Disclaimer, Copyright, Privacy, and Security Notice.
State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
This World Wide Web (WWW) site is provided as a public service by the State
of Rhode Island. This site is intended to be used by the public for viewing and
retrieving information only. In providing information on this site, we have
attempted to be as accurate as possible. However, the State of Rhode Island
makes no claims, guarantees or promises about the accuracy, currency, or
completeness of the information provided and is not responsible for any errors
or omissions, or for results obtained from the use of the information.
Every possible effort is made to keep the content of this site accurate and
current, but that may not always be the case. Distribution of the information
does not constitute any warranty. The user assumes the risk of verifying any
materials used or relied on.
The State of Rhode Islands computer resources and materials may contain
hypertext or other links to external sites not owned or controlled by the State.
- Links to external servers do not imply any official State of Rhode Island
endorsement of the opinions or ideas expressed therein, or guarantee the
validity of the information provided.
- Links to commercial sites are in no way an endorsement of any vendors
products or services.
- Links to other computer systems are not supervised nor regularly reviewed
by the State of Rhode Island.
- Any information, endorsements of products or services, materials or
personal opinions appearing on such external sites are not controlled,
sponsored nor approved by the State of Rhode Island.
- Links may be provided to external servers that are managed in a
professional manner, that are fully operational, available most of the time
and do not serve inaccurate information or obscene information, including
graphics. The State of Rhode Island will not link to external servers
if such link would appear to provide an official endorsement of fundraising
efforts or lobbying for a political agenda.
The State of Rhode Island makes the content of this WWW site available to the
public. Anyone may view information found here without obligation to the State
of Rhode Island, unless otherwise stated on particular articles of information
to which a restriction on fair use may apply. However, the State of Rhode Island
makes no warranty that materials contained herein are free of copyright claims
or other restrictions or limitations on fair use or display. The compiled
information presented on this WWW site is considered public information and may
be distributed or copied. However, use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits
All State of Rhode Island computer systems are subject to monitoring at all
times to assure proper functioning of the systems, to provide security for the
computer systems operations and the information contained therein, to prevent
unauthorized use, and to deter and investigate violations of the law. There is
no reasonable expectation of privacy in the use of this public computer system,
save in areas designated and labeled as being presented by our secure server.
We may collect some or all of the following information about visitors who
view or download information from our websites:
||Date the visit occurred.
||Time the visit occurred.
||Unique Internet Protocol (IP) address of the website visitor. IP
address recorded is normally that of the visitors Internet Service
Provider, e.g., aol.com if the visitor connects from an America Online
||Unique Internet Protocol (IP) address of the Rhode Island State
Government web server accessed.
||Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) error code, e.g., "404
Requested Page Not Found."
|HTTP Request URL
||Identifies the web page or file requested by the website visitor.
||Amount of data sent from the web server to website visitor during that
||Amount of data sent from website visitor to the web server.
||Type of web browser or other client software that made request to the
||Uniform Resource Locator (URL) that referred to the requested file.
||Version of HTTP used by the visitors web browser
The information we collect is used to improve the content of our Web services
and help us understand how people are using our services. We analyze our web
site logs to continually improve the value of the materials available on our
site. The information in our web site logs is not personally identifiable, and
we make no attempt to link it with the individuals that browse our web site.
Some of this statistical information, such as a running count of the number of
visitors, may be displayed on the website or shared with other state governments
to aid in the provision of better service to the public.
Cookies are small text files which a web server may ask your web browser to
store, and to send back to the web server when needed. Cookies may be used to
store a transaction identifier or other information a user may provide. We use
cookies in the following ways:
- Complex transactions: Cookies are used to store and retrieve unique
transaction identifiers or other server-generated or user-provided
information in complex, multi-page web applications. This allows us to
distinguish between different users, and to use information provided at one
stage of an application at a later time (for instance, items placed in a
'shopping cart' might need to be displayed on a later 'check-out' screen).
only temporarily; the cookie is destroyed at the end of the transaction or
at the end of the browser session.
- Customized Services: Cookies may also be used to automatically
identify a particular user to the system, in order to provide a customized
service, such as a personalized web page. In this case, a cookie containing
a unique user identifier will be permanently stored on your web browser. We
do not store sensitive information in such cookies; only a unique user
identifier or generic preference values are stored. Personal information you
give us for processing a transaction or using one of our personalization
features, may be stored on our secure web server. Personal information that
you give us for processing a transaction or using one of our personalization
features, may be stored on our secure web server, retained only as long as
necessary and properly disposed of by destruction under the State of Rhode
Island Title 38 Access to Public Records law.
"help" portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to
prevent your browser from accepting new cookies or how to disable cookies
altogether. However, cookies allow you to take full advantage of many State of
Rhode Island e-government services, and we recommend that you leave them turned
personally-identifying information about visitors when you visit our site,
unless you choose to provide such information to us. Indeed, we do not maintain
any information at all that can personally identify a user of our websites.
No other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage
habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purpose than those stated above and
are scheduled for frequent and regular destruction. The State of Rhode Island
makes no guarantee or warranty that servers not managed or controlled by the
State of Rhode Island that are linked to this WWW site are not using cookies or
collecting personally-identifying data.
For site security purposes and to ensure that WWW service remains available
to all users, the State of Rhode Island computer system employs software
programs which can monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to
upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. 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
and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act. The State of Rhode
Island website content materials are provided for public use on computer systems
located within the State of Rhode Island and for the use and benefit of citizens
of Rhode Island and others. Any person choosing to use this system or seeking
access to information or materials on this system is subject to Rhode Island
jurisdiction. Any dispute arising therefrom shall be decided under the laws and
in the courts of Rhode Island.