|Wisconsin Citizen Portal Privacy Notice
State of Wisconsin 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, there are exceptions to the public's right to access public records provided by both state and federal laws. These exceptions include the privacy of individuals.
Information Collected and How it is Used
Personal Information and Choice
Access and Correction of Personal Information
Information Collected and How It is Used
If you do nothing during your visit to Wisconsin.gov but browse or download
information, we automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:
The information we automatically collect or store is used to improve
the content of our web services and to help us understand how people are
using our services. Wisconsin.gov analyzes our web site logs to
continually improve the value of the materials available on our site.
Our web site logs are not personally identifiable, and we make no
attempt to link them with the individuals that browse
The Internet Protocol address and domain name used
but not the email address. The Internet Protocol address is a numerical
identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to
your computer. We use the Internet Protocol Address to direct Internet traffic
- The type of browser and operating system you used and
your connection speed;
- The date and time you visited this site;
- The web pages or services you accessed at this site;and
- The web site you visited
prior to coming to this web site.
If during your visit to Wisconsin.gov you participate in a survey or send an email, the
following additional information will be collected:
The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and
graphic information formats you send us. The information is retained in accordance with Wisconsin
Open Records Law.
- E-mail correspondence: The e-mail address and contents
of the e-mail;
- Surveys : Any information you volunteered in response to a survey.
We use your email to respond appropriately. This may be to respond to you, to address issues you
identify, to further improve our web site, or to forward the email to another agency for appropriate
action. Survey information is used for the purpose designated.
Personal Information and Choice
"Personal information" is information about an individual that is readily identifiable to that
specific individual. Personal information includes personal identifiers such as an individual's
name, address, and phone number. A domain name or Internet Protocol address is not considered
We collect no personal information about you unless you voluntarily participate in an activity
that asks for information (i.e. sending an e-mail or participating in a survey). If you choose not to
participate in these activities, your choice will in no way affect your ability to use any other
feature of Wisconsin.gov.
If personal information is requested on the web site or volunteered by the user, state law and
the federal Privacy Act of 1974 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
Users are cautioned that the collection of personal information requested from or volunteered by
children on-line or by email will be treated the same as information given by an adult and may be
subject to public access.
In the State of Wisconsin, 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, there are exceptions to
the public's right to access public records that serve various needs: the privacy of individuals
is included among these exceptions. Exceptions are provided by both state and federal laws.
We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary
to deliver our services. All information collected at this site becomes public record that may be
subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists.
In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and the Wisconsin Open Records Law or
other law governing the disclosure of records, the Wisconsin Open Records Law or other applicable
law will control.
Access and Correction of Personal Information
You can review any personal information we collect about you. You may recommend changes to your
personal information you believe in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the
error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was
intended when submitted, you may contact us. In all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify
your identity before granting access or making corrections. See Contact Information section.
What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a small amount of data, which may include an anonymous unique identifier, that is sent to your browser from a web site's computers and may either be used only during your session (a "session" cookie) or may be stored on your computer's hard drive (a "persistent" cookie). Cookies can contain data about user movement during the visit to the website.
If your browser software is set to allow cookies, a web site can send its own cookie to you. A web site that has set a cookie can only access those cookies it has sent to you, it cannot access cookies sent to you by other sites.
Why are Cookies Used on Web Sites?
Cookies are one mechanism for maintaining continuity during a user's visit to a web site. They allow data to be maintained for users' benefit as they navigate a site. This is referred to as "session" or "state management" cookie. These cookies go away when you terminate your visit to the website as they are maintained only in your browser's active memory during your session.
Cookies may also be stored on your computer so that you can be recognized by a website on subsequent visits. They can be read by the website that set them whenever you enter the website. They are often used on websites that require you to log in to save you entering all of your log-in information. They may store information on your unique identifier and the areas of the website you have visited before. These cookies are stored on your computer's hard drive after you have left your website visit and consequently are often referred to as "persistent" cookies.
Choices about Cookies
You can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. (Each browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.)
Wisconsin.gov's Practices Regarding Cookies
Wisconsin.gov uses only session cookies. The information on these cookies is retained by the State only while the user's session is active in a table that lists the unique identifiers of those currently using the site. Currently session states are set to 30 minutes maximum. Wisconsin. Gov is using cookies for the following purposes:
- Support the rotation of the home page's banner and "Featured Site" graphic.
- When you "sign in" to the Employment section of Wisconsin.gov as either an employer or a job seeker. For job seekers, the cookie enables the session to be maintained as the user moves through different pages, such as updating a multi-page resume, previewing or showing the resume posted. For employers, the cookies are used to establish the session state.
Neither of these cookies are persistent and they contain no information about the user.
The Department of Administration, as developer and manager of Wisconsin.gov, 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 the entire DOA
operating environment as part of its continuing commitment to risk management.
This information should not be construed in any way as giving business, legal, or other advice. This information should not be construed as warranting as fail-proof the security of information provided through DOA supported web sites.
Wisconsin.gov has links to other web sites. These include links to web sites operated
by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private businesses. When you link to
another site, you are no longer on Wisconsin.gov and this Privacy Notice will not apply.
Wisconsin.gov Contact Information
To offer comments about Wisconsin.gov, or to comment about the information presented in this
Privacy Notice, please use our feedback form.