Privacy Information

It is the policy of the State that personal information about citizens will be collected only to the extent necessary to provide the service or benefit desired; that only appropriate information will be collected; and that the citizen shall understand the reason the information is collected and be able to examine his or her personal record that is maintained by the State.

This document explains how we gather information on our web site and with whom and under what conditions the agency shares this information. The following is intended to explain the division’s current Internet privacy practices but shall not be construed as a contractual promise. We reserve the right to amend its Internet privacy policy statement at any time without notice.

Information Collection

State law requires that state bodies not collect personal information about citizens unless it is required to provide services for the citizen. When personal information is collected, it must be protected from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure, and we are required to provide a prescribed procedure by which you may learn the purpose for which information has been recorded and how the agency will use and disseminate it.

In General

We do not capture personal information about any visitor to its site without his or her permission. When you browse our web site without logging on to any of the interactive online services, you do so anonymously. Personal information, such as your name, address, phone number, or e-mail address, is not collected as you browse. Information, such as your domain name, Internet protocol number, browser type, and date and time of your visit, is collected but not tied to your personal identity. We use this information to track the number of customers who visit the site and to identify the most popular pages so that the division can improve site content and accessibility.

Online Transactions

Personal information that you provide to us is safeguarded according to the laws of the State.

Personal information required either by law or in order for us to provide a requested service is subject to the requirements for administering information systems as established by the State. Personal information is only requested at this site when needed to complete various transactions online and for us to deliver the requested services. We only collects, retains, and uses personal information when it believes it is essential, and allowed by law, to conduct business and provide products and services. Should you not want to provide the requested personal information, we will not be able to provide you with online services.

Surveys

Information that you provide on online surveys is used to improve the programs and services that we offer. This information is not stored with any other records we may have of your interactions with the school system.

Contacting Us

When visiting the site, FCPS encourages you to contact us if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. The information provided is used solely to respond to your inquiry. Personal information that you provide to us is safeguarded according to the laws of the State.

Information Access

Any personal information that is collected and retained by us is maintained in compliance with the State regulations. The agency does not share, sell, or trade e-mail addresses, information collected on surveys, or any other information about its online customers to any entity except as provided for or required by the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Act, or other law. Under FOIA, any records in our possession at the time of a FOIA request might be subject to being inspected by or disclosed to members of the public, unless the FOIA specifically allows us to keep the records confidential. If necessary, we may disclose user information if it has reason to believe that disclosing such information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against an individual who attempts, even unintentionally, to access our information without authorization or to disrupt our web site.

Use of "Cookies"

In certain applications, user information is stored as "cookies," which are then sent back and stored on your hard drive. Cookies allow the agency to save the information that you input while progressing through an online transaction. If your browser is not configured to accept cookies, you will still be able to access the information on the web site, but you may not be able to complete many of the online transactions. No user information is gathered through cookies except for that needed to run the specific application.

Security

We maintain security standards and procedures regarding unauthorized access to customer information to prevent unauthorized removal or alteration of data.

When you browse public areas of our web site, none of your personal information is captured or stored by the school system. We protect the records in accordance with its obligations as defined by applicable State statutes--including, but not limited to, the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act and the State Freedom of Information Act--and by any applicable federal laws.

Information Accuracy and Your Rights

We have established procedures to ensure that information is as accurate and current as is practical to enable the school system to conduct business with you.

You have the right to review any record that we maintain about you in order to verify its accuracy. You may do this by contacting the individual curator listed in conjunction with any application at this web site.

Contact Us

We welcome your comments and invite you to contact the school system if you have any questions or concerns. Please use the comments and questions form at this site.

Disclaimer

We provide links to web sites that are not controlled, maintained, or regulated by us or any organization affiliated with us, and, as such, we are not responsible for the content of those web sites. Use of information obtained from those web sites is voluntary, and reliance on that information should only be undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy. Reference at those web sites to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or preference by us. The agency tries to screen all sites included on its web site but cannot control the content they possess.