Breaking down privacy policies
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Apr 03, 2000
The Utah portal's privacy statement defines personally identifiable
information as "any information relating to an identified or identifiable
individual who is the subject of the information."
Specifically, that includes personal data not routinely collected by
e-Utah World Wide Web sites except for special, requested services. In those
cases, the information is treated the same way it would be in an in-person
visit — confidentially.
With regard to e-mail addresses, the policy states they "will not be
sold or given to other private companies for marketing purposes [and] individuals
will be provided with the ability to "opt out' at any time of any communications
regarding new service updates."
Iowa shares Utah's take regarding online inquires — that they should
be treated like in-person visits. Iowa's policy statement also informs constituents
that they "do not have to provide personal information to visit IOWAccess
Web sites or download information, [and] the IP [Internet Protocol] numbers
of computers used to visit IOWAccess sites are noted as part of our statistical
analysis on use of our Web sites and how to better design services and facilitate
access to them. No marketing databases are created nor is any commercial
use made of any such data."
NIC's privacy statement says "no personally identifiable data is collected"
on its Web site. The IP numbers of computers used to visit this site are
noted, "but no marketing databases are created nor is any commercial use
made of any such data."