Privacy Statement


Thank you for visiting the Georgia Emergency Management Agency - Office of Homeland Security (GEMA/Homeland Security). The GEMA/Homeland Security portal is designed to make it easier and more efficient for Georgia citizens and businesses to interact with their State Government. Georgia government strives to provide online resources in a safe, secure manner that respects your privacy when you visit our sites.

This privacy statement addresses the collection, use, disclosure, and security of information that may be obtained by the State of Georgia through the use of the GEMA/Homeland Security portal.

Information Collected

If you visit a GEMA/Homeland Security portal website, the State may collect some or all of the following information:

The name of your domain; for example, "xyzcompany.com" if you use a private Internet access account;
An IP address; a number automatically assigned to your computer when you are using the Internet;
The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
The Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site;
The pages you visit within the portal; and
The links made to other websites through the portal.

This information is collected for statistical analysis using third-party or proprietary software programs to create summary statistics. The statistics are used for the purpose of determining what information is of most and least interest to all visitors and identifying system performance or problem areas in order to better plan future portal enhancements. This information is not collected for commercial marketing purposes.

If, during your visit to GEMA/Homeland Security, you voluntarily provide personally identifiable information, we will collect such information. Examples of personally identifiable information may include:

Your name, address, or phone number;
An e-mail address if you are communicating to us through e-mail;
Information you voluntarily submit to the State of Georgia for the purposes of completing or submitting an application or form online;
Other information volunteered, such as vendor profile/contact information, survey information or content of e-mail.

In general, please note the information collected, whether or not personally identifiable, is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video and other graphic formats you send us. Information is retained and used in accordance with existing laws, rules, regulations, and other policies.

Use
Depending on the specific service or transaction, the State of Georgia may share personally identifiable information amongst its agencies in order to provide such service or complete such transaction.

Personalization
You may choose or opt to voluntarily provide certain personally identifiable information in order to customize your visits to GEMA/Homeland Security. To personalize your GEMA/Homeland Security experience you will be required to register and create an online profile. Information required during the registration process will include a user name (which need not be your legal name), a password and a valid e-mail address. GEMA/Homeland Security will collect this and other information requested during the registration process in order to customize your experience at GEMA/Homeland Security pages. The combined information will most likely constitute personally identifiable information. You may review, delete or modify such profile at any time. If you simply wish to view pages on GEMA/Homeland Security, or conduct most transactions, you are not required to use the personalization features.

Public Disclosure
As a general rule, we will not disclose any personally identifiable information collected online to entities outside of State of Georgia departments and agencies except where you have given us permission, or where the information is public information under the Georgia Open Records Act O.C.G.A. 50-18-70 et seq., or other applicable laws. Visitors should be aware that information collected through the Portal may be subject to examination and inspection, if such information is a public record or not otherwise protected from disclosure.

Cookies
The GEMA/Homeland Security portal may occasionally use "cookies" to customize your browsing experience. Cookies are simple text files stored by your web browser and they provide a method of distinguishing among visitors to the websites, and allowing customized features such as a "shopping cart" feature for online purchasing. Cookies created on your computer by using our websites do not contain personally identifiable information and do not compromise your privacy or security. You can refuse the cookie or delete the cookie file from your computer at any time by using any one of a number of widely available methods.

Security
Several tools, policies and protocols are used to safeguard the submission of information through the Portal. Security measures have been integrated into the design, implementation and day-to-day operations of the entire operating environment as part of our continuing commitment to the security of electronic content as well as the electronic transmission of information.

Changes to this Privacy Statement
Revisions to this Privacy Statement will be posted to this location so that you will know the type of information we collect and how that information is used. We will also post the last date of revision at the top of this page.

Our goal is to provide a private, efficient and friendly digital government experience. Please note that agency sub-portals and/or specific pages may contain additional or different privacy statements. If you have comments or questions regarding privacy at GEMA/Homeland Security please contact us at GEMA-PAO@gema.ga.gov



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