The Ohio Auditor of State’s office, by providing its web site (http://www.auditor.state.oh.us) as a public service, recognizes the importance of privacy to our web site visitors. References in this statement to “web site” may include additional web sites and web addresses maintained by the Auditor of State’s office for specific purposes (such as FraudOhio.com). Visitors should be aware of the following:
Visitors should be aware that, subject to certain statutory exceptions, most documents and records maintained by the Auditor of State’s office, including but not limited to electronic data, are public records under Ohio law.
In order to generate usage statistics to help us improve our web site, we automatically collect certain information on every visitor to the web site. However, this information does not disclose “personal identifiers” (such as name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, etc.) about an individual visitor. All information collected by way of server log files is used in aggregate form only, and may be analyzed for trends and statistics.
Online Forms and E-mail
This web site will not collect personally identifiable information (such as name, address, telephone number, etc.) unless the visitor provides such information voluntarily. We may ask for such information in order for us to tailor interactive features of the web site to that individual visitor’s specific interests and needs (including periodically forwarding information that matches that visitor’s selected interests). Each visitor is free to provide or not to provide the requested information.
Visitors who submit information via this web site should be aware that data linking that visitor’s computer to this web site (a “cookie”) may be created.
The Auditor of State’s website, http://www.auditor.state.oh.us, and any other web sites and web site addresses maintained by this office, will follow State of Ohio laws that require the establishment of reasonable precautions to prevent personal information from unauthorized modification, destruction, use or disclosure.
The Ohio Auditor of State’s office takes very seriously the integrity of the information and systems that we maintain. Therefore, we have instituted security measures for all information systems under our control. These security measures are designed to identify attempts to tamper with this and any other web sites we maintain. Information collected through these security measures may be used in connection with a criminal prosecution or other legal proceedings.
Access and Dispute of Information Rights
Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code, sections 149.43, 1347.08 and 1347.09, users have rights to their information given to this site, in respect to inspecting, correcting and disputing. This is applicable to any information collected, used or maintained on the http://www.auditor.state.oh.us web site or on any other web site and web site address we offer.