Public Access Privacy

The following statement constitutes the THC privacy policy for its public access information systems, and will be posted on THC Web sites:

  • In general, THC does not use cookies* to collect information. However, the Texas Historic Sites Atlas, which is a separate database, may use cookies during some search requests to track user sessions in order to provide an appropriate response. The information is discarded after the session. THC services which provide sensitive information are available only to authorized users and require the users to log on. These services use cookies to track user sessions to ensure this data is provided only to registered users. This data is logged and retained for security analysis but will not be shared with other agencies except in the case of a criminal investigation.
  • If you send us an email message with a question or comment that contains personally identifying information, we will only use the information to respond to your request and analyze trends. We may redirect your message to another government agency or person who is in a better position to answer your question.  
  • For site and app management functions, information is collected for analysis and statistical purposes. This information is not reported or used in any manner that would reveal personally identifiable information and will not be released to any outside parties unless legally required to do so in connection with law enforcement investigations or other legal proceedings.  
  • THC uses log analysis tools to create summary statistics, which are used for assessing user interests and identifying problem areas.
  • This site contains links to other sites, which also may assist the THC audience. The THC is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of other such web sites.

*Note: A cookie file contains unique information a web site can use to track such things as passwords, lists of pages visited or the date a specific page was visited at a particular web site. A cookie is often used in commercial sites to identify the items selected for a specific shopping cart application.