State of Wisconsin laws exist to ensure that government and public-private entities, such as the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, are open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public’s right to access public records provided by both state and federal laws. These exceptions include the privacy of individuals.
Information Collected and How It is Used
If you do nothing during your visit to the WEDC website and social media but browse, click on external links or download information, we may automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:
- The Internet Protocol Address and domain name used but not the email address (The Internet Protocol Address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to your computer. We use the Internet Protocol Address to direct Internet traffic to you.)
- The type of browser and operating system you used and your connection speed
- The date and time you visited this site
- The Web pages or services you accessed at this site and the time you spent on each page
- The links you have clicked to access external sites
- The website you visited prior to coming to this site
- Your location by country
- Search terms used to find this site
The information we automatically collect or store is used to improve the content of our Web services and to help us understand how people are using our services. We analyze our website logs to continually improve the value of the materials available on our site. Our electronic interaction logs are not personally identifiable, and we make no attempt to link them with the individuals that browse the WEDC website.
If during your visit to the WEDC Internet site or social media profiles, you voluntarily provide information through an online-submitted form, direct message, online post, survey or email, the following additional information will be collected:
- Your mail address, your name and/or screenname (if provided) and contents of the message
- Any information you volunteered in response to a survey, message or form
The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video and graphic information formats you send us. The information is retained in accordance with Wisconsin Open Records Law. We use your email to respond appropriately. This may be to respond to you, to address issues you identify, to further improve our website and/or social media, to provide relevant newsletters, marketing messages or certain email notifications, or to forward the message to another agency for appropriate action. Survey information is used for the purpose designated, though contact information associated with surveys may be used for the aforementioned purposes.
Personal Information and Choice
“Personal information” is information about an individual that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Personal information includes personal identifiers such as an individual’s name, address and phone number. A domain name or Internet Protocol Address is not considered personal information.
We collect no personal information about you unless you voluntarily participate in an activity that asks for information (i.e. sending an email or participating in a survey). If you choose not to participate in these activities, your choice will in no way affect your ability to use any other feature of InWisconsin.com.
If personal information is requested on the website or social media or is volunteered by the user, state law and the federal Privacy Act of 1974 may protect it. However, this information is a public record once you provide it and may be subject to public inspection and copying if not protected by federal or state law.
Users are cautioned that the collection of personal information requested from or volunteered by children online or by email will be treated the same as information given by an adult and may be subject to public access.
In the State of Wisconsin, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by state government and public-private entities, such as WEDC. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public’s right to access public records that serve various needs; the privacy of individuals is included among these exceptions. Exceptions are provided by both state and federal laws. We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information collected at this site and on social media becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and the Wisconsin Open Records Law or other law governing the disclosure of records, the Wisconsin Open Records Law or other applicable law will control.
Access and Correction of Personal Information
You can review any personal information we collect about you. You may recommend changes to your personal information you believe in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us. In all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections. To contact us, visit InWisconsin.com/contact-us.
What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a small amount of data, which may include an anonymous unique identifier, that is sent to your browser from a website’s computers and may either be used only during your session (a “session” cookie) or may be stored on your computer’s hard drive (a “persistent” cookie). Cookies can contain data about user movement during the visit to the website. If your browser software is set to allow cookies, a website can send its own cookie to you. A website that has set a cookie can only access those cookies it has sent to you, it cannot access cookies sent to you by other sites.
Why are Cookies Used on Websites?
Cookies are one mechanism for maintaining continuity during a user’s visit to a website. They allow data to be maintained for users’ benefit as they navigate a site. This is referred to as “session” or “state management” cookie. These cookies go away when you terminate your visit to the website as they are maintained only in your browser’s active memory during your session. Cookies may also be stored on your computer to so that you can be recognized by a website on subsequent visits. They can be read by the website that set them whenever you enter the website. They are often used on websites that require you to log-in to save you entering all of your log-in information. They may store information on your unique identifier and the areas of the website you have visited before. These cookies are stored on your computer’s hard drive after you have left your website visit and consequently are often referred to as “persistent” cookies.
Choices About Cookies
You can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. (Each browser is different, so check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.)