TPWD Web Site Policies

TPWD Mission

To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


Disclaimer

The TPWD Web site is provided as a public service. The site is managed by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 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 TPWD Web site is current as of the posting date of the information. TPWD makes no effort to independently verify and does not exert editorial control over information on pages outside of the www.tpwd.state.tx.us domain. TPWD makes no representations, guarantees, or warranties as to the accuracy, completeness, currency, or suitability of the information provided on this site. TPWD specifically disclaims any and all liability for any claims or damages that may result from providing the TPWD Web site or the information it contains, including any Web sites maintained by third parties and linked to the TPWD Web site.

The inclusion of company or vendor names, or links to company or vendor names, does not in any way imply endorsement by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.


Copyright

© Copyright Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. No part of this work may be copied, reproduced, or translated in any form or medium without the prior written consent of Texas Parks Wildlife Department except where specifically noted. Permission is granted to republish, in whole or in part, the news releases on the TPWD site. Permission may be granted to redistribute other material in its entirety provided that the copyright notice is not removed or altered. No portion of this work may be sold, either by itself or as part of larger work, without the express written permission of the TPWD. This restriction covers all publication media including, but not limited to, CD-ROM. All other rights reserved.

If permission is granted, the wording "provided with permission of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department" and the date must be noted, and TPWD must be provided a copy of the final product.

Commercial Use: To obtain permission to reproduce the information (text or graphics) contained on the TPWD Web site for any commercial purpose, submit the specifics of your request in writing to Communications Division — Web Services Team Leader, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Rd., Austin, TX 78744.

Non-Commercial/Educational Use: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department information, drawings and/or photos of any kind can be used for "noncommercial and/or educational" usage as long as the following procedures are adhered to and the agency is given full credit for the materials.

All reproduced images (commercial or non-commercial/educational usage) must be accompanied by an appropriately placed Texas Parks and Wildlife Department credit line as follows: "Photo courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2006, (TPWD Photographer's name, if available (John Doe, TPWD)).

Reproduced information that is utilized verbatim must be accompanied by an appropriately placed Texas Parks and Wildlife Department credit line as follows: "Information courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2004, (author's name if available)."

Reproduced graphic/artwork that is utilized must be accompanied by an appropriately placed Texas Parks and Wildlife Department credit line as follows: "Artwork courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2004, (artist's name if available)."


Web Advertising

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department does not sell web-only advertising. TPWD does provide web advertising as an added-value benefit for print advertisers of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, the Outdoor Annual Hunting and Fishing Regulations and the Texas State Park Guide. Print advertisers who meet the minimum print ad buy requirements in these publications will receive banner advertising on the TPWD website, on select webpages and according to standard sizes and specifications determined and defined by TPWD.

Advertising of tobacco or alcohol products or advertising that is not appropriate for viewing by youth will not be accepted. (Tex. Parks & Wild. Code §11.172(c);31 Tex. Admin. Code §51.72.) Advertising of other products that are not compatible with the mission of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will also not be accepted . All web banner ads are subject to approval of TPWD. TPWD, reserves the right to reject any ad at any time if the ad does not align with the mission or communication standards as determined by TPWD's Marketing Director. The acceptance of banner web ads does not imply endorsement of the products or services by TPWD. It is the responsibility of the advertiser and/or its advertising agency to ensure that the advertising is not deceptive or false. TPWD is not liable for any damages resulting from errors in displaying or printing an ad. TPWD shall use its best efforts to run the web advertising during the agreed upon timeframe. The advertiser and its advertising agency, jointly and independently, agree to indemnify and hold harmless TPWD and its agents and employees against expenses (including legal fees) and losses resulting from the web advertising, including, without limitation, claims or suits for libel, violation of privacy, copyright infringement or plagiarism. Nothing in these policies shall be construed as a waiver of TPWD's sovereign immunity.

For more information see the online Web Advertising Opportunities sheet.

Online Events Calendar

The Texas Parks and Wildlife online calendar of events only lists those events which are held at TPWD sites, have TPWD staff involved as speakers, exhibitors or sponsors, or includes a certified TPWD workshop or volunteers.


Privacy and Security

This policy addresses issues of the collection, security, use and access of information that may be obtained through the use of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Web site.

Information We Collect

Server Logs/Log Analysis Tools

TPWD uses log analysis tools to create summary statistics for purposes such as assessing the level of interest in information, determining technical design specifications, managing site functions, identifying system performance and problem areas, and for providing metrics to advertisers/and or their advertising agencies. This information will, in all cases, be provided in a manner that does not reveal personally identifiable information.

The following information is collected for this analysis:

Security We Use

We use a secure socket layer (SSL) connection to enhance the security of any information you choose to submit to us on our Web site. In other areas of our Web site, we provide only the security necessary to maintain our Web site and information we provide to you as part of our services.

For site security purposes and to ensure that the site remains available to all users, the Department uses software to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this site are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Texas Penal Code Chapters 33 (Computer Crimes) or 33A (Telecommunications Crimes).

Use of Information

Cookies

A cookie is an extremely small text file that resides on the user's hard drive, created at the request of the Web server to track specific information. The TPWD Web site uses cookies to gather statistical information and to provide interactive pages, such as Web-based forms, surveys, shopping carts and promotions. In some cases a Third Party cookie may be used to deliver promotional offers to customers from TPWD sponsors and/or TPWD partners who provide donations or shared revenue to the Department. Users may opt out of the Third Party cookie placed by DoubleClick that is used to collect anonymous traffic data.

E-mail

Personally identifiable information contained in a question or comment sent to the Department in an e-mail message or in an online form submitted to the Department will only be used by TPWD to respond to the request. The Department may redirect the message to another government agency or person who is in a better position to answer the question.

Web-based Forms

TPWD uses Web-based forms for various reasons. Personally identifiable information collected from these forms has a specified use (e.g., registration, survey response, etc.) and the information is generally used by TPWD for that purpose only. Each form contains a link to this privacy policy.

Customer Information

The information we collect may be used to update our customer files. TPWD may sell personal information from boat or magazine files as authorized by the Texas Administrative Code.

With few exceptions, you are entitled on request to be informed about the information that we collect about you. Under Sections 552.021 and 552.023 of the Texas Government Code, you are also entitled to receive and review this information. Under Section 559.004 of the Texas Government Code, you are entitled to have us correct any information about you that is incorrect. To protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to help verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

The information we collect will be retained and maintained as required by Texas Records Retention laws and rules and may be subject to public disclosure under the Public Information Act.

Additional information regarding privacy policies can be found in the Privacy Policy Guidelines. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission also provides information for educating consumers and businesses about the importance of personal information privacy at Federal Trade Commission – Privacy Initiatives.

If you have any questions or concerns about the online policy for this site or its implementation, you may contact us at webcomments@tpwd.state.tx.us


Linking Policy

The data on the TPWD Web site and related graphics are not legal documents and are not intended to be used as such. Please note the Disclaimer and Copyright on this page. Please review the information below for details on establishing links to the TPWD Web site.

When linking to the TPWD Web site you are requested to adhere to the following requirements:

Frames

Do not enclose TPWD pages in a frame.

Changes to These Guidelines

TPWD reserves the right to change these guidelines at its discretion.

Proprietary Rights

Use of any TPWD graphics are not intended to indicate any endorsement of, sponsorship of, or affiliation with your Web site by TPWD.

Termination

TPWD reserves the right to immediately revoke permission to use these graphics by anyone not following these guidelines.


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