The Florida Legislative Research Center is committed to protecting individual privacy and securing the personal information made available to us when you visit flrcm.gov, as well Florida Legislative Research Center pages on other sites (such as official Florida Legislative Research Center profiles on social networks).
If you have questions about this policy or suggestions for its improvement, please let us know. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will revise or update this policy if our practices change, or as we develop better ways to keep you informed about them. You should refer back to this page often for the latest information and the effective date of any changes. If we decide to change this policy, we will post a new policy on our site and change the date at the bottom. Changes to the policy shall not apply retroactively.
Information Received and Stored by The Florida Legislative Research Center When You Visit the Website
When a computer is used to access information on flrcm.gov, the following basic information is automatically received and stored by The Florida Legislative Research Center web servers hosting flrcm.gov:
- Internet Protocol (IP) Address. A computer's IP address establishes its location on the internet and allows other computers, such as those hosting flrcm.gov, to send it content and other information;
- The internet domain name when a computer accesses the internet through a domain, such as from a corporation ("xcompany.com") or university ("yourschool.edu");
- The date, time, and duration of a website visit;
- If a computer accesses a page on flrcm.gov via a link on another page, the URL (web address) of that referring page;
- Information about the computer set-up, such as the type and version of web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer 8.0, Mozilla Firefox 5.0), operating system (e.g., Unix, Mac OS, MS Windows), Java support (yes or no), Flash version (e.g., 10.1 r85), screen resolution (e.g., 1280x800), and connection speed (e.g., DSL, T1);
- The specific pages a computer accesses when it requests information from flrcm.gov; and
- The amount of data (measured in number of bytes) transmitted from flrcm.gov to a computer.
The Florida Legislative Research Center does not use this information to identify or track the browsing of individual users. We do use it to generate aggregate statistics about how flrcm.gov is used. We retain this information for two years—for example, server logs from June 2011 will be deleted by June 2013.
We do not sell, rent, exchange, or otherwise disclose this information to persons or organizations. In some cases, we may share the information with other federal/state agencies in response to lawful law enforcement requests or to protect flrcm.gov from security threats.
Website Measurement and Customization Technologies
The Florida Legislative Research Center uses web measurement and customization technologies to make flrcm.gov function better for visitors and to better understand how the public is using the website.
This means that when you visit a page on flrcm.gov, the internet browser on your computer may download and save a small file from flrcm.gov (commonly called a "cookie") so that our website can recognize your specific computer and browser when you use flrcm.gov in the future. The Florida Legislative Research Center does not use technologies that track your interactions on other websites. Information on how to control these web measurement and customization technologies can be found later in this statement. These technologies fall into two categories, based on the length of time they remain active:
- Single-session cookies last only as long as a web browser is open. Once the browser is closed, the data files on your computer are deleted.
- Multi-session cookies last beyond a single session of browsing a website; this allows a website to recognize a computer or user for a defined amount of time.
The Florida Legislative Research Center uses the following web measurement and customization technologies:
- Session cookies are used for technical purposes, such as enabling better navigation through the site, facilitating the use of user accounts, and generating aggregated statistics about how the website is used.
- Persistent cookies are used to recognize a computer that has previously visited flrcm.gov, which can improve a user's experience, for example by continuing preference settings from previous visits
These cookies collect information similar to that automatically received and stored on the servers hosting flrcm.gov; they do not collect personal indentifying information. The Florida Legislative Research Center generally does not access or store the raw information collected through these cookies. We do view aggregate statistical analyses prepared by our third-party analytics provider, but these analyses do not include any personally identifiable information. We do not sell, rent, exchange, or otherwise disclose this information to persons or organizations. In some cases, we may share information with other federal agencies in response to lawful law enforcement requests or to protect flrcm.gov from security threats.
Third-party Website Measurement and Customization Technologies
Some pages on flrcm.gov may include web content or functionality from third parties, such as embedded videos hosted by other services. For example, content or functionality from the following third parties may be present on some flrcm.gov pages:
- Towercare Technologies
For your convenience, this list will be updated to reflect the third party providers of content or functionality that are commonly used on flrcm.gov.
These third parties may use web measurement and customization technologies (such as cookies) in conjunction with the provision of this content or functionality. You should consult the privacy policies of these third parties for further information. We do not knowingly use third-party tools that place a multi-session cookie prior to the user interacting with the tool, for example by playing an embedded video. If you become aware of a third-party tool on flrcm.gov that places a multi-session cookie prior to any user interaction, please contact us at email@example.com.
How You Can Control Website Measurement and Customization Technologies
Visitors can control aspects of website measurement and customization technologies used on flrcm.gov. Visitors who choose to disable these technologies will still have access to comparable information and services on flrcm.gov.
One of the most common forms of website measurement and customization technologies is the use of "cookies." You can choose not to accept cookies from any website, including flrcm.gov, by changing the settings of your browser. You can also delete cookies stored in your browser at any time. Cookies used by flrcm.gov:
- Cookies that begin with _utm are each unique and are used for the purpose of website analytics.
This list does not include cookies associated with third-party content or functionality included on flrcm.gov.
For more information about cookies, including how to delete them from your computer and configure your browser to refuse them from flrcm.gov or any other site, visit http://www.usa.gov/optout-instructions.shtml.
Personal Information That You Voluntarily Submit to flrcm.gov
If you choose to provide us with personal information, for example by completing a "Contact Us" form, signing up for our email list, or leaving a comment, we may use that information to respond to your message and/or to help us get you the information or services you requested. Submitting this personal information (name, address, telephone number, email address, etc.) is voluntary and is not required to access information on flrcm.gov.
Links to External Sites
The Florida Legislative Research Center may contain links to web sites created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations and individuals. flrcm.gov provides these links as a service to our users. When you follow a link to an external site, you are leaving flrcm.gov and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the external site. flrcm.gov does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of information contained in a linked site. We also do not endorse the organizations or individuals maintaining sites that we link, any views they express, or any products/services they offer.
Visiting Official Florida Legislative Research Center Pages on Third-Party Websites
The Florida Legislative Research Center maintains official pages or accounts on several third-party web sites (such as Facebook) in order to better engage with the public. Your activity on those third-party sites is governed by the security and privacy policies of the third-party sites. Users of third-party sites often share information with the general public, user community, and/or the third-party operating the third-party site. These actors may use this information in a variety of ways. Consequently, you should review the privacy policies of third-party sites before using them and ensure that you understand how your information may be used. You should also adjust privacy settings on your account on any third-party site to match your preferences.
In some instances, a session cookie may be set via third-party websites that feature embedded content served by flrcm.gov. Below is the current list of official Florida Legislative Research Center pages on third party websites.
- YouTube (Privacy)
- Towercare Technologies
Children and Privacy
We believe in the importance of protecting the privacy of children online and do not knowingly contact or collect personal information from children under 13. Our site is not intended to solicit information of any kind from children under 13.
Security of flrcm.gov
We take reasonable precautions to protect our site and information automatically collected by flrcm.gov or voluntarily submitted to flrcm.gov or an official Florida Legislative Research Center page on a third-party site. For example, we restrict access to information collected by or submitted to flrcm.gov or official Florida Legislative Research Center pages of on third-party sites to employees who access it to perform their official duties. Access to official Florida Legislative Research Center accounts on third-party sites is limited to the staff who administer those accounts, and all official Florida Legislative Research Center accounts are clearly labeled. We also utilize commonly-used practices and technical controls to protect this information, along with flrcm.gov itself. These practices and controls include, but are not limited to, encrypting the transfer of personal information over the Internet via Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), using high-strength firewalls and intrusion detection systems (IDS) to safeguard personal information and maintaining strict technical controls and procedures to ensure the integrity of all data on flrcm.gov. We periodically review our processes and systems to verify compliance with industry best practices and ensure the highest level of security for our website.
Last Updated: June 22, 2012