Alaska DNR Online Privacy Statement

Thank you for visiting the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) web site and reviewing our privacy statement. This statement addresses the collection, use and security of and access to information that may be obtained through use of the department's web site. This statement covers:

Information Collected and How it is Used

If you visit our web site to just read or download information, we automatically collect and store certain information about your visit. This information does not identify you personally. Internet Protocol (IP) information is collected so that we can better maintain statistics on our web site and in turn provide our users with better services and data, better ease of site navigation, and a more enjoyable web site experience overall. The type of information collected includes:

  • The Internet Protocol Address and domain name used. This is the numerical address assigned to your computer as you use the Internet and the associated name (e.g. xyServiceProvider.com or your.school.edu);
  • The type of browser and operating system you used;
  • The date and time you visited the site;
  • The web pages or applications you accessed; and
  • The Internet Protocol Address of the web site from which you visited prior to coming to this site (such as www.yahoo.com), typically called the referrer address.

If, during your visit to our web site, you submit information through an online service request or send us an email the following additional information will be collected:

  • The email address and contents of the email message;
  • Information required in an online service request; and
  • Information volunteered in an online service request.

The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and graphic information formats you send us.

We use the information you provide to respond to your service request appropriately. This may be to respond to your service request, to address issues you identify, to share your comments with attribution with others, to analyze and track user comments and feedback to further improve our web site, or to forward the information to another agency for appropriate action.

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Personal Information and Choice

"Personally identifiable information" is information about a person that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Personally identifiable information may include things like an individual's name, email address, mailing address and phone number. A domain name or Internet Protocol address is not considered personal information.

We collect no personally identifiable information about you unless you voluntarily participate in an activity that asks for information. These activities may include, but are not restricted to sending an email, registering or participating in an email list or participating in a voluntary online service request. Not providing all the information requested online may prevent processing of your service request. If you choose not to participate in these activities, your choice will in no way affect your ability to use any other area of our web site.

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Public Records

Within the Department of Natural Resources is the State Recorder's Office that records, indexes, and archives all the documents that create the Official Public Record of the State of Alaska.  The official records are public information that may be viewed by anyone. Some areas of this web site may display parts of the public record.

Most of your communications with the State of Alaska are considered part of the public record and may be subject to disclosure under AS 40.25.110 - 40.25.120. Personal information obtained through the Alaska Department of Natural Resources web site is governed by AS 40.25.300 40.25.350. It requires notice when collecting personal information that may become part of the public record.

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Use of Cookies

When you visit our web site, you can surf the site anonymously and access important information without revealing your identity. In order to improve the DNR web site, we may use "cookies" to customize your visit. A cookie is a simple text file stored on your computer by your web browser. They provide a method of distinguishing among visitors to a web site.

Cookies created on your computer by using this web site do not contain personally identifying information and do not comprise your privacy or security. We use the cookie feature only to store a randomly generated identifying tag on your computer. Most browsers are set to accept cookies by default. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether or not to accept it. For some web pages that require an authorization, cookies are not optional. Users choosing not to accept cookies will probably not be able to access those pages.

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Our Commitment to Data Security

We take very seriously the integrity of the information and systems we maintain. We have appropriate security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of information that have collected from you so you can feel comfortable and secure with online transactions.

We use Secure Sockets Layering (SSL) to encrypt your personal credit information, including your credit card number, in the online collection and transaction processing. SSL technology is the industry standard for secure online transactions. Because we use SSL, providing personal credit information over our web site is just as safe as giving your credit card number over the phone.

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Links to Other Web Sites

Please note that DNR is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of non-DNR web sites to which this department or its units may link. Such links do not imply an endorsement of that organization, site, product or service.

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Disclaimer

This web site and the information it contains are provided as a public service. Unauthorized attempts to modify any information stored on this system, to defeat or circumvent security features, or to utilize this system for other than its intended purposes are prohibited and may result in criminal prosecution.

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Restriction of Liability

The State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources makes no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this web site and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this web site. No warranty of any kind, implied, expressed or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third part rights, title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and freedom from computer virus, is given with respect to the contents of this web site or its hyperlinks to other Internet resources.

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Contact Information

If you have questions about this policy or feel that we have acted in violation of this policy, please contact:

Public Information Center
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
550 W. 7th Ave. Ste. 1260
Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3557
Phone: (907) 269-8400
Fax: (907) 269-8901
Email: dnr.pic@alaska.gov

If you do not believe the personal information concerning yourself maintained by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources is accurate or complete, you may file a written request with the department for the information to be changed. The request must provide the details required in AS 40.25.310.

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