Privacy Policy

By using this website, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to this privacy policy. This privacy policy may be revised at any time. The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s (Department) Recreational Access Arizona web site (RAA) are subject to the following privacy policy:

Overview

Thank you for visiting the Arizona Game and Fish Department's (Department) Recreational Arizona website (RAA) and reviewing our Privacy Policy Statement.

RAA provides convenient access to various information and services. In order to access some of the information and services provided by RAA you will be requested to provide specific identifying information. This Privacy Policy Statement is intended to inform you about the information that could be collected online as a result of visiting RAA. This Privacy Policy Statement describes what information might be obtained online, how that information will be used, and what steps are being taken to ensure the security of customer data. Your rights to privacy are of utmost importance to the Department in building trust and confidence when using RAA.

As mandated by A.R.S. § 41-4172 Anti-identification Procedures, the Department will take reasonable measures to protect personal identifying information including electronic identifiers as defined in A.R.S. § 13-2001 (10) from being accessed, viewed or acquired, unless required by law.

Use of Cookies

If you visit our website, your web browser automatically sends us information. We use “cookies” in order to gather information during your visit and customize this site for return visits. You are required to allow RAA to set cookies in order to use RAA. The web server that hosts RAA automatically gathers certain information about the visit in a standard log file. The FOLLOWING information IS RETAINED AND does not identify you personally:

The Department uses this information to gather statistics about the amount of use RAA receives. This information is not shared, sold, or otherwise disseminated by the Department to any third parties. We also use a tool called “Google Analytics” to collect information about use of the site. Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit the site, what pages they visit, and what other sites they used prior to coming to this site. We use the information from Google Analytics only to improve RAA. Google Analytics collects only the IP Address assigned to your computer on the date you visit this site, rather than your name or other personal identifying information. Although Google Analytics plants a permanent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit this site, the cookie can only be used by Google Analytics. Google Analytics has a Terms of Use and Privacy Policy that restricts the use of the information collected.

Although RAA and Google Analytics currently use cookies, future changes to this website or Google Analytics may necessitate additional cookies along with other session enhancement methods. The Department will thoroughly evaluate their benefit to both the visitor and the service provider before being implemented. This privacy policy statement will be updated to describe exactly what information is being collected IF that happens.

Use of Third Party Services

RAA uses third party services, such as but not limited to, Firebase, Google Analytics, Google Maps, Apple Maps, to provide you with various features that enhance your user experience. By using RAA you have agreed that you agree to and understand each third party service that is available in association with RAA.

Authentication Methods

RAA has the following two authentication methods that can be used to access the map portion of the site:

AGFD Portal - I Support Wildlife Custom Firebase Token Authentication (RAA - I Support Wildlife Version)

AGFD Portal - I Support Wildlife custom Firebase token authentication is handled by generating an encrypted JSON web token (JWT) from within the AGFD Portal - I Support Wildlife (ISW) page, using your AGFD Portal username and password, which allows you to authenticate to the Firebase database that stores data you generate. The encrypted JWT is then stored as a browser cookie for access by RAA during the authentication process. You will only be allowed to use AGFD Portal - ISW custom Firebase authentication to RAA if you have a current ISW membership. Once you have been authenticated to Firebase with the JWT, you have the ability to create data, such as location markers, that will be saved to the Firebase database. You will also be able to access additional spatial data layers, and popup information. Along with your portal ID, and the location data and associated data you generate, information related to your AGFD Portal profile, including your associated first and last name, and email address will also be saved to the underlying Firebase database.

Firebase Anonymous Authentication (RAA - Free Version)

Anonymous authentication allows you to access the map portion of RAA without providing a username and password. This authentication does not collect your name, email address, or other public information associated with an AGFD portal profile, since an AGFD portal profile is not used. Each time you use anonymous authentication, your session is generated a unique ID. Therefore, while the Department maintains this data for each anonymous user session, data you generate is not accessible to you past the current session (e.g. after you close the browser window).

Data as Public Record

As mentioned above some or all of the information and data we collect, or you generate as part of your use of RAA may be subject to disclosure to requesting parties as mandated by Arizona’s public records laws. (See A.R.S. § Title 39.) The information we collect or you disclose to the Department will generally become a matter of public record pursuant to A.R.S. §§ 39-121, et seq., which means that the agency may be required to divulge certain information in response to a public records request or in response to a warrant, subpoena, or other court order.

However, please be assured that your personal information will be held in strictest confidence, and it will not be shared, sold, or otherwise disseminated to any outside person or entity, except as required or authorized by law, or as outlined in the USE OF COLLECTED INFORMATION section of this Privacy Policy.

If you have further questions regarding how the Department will use the information you have generated by using RAA or have created using RAA, please contact the Department.

Use of Collected Information

Your personal information will be held in strictest confidence, and it will not be shared, sold, or otherwise disseminated to any outside person or entity, except as required or authorized by law, or as outlined below:

In order to improve effectiveness of managing wildlife in the State of Arizona, and in order to improve customer experience, the Department may use information collected from your use of RAA to conduct surveys of users, and may employ the use of third party survey contracting companies or contractors in order to conduct those surveys.

However, please be assured that your personal information will be held in strictest confidence, and it will not be shared, sold, or otherwise disseminated to any outside person or entity, except for this sole purpose, or as required or authorized by law.

Systems and Network Security

The Department and its consultants, as developer and manager of RAA, have taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its computer systems and networks. These steps include, but are not limited to individual authentication, the security of transmitted data, security monitoring, auditing, and encryption of your information. Security methods and measures have been integrated into the design, implementation and day-to-day practices of RAA.

Other External Links Disclaimer

RAA contains links to various other websites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private businesses. When you link to another site, you are no longer on RAA and this Privacy Statement will not apply to other sites. When you link to another website, you are subject to the privacy policy of that new site. Links to websites outside of RAA are offered solely for your convenience. The Department is not responsible for and has no control over the policies or content of any third-party websites.

Neither the Department, the State of Arizona, nor any agency, officer, employee, or contractor of the Department warrants the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information published by this system, nor endorses any content, viewpoints, products, or services linked from this system, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information. Portions of such information may be inaccurate or outdated. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at his or her own risk.

Notifications to the Public

In the event of a security breach of personal information and after relevant law enforcement agencies have determined that notifications to the public will not impede a criminal investigation or threaten state and/or national security, the Department will notify its clients/recipients in the most expeditious manner possible that is in compliance with federal and state laws.

Privacy Policy Statement is Subject to Change

This policy may be updated or revised from time to time, so please check back with the Department periodically in order to receive advance notice of any substantive changes to the manner in which the information you disclose on this website may be collected, used, or disseminated.

Contact Information

To offer comments about this Privacy Policy, contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department at:

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Department prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its programs and activities. If anyone believes that they have been discriminated against in any of the Department’s programs or activities, including its employment practices, the individual may file a complaint alleging discrimination directly with the Arizona Game and Fish Department Director's Office, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000, (602) 942- 3000 or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4040 N. Fairfax Dr. Ste. 130, Arlington, VA 22203. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, or this document in an alternative format, by contacting the Arizona Game and Fish Department Director's Office as listed above. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange for accommodation.

English as the Official Language

RAA is provided as a public service. Please note that users of RAA are responsible for checking the accuracy, completeness, currency and/or suitability of all information. The Department makes no representations, guarantees, or warranties as to the accuracy, completeness, currency, or suitability of the information provided on this site. The Department specifically disclaims any and all liability for any claims or damages that may result from providing RAA or the information it contains, including any Web sites maintained by third parties and linked to RAA. The responsibility for content rests with the organizations that are providing the information. The inclusion of links from this site does not imply endorsement by the Department. The Department makes no effort to independently verify and does not exert editorial control over information on pages outside of RAA. The Department does not endorse, unless specifically stated, any of the products, vendors, consultants, or documentation referenced in this Web site. Any mention of vendors, products, or services is for informational purposes only.