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Energy Quest
Website Privacy Policy

California Government Code Section 11019.9 requires all departments and agencies of the State of California shall enact and maintain a permanent privacy policy, in adherence with the Information Practices Act of 1977 (Civil Code Section 1798 et seq.), that includes, but not necessarily limited to, the following principles:

  • Personally identifiable information may only be obtained through lawful means.

  • The purposes for which personally 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.

  • 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.

  • Personal data collected shall be relevant to the purpose for which it is needed.

  • 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.

Each department shall implement this privacy policy by:

  • Designating which position within the department or agency is responsible for the implementation of and adherence to this privacy policy;

  • Prominently posting the policy physically in its offices and on its Internet website, if any;

  • Distributing the policy to each of its employees and contractors who have access to personal data;

  • Complying with the Information Practices Act (Civil Code Section 1798 et seq.), the Public Records Act (Government Code Section 6250 et seq.), Government Code Section 11015.5, and all other laws pertaining to information privacy, and

  • Using appropriate means to successfully implement and adhere to this privacy policy.

Energy Quest Website Privacy

The California Energy Commission adheres to the above mentioned state laws relating to privacy. There are four pages on our Energy Quest website where information may be collected that could be subject to state and federal privacy laws and regulations:

  1. Oops Page

    Our "Oops Page" asks our visitors to report errors that they might find on our website to us. As a thank you, we send the finder a gift (usually an Energy Calendar and/or other items). The sender is asked to give us their and their parent's e-mail addresses and their mailing address. A reply is sent by e-mail to the student and their parents thanking them for finding the error. This information is destroyed after the gift is mailed.

  2. Ask Professor Quester

    Students looking for homework help can e-mail questions about energy to "Professor Quester." We do ask that students get parent or teacher's permission before responding. We ask the student for their name, age and school name for possible use if we post their question on line in our "Ask Professor Quester" responses. E-mail addresses are deleted after the questions have been answered.

  3. Contact Us

    Our "Contact Us Page" has an e-mail address link. It is possible that students may send us e-mail questions from this page. We do not ask for age or any other information from a student. E-mails are answered and original incoming copies of the e-mail are deleted.

  4. Art Gallery

    Our "Art Gallery" displays student-created pictures from our annual calendar art contest. The names, grades and schools or student winners are listed on the pages after our obtaining parental consent.

The Commission uses no "cookies" and does not use software for tracking specific visitors to its website.

Our website also adheres to the Federal Children's Privacy Act. For information on that act, please go to the FTC Website About Kids' Privacy.

For other legal information about Energy Commission websites, including copyright information, please go to:

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Page Updated: April 22, 2002
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