Privacy Statement & Website Policies

Accessibility

The SCAQMD website is maintained with the following accessibility guidelines in mind:

  • This site was designed for compatibility with modern website browsers and works best with Internet Explorer 8 and above, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox version 10.0 and above, Apple Safari version 3.0 and above, and Opera 10.0 and above. If you are experiencing problems with the site, you may wish to update your browser.
  • The fonts used in the site's stylesheet were selected for their easy legibility.
  • Where colors are used to organize information, there are also other, non-color dependent ways of doing this.
  • The SCAQMD is not a federal agency, and thus, is not subject to federal Section 508 website accessibility standardsLink to external website.. However, our goal is to provide ease of access to the  information and data on our website to as many users as possible, and we are working to apply the standards to our site. 
  • Microsoft Office's Excel, Word and PowerPoint viewers are required to view XLS, DOC and PPT files and attachments used on this website. Adobe Acrobat is required to view and print PDF documents that appear on this website. To download free versions of these viewers please visit the Manufacturer's sites:
Browser Specific Accessibility Tools
 Many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools. 
Adobe Acrobat Accessibility Tools
To read PDF documents with a screen reader please visit Adobe's Accessibility pageLink to external website. for tools and resources.
 

Linkage Policies


Links to the Site

Other Web sites are invited to include links to the Site. Although permission is not required, it is requested that you let us know (WebEditor@aqmd.gov) who you are and to which part of the Site you are linked. However, we ask you not to lift information from the Site for placement on another Web site. If you lift information, do not attribute that lifted information to SCAQMD. Our information is updated frequently, and we need to be certain that only current information is posted and attributed correctly to SCAQMD. SCAQMD does not control other Web sites and their resources, and we do not endorse them. AQMD will not be held responsible for their availability, content, or accuracy.

Links to Other Sites

SCAQMD may, at its discretion, create links to Web sites controlled or offered by third parties (non-affiliate of SCAQMD) that meet, but are not limited to, the following criteria.:

  1. The external link will assist SCAQMD in fulfilling its mission.
  2. The external link will provide information of value to the public and regulated community using AQMD’s Web site.
  3. The organization being linked to is not engaged in any legal or enforcement proceedings with the SCAQMD.
  4. The external Web site is managed in a professional manner (i.e., fully operational and available most of the time, etc.).
  5. If the external Web site is a commercial site, the site owner is either an active partner in one of the SCAQMD’s programs, or supplies information or products that support the principles of the SCAQMD.
  6. The external Web site does not contain information that would offend common standards of decency and propriety.

SCAQMD will remove any external link that does not continue to meet these criteria. SCAQMD hereby disclaims liability for any external Web site content, products, privacy policies, or security. In the event you choose to use the services available at a linked site, you agree to read and adhere to the policies and terms of use applicable to that site. In addition, any advice, opinions, or recommendations provided by the linked site providers are those of the providers and not of SCAQMD. Your participation in any linked site, including payment for and the delivery of goods or services, is based solely on the agreement, if any, between you and the linked site provider.

SCAQMD reserves the right to modify the above criteria and add/delete links based upon the modification at any time and without notice. We request that you not post offensive messages or encourage others to do so. You agree to adhere to these policies and notify the system operator (WebEditor@aqmd.gov) immediately when you encounter any violations of these rules.

Privacy Policy

The SCAQMD respects your right to privacy and maintains a privacy policy that includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following principles to protect your right to privacy when viewing pages on our Internet site:
  1. Personally identifiable information may only be obtained through lawful means.
  2. The purposes for which personably identifiable data are collected shall be specified at, or prior to, the time of collection and any subsequent use of the data shall be limited to, and consistent with, the fulfillment of those purposes previously specified.
  3. Personal data may not be disclosed, made available, or otherwise used for a purpose other than those specified, except with the consent of the subject of the data, or as required by law or regulation.
  4. Personal data collected shall be relevant to the purpose for which it is needed.
  5. The general means by which personal data is protected against loss, unauthorized access, use, modification, or disclosure shall be posted, unless the disclosure of those general means would compromise legitimate agency objectives or law enforcement purposes.

Cookies

The SCAQMD does not place "cookies" on the computers of visitors to our Web site, except for “session cookies” needed to maintain the functionality of an interactive application.

Cookies created on your computer by using this Web site do not contain "personal information" and do not compromise your privacy or security. We use the cookie feature only to store a randomly generated identifying temporary tag on your computer. You can refuse the cookie or delete the cookie file from your computer by using any of the widely available methods. However, if you turn your cookie option off, you may not be able to access some of the features in our interactive applications.

Public Disclosure

In the State of California, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by government agencies. 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.

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. SCAQMD’s Guidelines for Implementing the California Public Records Act (PDF) explain how records can be exempted. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Statement and the Public Records Act, the Information Practices Act, or other law governing the disclosure of records, the Public Records Act, the Information Practices Act, or other applicable law will control.

Information Collected and How It Is Used

We collect personal information directly from individuals who volunteer to use some of our services. Collection of this information is required to deliver the specific services, but use of these services is voluntary. The SCAQMD does not sell any "electronically collected personal information." Any distribution of "electronically collected personal information" will be solely for the purposes for which it was provided to us. However, the SCAQMD may provide or distribute certain lists and statistical reports of regulatory information as provided by law, but no personal information is sold or distributed and all relevant legal privacy protections still apply to SCAQMD’s Web site.

If you do nothing during your visit to this Web site but only browse and download information, we automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:

  1. The Internet Protocol Address and domain name used, but not your e-mail address. The Internet Protocol Address is a numerical identifier assigned either by your Internet service provider or directly by your computer. We use the Internet Protocol Address to direct Internet traffic to you and generate statistics used in the management of this site;
  2. The type of browser and operating system you used;
  3. The date and time you visited the site;
  4. The web pages or services you accessed at the site.

The information we automatically collect or store is used to improve the content of our web services and to help us understand how people are using our services. This information does not identify you personally and is used for gathering Web site statistics. The information we automatically collect and store in our logs about your visit helps us to analyze our Web site to continually improve the value of the materials available. Our Web site logs do not identify a visitor by personal information, and we make no attempt to link other Web sites with the individuals that browse SCAQMD’s Web site. SCAQMD will not be responsible for information you provide us that is subsequently displayed by Google, Yahoo, or any other search engine.

What Happens to Information You Submit to Us?

If you submit information to us through an on-line application or form, the information will be transmitted through secure lines to our central database. Any private and/or confidential information will only be used for the purposes for which it was provided and will not be shared with another person except as prescribed by law, including, but not limited to, the California Public Records Act.

SCAQMD limits employee access to customer information to those who have a business reason to know this information. Employees are required to honor our code of conduct, which includes standards to protect confidentiality. Employees are subject to disciplinary action if they fail to do so. SCAQMD requires independent contractors and outside companies to adhere to strict privacy standards as well.

SCAQMD uses technological means (such as backup files, virus detection and eradication software, firewalls, and other computer software and hardware) to protect against unauthorized access or alterations to user data.

If You Send Us E-mail

You may choose to provide us with personal information, as in e-mail with a comment or question. We use the information to improve our service to you or to respond to your request. Sometimes we forward your e-mail to other SCAQMD employees who may be better able to help you. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations or, as required by law, we do not share our e-mail with any other organizations.

Registration

In those instances in which registration is required, please use your real name and address in the registration process. Users are reminded to remember their password and please do not share your password with others.

Feedback Information

Any information provided to the SCAQMD through its Web site and received by the SCAQMD on a non-confidential basis allows free and unrestricted use of the information by the SCAQMD.

Terms & Conditions of Use


This Web site (the “Site”) and any of the services, documents, rules, standards, processes and other information provided by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (“SCAQMD”) in connection with the Site are expressly subject to these Terms and Conditions. Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully. By accessing the Site, you agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

Disclaimer

The services, documents, rules, standards, processes and other information are offered on an “AS IS,” “WHERE IS” and “WHERE AVAILABLE” BASIS, with NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND – WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY – INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

You acknowledge that NEITHER AQMD nor any of its respective employees, agents, third party content providers or licensors WARRANT THAT THE SERVICES AND INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE; nor do they make ANY WARRANTY AS TO THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM USE OF THE SERVICES AND INFORMATION ON THE SITE, OR AS TO THE TIMELINESS, SEQUENCE, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, COMPLETENESS OR CONTENT OF ANY SERVICES OR INFORMATION PROVIDED THROUGH THE SITE.

By accessing and using the Site, you agree that use of the Site is at your sole risk. Due to the dynamic nature of the Internet, resources that are free and publicly available one day may require a fee or restricted access the next, and the location of items may change as menus, home pages, and files are reorganized.

BY ACCESSING AND USING THE SITE, YOU AGREE THAT NO LIABILITY OF ANY KIND FOR ANY MATTERS RELATING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY TO YOUR USE, OR THE USE OF ANYONE ELSE, WHETHER AUTHORIZED OR NOT, OF THE SITE, WILL IMPUGN TO SCAQMD OR ANYONE EMPLOYED BY SCAQMD. YOU AGREE THAT SCAQMD IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS, PROPERTY DAMAGE OR BODILY INJURY, WHETHER CAUSED BY ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE SITE.  SCAQMD will not be responsible to you or any third party claiming through you for any direct, indirect, special or consequential, economic or other damages arising in any way out of the installation or use of the Site, any on-line services or internet browser software, including liability associated with any computer viruses that may infect your computer system.

Indemnification

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless SCAQMD and its respective board members, officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims and expenses, including attorneys' fees, arising out of the use of the Site.

Use of Google Translate feature

For the convenience of the users of the Site, SCAQMD provides the option of translating SCAQMD's Web pages using the Google Translate feature.  This option is provided as a service to the public. Only the English version of our Web pages may be relied upon as the legal, official statement of SCAQMD.

Confidentiality

Pursuant to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (18 U.S.C. § 2510, et seq.), notice is hereby given that there are no facilities provided by the Site for sending or receiving truly private or confidential electronic communications. SCAQMD will not be responsible for any damages that you or any third party may suffer as a result of the transmission of confidential information through the Site.

Security

For security purposes and to ensure that the Site remains available to all users, SCAQMD employs monitors and filters to identify and block unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage to the information on the Site. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on the Site are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act. Except for these authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits.

While SCAQMD makes reasonable efforts to ensure that all information provided on the Site, and all e-mail communications sent by SCAQMD representatives, do not contain computer viruses, SCAQMD cannot guarantee that a virus will not be distributed. You are responsible to take the appropriate precautions to scan communications for computer viruses. Under no circumstances will SCAQMD be liable in any way for the unintentional distribution of any such viruses.

By using the Site, you agree to not use SCAQMD’s Web site for any illegal purpose or activity, or to discuss or advocate any illegal activities, whether in private or in public. You further agree to use best efforts not to, post or send communications to SCAQMD that contain viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, or other computer programming routines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, or surreptitiously intercept any system, data or information.

Trademarks and Copyrights

All brand, product, and process names appearing on the Site are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. The mention of trade names or commercial products on SCAQMD’s Web site does not constitute endorsement or recommendation of use. All documents available from the Site may be protected under the U.S. and Foreign Copyright Laws. Permission to reproduce may be required.

SCAQMD may also make use of copyrighted data (e.g., photographs) on the Site which may require additional permissions prior to your use. In order to use any information on the Site not owned or created by SCAQMD, you must seek permission directly from the owning (or holding) sources.

A great deal of information is available on the Site. However, the ability to take full advantage of some of the functionality of SCAQMD’s web information and applications may depend upon the individual user's browser. If you have questions, please contact WebEditor@aqmd.gov.

General

SCAQMD reserves the right to modify these Terms and Conditions at any time without notice, but the most current version of the Terms and Conditions will always be available to you by clicking on the link at the bottom of the Site. If you find the Terms and Conditions unacceptable at any time, you may discontinue your use of the Site. By continuing to use the Site after the date of any change to the Terms and Conditions, you agree to be bound by the rules contained in the most recent version of the Terms and Conditions.

If you are not prepared to abide by any of the above policies, please exit the site now.