Internet privacy

  • Use of Cookies

    In certain applications, user information is stored as cookies, which are then sent back and stored on your hard drive. Cookies allow the agency to save the information that you input while progressing through an online transaction. If your browser is not configured to accept cookies, you will still be able to access the information on the web site, but you may not be able to complete many of the online transactions. No user information is gathered through cookies except for that needed to run the specific application.

    Information Collection

    Virginia law requires that state bodies not collect personal information about citizens unless it is required to provide services for the citizen. When personal information is collected, it must be protected from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure, and NPS is required to provide a prescribed procedure by which individuals may learn the purpose for which information has been recorded and how the agency will use and disseminate it.

    In General

    NPS does not capture personal information about any visitor to its site without his or her permission. When you browse the NPS web site without logging on to any of the interactive online services, you do so anonymously. Personal information, such as your name, address, phone number, or e-mail address, is not collected as you browse. Information, such as your domain name, Internet protocol number, browser type, and date and time of your visit, is collected but not tied to your personal identity. NPS uses this information to track the number of customers who visit the site and to identify the most popular pages so that the division can improve site content and accessibility.

    Information Access

    Any personal information that is collected and retained by NPS is maintained in compliance with the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act, Chapter 38 of Title 2.2 of the Code of Virginia. The agency does not share, sell, or trade e-mail addresses, information collected on surveys, or any other information about its online customers to any entity except as provided for or required by the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Act, the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Chapter 37 of Title 2.2, or other law. Under FOIA, any records in NPS’ possession at the time of a FOIA request might be subject to being inspected by or disclosed to members of the public, unless the FOIA specifically allows NPS to keep the records confidential. If necessary, NPS may disclose user information if it has reason to believe that disclosing such information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against an individual who attempts, even unintentionally, to access NPS information without authorization or to disrupt the NPS web site.


    Norfolk Public Schools provides links to web sites that are not controlled, maintained, or regulated by NPS or any organization affiliated with NPS, and, as such, NPS 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 preference by NPS. The school division tries to screen all sites included on its web site but cannot control the content they possess.