This statement addresses collection, use, security of, and access to information that may be obtained through use of our website. This notice covers the following topics:
- Information collected and stored automatically
- Personal information and choice
- Public disclosure
- Access to and correction of personal information
- Security, intrusion, detection language
- MDH website contact information
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is the developer and manager of the MDH website. MDH is dedicated to protecting your privacy online. The following privacy statement outlines how individual information will be handled by MDH while using our services.
Protection of individual privacy is a primary concern, and is governed by Minnesota Statutes, chapter 13, Government Data Practices. MDH has created this privacy statement to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this site, https://www.health.state.mn.us.
Information collected and stored automatically
For site management functions, information is collected for analysis and statistical purposes. This information is not reported or used in any manner that would reveal personally identifiable information and will not be released to any outside parties unless legally required to do so in connection with law enforcement investigations or other legal proceedings.
We use log analysis tools to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. Our website logs do not collect personally identifiable information, and we make no attempt to link them with the individuals that browse the MDH website. When you visit the MDH website and browse or download information, we automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:
- The IP (Internet Protocol) address and domain name used, but not the email address. The IP address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your internet service provider or directly to your computer. We use the IP address to direct internet traffic to you.
- The type of browser and operating system you used.
- The date and time you visited this site.
- The webpages or services you accessed at this site.
- The website you visited prior to coming to this website.
We also use Google Analytics and Siteimprove to analyze traffic to our site. Google Analytics can be blocked or disabled by any visitor and they still will have free access to all information on our site. Information about Google Analytics and how to opt out is available on the Google Analytics website. More information about Siteimprove Analytics is at Siteimprove Analytics: Technical Specifications.
If during your visit to the MDH website you participate in a survey, fill out a web form, or send an email, the following additional information is collected:
- The email address and contents of the email.
- Information volunteered to complete a web form or in response to a survey.
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 Minnesota Statutes, chapter 138.17, subdivision 1, and Minnesota Statutes, chapter 15.17; destruction, preservation, reproduction of records, prima facie evidence.
If you send us an email with a question or comment that contains personally identifiable information or fill out a form that emails us this information, we will only use the personally identifiable information to respond to your request and analyze trends. This may be to respond to you, to address issues you identify, or to further improve our website. We may redirect your message to another government agency that is in a better position to answer your question. Survey information is used for the purpose designated.
Personal information and choice
"Personal information" is information about a natural person that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Personal information includes such things as an individual's name, address, and phone number. A domain name or IP 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, filling out a web form, 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 the MDH website.
If personal information is requested on the website or 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, in that it may be subject to public access.
In the State of Minnesota, 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, including the privacy of individuals. Exceptions are provided by both state and federal laws.
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. Minnesota Statutes, chapter 13 and Minnesota Rules, chapter 1205 define Minnesota's Data Practices Act.
Access to and correction of personal information
You can review any personal information we collect about you. You may recommend changes to your personal information that you believe is 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 the contact information section.
Cookies are used on the site in the following cases. We use Google Analytics and Siteimprove Analytics to analyze traffic to our site. Google uses first-party cookies. These cookies are used to store information, such as what time the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before, and what site referred the visitor to the web page. These cookies are not shared across domains. See Google Analytics - Safeguarding your data for more information. A list of cookies used by Siteimprove can be found at Siteimprove Analytics: Technical Specifications.
Blocking these cookies will not affect access to our website.
Secure applications at MDH, which require users to log in, may or may not contain cookies to track things, such as passwords and session information.
Security, intrusion, detection language
The Minnesota Department of Health, as developer and manager of the MDH website, 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 MDH operating environment as part of its continuing commitment to risk management. This information should not be construed in any way as giving business, legal, or other advice, or warranting as fail proof, the security of information provided via the MDH website.
Unauthorized attempts to deny service, upload information, change information, or to attempt to access a nonpublic site from this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under Title 18 of the U.S. Code, to include the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.
Neither the State of Minnesota, nor any agency, officer, or employee of the State of Minnesota warrants the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information published by this system, nor endorses any content, viewpoints, products, or services linked from this system, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of such information. Portions of such information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at his or her own risk.
MDH website contact information
To offer comments about the MDH website, or about the information presented in this privacy notice, please contact:
Minnesota Department of Health Communications Office
625 Robert St. N.; P.O. Box 64975; St. Paul, MN 55164-0975
MDH Feedback Form