The ODR is committed to protecting the privacy and security of users to its website. Users are not required to provide personal information to access content on the ODR website. If a user chooses to provide personal information, such as by sending a message to an email address on the ODR website or filling out and submitting a form, the ODR will use that information to respond to the user’s message or provide the user the information requested by the communication. Any email address provided in connection with the user’s communication will not be publicly viewable on the ODR’s website.
Information Collected and Stored Automatically
When a user accesses information on the ODR website, the following basic information is automatically collected and stored for statistical analyses in an effort to provide technical improvements to the site and provide users with the best possible experience:
This information that is collected and stored is used to measure the number of visitors to the various pages of the ODR website, assess what information is of most and least interest to the public, and identify system performance or problem areas.
Website Measurement and Customization Technologies/Cookies
The ODR uses web measurement and customization technologies, commonly known as “cookies”, to track user’s activities on its website. Cookies are small bits of text that are downloaded to a user’s internet browser when the user accesses a website. Cookies are generally used to recognize a user’s computer in the future.
The ODR uses per session cookies for technical purposes, such as providing streamlined navigation and statistical analysis. A per session cookie is a line of text that is stored temporarily in the memory cache of a user’s web browser and is destroyed when a user completes a session or exits the website. Session cookies are not stored in the hard drive of the user’s computer and do not gather personally-identifying information.
The ODR also uses persistent cookies to enable Google Analytics to measure how new and returning users interact with its website. Persistent cookies remain on the hard drive of the user’s computer after the user completes a session and between sessions.
Users can disable or remove cookies from their browser and still access information on the ODR website.
Policy Regarding Links to Third-Party Websites and Applications
The creation and use of official ODR accounts on social media platforms may cause personally-identifying information to become available or accessible to the ODR. Such personally identifying information becomes available when a user communicates, links, posts or associates information with the official ODR account, for example, by “liking”, “friending”, commenting on posts, or responding to tweets. The ODR will not otherwise collect or maintain personally identifying information made available on third-party websites or applications with official ODR accounts. The ODR also does not control, moderate, or endorse the comments or opinions provided by users on official ODR accounts.