Wisconsin Department of Justice Website Privacy Policy

The Wisconsin Department of Justice ("DOJ") maintains this website to provide information and service to the public. In order to operate this website, we collect certain information about use of the site. We also allow users to send e-mail and submit other information to DOJ. The purpose of this privacy policy is to let you know what information is collected, why it's collected, how it's used, and the extent to which the information may be disclosed to third parties.


What Information Does the Website Collect and How Do We Use the Information?

The website does not collect any personally identifiable information from you without your knowledge. We only collect personally identifiable information if you choose to identify yourself by sending us an e-mail or submitting other information to DOJ. The only personally identifiable information we collect in those instances is the information that you voluntarily submit.


This site does not send "cookies" to your computer, nor does it place or read any "third-party cookies" on your computer.

When you visit this website to browse or download information or link to another website, our server will collect a small amount of basic information in log files that enables us to identify operational problems and correct them. The information collected includes your browser type (e.g., Netscape Navigator, Microsoft Internet Explorer), your operating system (e.g., Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, Linux), and your IP address (a unique number assigned to a computer when the computer accesses the Internet). DOJ monitors this information to ensure that the website is available for access to all users and to identify unauthorized attempts to use or alter or otherwise damage the website. We do not permanently store this information. This information is automatically deleted on a periodic basis.


Will We Share Any Personally Identifiable Information with Other People or Agencies?

We collect personally identifiable information from you only if you voluntarily choose to send us an e-mail or submit other information to DOJ. If you choose to send us an e-mail, we will use the information that you submit to respond to your inquiry or request. If you choose to submit other information by filling out a form that is on the DOJ website, we will use the information for the purpose specified in the form. We may share the information that you submit with other governmental agencies, if doing so will assist us in responding to your inquiry or submission.


We will not otherwise disclose any information that you submit, unless we are required to do so by law. E-mails and other information that you send become public records when submitted to DOJ. In some circumstances, DOJ may be required to disclose the information in response to a public records request. In other limited circumstances, DOJ may have a statutory obligation to disclose information that you provide or may be ordered to do so by a court of law.


Do I Have a Choice Whether Personally Identifiable Information is Collected?

This website only collects personally identifiable information if you voluntarily choose to identify yourself by sending us an e-mail or other information. You are free to choose not to send us an e-mail or other information, if you do not want DOJ to receive personally identifiable information from you.


Can I Review Personally Identifiable Information Pertaining to Me that May Be in DOJ's Records?

The Public Records Law gives you the right, with limited exceptions, to inspect any record containing personally identifiable information pertaining to you. You may submit a request to: 

Public Records Custodian
Wisconsin Department of Justice
P.O. Box 7857
Madison, WI 53707-7857


How Secure is the Information that I Send to DOJ Through this Website?

Any personally identifiable information obtained by or through this website is maintained on separate servers at DOJ, protected from public access via the Internet. It is only available to the public, in any form, when appropriate for release pursuant to the Wisconsin Public Records Law.


What Privacy Policy Applies When I Link From the DOJ website to Another Site?

The DOJ privacy policy applies only when you are on the DOJ website. When you link from the DOJ website to another website, the DOJ privacy policy no longer applies; you are subject to the privacy policy of the other site.


Who Can I Contact If I Have Questions or Concerns About this Policy?

Contact the Webmaster of the site or write: