Privacy Policy

This policy covers user privacy, system security, and Erie County Technical School information collection practices. This Privacy Policy Statement applies only to Erie County Technical School web sites. Some organizations within Erie County Technical School may have other information collection practices. You are encouraged to check Privacy Policies when going to another web site.

These Internet pages are provided as a public service by Erie County Technical School (ECTS).

Information presented on these pages is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.

Site Management Data

ECTS Web servers automatically collect information for site management and for statistical purposes. This computer system uses software programs to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.

Interest-based Advertising

Interest-based ads, also sometimes referred to as personalized or targeted ads, are displayed to you based on information from activities such as visiting or purchasing on sites.  In providing interest-based ads, we follow the Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising developed by the Digital Advertising Alliance (a coalition of marketing, online advertising, and consumer advocacy organizations).

 Like other online ad networks, we use cookies, web beacons (also known as action tags or single-pixel gifs), and other technologies (collectively, “cookies”).  Cookies are unique identifiers that we transfer to your device to enable our system to recognize your device and to provide personalized advertisements on other Web sites.  The Help feature on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether.  Cookies enable us to learn about what ads you see, what ads you click, and other actions you take on our site and other sites.  This allows us to provide you with more useful and relevant ads.  We do not associate your interaction with unaffiliated sites with your identity in providing you with interest-based ads.

 We do not provide any personal information to advertisers or to third party sites that display our interest-based ads.  However, advertisers and other third-parties (including the ad networks, ad-serving companies, and other service providers they may use) may assume that users who interact with or click on a personalized ad or content are part of the group that the ad or content is directed toward.  Also, some third-parties may provide us information about you (such as the sites where you have been shown ads or demographic information) from offline and online sources that we may use to provide you more relevant and useful advertising.

 Advertisers or ad companies working on their behalf sometimes use technology to serve the ads that appear on our site directly to your browser.  They automatically receive your IP address when this happens.  They may also use cookies to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize ad content.  We do not have access to or control over cookies or other features that advertisers and third party sites may use, and the information practices of these advertisers and third party websites are not covered by our Privacy Notice.  Please contact them directly for more information about their privacy practices.

Consent to Voluntary Information Collection and Sharing

All the information users submit to ECTS is done on a voluntary basis. When a user clicks the "Submit" button on any of the Web forms found on ECTS's sites they are indicating voluntarily consent to the conditions outlined in this policy. We do not collect personally identifiable information (e.g., name, address, phone number, e-mail address) unless you provide it. In all cases, the information collected is used to respond to user inquiries or to provide services requested by our users. Any information provided through one of our Web forms is removed from Web servers, increasing the protection for this information.

How e-mail is handled

We use information you send us by e-mail only for the purpose for which it is submitted (e.g., to answer a question, to send information). In addition, if you do choose to provide information, it is only used to respond to your request (e.g., addressing a package to send you pamphlets or booklets) or to provide a service you are requesting (e.g., email notifications). Information we receive by e-mail is disclosed to the public only pursuant to the laws and policies governing the dissemination of information. However, information submitted to ECTS becomes a record and therefore might be subject to a Freedom of Information Act request.

How information is used

The information ECTS collects is used for a variety of purposes (e.g., E-spotter forms, product user survey forms). We make every effort to clearly disclose at the point of collection how information is used and allow our Web site visitor to determine whether they wish to provide the information.

How long information is retained

We destroy the information we collect when the purpose for which it was provided has been fulfilled unless we are required to keep it longer by statute, policy or both.

Interaction with Children

The ECTS offers educational content to children under 13. No personally identifiable information is collected from these visitors unless voluntarily submitted as a request for information or services. The information collected is used to respond to user inquiries or to provide services requested by our users.

Privacy Act System of Records

The ECTS does not maintain and retrieve information submitted to it based upon personal identifiers (name, email addresses, etc.). Consequently, ECTS Web sites do not use or collect information for any Privacy Act System of Records.

Information Protection

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage to the information on our Web sites. 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.

Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes and are scheduled for regular destruction.

Dispute Resolution

If for some reason you believe this site has not adhered to these principles, please notify the Erie County Technical School's Information Systems & Technology Manager by e-mail. If our web pages are not fully in compliance with our stated policies, they will be corrected.

Revised November 26, 2014

The Erie County Technical School is an ISO 9001:2008 Registered organization and pleased to be an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution