Michigan Policies

TERMS OF USE

The Michigan.gov website is provided as a public service and is owned and operated by the State of Michigan (the State).  This website is not, nor is it intended to be, an open public forum.

By visiting or using Michigan.gov you are agreeing to these terms and policies.

You agree not to access, or attempt to access, or allow any employee, agent, or contractor to access or attempt to access any portion of the website, using any means other than through the interface that is provided by the State of Michigan, unless you have been specifically allowed to do so in a separate, written agreement with the State of Michigan. You specifically agree not to access, or attempt to access, or allow any employee, agent, or contractor to access or attempt to access any of the website through any automated means (including, but not limited to, use of scripts, web crawlers or screen scrapers) and shall ensure that you and your agents, employees, and contractors comply with the instructions these terms and any instructions of the State of Michigan, including without limitation any instructions located in any robots.txt file present on the site.

You agree not to use for commercial purposes, or resell, or allow your employees, agents, or contractors to use for commercial purposes or resell any of the data derived from this website unless you have been specifically allowed to do so in a separate, written agreement with the State of Michigan, or other State of Michigan agency or department-specific terms provided with such data allow you to do. The State of Michigan reserves the right to discontinue your access by whatever means it chooses, and without notice, if it detects a violation of these terms. 

All content on Michigan.gov is the property of the State or its content suppliers and may be protected by intellectual property or other laws. You may not modify, copy, distribute, display, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, sell, or transfer information, products, services, images, designs, or logos obtained from Michigan.gov unless the law otherwise provides or the State gives you prior written permission.

You may not use Michigan.gov or any of its content for any purpose that is unlawful or to solicit the performance of any illegal activity or other activity that infringes upon the rights of the State or others.  Duplication or use of any content from this web site for commercial purposes or in any manner likely to give the impression of official approval by the State Michigan is prohibited.

You agree that the State of Michigan may take any action necessary, whether at law or in equity, to protect its rights, and the rights of others, as set forth hereunder.

These terms are subject to change without notice.

Note that each department or agency within the State may have additional policies based on that department's or agency's legal mandate and regulatory requirements. Be sure to review the policies for each department and agency site you visit within the State and any external site that you visit through a link appearing at Michigan.gov.

Disclaimer of Warranty
The Michigan.gov website and all content is provided "AS IS" and on an "AS AVAILABLE" basis. The State of Michigan, including without limitation its agencies, departments, officers, and employees, disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this website and its content, including but not limited to (1) the accuracy, completeness, currency, or suitability of this website and any of the information provided via this website; (2) warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose; (3) that the functioning of this website will be uninterrupted and error-free; (4) that any defects or other errors on this web site will be corrected; (5) that this website is or will be free of viruses or other harmful components; or (6) that the website and content or use will not violate or infringe the rights of others.

Disclaimer of Liability
In no event will the State of Michigan be liable under any legal theory for any damages in any amounts, whether in an action of contract, tort or otherwise, arising from, out of, or in connection with the provision of, access to, use of, or the inability to access or use, the Michigan.gov website or any the information it contains.

Security and Monitoring Notice
For security purposes, all network traffic is monitored in order to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise conduct criminal activity. In connection with authorized law enforcement investigations and pursuant to required legal process, navigational information may be used to assist in obtaining personal identifying information.

Furthermore, to protect this website, as well as its associated computer systems, from unauthorized use and to ensure that the website and computer systems are functioning properly, individuals accessing this website and any associated computer systems are subject to having all of their activities monitored and recorded by personnel authorized to do so by the State of Michigan. Anyone using this website and its associated computer systems expressly consents to such monitoring and is advised that if such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, the State of Michigan may provide the results of such monitoring to appropriate officials. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change the content of the website, or otherwise cause damage to this website or its computer systems are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under applicable law.

Notice on Use of State Seal and Coat-of-Arms
Use of the Great Seal and the Coat-of-Arms of the State of Michigan are restricted by law.

MCL 2.45 states, "[n]o facsimile or reproduction of the great seal shall be used in a manner unconnected with official functions of the state."  And pursuant to MCL 2.46, "[a]ny person who violates any provision of this [the Great Seal Act, 1963 PA 19, MCL 2.41 et seq.] shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.  Further, pursuant to MCL 750.245, any person who shall exhibit or display the Coat-of-Arms in any manner in violation of such section will be guilty of a misdemeanor.

 

Linking Notice

Linking to Michigan.gov from External Websites.

Entities and individuals linking to Michigan.gov must not (1) capture Michigan.gov pages within frames; (2) misinform users about the origin or ownership of Michigan.gov content; (3) in any way modify the content and present it as the content of Michigan.gov; (4) portray any person, entity, or subject in a false or misleading light; (5) imply that the State endorses your products or services; or (5) violate any protected intellectual property rights to content on Michigan.gov.

You are not permitted to use the State's Great Seal, Coat-of-Arms or any State department or agency logo for linking purposes.

Be aware that Michigan.gov and its subpages may change or be deleted at any time without notice. You are solely responsible for the accuracy of your links.

Links from Michigan.gov to External Web Sites and Pages

The State of Michigan, at its sole discretion, may include links to external sites and pages containing information created and maintained by individuals or entities other than the State of Michigan. The inclusion of a hypertext link to an external site is not intended as an endorsement of any product or service offered or referenced on the linked site, the individual or entity sponsoring such site, or any views which might be expressed or referenced in the site.  The State of Michigan does not assume any responsibility or liability for any linked site or its content. The State of Michigan makes no effort to independently verify, and does not exert control over, information on external sites.  Links to external sites and pages may be removed or replaced in the sole discretion of the State of Michigan at any time without notice.

Upon leaving Michigan.gov and linking to an external site, the policies governing Michigan.gov no longer apply and users are subject to the external site's policies. Questions and concerns regarding the information or services provided by a linked site must be directed to the entity or individual responsible for that site, rather than to Michigan.gov.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

Any reference in this website to any specific products, processes, or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply an endorsement or recommendation by the State of Michigan.

Jurisdiction/Governing Law

Any person choosing to use this website or accessing information or materials on this website is subject to Michigan jurisdiction.  Any dispute arising out of or relating to these terms, or access and use of this website shall be decided under the laws of and in the state courts of the State of Michigan, and you hereby consent to and submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purpose of adjudicating such dispute.

Severability

If any provision in these terms is determined to be unlawful, void, or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, then that provision will be deemed severable from the remaining terms and will not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions.

 

PRIVACY POLICY

Information Collected

Michigan.gov automatically collects certain information about the users of this website to perform site analysis, such as analyzing trends, administering the site, preventing fraud, tracking website navigation in the aggregate, and gathering broad demographic information for aggregate use.  Information collected automatically includes but is not limited to:

  • the name of the domain from which the website was accessed,
  • the date and time the website was accessed,
  • the site address (also called the URL) of the link clicked to access the site,
  • Internet protocol (IP) addresses,
  • browser type and operating system,
  • Internet service provider (ISP),
  • referring/exit pages,
  • platform type, and

number of clicks.

Michigan.gov will not collect personal identifying information (as defined in MCL 445.63(q)) about you when you visit its website unless you voluntarily choose to provide that information by performing certain activities, which may include without limitation, entering information in an online form, sending an e-mail, registering for a Michigan.gov subscription, or by performing an online service transaction.

 

Technologies Used to Automatically Collect Information

Michigan.gov will not use these technologies to automatically collect personal identifying information about you.

Michigan.gov uses Google Analytics to collect and process some of your information. This information is aggregated and is used to improve the website. For more information, please visit Google's website to learn how Google uses data when you use our websites or applicationsClick here to opt-out of Google Analytics.

Michigan.gov also uses the following Google Analytics Advertising Features: Demographics and Interests.  Google Analytics cookies and Google advertising cookies are used to improve the website, agencies' services, and to generate statistics.  Click here to opt-out of Google Analytics Advertising Features.

Michigan.gov uses "cookies" to customize your browsing experience. A cookie is a small text file that is saved on your computer when you visit a website.  Cookies allow your browser to be identified as unique and may involve the transmission of information. If you choose to do so, you can configure your browser to notify you when a new cookie is received. You can also view and delete existing cookies, prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, and disable cookies altogether. If you disable cookies, you can still use Michigan.gov, but your ability to use some areas or functions of the website may be limited.

Use and Maintenance of Personal Identifying Information

To conduct some transactions online it may be necessary for users to provide personal identifying information to the State. Any personal identifying information voluntarily provided by you will be used for the purpose of which the information was provided and may be shared with staff and other state agencies in order to process your request, respond to your e-mail, or otherwise ensure a proper response to your request. Each agency makes reasonable efforts to maintain accurate, complete, timely, and relevant personal identifying information as necessary to assure fairness when using that information to make any determination regarding the individual. 

Your personal identifying information will not be disclosed or used for purposes other than those specified, without your consent, except as authorized by law. Please note that the fact that information provided by you is personally identifiable does not mean that it will remain private in all circumstances. Personal identifying information maintained by the government may be a "public record" as defined in the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, MCL 15.231 et seq.  In addition, there may be other laws that require public access to personal identifying information.

Each agency may have their own policies and procedures with respect to the handling of personal identifying information, based on that agency's legal mandate and regulatory requirements.  Be sure to review agency-specific policies and procedures before providing personal identifying information to ensure you know how your information may be used. 

Measures to guard against loss, misuse, alteration, or unauthorized access to personal identifying information have been instituted by the State.

Children Under the Age of 13

Michigan.gov is not directed to children under the age of 13, is not intended to solicit information from children under the age of 13, and does not knowingly contact or collect information from children under the age of 13, unless otherwise stated in an agency-specific policy or permitted by law.  Individuals under the age of 13 are not eligible to use services that require submission of personal identifying information.  This includes submitting personal identifying information to Michigan.gov as part of a user profile or personalization profile.  If you are an individual under the age of 13, you may use Michigan.gov only if used with your parent or legal guardian.  Seek guidance from your parent or guardian if you are under the age of 13.

ACCESSIBILITY POLICY

The State of Michigan is committed to providing a web presence that is inclusive and available to the largest possible audience.  Pursuant to the State of Michigan's Digital Standards this website was designed to be in compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, as published by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium, at a minimum Level AA success criteria.

This website has been designed to be compatible with assistive technologies and a wide variety of browsers and has been tested for compliance with screen magnification software, screen-reading software, and text-only browsers.  The State of Michigan will continue to test future releases of this website and remains committed to improving its accessibility and serving the widest possible audience.

 

If you cannot fully access the information on any page of this website, please complete the State of Michigan ADA Complaint Form and let us know the accessibility issue you are having.  Please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the requested information, the web address of the requested information, and your contact information so that we may best serve you. We will try to provide the information to you in your preferred or another accessible format or make the necessary improvements to make the information accessible.

Note that individual state agencies or departments may have their own accessibility policy; please refer to each individual agency's or department's policies for more information about its compliance with accessibility standards.

The State of Michigan accepts no responsibility for the content or accessibility of any external websites or external documents linked to on this website.

MOBILE APPLICATION LICENSE TERMS OF USE

Please see the State of Michigan Mobile Application License Terms of Use for Mobile Application Terms and Conditions.

Effective Date: August 2015