Privacy & Accessibility
The Ohio Business Gateway is a service provided by the State of Ohio. The State recognizes the importance of privacy to our website visitors. Therefore, visitors should be aware of the following information. This statement discloses to our website visitors what personal information is being collected on this website and how that personal information may be used.
Visitors should be aware that, except in a few circumstances, most documents and records maintained by state of Ohio agencies and organizations, including electronic information, are public records under Ohio law. Therefore, information collected or submitted through your visit to this website may be subject to a public records request.
Information submitted through this website's feedback survey may be subject to disclosure pursuant to a public records request.
Personal information such as your name, address, telephone number or e-mail address may be requested of you from our website. This collection may occur through surveys, e-mails, personalization features and other voluntary personal information submissions such as registration forms, authentication procedures and the use of electronic payment functions.
Use of Information
In all instances where we request personal information, we will tell you what personal information is being requested, how the personal information collected will be used, and the reason why such information is necessary and relevant. For more information, please review the Ohio Business Gateway Terms of Service.
In certain instances, personal information may be shared with other agencies or organizations as required or permitted by law and placed in an interconnected system.
Methods of Information Collection
To generate statistics that aid us in improvements to our website, we collect certain usage and related information on every website visitor. Each time a visitor requests a page within this site, our server creates a log file capturing user information. Log files are typically public records.
We collect the following information in our website log:
- The Internet browser or computer operating system you are using
- The date and time you accessed this site
- The Internet protocol address of the individual computer (or proxy server) making the request
- The Internet address of the site from which you may have linked to this site
Collected usage information does not include your name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address. Information collected by way of server log files is used in aggregate form only, and collected for the purpose of analyzing trends and statistics. However, please understand that Internet Protocol address information may be used to determine the identity of the person or persons accessing our website when there is reason to believe that the security of the site has been compromised.
Visitors should be aware that a "cookie" may be created on your computer because of a visit to our website. A cookie is a temporary data file used to link a computer to a website, typically for the purpose of website customization. Cookies may be used when necessary to complete a transaction, to process data submitted to us online, or to facilitate ongoing Internet interaction.
Ohio Business Gateway uses temporary cookies to facilitate ongoing Internet interaction for the purpose of completing a transaction. The cookies only persist through the transaction and no permanent cookies are created.
Most browsers can be set to control whether cookies are placed on a user's computer.
The Ohio Business Gateway will follow Ohio state laws that require the establishment of reasonable precautions to prevent personal information from unauthorized modification, destruction, use, or disclosure. We take very seriously the integrity of the information and systems that we maintain. Therefore, we have instituted security measures for all information systems under our control. These security measures are designed to identify attempts to tamper with this website. Information collected through these security measures may be used in connection with a criminal prosecution or other legal proceedings.
Confidential Personal Information
Ohio Revised Code 1347.15 requires the Department of Administrative Services to adopt administrative rules regulating access to the confidential personal information the agency keeps, whether electronically or on paper.
Access and Dispute of Information Rights
Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code, sections 149.43, 1347.08 and 1347.09, users have rights to their information given to this site, in respect to inspecting, correcting and disputing. This is applicable to any information collected, used or maintained on the Ohio Business Gateway.
Ohio Chief Privacy Officer
30 E Broad Street, 19th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Updates to the Privacy Statement
We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. This privacy statement was last updated April 2016.
The State of Ohio has taken steps to ensure that the Ohio Business Gateway is at least minimally accessible to people with disabilities who use assistive technology to access the Internet.
The Ohio Business Gateway complies with State of Ohio IT Policy - Web Site Accessibility, IT-09, issued by the Ohio Office of Information Technology. This policy establishes minimum website accessibility requirements for information and services provided on state-controlled websites. The requirements include compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 which are standards created by the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). WCAG 2.0 compliance levels are described as single-A (meets all priority 1 checkpoints), double-A (meets all priority 1 and 2 checkpoints), and triple-A (meets all priority 1, 2, and 3 checkpoints). This website conforms to the double-A compliance level and many of the priority 3 checkpoints.
The Ohio Business Gateway takes additional steps to ensure that its website is accessible. Pages are periodically tested using assistive technology, such as a voice browser or screen reader program, and website administrators continually assesses the website to improve usability and accessibility.
We welcome your comments about the usability and accessibility of the Ohio Business Gateway. If you are having a problem accessing any part of the Ohio Business Gateway, or would like to make a suggestion for improvement, please contact us.