Privacy Statement

The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) respects the privacy of every individual who visits its websites. This privacy statement provides notice of the standards and terms under which SCCOE protects the privacy of information supplied by visitors to sites on the World Wide Web that are owned and operated by SCCOE, including but not limited to www.sccoe.org and www.nisereporter.com. By using the NiseReporter website you consent to the collection and use of this information as outlined and described in this statement.

Overview
SCCOE neither collects personal information about its users nor receives personally identifiable information about its users unless the user volunteers it. In the event that a user does provide information to us (e.g., e-mail address, name, phone number, etc.) it shall be held in strict confidence.

Collecting and Using Information
Any information that a visitor provides voluntarily via SCCOE websites will be used solely for the purpose stated on the page where it is collected. SCCOE will not sell, license, transmit or disclose this information outside of SCCOE and its affiliated partners unless (a) expressly authorized by the user; (b) necessary to enable SCCOE employees and contractors to perform administrative functions such as addressing issues you identify, further improving our website, or forwarding the details to another department for appropriate action; or (c) required or permitted by law. In all cases, the SCCOE will disclose the information consistent with applicable laws and regulations and will require the recipient to protect the information and use it only for the purpose it was provided.

Log Files
SCCOE maintains log files of the traffic that visits, or posts materials on this website. Monthly extracts of the log files are archived and stored off-line at our discretion for an indefinite period of time. For site management functions, information is collected from the log files for analysis and statistical purposes. This information is not reported or used in any manner that would reveal personally identifiable information. The SCCOE uses log analysis tools to create summary statistics, which are used for purposes such as assessing what information is of most interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.

Examples of information from log files include the visitor's IP address, the region where the request for the NiseReporter website was made, the specific page that was requested, the date and time of the visit, as well as the number of total bytes transferred.

Online Forms
A number of online, user-submitted forms are found throughout the NiseReporter website. These include contact web pages; requests for assistance or information, notification, or registration; and surveys. Some report submissions are transferred to the recipient by way of e-mail, while others produce online database files. The information collected on all online forms is considered confidential, and will only be used for the purpose for which it was provided.

External website links
The NiseReporter website contains links to other websites on the World Wide Web. Please be advised that The Santa Clara County Office of Education is not responsible for the content nor the privacy practices of such other sites. Links to other websites from the NiseReporter website do not constitute or imply endorsement by SCCOE of these websites, of any products or services described on these sites, or of any other material contained in them. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected on this website.

Information Security
The NiseReporter website has reasonable technical and organizational measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under SCCOE control. All information gathered on the NiseReporter website is stored and maintained in secured facilities which limit access to authorized personnel only. Strict control is maintained on who is granted access authorization. The NiseReporter website is regularly tested to ensure that all information collected is secure from unauthorized viewing. However, please be advised that "perfect security" does not exist on the Internet.

Notification of changes to the SCCOE privacy statement
SCCOE may change this statement from time to time without notice. This statement is not intended to and does not create any contractual or other legal rights in or on behalf of any party. If the privacy policies of this website are changed, a notification will be immediately posted on our homepage. Information collected prior to the announcement of any policy change shall continue to be used in accordance with the applicable policies in effect when the information was collected.

Contact Information
If you have concerns or questions about this statement and our privacy policy, please call us at (408) 453-6944 or send an e-mail to mark_ashley@sccoe.org. Our address is:

	Santa Clara County Office of Education
	1290 Ridder Park Drive
	San Jose, CA 95131-2304

Date last revised: Monday, March 16, 2009 10:13 AM

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