Privacy and Security

The Texas Ethics Commission maintains this Web site (all pages starting with www.ethics.state.tx.us) as a public service.  The following is the privacy policy for this site. Please note that all information collected or maintained by the Texas Ethics Commission is subject to the provisions of the Texas Public Information Act, Chapter 552, Texas Government Code.1

Information Collected

Server Logs/Log Analysis Tools: The Texas Ethics Commission uses server logs and log analysis tools to create summary statistics about the use of this Web site. The summary statistics are used for purposes such as assessing what information is of most interest to users, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.

The following information is an example of the type of information that may be collected for this analysis:

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 required to do so under applicable law.

For site security purposes and to ensure that the site remains available to all users, the Commission uses software to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this site are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Texas Penal Code Chapters 33 (Computer Crimes) or 33A (Telecommunications Crimes).

Cookies: The Texas Ethics Commission does not use cookies to collect information.

E-mail: If you send the Commission an electronic mail message with a question or comment that contains personally identifying information, or fill out a form that e-mails the Commission this information, please note that all information collected, assembled, or maintained under a law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by a governmental body is "public information" subject to the Texas Public Information Act, Government Code chapter 552.1

Information is presumed public unless expressly restricted by statute or judicial decision (see our Open Records Policy). In addition, the Commission may redirect your message to another government agency or person who is in a better position to answer your question.

Web-based forms: The Texas Ethics Commission may use Web-based forms for collecting survey results, for registration for training events, or in the administration of laws under the Commission's jurisdiction.  Personally identifiable information collected from these forms is subject to the Texas Public Information Act, Government Code chapter 552.1


1 Documents or any additional evidence relating to the processing, preliminary review, informal hearing, or resolution of a sworn complaint or motion are not subject to the Texas Public Information Act, Government Code chapter 552. Gov't Code sec. 571.139(a); see also id. sec. 571.140. 

Last Revision: February 8, 2007

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