Explore Arizona Game and Fish Department Privacy Policy Statement

The AZGFD website provides convenient access to various information and services. In order to access some of the information and services provided by this website you›ll be requested to provide specific identifying information. This Privacy Policy Statement is provided to inform you about the information that could be collected online as a result of visiting the AZGFD website. This Privacy Policy Statement describes what information might be obtained online, how that information will be used, and what steps are being taken to ensure the security of customer data. Your rights to privacy are of utmost importance to the Arizona Game and Fish Department in building trust and confidence when conducting business through the Internet.

As mandated by A.R.S. § 41-4172 Anti-identification Procedures, the Arizona Game and Fish Department will take reasonable measures to protect personal identifying information including electronic identifiers as defined in A.R.S. § 13-2001 (10) from being accessed, viewed or acquired. Disclosure of personal identifying information may be required as mandated by Arizona’s public records laws. See A.R.S. § Title 39.

Online Customer Service and Alternatives

AZGFD offers many of the services online that you might otherwise transact in person. Our goal is to provide citizens with a more convenient and efficient means in which to interact with AZGFD. If at any time you choose not to proceed with a transaction offered through the AZGFD website, your choice will in no way affect your ability to receive benefits or services. If you prefer to apply for benefits or services in person, you may do so at an AZGFD office.

Collection and Use of Information

If you visit our website, your web browser automatically sends us information. We may use “cookies” in order to gather information during your visit and customize this site for return visits. You are NOT required to accept any cookies to use this site. The web server that hosts the AZGFD website gathers certain information about the visit automatically in a standard log file. The FOLLOWING information IS RETAINED AND does not identify you personally:

  1. The internet service provider or ISP you use to access the website.
  2. The Internet domain (for example, “xcompany.com” if you use a private Internet access account, or “yourschool.edu” if you connect from a university’s domain) from which you access the website.
  3. The IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the web) from which you access the website.
  4. The Operating System you use to access the website. This also tracks if you are using a desktop computer, tablet or mobile phone device.
  5. The Browser and Browser version you use to access the website.
  6. Which pages are being viewed and for how long.
  7. The date and time you access our site.
  8. Any banner advertisements that have been clicked on.
  9. If you log into the AZGFD system it will keep track of your User ID while you use the site. There is an optional checkbox to allow the User ID to remain in a semi-permanent cookie to remember your login information for the future.

AZGFD uses this information to gather statistics about the amount of use the site receives. This information is not shared, sold, or otherwise disseminated by AZGFD. We also use a tool called “Google Analytics” to collect information about use of the site. Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit the site, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites they used prior to coming to this site. We use the information we get from Google Analytics only to improve this site. Google Analytics collects only the IP Address assigned to you on the date you visit this site, rather than your name or other personal identifying information. Although Google Analytics plants a permanent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit this site, the cookie can only be used by Google Analytics. Google Analytics has a Terms of User and Privacy Policy that restricts the use of the information collected. You can prevent Google Analytics or this website from recognizing you on return visits to this site by disabling cookies on your browser.

Although the AZGFD website and Google Analytics currently uses cookies, future changes to this website or Google Analytics may necessitate additional cookies along with other session enhancement methods. These will be thoroughly evaluated in order to determine their benefit to both the visitor and the service provider before being implemented. This privacy policy statement will be updated to describe exactly what information is being collected IF that happens.

Information you Provide

Suggested text: If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Access/ Accuracy

To the extent that you have provided personal information, the AZGFD needs to maintain accurate information about you and the benefits/services that you may be applying for and/or personal inquiries. AZGFD provides a means of contact on its website either by email, mail or phone should you need to update or correct such personal information. AZGFD will make reasonable and prudent efforts to incorporate your changes as soon as possible.

Advertisements on the AZGFD.gov Website

The Arizona Game & Fish Department’s website displays advertisements based on what the Department believes its users want to see. All advertisements will go through an approval process before they are posted to the website.

The Department will never share any information with our vendors that personally identifies you. Information shared with our vendors is as follows:

From time to time, depending on the vendor, we may show you ads based on your location (based on your current IP address), what your interests are (based on interest information you have provided the Department) or what your previous searches were. All advertisements are served from AZGFD servers and do not use a third-party service for serving up content.

Third Party Disclosure

Third party organizations contracted with AZGFD may provide certain services available on the behalf of AZGFD. Personal information collected through the web portal and/or over-the-counter may be provided to third party service providers to help the state deliver benefits and services. The state will take prudent steps to ensure that third-party organizations are obligated to secure and protect personal information on AZGFD behalf.

Information Collected from Children

By statute, AZGFD must comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Policy Protection Act of 1998 (“COPPA”), requiring parental consent before collecting any personal information from any individual under the age of 13. The text of COPPA is available at http://www.ftc.gov/ogc/coppa1.htm.

Systems and Network Security

AZGFD and its consultants, as developer and manager of the AZGFD website, have taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its computer systems and networks. These steps include, but are not limited to individual authentication, the security of transmitted data, security monitoring, auditing, and encryption of your information. Security methods and measures have been integrated into the design, implementation and day-to-day practices of the entire AZGFD website.

The AZGFD website contains links to various other websites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private businesses. When you link to another site, you are no longer on the AZGFD website and this Privacy Statement will not apply to other sites. When you link to another website, you are subject to the privacy policy of that new site. Links to websites outside of AZGFD are offered solely for your convenience. AZGFD is not responsible for and has no control over the policies or content of any third-party websites.

Neither AZGFD, the State of Arizona, nor any agency, officer, employee, or contractor of AZGFD warrants the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information published by this system, nor endorses any content, viewpoints, products, or services linked from this system, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information. Portions of such information may be inaccurate or outdated. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at his or her own risk.

Notifications to the Public

In the event of a security breach of personal information and after relevant law enforcement agencies have determined that notifications to the public will not impede a criminal investigation or threaten state and/or national security, AZGFD will notify its clients/recipients in the most expeditious manner possible that is in compliance with federal and state laws.

Privacy Policy Statement is Subject to Change

This policy may be updated or revised from time to time, so please check back with AZGFD periodically in order to receive advance notice of any substantive changes to the manner in which the information you disclose on this website may be collected, used, or disseminated.

Contact Information

To offer comments about this Privacy Policy, contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department at:

By telephone: 602 942-3000

By mail: Arizona Game and Fish Department
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its programs and activities. If anyone believes that they have been discriminated against in any of the AZGFD’s programs or activities, including its employment practices, the individual may file a complaint alleging discrimination directly with the AZGFD Director’s Office, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000, (602) 942-3000 or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4040 N. Fairfax Dr. Ste. 130, Arlington, VA 22203. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, or this document in an alternative format, by contacting the AZGFD Director’s Office as listed above. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange for accommodation.

English as the Official Language

Some Arizona Game and Fish Department publications and web pages contain translations from original text written in English. These translations are unofficial communications and are not binding on the State of Arizona or any of its political subdivisions.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) Web site is provided as a public service. Please note that users of this Web site are responsible for checking the accuracy, completeness, currency and/or suitability of all information. Information posted on the AZGFD Web site is current as of the posting date of the information. The AZGFD makes no representations, guarantees, or warranties as to the accuracy, completeness, currency, or suitability of the information provided on this site. The AZGFD specifically disclaims any and all liability for any claims or damages that may result from providing the AZGFD Web site or the information it contains, including any Web sites maintained by third parties and linked to the AZGFD Web site. The responsibility for content rests with the organizations that are providing the information. The inclusion of links from this site does not imply endorsement by AZGFD. AZGFD makes no effort to independently verify and does not exert editorial control over information on pages outside of the AZGFD Web site. AZGFD does not endorse, unless specifically stated, any of the products, vendors, consultants, or documentation referenced in this Web site. Any mention of vendors, products, or services is for informational purposes only.

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