California Government Code Section 11019.9 requires all
departments and agencies of the State of California shall
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.
Designating which position within the department
or agency is responsible for the implementation of and
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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: