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Attorney General of Virginia

Internet Privacy Policy Statement

This statement explains the Internet Privacy Policy applicable to the Attorney General’s website (web pages at addresses beginning with "http://www.oag.state.va.us/"). Our website may contain links to other agencies or entities, whose privacy practices we do not control.

Our website does not place any "cookies" on your computer. Certain information, listed below, is automatically collected when you access our website. No other information is collected through our website except when you deliberately decide to send it to us (for example, by clicking on a link to send us an email).

There is no legal requirement for you to provide any information at our website. However, your browser software automatically provides this information, and our website will not work without it. The following information is automatically collected when you visit our website:

  1. Address of the web page you want to view and the Internet domain and Internet address of the computer you are using. This information and the web page will be sent to our Internet service provider and possibly to other entities or agencies involved in sending the requested web page to you. We do not control their privacy practices and do not even know who many of them are. Ordinarily, we do not try to obtain any information (e.g., from your Internet service provider) to try to link the Internet address to a specific person. However, on rare occasions when a "hacker" attempts to breach computer security, the above data are reviewed to permit a security investigation and in such cases may be forwarded to law enforcement agencies.

  2. Type of browser and operating system being used; the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our website; the date and time of visit; and the web pages viewed during this visit. This information helps us respond to your request in an appropriate format and helps us plan website improvements.

Under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, any records in our possession in certain circumstances may be subject to being inspected by or disclosed to members of the public for any purpose they may desire. Such records include, but are not limited to, any written or e-mail correspondence you send to this office and any automatically collected information before it is deleted. You have a right to make a request to inspect any non-deleted information by contacting the Director of Administration, Office of the Attorney General, 900 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219. You may be charged for the staff time and other actual cost incurred in accessing, duplicating, supplying or searching for any records you want to inspect.

This Internet Privacy Policy Statement is a description of our current practices and shall not be construed as a contractual undertaking. The Office of the Attorney General reserves the right to amend its Internet Privacy Policy and this Statement at any time without notice. The privacy and public records obligations of the Office of the Attorney General are governed solely by applicable Virginia statutes, including, but not limited to, the Virginia Privacy Protection Act of 1976, the Virginia Freedom Of Information Act, and any applicable U.S. federal laws.