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Privacy Statement

Office of the Inspector General is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the Office of the Inspector General site and governs data collection and usage. By using the Office of the Inspector General site, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your Personal Information

Office of the Inspector General collects personally identifiable information, such as your email address, name, home or work address or telephone number. Office of the Inspector General also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by Office of the Inspector General. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used by Office of the Inspector General for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Office of the Inspector General site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through Office of the Inspector General public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: Office of the Inspector General does not read any of your private online communications.

Office of the Inspector General encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from Office of the Inspector General so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. Office of the Inspector General is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the Office of the Inspector General and Office of the Inspector General family of Web sites.

Use of your Personal Information

Office of the Inspector General collects and uses your personal information to operate the Office of the Inspector General Web site and deliver the services you have requested. Office of the Inspector General also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from Office of the Inspector General and its affiliates. Office of the Inspector General may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

Office of the Inspector General does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. Office of the Inspector General may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, Office of the Inspector General may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to Office of the Inspector General, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

Office of the Inspector General does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

Office of the Inspector General keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within Office of the Inspector General, in order to determine what Office of the Inspector General services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within Office of the Inspector General to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

Office of the Inspector General Web sites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Office of the Inspector General or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Office of the Inspector General; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Office of the Inspector General, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The Office of the Inspector General Web site use "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize Office of the Inspector General pages, or register with Office of the Inspector General site or services, a cookie helps Office of the Inspector General to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same Office of the Inspector General Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Office of the Inspector General features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Office of the Inspector General services or Web sites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

Office of the Inspector General secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Office of the Inspector General secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Changes to this Statement

Office of the Inspector General will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. Office of the Inspector General encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how Office of the Inspector General is protecting your information.

Contact Information

Office of the Inspector General welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that Office of the Inspector General has not adhered to this Statement, please contact Office of the Inspector General at bosdnnadmin1@bos.lacounty.gov. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.