New York State Department of Veterans' Services Mobile Application 

This privacy policy governs your use of the software application New York State Department of Veterans’ Services – Mobile Application ("Application") for mobile devices that was created by the New York State Office of Information Technology.  

Information Collected When Using the Application 
The Application may collect certain information including, but not limited to, the type of mobile device you use, your mobile device's unique device ID, the IP address of your mobile device, your mobile operating system, and the type of mobile Internet browsers you use. 

Does the Application collect precise real-time location information of the device? 
When you enable the Application, we may use GPS technology (or other similar technology) to receive your current GPS coordinates; this allows the Application to send you real-time push notices for the State Park you are currently within. We will not share your current location with other users or partners. 

If you do not want us to use your location for the purposes set forth above, you should turn off the location services for the mobile application located in your account settings or in your mobile phone settings and/or within the mobile application. 

Do third parties see and/or have access to information obtained by the Application? 
Yes. We will share your information with third parties only in the ways that are described in this privacy statement. 

We may disclose User Provided and Automatically Collected Information: 

  • as required by law, such as to comply with a subpoena, or similar legal process; 
  • when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request; 
  • with our trusted services providers who work on our behalf, do not have an independent use of the information we disclose to them, and have agreed to adhere to the rules set forth in this privacy statement.

What are my opt-out rights? 

You can stop all collection of information by the Application easily by uninstalling the Application. You may use the standard uninstall processes as may be available as part of your mobile device or via the mobile application marketplace or network. Alternatively, you may disable the location preferences in your mobile device's settings and deny location tracking permission to the Application; however, you will not receive real-time location push notices. 

Data Retention Policy, Managing Your Information 
We will retain User Provided data for as long as you use the Application and for a reasonable time thereafter. We will retain Automatically Collected information for up to 24 months and thereafter may store it in aggregate. If you'd like us to delete User Provided Data that you have provided via the Application, please contact us at  [email protected] and we will respond in a reasonable time. Please note that some or all of the User Provided Data may be required in order for the Application to function properly. 

Currently, the State does not knowingly collect personal information from children or create profiles of children through the Application. People are cautioned that the collection of personal information provided by any individual in an e-mail or similar submission will be treated the same as information given by an adult, and may, if not protected by federal or State law, be subject to public access. The State encourages parents and teachers to be involved in children's Internet activities, mobile app usage, and utilization of any other online resources, and guide the children whenever children are asked to provide personal information online. 

If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with information without their consent, he or she should contact us at [email protected] We will delete such information from our files within a reasonable time. 

The State limits employee access to personally identifiable information to only those employees who need access to perform a specific job. Security measures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and day-to-day operations of all online resources as part of our continuing commitment to the security of electronic content as well as the electronic transmission of information. 

NOTE: The information contained in this policy should not be construed in any way as giving business, legal, or other advice, or warranting as fail proof, the security of information provided via the Application. 

This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time for any reason. We will notify you of any changes to our Privacy Policy by posting the new Privacy Policy here. You are advised to consult this Privacy Policy regularly for any changes, as continued use is deemed approval of all changes. 

Your Consent 
By using the Application, you are consenting to our processing of your information as set forth in this Privacy Policy now and as amended by us. "Processing", means using cookies on a computer/handheld device or using or touching information in any way, including, but not limited to, collecting, storing, deleting, using, combining, and disclosing information, all of which activities will take place in the United States. If you reside outside the United States your information will be transferred, processed, and stored there under United States privacy standards. 

Contact us 
If you have any questions regarding privacy while using the Application, or have questions about our practices, please contact our Public Information Officer at [email protected]