The Connecticut General Assembly ("CGA") policy is to respect and protect the privacy of our website users, consistent with the applicable laws of the United States and the State of Connecticut, including the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act and the Connecticut Personal Data Act. We do not collect, use or disclose any information about our users without their knowledge and approval. We do not share user information with third parties unless we have informed users about the disclosures or when we have prior consent.
Visitors should be aware that the State of Connecticut could be required to disclose personal information in response to valid legal process, such as a search warrant, subpoena, or court order, pursuant to the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act. All record keepers face the possibility that disclosure of their records may be compelled in some civil, criminal, or administrative matters. Disclosures may also be necessary to protect the State's legal rights or during emergencies if physical safety is believed to be at risk. We think that these events are unlikely, but they are possible.
Policy Revision and Notification of Changes
A. Automatic Information
The following information is collected and stored automatically from all users accessing the CGA website to browse or download information:
- The Internet domain and Internet Protocol address from which you access our site;
- The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
- The date and time you access our site;
- The pages you visit; and
- If you linked to the CGA website from another website, the address of that website.
This information is used to create summary statistics, which are used for purposes such as assessing what information is of most interest to users, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.
This information is not reported or used in any manner that would reveal personally identifiable information, and will not be released to any outside (third) parties unless legally required.B. Personal Information You Provide to Us
The CGA does not retain personally identifiable information about you when you visit our we site unless you choose to provide such information to us (i.e. sending an e-mail, participating in a survey, responding to a feedback or "contact us" form, etc.)
We consider any information that could reasonably be used to identify you as "personally identifying information." This includes, but is not limited to:
- Your name
- Your address
- Your e-mail address
- Your Social Security number
- Your password
- Bank account information
- Credit card information
Public Hearing Testimony, written and/or spoken, is public information. As such, it will be made available on the CGA website and indexed by internet search engines. You may choose not to provide, or to limit, any personal information submitted with the testimony. You may also submit testimony anonymously.
E-Mail Communications and Web Forms
If you send us an electronic mail message with a question or comment that contains personally identifying information, or fill out a form that e-mails us information, we will only use this personally identifying information to respond to your request. We may redirect your message to another government agency or person who is in a better position to answer your question.
All e-mail messages collected by the CGA contain the e-mail addresses of persons who voluntarily communicated with or requested information from us. E-mail addresses are not sold, leased or shared with any governmental or commercial entities without the user's consent. When a user has given us their e-mail address for purposes of communicating with or requesting information from the CGA, that communication becomes part of the public record and may be subject to public inspection and copying if not protected by federal or state law.
If personal information is requested on the CGA website or volunteered by the user, state law and the United States Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a) may protect it. However, this information is a public record once you provide it, and may be subject to public inspection and copying if not protected by federal or state law.Does The CGA Share The Information It Receives With Anyone?
Except as provided by applicable state and federal laws, we do not collect, use or disclose user information without the user's knowledge and approval. We do not share user information with third parties unless we have informed users about the disclosures or have prior consent.
In addition, all State of Connecticut contractors must comply with this policy.Do I Have a Choice About Whether or Not My Personal Information is Provided to Others?
Persons concerned about information contained in their personal records should contact the custodian of the record, which typically is the state agency or other governmental entity that collects and maintains the information.
The CGA does not collect any personally identifiable information other than what you provide in your e-mail correspondence. The automatic data recorded is not matched with any of that personally identifiable information. Therefore, information cannot be provided about your visit.
The CGA does not obtain personally identifiable information about you when you visit our website unless you choose to provide such information to us (i.e. sending an e-mail, participating in a survey, responding to a feedback or "contact us" form, etc.). We do not disclose, sell, lease or provide any personal information about our users to any other government or commercial entity for any purpose.
However, it is important to understand that under applicable state and federal law, various forms of correspondence and other communications may be subject to public disclosure.
Commitment to Security
Information Technology Services (ITS), which manages the computers that support the CGA, has put into place appropriate safeguards to ensure that any personal information is secure from destruction, corruption, unauthorized access and breach of confidentiality. This effort includes an ongoing review of safety measures, implementation of changes, and regular training for their personnel.
Disclaimer/Links to other Sites
For questions or comments about this policy, please contact:
- Connecticut General Assembly
- Office of Information Technology Services
- 210 Capitol Avenue, Room 014
- Hartford, CT 06106
- Phone: 860-240-0000
- Email: Webmaster