PRIVACY AND CONDITIONS OF USE


We want you to know about the collection, use, security, and access to information that may result from your use of this form. By using this web form, you consent to the policies and practices described in this notice, including the collection and use of information as described below. This web form is maintained for the California State Legislature by the Legislative Counsel Bureau.

Our web site has links to sites we feel might be useful to you. When you link to another site, you are no longer on our site and are subject to the privacy policy of the new site. Each of those web sites, and the sites to which they link in turn, may have different privacy and use policies. For example, links are provided to the sites of departments within California state government, local government entities, and agencies of the federal government, each of which may be subject to different restrictions of state and federal law with respect to the collection and use of personal information. Be sure to review those policies as you access additional web sites.

Please note that this policy is subject to change without notice, and that it reflects our current business practices. This policy is dated July 19, 2011.

This Notice covers the following topics:

Information You Voluntarily Submit to Us
Public Disclosure
Security

Section 11015.5 of the Government Code prohibits any state agency, including the Legislative Counsel Bureau, from distributing or selling any "electronically collected personal information" about users to any third party without prior written permission from the user, with limited exceptions. We do not sell any electronically collected personal information. The only data that we collect that qualifies as electronically collected personal information is your Internet Protocol Address, which we discard without reuse or distribution. Electronically collected personal information does not include information that you submit to us.

Information You Voluntarily Submit to Us

If you voluntarily participate in an activity using this web form that asks for specific information (for example, completing a request for assistance, sending an e-mail, or participating in a survey), we will collect the information you provide. We may also maintain the information you provide, in order to give you future updates on the issue or issues about which you have expressed concern.

If you choose to provide us with personal information, as in e-mail with a comment or question, we will ordinarily use the information to respond to you, to address issues you identify, or to improve our web site. Alternatively, as appropriate, we may forward your e-mail to an appropriate local, state, or federal agency that may be better able to help you.

If you choose to submit information to us, the information will be transmitted through secure lines to our database. Except as provided by law or for such uses as are necessary to protect the integrity of our computer system, any private information will be used only for the purposes for which it was provided and for related purposes and, other than as described above, will not be shared with any other entity. Information you provide may be included with other visitors' information to be used for statistical reporting.

Public Disclosure

In the State of California, 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, state and federal laws provide exceptions to the public's right to access public records, designed to serve various needs including maintaining the privacy of individuals.

Information collected from this form may be deemed a public record that is subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this policy and the Legislative Open Records Act, or other law governing the disclosure of records, the Legislative Open Records Act or other applicable law will control.

Security

The developer and manager of this web form has taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its telecommunications and computing infrastructure, including but not limited to authentication, monitoring, auditing, and encryption. Security measures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and day-to-day practices of our operating environment as part of our continuing commitment to risk management. This information should not be construed in any way as giving business, legal, or other advice, or warranting, as fail-proof, the security of information provided via this web site.

This web form and the information it contains are provided as a public service by the California State Legislature. The web form is monitored to ensure its proper operation, to verify the functioning of applicable security features, and for related purposes. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change any information in this web form, to defeat or circumvent security features, or to utilize this site for other than its intended purposes are prohibited and may result in criminal prosecution.