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Privacy Notice

This statement addresses collection, use and security of and access to information that may be obtained through the use of the State of New Jersey's myNewJersey web site. This notice covers the following topics:

Section A. Information Collected and How it is Used

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

Certain information is collected and stored about your visit to the web site, even if you only browse through the site, read pages, or download information. The stored information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:

  1. The Internet domain (such as "companyX.com" if you use a commercial Internet access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you connect from a university's domain) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our web site;
  2. The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  3. The date and time you access our site;
  4. The pages you visit; and
  5. If you linked to the New Jersey web site from another web site, the address of that web site.

We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors - to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits.

If You Send Us Personal Information

If you choose to provide us with personal information -- as in an e-mail to the Governor or someone else, or by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it to us through our web site -- we use that information to respond to your message and to help us get you the information you have requested. We only share the information you give us with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency, or as otherwise required by law.

The profile that is created if you choose to register in the myNewJersey site, which includes your e-mail address, is not shared with any organizations outside of state government unless compelled by law, and is used only to deliver appropriate content to you. The State of New Jersey does not collect information for commercial marketing.

However, public employees' and public officials' email addresses stored in myNewJersey may be considered public records and may have to be revealed pursuant to an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request. Instead of using a personal email address in their myNewJersey account, these people should use an official work email address or a separate address used only for government business.

Section B. Personal Information and Choice

You may choose whether to provide personal information on-line.

"Personal information" is information about a natural person that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Personal information includes such things as an individual's name, address, and phone number. A domain name or Internet protocol address is not considered personal information.

We collect no personal information about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us by registering as a myNewJersey user, sending us email, participating in a survey or completing an on-line form. You may choose not to register, contact us by email, participate in a survey, or provide any personal information using an online form. Your choice to not participate in these activities will prevent you from using the myNewJersey web site to access services that the State and its partners offer you.

Privacy Warning

Email sent outside of the myNewJersey site is not a secure medium. Personal information sent via the Internet can be intercepted. You may, therefore, wish to reconsider the advisability of sending messages that contain sensitive, personal information to an Internet address.

NJOIT does not plan on divulging information collected or information disclosed voluntarily, but may be required to do so pursuant to a request under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA), Right to Know law, the common law Right to Know, other State or Federal law or pursuant to court order.

If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us at one of the addresses shown in the Contact Information Section of this statement.

Kids' Page

We at the State of New Jersey are especially concerned about protecting children's privacy. We hope parents and teachers are involved in children's Internet explorations. It is particularly important for parents to guide their children when children are asked to provide personal information on line. The State of New Jersey homepage for kids (not part of myNewJersey) encourages children to send email messages with their feedback and suggestions. We specifically ask children to get their parents' permission before providing any information on line -- at our site or any other site -- and hope parents will always be involved in those decisions. Most importantly, when children do provide information through the State of New Jersey web site, it is only used to enable us to respond to the writer, and not to create profiles of children.

Section C. Public Access to Information

In the State of New Jersey, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by state government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public's right to access public records that serve various needs including the privacy of individuals. Exceptions are provided by both state and federal laws.

All the information collected at this site becomes public records that may be subject to inspection and copying by members of the public, unless an exemption in law exists.

Public employees and public officials should refer to the section above entitled "If You Send Us Personal Information".

Section D. Cookies

The myNewJersey web site uses a "cookie" to keep your session separate from those of other people while you're logged in. The cookie used by myNewJersey is a "session" cookie, which is not stored on your computer's drive. It is only present in your web browser's memory while the browser is running, and is discarded when you close all of your browser windows. The cookie contains only an encrypted session key -- no information that can identify you or your computer to outside users. The cookie isn't sent to any servers elsewhere on the Internet.

Section E. Security

The State of New Jersey, as developer and manager of this web site, has taken steps to safeguard the integrity of its data and prevent unauthorized access to information maintained. These measures are designed and intended to prevent corruption of data, block unknown or unauthorized access to our systems and information, and to provide reasonable protection of private information in our possession.

Section F. Disclaimer

The myNewJersey web site and materials may contain hypertext or links to other Internet computer sites which are not owned, operated, controlled or reviewed by the State. These links are provided solely as a courtesy and convenience to you, the visitor. When you link to one of these sites, you are no longer on the State of New Jersey web site and this Privacy Notice will not apply. When you link to another web site, you are subject to the privacy policy of that new site.

The State of New Jersey, its agencies, officers, or employees exercise no control over the organizations, views, accuracy, copyright or trademark compliance or the legality of the material contained on those servers and do not sponsor, endorse, or approve the information, content, products, materials, opinions or services contained on such external sites. The visitor proceeds to these external sites at their own risk. The State specifically disclaims any and all liability from damages which may result from the accessing of a third party site which is linked to the State of New Jersey web site, or from reliance upon any such information.

Section G. Contact Information

You may contact the State of New Jersey as follows:

To send comments about the myNewJersey web site, or if you've registered as a myNewJersey user and would like to review or request correction of your personal information stored in myNewJersey, send e-mail to myNewJersey Support.

To send comments about a specific department or agency, please use the links on the statewide contact page.

To send comments about the State of New Jersey web site, please use the general State feedback page or write to:

New Jersey Office of Information Technology
PO Box 212
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0212
PHONE: 609-633-9032


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