of the request in writing, stating the approximate date when the request will be granted or denied, which date shall not be more than thirty (30) days from the date of the acknowledgment.

In the event that the DHCR has collected personal information pertaining to a user through the state agency website and that information is to be provided to the user pursuant to the user's request, the privacy compliance officer shall inform the user of his or her right to request that the personal information be amended or corrected under the procedures set forth in section 95 of the Public Officers Law.

Confidentiality and Integrity of Personal Information Collected Through this Website

The DHCR is strongly committed to protecting personal information collected through this website against unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Consequently, the DHCR limits employee access to personal information collected through this website to only those employees who need access to the information in the performance of their official duties. Employees who have access to this information are required to follow appropriate procedures in connection with any disclosures of personal information.

In addition, the DHCR has implemented procedures to safeguard the integrity of its information technology assets, including, but not limited to, authentication, monitoring, auditing, and encryption. These security procedures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and day-to-day operations of this website as part of our continuing commitment to the security of electronic content as well as the electronic transmission of information.

For website security purposes and to maintain the availability of the website for all users, the DHCR employs software to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise damage this 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 this website.

Links

In order to provide users with certain information, the DHCR provides links to the websites of local, State, and federal government agencies, and to the websites of other organizations. A link does not constitute an endorsement of the content, viewpoint, accuracy, opinions, policies, products, services, or accessibility of that website. Once you link to another website from this website, including one maintained by the State, you are subject to the terms and conditions of that website, including, but not limited to, its Internet privacy policy.

Contact Information

For questions regarding this Internet Privacy Policy:

Email: DHCRInfo@nyshcr.org

Privacy Compliance Officer
8th Floor North
Hampton Plaza
38-40 State Street
Albany, NY 12207

Last updated on 03/09/04