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Manuel Flores, Acting Secretary  
Pat Quinn, Governor
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IDFPR WEB SITE PRIVACY STATEMENT

Thank you for visiting the Web Site of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. IDFPR, as developer and manager of this web site, has taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its communications 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 Department of Financial and Professional Regulation 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 IDPR supported web sites. The information collected on this site depends on the services used and that which is revealed by the visitor.

BROWSING BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC

As you browse through this Web site, only general statistical information is collected, i.e., date and time of the visit, the domain and name of the service provider from which you accessed our Web site, specific web pages accessed and transactions conducted. We do not collect your individual e-mail address or any other personal information unless you specifically reveal it to us.

This information is used solely to help us improve our online services by determining how often our site is visited and which areas of the site are used most extensively. All information is used exclusively by our office; none of the information collected is given or sold to third parties except as may be required to fulfill a request made pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.

TRANSACTIONS BY LICENSEES

If you are a license holder regulated by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation you may choose to conduct certain transactions on our secured site including renewing your license, changing your address, etc. In those instances, all pertinent license information that you supply is applied to the appropriate license record. Some, but not all, of this information may be available to the public in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and the specific statute that regulates your profession or business. In addition, IDPR is required by law to share certain information with other state agencies in order to assist them in carrying out their mission. ) Please note that the rules governing information disclosed are the same whether the information was obtained electronically or otherwise.

SENDING MESSAGES

When you send an e-mail from our Web site to get in touch with us regarding a licensing question or file a complaint against a licensee that information is used in a way we determine is appropriate to respond to your request or inquiry. It may be used by attorneys, investigators or other IDFPR staff involved in carrying out the functions, programs and responsibilities of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

USING WEB LINKS

If you leave our Web site by linking to a different Web address you will be subject to the privacy policy of that site. The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is not responsible for the contents of any off-site pages referenced. The user specifically acknowledges that the Department is not liable for the defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct of other users, links, or third parties and that the risk of injury from the foregoing rests entirely with the user. Links from the Department's web pages on the World Wide Web to other sites do not constitute an endorsement from the Department. These links are provided as an information service only. It is the responsibility of the web surfer to evaluate the content and usefulness of information obtained from other sites. The Department's web site contains links to other related Wold Wide Web Internet sites and resources. Since the Department's web site is not responsible for the availability of these outside resources or their contents, you should direct any concerns regarding any external link to its site administrator or webmaster.

SECURITY OF INFORMATION COLLECTED

When you enter personally identifying information it is collected through a secure encrypted tunnel (SSL.) Storage of this information is secured in a system with a user-ids and password.

WHAT IS SSL?

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology is a security protocol. It is today's de-facto standard for securing communications and transactions across the Internet. SSL has been implemented in all of the major browsers and Web servers, and as such, plays a major role in today's e-commerce and e-business activities on the Web.

The SSL protocol uses digital certificates to create a secure, confidential communications "pipe" between two entities. Data transmitted over an SSL connection can not be tampered with or forged without the two parties becoming immediately aware of the tampering. The newest version of SSL standard has been renamed TLS (Transport Layer Security). You will often see these terms used interchangeably. Since the term SSL is more commonly understood, we will continue to use it throughout this paper.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation's Web server certificate is a certificate that authenticates the identity of a Web site to visiting browsers. When a browser user wants to send confidential information to a Web server, the browser will access the server's digital certificate. The certificate, which contains the Web server's public key, will be used by the browser to:

- authenticate the identity of the Web server (the Web site), and

- encrypt information for the server using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology.

Since the Web server is the only one with access to its private key, only the server can decrypt the information. This is how the information remains confidential and tamper-proof while in transit across the Internet.


NOTE: This web site was designed for use with monitor display settings of at least 1024 x 768 and greater and has been tested on Internet Explorer 8, Mozilla Firefox 3.6 and Google Chrome.

IDFPR also follows the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA) ensuring that our web site is accessible to people with disabilities.

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