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Web Policy

Disclaimer

nvmhi.dmhmrsas.virginia.gov provides links to many web sites that are not controlled, maintained,or regulated by nvmhi.dmhmrsas.virginia.gov or any organization affiliated with nvmhi.dmhmrsas.virginia.gov, and as such nvmhi.dmhmrsas.virginia.gov is not responsible for the content of those web sites. Use of information obtained from those web sites is voluntary, and reliance on that information should only be undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy. Reference at those web sites to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by nvmhi.dmhmrsas.virginia.gov.

Accessibility Information

Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)

The W3C's commitment to lead the Web to its full potential includes promoting a high degree of usability for people with disabilities.

The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), http://www.w3.org/WAI/, in coordination with organizations around the world, is pursuing accessibility of the Web through five primary areas of work: technology, guidelines, tools, education and outreach, and research and development.

At a minimum, this web site meets Level A Conformance to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, as well as conforming to the HTML 4.01 standard.

Cookies

"Cookies" are small files either stored on a server or sent back to a visiting computer. In certain applications user information is stored as "cookies", which are then sent back to and stored on the user's computer.

Some sections of the NVMHI website may use cookies to customize the information presented to you, such as text size or contrast options.

Linking Policy

This Web site contains hypertext links to external Web sites and pages containing information created and maintained by public and private organizations other than NVMHI. NVMHI, at its sole discretion, will determine which external Web sites are linked to. The inclusion of a hypertext link to an external Web site is not intended as an endorsement of any product or service offered or referenced on the linked Web site, the organizations sponsoring said Web site, or any views that might be expressed or referenced in the Web site.

Hypertext links to external Web sites and pages may be removed or replaced at the sole discretion of NVMHI at any time without notice.

If a hypertext link on any NVMHI Web site is not working, please contact our webmaster by emailing our Webmaster or by using the contact information provided on the Contact Us webpage.

See also this Policy's Disclaimer section above regarding off-site links.

Privacy Policy

The following represents practices and procedures of nvmhi.dmhmrsas.virginia.gov. nvmhi.dmhmrsas.virginia.gov reserves the right to change these practices and procedures at any time without prior notice. The following is not intended and should not be interpreted as a contract of any nature, either stated or implied.

Individuals who visit nvmhi.dmhmrsas.virginia.gov are important to us. Because visitors to our Web site are important, we do not capture personal information about them without their permission. We endeavor to ensure that we collect only the minimum amount of information needed to meet the purpose for which the network was created.

nvmhi.dmhmrsas.virginia.gov may be required to collect personal information, such as a user's name and address, because of legal requirements or in order to provide customer services. In doing so we are subject to the requirements for administering information systems as established in the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act, Chapter 38 of Title 2.2 of the Code of Virginia. Pages that appear after you click on a link may be controlled by a different agency or entity, whose practices are not under nvmhi.dmhmrsas.virginia.gov's control.

We do collect personal information directly from individuals who volunteer to subscribe to one or more of nvmhi.dmhmrsas.virginia.gov’s premium services. Collecting personal information is necessary in order for nvmhi.dmhmrsas.virginia.gov to deliver the services requested.

Fostering and maintaining the public's trust is a cornerstone of nvmhi.dmhmrsas.virginia.gov. We appreciate the trust and confidence that you place in us by providing requested personal information.

Restrictions on the disclosure of customer information

We do not sell or rent our subscribers' information to any outside company or organization. We do not reveal specific information about subscribers or other personally identifiable data to unaffiliated third parties for their independent use, except if required to do so by the Virginia Freedom of Information Act or other law.

Protection of information via established security procedures

We maintain security standards and procedures regarding unauthorized access to customer information to prevent unauthorized removal or alteration of data.

Web site Security

We maintain security standards and procedures regarding unauthorized access to ensure that this service remains available to all users, and to prevent unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Information on individuals causing damage to the web page will be traced and released to the appropriate legal bodies (such as the Virginia State Police) to investigate suspected or alleged criminal activity.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Rights & Responsibilities

The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), located at § 2.2-3700 et. seq. of the Code of Virginia, guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees.

A public record is any writing or recording -- regardless of whether it is a paper record, an electronic file, an audio or video recording, or any other format -- that is prepared or owned by, or in the possession of a public body or its officers, employees or agents in the transaction of public business. All public records are presumed to be open, and may only be withheld if a specific, statutory exemption applies.

The policy of FOIA states that the purpose of FOIA is to promote an increased awareness by all persons of governmental activities. In furthering this policy, FOIA requires that the law be interpreted liberally, in favor of access, and that any exemption allowing public records to be withheld must be interpreted narrowly.

Your FOIA Rights

Making a Request for records from the NVMHI

Plug-ins

NVMHI provides content in several formats that require plug-ins, or separate browser components, to properly view. All required plug-ins (except the non-trial version of WinZip) are free to use.

The Plug-ins used are:

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