IMPORTANT: As of July 1st, 2011, functions once performed by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce have been moved to other state agencies and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The former Commerce web site will continue to exist for the next several months as resources are moved to new web site locations. We will make every attempt possible to direct our users to the new locations as web resources are moved.
Wisconsin Department of Commerce Privacy Notice
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. 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.
If you do nothing during your visit to the Wisconsin Department
of Commerce web site but
browse or download information, we automatically collect and store the
following information about your visit:
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. Wisconsin.gov analyzes our web site logs to continually improve the value of the materials available on our site. Our web site logs are not personally identifiable, and we make no attempt to link them with the individuals that browse the Wisconsin Department of Commerce web site.
during your visit to the Wisconsin Department of Commerce web site
you participate in a survey or send
an email, the following additional information will be collected:
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.
use your email to respond appropriately. This may be to respond to you,
to address issues you identify, to further improve our web site, or to
forward the email to another agency for appropriate action. Survey
information is used for the purpose designated.
"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.
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. 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 expecptions. 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 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.Back to the Top
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. See Contact Information section.Back to the Top
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 web site'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 web site can send its own cookie to you. A web site 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 Web Sites?
Cookies are one mechanism for maintaining continuity during a user's visit to a web site. 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 be 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.)
Wisconsin Department of Commerce Practice Regarding Cookies
The Wisconsin Department of Commerce web site has a feature that allows users to change the default text size of the web site. The Commerce web site uses a persistent cookie to identify the users text size preference, so that everytime the user visits the Commerce web site the text size will reflect the users selected text size preference without the user having to set the text size each visit to the Commerce web site.Back to the Top
The Wisconsin Department of Commerce, as developer and manager
of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce web site, has taken
several steps to safeguard the integrity of its telecommunications and
computing infrastructure, including but not limited to authentication,
monitoring, auditing, and encryption. Security measures have been
integrated into the design, implementation and day-to-day practices of
the entire Commerce operating environment as part of its continuing
commitment to risk management.