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Privacy Policy Collection of Information by the NYPD

In order to improve the content and usability of this website, the NYPD 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 the NYPD (if detectable), if such user did not connect directly to the NYPD, or use it as a homepage.

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

The NYPD does not collect data for commercial or marketing purposes, and the NYPD does not sell, exchange or otherwise distribute the data collected by the NYPD for commercial or marketing purposes.

Information Submitted to the NYPD

During a session on the NYPD, a user may affirmatively submit information to the NYPD by, among other means, electronic mail ("e-mail"), by filling in and submitting an on-line form, or by electing to personalize The NYPD and use it as a customized portal. Such affirmatively submitted information is stored in a secure environment, and will be used by the NYPD 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 NYPD respond to a request for information not readily available from The NYPD

2. Investigating a problem reported to the NYPD via the NYPD.

3. Keeping lists of parties interested in some particular issue or facet of NYPD life about which the NYPD anticipates issuing further information in the future.

4. Disclosure of such information pursuant to a request made under Freedom of Information Law ("FOIL") or court order, if such information is not protected by federal or state law.6

The NYPD 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 NYPD exchange or trade such information with third-parties without a user's explicit permission. The NYPD 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 NYPD of financial information shall be subject to the section of this policy on financial issues, set forth below.

If an the NYPD user has elected not to receive further information from the NYPD, the NYPD will not send such information. If an the NYPD user has elected to receive further communication from the NYPD, The NYPD will only send information in categories that have been authorized. If the NYPD sends electronic mail ("e-mail") to a user, such e-mail is NOT confidential,7and 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 NYPD 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 NYPD has integrated industry standard or better security measures and systems into the design, implementation and day to day operation of the NYPD and its underlying servers and networks.8Furthermore, the NYPD maintains ongoing efforts to identify and/or block unauthorized intrusions into or onto the NYPD, and to upload to or change information on or otherwise cause damage to the NYPD or the information resident hereon or submitted hereto.

This website and the NYPD generally, do not use "persistent cookies."10Cookies 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 NYPD uses "temporary cookies"11on some parts of the NYPD, and such temporary cookies expire upon the end of the browsing session. If a user registers to use the NYPD as a customized portal, the NYPD 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 the NYPD pages requiring cookies to function fully. Additionally, if a user has created a customized version of the NYPD, the NYPD 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 the NYPD, the cookie will contain a user's password. Deletion of such a cookie could result in the loss of one's customized the NYPD portal settings.

Web Bugs (a/k/a Web Beacons)
The NYPD does not use web bugs12on its web pages or in any html e-mail generated by use of the portal, or otherwise sent from The NYPD, for any purpose other than to identify site performance needs; to ensure compatibility with the technology used by The NYPD's visitors, and to generally add and improve services offered on The NYPD.

No applications on the NYPD 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 the NYPD should be aware that personally identifiable information submitted to the NYPD 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 NYPD strongly believes that parental supervision is an important factor in Internet use by minors. Therefore, The NYPD asks parents to guide their minor children when children are asked to provide any personal information online. The NYPD further asks that children ask for and receive their parent's permission before providing any information online.

Third Party Links
The NYPD 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 The NYPD and a third-party website imply sponsorship of such website, or the creator of such website.

Some content on portions of the NYPD resides on servers run by third parties.13Each agency providing content for The NYPD is bound by the NYPD'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 the NYPD's privacy policy.

Intellectual Property
The content of the NYPD's web pages 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.

The NYPD may change this policy from time to time, and reserves the right to do so without notice.


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Mon, April 23, 2018