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Privacy Statement

The Department of Veterans Services recognizes the importance of privacy to our website visitors. Therefore, website visitors should be aware of the following pertinent information:

Public Records

Visitors should be aware that, subject to certain statutory exceptions, most documents and records maintained by the state of Ohio, including but not limited to electronic data, are public records under Ohio law. Therefore, information submitted through this website may be subject to public disclosure pursuant to a public records request.

Usage Statistics

In order to generate usage statistics to help us improve our website, the Department of Veterans Services automatically collects certain information on every visitor to the website. However, this information does not disclose "personal identifiers" (such as name, address, telephone number, email address, etc.). Each time a request is made to view a page within this website, the website creates a log file capturing generic user information. Examples of this type of information includes the type of Internet browser or computer operating system you are using, the date and time you accessed this site, the Internet protocol address of the individual computer (or proxy server) making the request, and the Internet address of the site from which you may have linked to this site.

All information collected by way of server log files is used in aggregate form only, and may be analyzed for trends and statistics.

Contact

If you would like information on how to review or correct information submitted through this website, please email us.

Online Forms and Email

This website will not collect personally identifiable information (such as name, address, telephone number, etc.) unless you provide such information voluntarily. You are free to provide or not to provide the requested information. If you choose not to provide this type of information, you can still visit most of the website, but you may be unable to utilize certain functions. Any personal information voluntarily provided by visitors, including personal information submitted through online forms and email, will be used for the purposes stated on the webpage and may also be shared with other agencies as required by law or pursuant to agency authority. Information submitted through this website also may be subject to public disclosure pursuant to a public records request.

Web Cookies

Visitors who submit information via this website should be aware that data linking your computer to this website (a "cookie") may be created. Temporary cookies may be used when necessary to complete a transaction, to process data submitted online or to facilitate ongoing Internet interaction. Information collected on the Department of Veterans Services website, including cookies, may also be subject to public disclosure pursuant to public records requests.

Security Measures

We take very seriously the integrity of the information and systems that we maintain. Therefore, the Department of Veterans Services has instituted security measures for all information systems under its control. These security measures are designed to identify attempts to tamper with this website. Information collected through these security measures may be used in connection with a criminal prosecution or other legal proceedings.