General Disclaimer

The City and County of San Francisco, Department of Human Resources is committed to protecting the privacy rights of individuals.

Public Disclosure

Laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by the City. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public's right to access public records. These exceptions serve various needs including maintaining the privacy of individuals. Federal, state and local laws provide exceptions.

All information collected at this site becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Policy and law governing the disclosure of records, the applicable law requiring disclosure will control.

If you visit our website to browse, read, or download information, your web browser automatically sends us (and we may retain) information such as the:

  • Internet Protocol ("IP") address of your Internet Service Provider ("ISP") and/or your computer, if your computer has an IP address assigned directly to it;
  • Fully Qualified Domain Name ("Domain Name") of your Internet Service Provider ("ISP") and/or your computer, if your computer has a domain name assigned directly to it;
  • Type of browser (such as, for example Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.) used and the operating system resident on a user's computer;
  • Date and time a user visited the site;
  • Web pages accessed at the site, as well as any applications used and forms data;
  • Uniform Resource Locator ("URL") of the site which a user visited prior to this site (if detectable), if such user did not connect directly to this site, or use it as a homepage or "Portal".

How do we use the information we automatically collect?

We will use this data to help us maintain this site, e.g., to determine the number of visitors to different sections of our site, to determine patterns of use of the site, to ensure the site is working properly, to help us make our site more accessible and useful, and to generally add and improve services offered on this site. In order to accomplish these goals, from time to time, we may conduct statistical analysis of the data we collect.

We will not use this information to identify individuals, except for site security or law enforcement purposes or where otherwise authorized or required by law or legal proceedings. We do not collect this data for commercial or marketing purposes.

What is personal information?

"Personal information" is information about a natural person that identifies or describes an individual, including, but not limited to, his or her name, social security number, physical description, home address, home telephone number, education, financial matters, and medical or employment history, readily identifiable to that specific individual.

What personal information do we collect?

We may collect certain information that you voluntarily provide to us which may contain personal information. For example, we may collect your name, address, email address, user name and other contact information when you register and set up an account, contact us by e-mail, fill in and submit an online form, or contact us by other means for any reason. If you choose not to participate in these activities, your choice will in no way affect your ability to use any other feature of the website. Personal or demographic information may also be collected if you provide such information in connection with creating a dataset, user profile or group, leaving comments, posting content, sending an email or message to another user or participating in any interactive forums or features on the site.

How are cookies used on this site?

We may automatically collect certain information through the use of "cookies." Cookies are small data files that are stored on a user's hard drive at the request of a website to enable the site to recognize users who have previously visited them and retain certain information such as customer preferences and history.

If you wish to block, erase, or be warned of cookies, please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn about these functions. However, if a browser is set not to accept cookies or if a user rejects a cookie, some portions of this site may not function properly.

Google Analytics

We use a tool called "Google Analytics" to help understand how visitors interact with our website so that the site can be improved. You can read Google Analytics Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy for Google Analytics. You can choose not to have your data collected by Google Analytics by downloading their opt-out browser add-on.


The City and County of San Francisco, Department of Human Resources is committed to data security and data quality of personally identifiable information that is either available from or collected by the City’s website and has taken reasonable precautions to protect such information from loss, misuse, or alteration.

Links to other web sites

We provide links to, and may be linked from, local, State and federal government agencies, and from, or to, other websites. The existence and/or provision of those links neither constitutes nor implies endorsement of, or responsibility for, the destination or departure website(s) or the content, viewpoint, accuracy, opinions, policy(ies), product(s), accessibility or privacy policy of said destination or departure website(s). Nor does any link between this site and a third-party website imply sponsorship of such website, or the creator of such website.

Any personal information you provide on the linked pages is provided directly to that third party and is subject to that third party's privacy policy. Links from our web site to third parties or to other sites are provided for your convenience. We encourage you to learn about their privacy and security practices and policies before providing them with personal information.

Information Sharing

We do not give, share, sell, rent or transfer any personal information to a third party, unless we have your consent.


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Updated on September 8, 2017