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ARKANSAS GAME AND FISH COMMISSION
PRIVACY POLICY

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) is committed to protecting the privacy and security of visitors to its websites. AGFC does not collect personally identifiable information when you visit an AGFC website unless you choose to provide that information. Likewise, AGFC does not give, sell, or transfer any personally identifiable information to a third party except as might be required by law or as described in this Privacy Policy. Unless stated otherwise on a particular webpage, this Privacy Policy applies to all AGFC websites and online services. This Privacy Policy does not apply to information AGFC collects by other means (including offline) or from other sources.

 

Personally Identifiable Information

Personally identifiable information is “any information about an individual maintained by an agency, including (1) any information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, such as name, social security number, date and place of birth, mother’s maiden name, or biometric records; and (2) any other information that is linked or linkable to an individual, such as medical, educational, financial, and employment information.” Natl. Inst. Stand. Technol. Spec. Publ. 800-122, at ES-1 (Apr. 2010).

 

Types of Information Collected

AGFC collects several types of information, although never for commercial marketing by third parties:

 

 

AGFC has safeguards in place to protect all this information, including only allowing access by designated staff when it is required to perform their duties.

 

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

AGFC strives to provide the best online experience for visitors to its websites. AGFC automatically collects and stores the following non-personally identifiable information from anyone who reads, browses, or downloads information from its websites:

 

 

This information does not identify you personally and is not used for associating search terms or patterns of website navigation with individual users. This information allows AGFC to improve website design, presentation and system performance. The information collected is part of a systems log file and is only used internally for website management purposes. AGFC periodically deletes its weblogs. On occasion, AGFC may provide this information to third-party entities it contracts with for the purposes of research analysis.

 

Information Collected for Measurement and Customization

To help provide its website visitors with the best experience possible, AGFC uses software to report and analyze aggregated web metrics data. The data is generally retained indefinitely to help improve website performance. AGFC websites uses these types of tools: session cookies, persistent cookies, pixel tags or Web beacons, and other customization tools.

 

“Cookies” are small text files containing strings of alphanumeric characters that websites transfer to visitors’ computers to allow the website to remember specific information about a visitor’s session. Your computer will only share the information in the cookie with the website that provided it, and no other website can request it. Session cookies are temporary (disappearing after you close your browser window) and do not contain personally identifiable information. AGFC uses session cookies for technical purposes, such as to enable you to more easily navigate throughout the website. Session cookies only collect non-personally identifiable data.

 

Persistent cookies store information on your computers for longer periods of time and across multiple visits. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive after you close your browser and may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the website. AGFC uses persistent cookies to improve web metrics by distinguishing between new and returning visitors, to anonymously aggregate data on how visitors use an AGFC website, and to remember your voluntarily-provided preferences to create a smoother browsing experience. AGFC does not use persistent cookies to collect personally identifiable information about visitors. Persistent cookies can be removed by following your web browser’s directions.

 

AGFC may also employ a software technology known as a pixel tag or Web beacon. These help AGFC better manage content on its sites by informing it what content is effective. You may not disable Web beacons.

 

Customization tools allow you to voluntarily provide information to personalize and improve your online experience. Information from customization tools is saved on AGFC servers.

 

You can set your web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. If you do not wish to have session or persistent cookies stored on your machine, you can turn them off in your browser. However, this may affect the functioning of some portions of an AGFC website. Without cookies, most of an AGFC website will continue to display normally, but certain features may not work as well or may be unavailable.

 

Providing Information to AGFC

Personally identifiable information may be required to use certain features of an AGFC website, such as making a purchase from its online shop or the AGFC License System, submitting a request to Ask AGFC, or responding to a feedback form or survey. AGFC’s main goal in collecting information is to improve its website, products, and services to provide you with the best possible experience. AGFC may use your personally identifiable information to:

 

 

AGFC always informs you what information is required and only uses that information for its stated purpose. If you provide the information requested, then you consent to AGFC using the information for the stated purpose. If you do not provide the information, then some website features may be unavailable.

 

You do not have to provide personally identifiable information to visit an AGFC website. If you choose to provide personally identifiable information, such as by sending an e-mail, submitting a form, or filling out a questionnaire or guestbook, AGFC will use the information you provide to respond to you. In addition, AGFC may use this personally identifiable information in various ways to further customer protection and to provide better service. This may be to correct broken links that you have identified or provide additional information that you have requested.

 

If you correspond with AGFC by email, AGFC may retain the content of your email messages, your email address, and AGFC’s responses. AGFC may also retain any messages you send through an AGFC website or social media page. In addition, you may provide AGFC information in user content you post to any of its websites, social media pages or accounts. Any information that AGFC collects via e-mails, forms, questionnaires, guestbook, or social media pages or accounts may be subject to disclosure but will be handled in accordance with the requirements of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act to make all appropriate redactions prior to responding to the request. NOTE: Please do not send AGFC sensitive information, such as your credit card or social security numbers, via e-mail. It is possible that during transmission of your e-mail this information may be intercepted by a third party. AGFC cannot guarantee its safety while in transit.

 

Providing Information to Third Parties

AGFC will not rent or sell your personally identifiable information to others. Occasionally, AGFC works with third parties to provide a better user experience, such as for fulfilling online orders, emailing updates, or collecting voluntarily provided feedback. These third-party websites will either follow the AGFC Privacy Policy or prominently display their own. AGFC may store personally identifiable information in locations outside the direct control of AGFC (for instance, on servers or databases co-located with hosting providers).

 

AGFC will not disclose any of your personally identifiable information except when it has your permission or under special circumstances, such as when AGFC believes in good faith that the law requires it or under the circumstances described below.

 

AGFC has entered into certain agreements to provide certain personally identifiable information to federal and state agencies and non-governmental conservation organizations (“partner third parties”). AGFC’s agreements with these partner third parties include requirements that the partner third parties maintain the information AGFC shares with them as confidential and prohibits them from using the information for any purpose other than specifically set forth in the agreements, including for commercial purposes. AGFC has agreements to share certain personally identifiable information with the following partner third parties:

 

 

 

 

In addition, these are some other ways that your information may be disclosed:

 

 

Except as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy, AGFC will not disclose personally identifiable information to any third party unless required to do so by law, subpoena, or court order or if AGFC believes that such action is necessary to:

 

·Conform to the law and comply with legal process served on us;

·Investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities;

·Enforce this policy;

·Take precautions against liability;

·Investigate and defend against any third-party claims or allegations;

·Assist government enforcement agencies;

·Protect the security or integrity of an AGFC website, and

·Exercise or protect the rights, property, or personal safety of AGFC, its website, its users or others.

 

Other than as stated in this policy, AGFC does not provide personally identifiable information to outside organizations without first obtaining your consent. In addition, AGFC will make all appropriate redactions before sharing personally identifiable information to a third party.

 

How AGFC Protects Your Information

AGFC cares about the integrity and security of your personally identifiable information. AGFC cannot, however, ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to AGFC or guarantee that your information on the service may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of AGFC’s physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. Your privacy settings may also be affected by changes to the functionality of third-party providers, such as social networks. AGFC is not responsible for the functionality or security measures of any third party.

 

To protect your privacy and security, AGFC takes reasonable steps (such as requesting a unique password) to verify your identity before granting you access to your account. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your unique password and account information and for controlling access to your email communications from AGFC, at all times.

 

Compromise of Personally Identifiable Information

In the event that personally identifiable information is compromised as a result of a breach of security, AGFC will promptly notify those persons whose personally identifiable information has been compromised, in accordance with the notification procedures set forth in this Privacy Policy, or as otherwise required by applicable law.

 

Your Choices About Your Information

You may, of course, decline to submit personally identifiable information through an AGFC website, in which case AGFC may not be able to provide certain services to you. You can review and correct the information about you that AGFC keeps on file by contact AGFC directly. 

 

Third-Party Services

AGFC uses certain third-party services to improve its website and to provide a better user experience. Third-party services are web-based technologies that are not exclusively operated or controlled by a government entity or that involve significant participation of a nongovernment entity. AGFC uses third-party services to assist it in communicating or interacting with the public. These services may be separate websites or may be applications embedded within an AGFC website. Some third parties provide these services to AGFC under contract, while others, such as social media websites, do not. Where practicable, AGFC will provide clear notice before you are directed to a third-party service from an AGFC website.

 

AGFC may employ over time various different advertising or remarketing services that serve targeted advertisements to make your online experience more focused to your interests. These tools and technologies collect and analyze certain types of information, including cookies, IP addresses, device and software identifiers, referring and exit URLs, onsite behavior and usage information, feature use metrics and statistics, usage and purchase history, MAC Address, mobile unique device ID, and other similar information.

AGFC will not run interest-based advertising campaigns that collect personally identifiable information, including, but not limited to, email addresses, telephone numbers and credit card numbers. AGFC will not use or associate personally identifiable information with remarketing lists, cookies, data feeds or other anonymous identifiers. AGFC will not use or associate targeting information, such as demographics or location, with any personally identifiable information collected from the ad or its landing page(s).

AGFC uses the following third-party services:

 

Google Analytics uses cookies to track visitor interactions, which allows the collection of information, such as what time the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before, and what site referred the visitor to the web page. Browsers do not share cookies across domains. AGFC does not collect personally identifiable information from these third-party tools nor does it provide them with additional personally identifiable information. AGFC uses IP masking in order to share only a portion of the IP address for geolocation. In addition, Google provides an Opt-out Browser Add-on to indicate that information about the website visit should not be sent to Google Analytics. AGFC does not endorse and makes no representation about the effectiveness of the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

In addition to complying with the terms above, AGFC complies with Google’s policy requirements.

 

In connection with such targeting and optimization, Facebook will: (i) use Event Data collected from AGFC’s website or mobile app for ads optimization only after such Event Data has been aggregated with other data collected from other advertisers or third parties or otherwise collected on Facebook and (ii) not allow other advertisers or third parties to target advertising solely on the basis of Event Data collected from AGFC’s website or mobile app. Event Data will not be disclosed to other advertisers or to third parties, unless Facebook has your permission or is required to do so by law. Facebook will maintain the confidentiality and security of Event Data, including by maintaining technical and physical safeguards that are designed to (a) protect the security and integrity of data while it is within Facebook's systems and (b) guard against the accidental or unauthorized access, use, alteration or disclosure of data within Facebook's systems.

For more information about Facebook Conversion Tracking and Audiences, please visit Facebook.

 

 

 

For information about how to opt out of the collection and use of information for ad targeting, please visit the Digital Advertising Alliance webpage.

 

Social Networking Platforms and Social Media

An AGFC website may permit you to use third-party social networking platforms such as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+. This may include the use of social media login information to create or access your account at an AGFC website and plugins such as Facebook “Like”, Tweet, Pinterest “Pin,” Google “+1” buttons, etc. Occasionally, you can use an AGFC website to interact with your social media accounts, such as Facebook or Twitter. In addition to using your third-party account credentials to sign in to portions of an AGFC website, you can access posting and sharing tools, including a “share” button that allows you to post information to your social networks. Please note that these tools may be operated by third parties.

 

By using these tools, you acknowledge that some of your social media account information may be transmitted AGFC and that the social media account information transmitted to AGFC is covered by this Privacy Policy. Additionally, when you use one of these sharing tools, the third party that operates the tool may be collecting information about your browser or online activity through its own tracking technologies and subject to its own privacy policy. Lastly, when you use these tools, some of your information from an AGFC website may be shared with the third party and others. Therefore, AGFC encourages you to read the privacy policies and other policies of the social networks you use.

 

In addition, AGFC participates on open forums offered by third-party commercial social media sites in order to increase government transparency, provide information, and promote public participation and collaboration with AGFC. Please note that while AGFC encourages candid conversation and frank exchanges of ideas, AGFC does not control or endorse the comments or opinions provided by visitors to these social media sites and cannot attest to the accuracy of the information provided by these sites.

 

The essential information shared on these third-party websites is available on www.agfc.com, which is the official source of information from AGFC. If you use a website outside AGFC, you are subject to the privacy and security policies of that website.

 

Please visit www.agfc.com for a directory of AGFC social media presences, such as those on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and AddThis. AGFC uses these social media sites as dynamic information sharing tools to access real-time information, for external relations, and to encourage public dialogue. AGFC posts videos, images, and news events on these sites to provide alternative opportunities to disseminate information and content to the public. Policies related to content, such as videos, images, and audio are posted separately.

 

AGFC does not actively seek personally identifiable information and will only collect the information necessary for the proper performance of official AGFC functions or to accomplish a purpose required by statute, executive order, or regulation.

 

In addition to AGFC’s primary social media channels, each of which has its own privacy policy (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Flickr), AGFC uses the bit.ly URL shortener in Twitter and other postings. Bit.ly is “built in” to the Twitterfeed tool, in that it automatically shortens long URLs in Twitter posts. According to its privacy policy, bit.ly uses cookies (see Cookies above). Those cookies are invoked only if the shortened bit.ly URL is clicked.

 

Links to Other Websites

AGFC is not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from an AGFC website or social media page nor the information or content contained therein.

 

This Privacy Policy applies to AGFC websites and social media pages or accounts only. AGFC websites include links to other websites. If you submit personally identifiable information to any of those websites, your information is subject to their privacy statements. AGFC encourages you to carefully read the privacy statement of any website you visit.

 

The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act

Under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), codified at Ark. Code Ann. § 25-19-101 et seq., AGFC records, with some exceptions, are considered public records and must be made available to Arkansas citizens for inspection. Records covered by the FOIA include data compilations in any format, including papers, microfilm, microfiche, computer disks and tapes, email, and audio and video recordings. Information available under the FOIA and not made confidential elsewhere in the Arkansas Code or by federal law may be disclosed to individuals or the public in response to a lawful FOIA request.

 

Except as specifically exempted from disclosure under the law, any personally identifiable information or content that you provide to AGFC may become available to the public as required by the FOIA. Even if you remove information that you posted to an AGFC website or social media page, copies may remain viewable in cached and archived pages. In addition, the information AGFC collects from visitors to its websites and social media pages may also be subject to disclosure under FOIA. The information collected by or provided to AGFC via its websites or social media pages is subject to the same controls and uses as that collected by governmental offices visited in person, again subject to the access and confidentiality provisions of the FOIA, or to other applicable sections of the Arkansas Code.

 

The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act provides limited exemptions from disclosure of certain types of information, including driver’s license numbers, social security numbers, financial data, etc.). AGFC will make all appropriate redactions before responding to requests under the FOIA. For more information about the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, including what information is exempt from disclosure, please visit the Arkansas Attorney General’s website.

 

Various commercial websites may be linked through the network. These private sector websites are not subject to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. Visitors to those websites may wish to check their privacy statements and be cautious about providing personally identifiable information.

 

Website Security

Providing security for the personally identifiable information you submit via an AGFC website is a priority for AGFC. AGFC maintains administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect your personally identifiable information. When AGFC (or its agent) collects or transmits sensitive information such as a credit or debit card number, AGFC (and its agent) uses industry standard methods to protect that information. However, no e-commerce solution, website, database or system is completely secure or “hacker proof.” You are also responsible for taking reasonable steps to protect your personally identifiable information against unauthorized disclosure or misuse.

 

For website security and to ensure this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this website are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act. AGFC uses virus protection measures on its computer systems and regularly updates the software. These are computer security measures that, in addition to maintaining AGFC’s computer systems, also ensure that all files that AGFC develops and/or posts on its web servers are virus-free. When you request a file for download from an AGFC website, it is possible, though unlikely, that the data may contract a virus and become corrupted before it reaches your computer. AGFC is not responsible for files that may become corrupted as the data travels the Internet.

 

Children's Privacy

AGFC recognizes the particular importance of protecting privacy where children are involved.For that reason, AGFC does not knowingly collect or solicit personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register for AGFC website accounts. No one under age 13 is allowed to provide any personally identifiable information to or on an AGFC website.

 

If you are under 13, please do not send any information about yourself to AGFC, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address. Instead, have an adult send the message. Have your parents, teachers or school librarian contact AGFC if you need further assistance.

 

In the event that AGFC learns that it has collected personally identifiable information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, AGFC will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you are a parent or guardian and believe that your child under the age of 13 has provided AGFC with personally identifiable information online, please contact AGFC.

Notification Procedures

It is AGFC’s policy to provide notifications, whether such notifications are required by law or are for marketing or other business-related purposes, to you via email notice, written or hard copy notice, or through conspicuous posting of such notice on its website, as determined by AGFC in its sole discretion. AGFC reserves the right to determine the form and means of providing notifications to you, provided that you may opt out of certain means of notification as described in this Privacy Policy.

Changes to AGFC’s Privacy Policy

This Privacy Notice may be revised periodically, and this will be reflected by the “effective date” below. If AGFC changes this Privacy Policy, AGFC will post those changes on its website to keep you aware of what information it collects, how it uses that information and under what circumstances AGFC may disclose it. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page. Your continued use of an AGFC website constitutes your agreement to this Privacy Notice and any future revisions.

This Privacy Policy was last updated on June 1, 2017.

Questions or Concerns

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this website, or your dealings with this website, please contact AGFC via email or send mail to:

Chief of Communications
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
2 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205