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Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the Arkansas State Senate website (senate.arkansas.gov). We want you to be informed about the collection, security, and access to information that may result from your use of this site. By visiting this website, you are consenting to the policies and practices described in this notice, including the collection and use of information as described below. This website is maintained for the Arkansas State Senate by the Arkansas State Senate Staff.

Our website has links to sites we feel might be useful to you. When you link to another site, you are no longer on our site and are subject to the privacy policy of the new site. Each of those websites, and the sites to which they link in turn, may have different privacy and use policies. For example, links are provided to the sites of other Arkansas government constitutional offices, departments and agencies that are part of the government of the State of Arkansas each of which may be subject to different restrictions of state and federal law with respect to the collection and use of personal information. Be sure to review those policies as you access additional websites.

Please note that this policy is subject to change without notice, and that it reflects our current business practices. This policy is dated February 3, 2020.

Information Automatically Collected

If you do nothing during your visit to this website but browse, or download information, we automatically collect and store certain information about your visit. This information does not identify you by name.

This automatic collection of information is used only to help us understand how people are using the website, and to improve its content and design. The information automatically collected about your visit is as follows:

  1. The Internet Protocol Address and domain name used, but not the e-mail address. The Internet Protocol Address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet Service Provider or directly to your computer. We use your Internet Protocol Address to generate statistics used in the management of this site.
  2. The apparent Fully Qualified Domain Name ("Domain Name") of your Internet Service Provider ("ISP") and/or your computer, if your computer has a domain name assigned directly to it.
  3. The type of browser (such as, for example Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) used and the operating system resident on a user's computer.
  4. The Uniform Resource Locator ("URL") of the site which a user visited prior to senate.arkansas.gov (if detectable), if such user did not connect directly to senate.arkansas.gov, or use it as a homepage or "Portal".
  5. The web pages accessed at the site, as well as any applications used and forms data.
  6. The date and time you visited this site.

The Arkansas State Senate uses this information to identify site performance needs; to ensure compatibility with the technology used by senate.arkansas.gov visitors, and to generally add and improve services offered on senate.arkansas.gov. In order to accomplish those goals, from time to time, the Arkansas State Senate may conduct statistical analysis of the data it collects.

The Arkansas State Senate does not collect data for commercial or marketing purposes, and the Arkansas State Senate does not sell, exchange, or otherwise distribute the data collected by senate.arkansas.gov for commercial or marketing purposes. Information submitted to senate.arkansas.gov during a session on senate.arkansas.gov, a user may affirmatively submit information to the Arkansas State Senate by, among other means, electronic mail ("e-mail"), filling in and submitting an on-line form, or electing to personalize senate.arkansas.gov and use it as a customized portal. Such affirmatively submitted information is stored in a secure environment, and will be used by the Arkansas State Senate in furtherance of its duties and/or obligations to its citizenry (i.e., "governmental purposes").

Cookies

When cookies, which are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive, are needed to maintain the functionality of an application, we make use of them only during the session in which you access our interactive applications. You can refuse the cookie or delete the cookie file from your computer by using one of several widely available methods. However, if you turn your cookie option off, you may not be able to access some of the features in our interactive applications.

Web Bugs (a/k/a Web Beacons)

Senate.arkansas.gov does not use web bugs on its web pages or in any html e-mail generated by use of the portal, or otherwise sent from senate.arkansas.gov, for any purpose other than to identify site performance needs; to ensure compatibility with the technology used by senate.arkansas.gov visitors, and to generally add and improve services offered on senate.arkansas.gov.

Children

No applications on senate.arkansas.gov specifically solicit information from minors or seek to determine whether the visitor is a minor. Consequently, because such information will not be specifically identified as being from minors, users of senate.arkansas.gov should be aware that personally identifiable information submitted to senate.arkansas.gov by minors will be subject to being treated in the same manner as information given by an adult and may become subject to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The Arkansas State Senate strongly believes that parental supervision is an important factor in Internet use by minors. Therefore, senate.arkansas.gov asks parents to guide their minor children when children are asked to provide any personal information online. Senate.arkansas.gov further asks that children ask for and receive their parent's permission before providing any information online.

Information You Voluntarily Submit to Us

If you voluntarily participate in an activity on this website that asks for specific information (for example, downloading a high-resolution picture, personalizing the content of the website, sending an e-mail), we will collect the information you provide. We may also maintain the information you provide, in order to give you future updates on the issue or issues about which you have expressed concern. If you choose not to participate in these activities, your choice will not affect your ability to use any other feature of the website.

If you choose to provide us with personal information, as in e-mail, we will ordinarily use the information to respond to you, to address issues you identify, or to improve our website. Alternatively, as appropriate, we may forward your e-mail to an appropriate local, state, or federal agency that may be better able to help you.

If you choose to submit information to us, the information will be transmitted through secure lines to our database. Except as provided by law or for such uses as are necessary to protect the integrity of our computer system, any private information will be used only for the purposes for which it was provided and for related purposes and, other than as described above, will not be shared with any other entity. Information you provide may be included with other visitors' information to be used for statistical reporting and trending data.

The information collected is not limited to text characters, and may include audio, video, and graphic information you send us.

Security

The act of using senate.arkansas.gov constitutes the user’s express consent to Arkansas State Senate monitoring of all uses of the system. If such monitoring reveals possible evidence of criminal activity or any other unauthorized use, system administration personnel may provide your information to law enforcement or other officials, as authorized or required by law.

Limitation of Liability

We attempt to maintain the highest accuracy of content on this website. Any errors or omissions should be reported for investigation.

We make no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this website, and expressly disclaim liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this site. No warranty of any kind, implied, expressed, or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and freedom from computer virus, is given with respect to the contents of this website or its hyperlinks to other Internet resources. Reference in this website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Arkansas State Senate, or its employees or agents.

Privacy Statement Footnotes

1. An IP address is a numeric value assigned to an Internet Service Provider, a computer network, an individual computer or router, or a firewall (collectively, "users") so that other computers on the Internet may direct Internet message or other traffic to such users. Until the IP addressing system is changed, an IP address will take the form of XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX, where the X's are numbers between 1 and 9, and 0 for some positions. The term “user” may also refer to an individual who has created an account on LittleRock.gov and any of its subpages.

2. A Domain Name is an alphanumeric value that represents the plain language (English or such other local language as is relevant) translation of the IP address assigned to a specific user or collection of users. For example, if a user had an IP address of 123.123.123.123, the Domain Name that represented that address might be WWW.HOME.COM.

3. Commercial and non-commercial marketing purposes include, for the purposes of this policy, Unsolicited Commercial Electronic Mail (colloquially known as "SPAM" e-mail), targeted e-mail for the purpose of selling products, or the sale or exchange of personally identifiable information between parties that anticipate receiving value in exchange for such information.

4. E-mail is generally not secure against interception. If a communication is very sensitive, or includes personal information like a bank account, charge card, or other personal information, it is more prudent to send such communication by postal mail instead.

5. The Arkansas State Senate maintains user registration information behind a "firewall" and limits accessibility to such information to only those few employees that have special access rights to production systems. Sensitive information submitted by users is transmitted by Secure Socket Layer ("SSL") technology and encrypted.

6. For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, the Arkansas State Senate and/or authorized third parties 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 service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act, and such other federal, state or local law as is applicable.

7. Temporary or "Session Cookies" are cookie files that last or are valid only during an active communications connection, measured from beginning to end, between computer or applications (or some combination thereof) over a network.

8. Persistent cookies are cookie files that remain upon a user's hard drive until affirmatively removed, or until expired as provided for by a pre-set expiration date.

9. A web bug is a clear, camouflaged or otherwise invisible graphics image format ("GIF") file placed upon a web page or in hypertext markup language ("HTML") e-mail and used to monitor who is reading a web page or the relevant email. Web bugs can also be used for other monitoring purposes such a profiling of the affected party.

10. These third parties are computers, computer networks, ISPs, or application service providers ("ASPs") that are non-governmental in nature and have direct control of what information is automatically gathered, whether cookies are used, and how voluntarily provided information is used.