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NYSTRS Internet Privacy Policy

Introduction

Thank you for visiting the New York State Teachers' Retirement System ("NYSTRS") website. This website is designed to make it easy for active and retired members, employers and others ("users") to obtain information about and interact with NYSTRS. Maintaining the privacy of the personal information of all users of NYSTRS’ website is important to NYSTRS. Accordingly, NYSTRS recognizes the importance that users have confidence in NYSTRS’ ability to protect their personal information when they visit the NYSTRS website.

Consistent with the provisions of the Internet Security and Privacy Act, the Freedom of Information Law, and the Personal Privacy Protection Law, this policy describes NYSTRS' privacy practices regarding information collected from users of this website. This policy identifies and describes the types of information that is collected and how that information is used. Because this privacy policy applies only to NYSTRS’ website, you should review the privacy policy of any website that you access.

For the purposes of this policy, "personal information" means any information concerning a natural person, which, because of name, number, symbol, mark, or other identifier, can be used to identify that natural person. NYSTRS does not collect any personal information about a user unless the user provides that information voluntarily by sending an email to NYSTRS, or during a connection to the MyNYSTRS, Employer Secure Area, Board Portal and Asset Management Portal area of NYSTRS' website.

Information Collected Automatically When You Visit the NYSTRS Website

When you visit this website, NYSTRS automatically collects and stores the following information about your visit:

  • User client hostname. The hostname or Internet Protocol address of the user requesting access to the NYSTRS website.
  • HTTP header, "user agent." The user agent information includes the type of browser, its version, and the operating system on which the browser is running.
  • HTTP header, "referrer." The referrer specifies the webpage from which the user accessed the current webpage.
  • System date. The date and time of the user's request.
  • Full request. The exact request the user made.
  • Status. The status code the server returned to the user.
  • Content length. The content length, in bytes, of any document sent to the user.
  • Method. The request method used.
  • Universal Resource Identifier (URI). The location of a resource on the server.
  • Query string of the URI. Anything after the questions mark in a URI.
  • Protocol. The transport protocol and the version used.

None of the foregoing information constitutes personal information.

The information that is collected automatically is used to improve NYSTRS’ website content and to help NYSTRS understand how users are interacting with the website. This information is collected for statistical analysis, to determine what information is of most and least interest to our users, and to improve the utility of the material available on the website. The information is not collected for commercial marketing purposes and NYSTRS is not authorized to sell or otherwise disclose the information collected from the website for commercial marketing purposes.

NYSTRS uses Google Analytics measurement software to collect the information listed above, which is gathered for the purpose of improving our website. The data is automatically sent to Google’s system, which immediately aggregates the data. For further information on how Google Analytics collects and processes data, refer to www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/.

Reports generated by Google are only available to NYSTRS’ website managers, members of their communications and web teams, and other designated staff who require this information to perform their duties.

NYSTRS retains the data from Google Analytics only as long as required by law or needed to support the mission of the NYSTRS website.

Cookies

Cookies are simple text files stored on your personal computer to provide a means of distinguishing among users of this website. The use of a cookie is a standard practice among Internet websites. Cookies from NYSTRS.org only collect information about your browser’s visit to the site; they do not collect any personal information about you.

There are two types of cookies: temporary session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies last only as long as your web browser is open. Once you close your browser, the cookie disappears. Persistent cookies are stored on your computer for longer periods.

Session Cookies: NYSTRS places a "session" cookie on the user's computer once entering NYSTRS.org or any of the secure online applications, which remains only for the time period the user's browser session is open. NYSTRS uses the session cookie to store a randomly generated identifying tag on the device with which the user accesses the website so that NYSTRS can access the information necessary to respond to the user's requests. The session cookie is erased when the user's browser is closed.

Persistent Cookies: NYSTRS uses persistent cookies to differentiate between new and returning visitors to our site. These persistent cookies allow NYSTRS to identify browsing patterns and provide a more customized user experience. Persistent cookies will remain on your computer between visits to NYSTRS.org for a period of 90 days.

Certain software and hardware used to access the website allows a user to refuse new cookies or delete existing cookies. Refusing or deleting these cookies may limit your ability to take advantage of some features of the website.

Information Collected When You Email This Website or Complete a Transaction

During your visit to this website, you may send an email to NYSTRS. Your email address and the contents of your message will be collected. The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and graphics included in the message. Your email address and the information included in your message will be used to respond to you, to address issues you identify, to improve this website, or to forward your message to another entity if appropriate. Your email address is not collected for commercial purposes and NYSTRS is not authorized to sell or otherwise disclose your email address for commercial purposes.

Although the System regards all messages it receives from users as confidential, please be advised that because the Internet is a public domain, messages sent to NYSTRS outside of a MyNYSTRS or Employer Secure Area account can and may be intercepted or accessed by a third party.

During your visit to this website, you may complete a transaction, such as a request for a pension estimate or a change to your mailing address. The information volunteered by you in completing the transaction, including personal information, is used by NYSTRS to operate NYSTRS programs and to provide you the information you requested. The information collected by NYSTRS may be disclosed by NYSTRS only for the purpose of providing information to the user, pertaining to the user, which was requested by the user.

NYSTRS does not knowingly collect personal information from children or create profiles of children through this website. Users are cautioned, however, that the collection of personal information submitted in an email will be treated as though it was submitted by an adult, and may, unless exempted from access by federal or state law, be subject to public access.

Disclosure of Information Collected Through This Website

The collection of information through this website and the disclosure of that information are subject to the provisions of the Internet Security and Privacy Act. As noted above, NYSTRS will collect personal information through this website only if the information was voluntarily provided by the user by sending an email, or during a connection to a MyNYSTRS, Employer Secure Area, Board Portal, or Asset Management Portal account. NYSTRS will disclose personal information collected through this website only if the user has consented to the disclosure of such personal information. The user's voluntary disclosure of personal information to NYSTRS constitutes the user's consent to the collection and disclosure of the information by NYSTRS for the purposes for which the user disclosed the information to NYSTRS, to the extent such purpose is reasonably ascertainable from the nature and terms of the disclosure.

The disclosure of information, including personal information, collected through this website is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law and the Personal Privacy Protection Law.

NYSTRS may disclose personal information to federal or state law enforcement authorities to enforce its rights against unauthorized access or attempted unauthorized access to NYSTRS' information technology assets.

Information and Choice

As noted above, NYSTRS does not collect any personal information about you unless you provide such information voluntarily by sending an email or during a connection to a MyNYSTRS, Employer Secure Area, Board Portal or Asset Management Portal account. You may choose not to send NYSTRS an email or enter one of the above four external accounts. Your choice not to participate in these activities may limit your ability to receive specific services through this website; however, it will not have an impact on your ability to take advantage of other features of the website, including browsing or downloading information.

Confidentiality and Integrity of Personal Information Collected Through This Website

NYSTRS is strongly committed to protecting personal information collected through this website against unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Consequently, NYSTRS limits employee access to personal information collected through this website to only those employees who need access to the information in the performance of their official duties. Employees who have access to this information follow established policy and appropriate procedures in connection with any disclosures of personal information.

In addition, NYSTRS has implemented procedures to safeguard the integrity of its information technology assets, including, but not limited to, authentication, monitoring, auditing, and encryption. These security procedures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and day-to-day operations of this website as part of our continuing commitment to the security of electronic content as well as the electronic transmission of information.

For website security purposes and to maintain the availability of the website for all users, NYSTRS employs software to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise damage this website.

Disclaimer

The information provided in this privacy policy is not intended as business, legal, or other advice, nor is it intended as a guarantee of the security or accuracy of information provided to or through this website. NYSTRS reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to change, modify, add, or delete portions of this policy.

Contact Information

For questions regarding NYSTRS' Internet Privacy Policy, please contact the System via email at communit@nystrs.org or via mail to: NYSTRS, Attn: Public Information Office, 10 Corporate Woods Drive, Albany NY 12211-2395.

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