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Ford Computing Services

Fulton County, New York, U.S.A.

Since March 1993

The client should always come first!

FCS Privacy Policy

It is the intent of FCS to follow the privacy policies established by governing entities as well as those listed below. Governing entities shall include Federal, State, and Local policies. In cases where the policies below may conflict with governing policies, the governing policy applies and this Privacy Policy document will be updated to reflect it as soon as is feasible. The term "feasible" shall include a reasonable amount of time after FCS has been notified of the conflict to allow for approvals and technical updates. Questions and/or possible violations can be forwarded to FCS Webmaster.

[Introduction] [Links] [Automatic Collection] [Cookies] [Email Collection] [Information and Choice] [Disclosure] [Retention and Disposition] [Confidentiality and Integrity] [Disclaimer] [Contact Information] [Document History]


Ford Computing Services (FCS) recognizes that it is necessary for individuals to be confident that their privacy is protected when they do business with FCS and/or visit the Ford Computing Services's website (FirstDuty).

The following domains are included in the collective "FirstDuty" site.


Consistent with commonly accepted practices for Internet sites, this policy describes FCS's privacy practices regarding information collected from users of this website. This policy describes what information is collected through this website and how that information is used. Because this privacy policy only applies to this website, you should examine the privacy policy of any website that you access using this website.

For purposes of this policy, "personal information" means any information concerning a natural person which, because of name, number, symbol, mark, or other identifier, can be used to identify that natural person. FCS does not collect any personal information about you unless you provide that information voluntarily by sending an e-mail, logging in, responding to a survey, or completing an on-line transaction. (See also Information Collected Automatically When You Visit this Website.)

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FCS provides links to websites of government agencies, organizations, and companies. When you click on these external links, you will, in effect, leave the FirstDuty site.

A link does not constitute an endorsement of the content, viewpoint, accuracy, opinions, policies, products, services, usability, or accessibility of that website.

Other websites operate under the auspices and at the direction of their respective owners. Once you link to another website, you are subject to the terms and conditions of that website, including, but not limited to, its privacy policy. Therefore, if you have a question or comment about any of these sites, please contact the site owner directly.

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Information Collected Automatically When You Visit this Website

When visiting this website FirstDuty automatically collects and stores the following information about your visit:

  1. The Internet Protocol (IP) Address and domain name used, but not the e-mail address. The Internet Protocol Address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to your computer.
  2. The type of browser and operating system you used.
  3. The date and time you visited this site.
  4. The web pages or services you accessed at this site.
  5. The web site you visited prior to coming to this web site.
  6. Any information you may have entered in a form on this site.
  7. Additional information that your browser may pass to the site through SESSION, POST, GET, and similar actions. These are not controlled by FirstDuty. In most cases, this information is not used unless it is listed above. This information is sometimes dependant on the browser or operating system that you use.

None of the foregoing information is deemed to constitute personal information.

The information that is collected automatically is used to improve this website's content and to help FCS understand how users are interacting with the website. This information is collected for statistical analysis, to determine what information is of most and least interest to our users, and to improve the utility of the material available on the website.

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Cookies are simple text files stored on your computer to provide a means of distinguishing among users of this website. The use of cookies is a standard practice among Internet websites. In order to better serve you, we may use "temporary" cookies to enhance, customize or enable your visit to this web site. Temporary cookies may or may not contain personal information, but should not compromise your privacy or security and may be erased during the operation of your browser or when your browser is closed.

The software you use to access the website allows you to refuse new cookies or delete existing cookies. Refusing or deleting these cookies may limit your ability to take advantage of some of the features of this website.

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Information Collected When You E-mail this Website or Complete a Transaction

During your visit to this website you may send an e-mail to FCS. Your e-mail address and the contents of your message will be collected. Your e-mail address and the information included in your message will be used to respond to you, to address issues you identify, to improve this website, or to forward your message to another agent for appropriate action.

During your visit to this website you may complete a transaction such as a survey, registration, or order form. The information, including personal information, volunteered by you in completing the transaction is used by FCS to operate various programs, which may include the provision of goods, services, and information. The information collected by FCS may be disclosed by FCS for those purposes that are reasonably related from the nature and terms of the transaction in which the information was submitted.

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Information and Choice

As noted above, FCS does not collect any personal information about you through this website unless you provide that information voluntarily by sending an e-mail, responding to a survey, or completing an on-line form. You may choose not to send us an e-mail, respond to a survey, or complete an on-line form, and always have the option to respond through use of regular mail. While your choice not to participate in these activities may limit your ability to receive specific services or products through this website, it will not normally have an impact on your ability to take advantage of other features of the website, including browsing or downloading most of the available information.

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Disclosure of Information Collected Through This Website

The collection of information through this website and the disclosure of that information are subject to the provisions of the governing entities mentioned above. FCS will only collect personal information through this website or disclose personal information collected through this website if the user has consented to the collection or disclosure of such personal information. Participation in an online transaction resulting in the disclosure of personal information to FCS by the user, whether or not the user submits the information in response to a survey or form on the website, constitutes consent to the collection and disclosure of the information by FCS for the purposes reasonably ascertainable from the nature and terms of the transaction.

However, FCS may collect or disclose personal information without consent if the collection or disclosure is: (1) necessary to perform the statutory duties of FCS, or necessary for FCS to operate a program authorized by law, or authorized by state, federal, or international statute or regulation; (2) made pursuant to a court order or by law; (3) for the purpose of validating the identity of the user; or (4) of information to be used solely for statistical purposes that is in a form that cannot be used to identify any particular person.

FCS may disclose personal information to federal, state, or international law enforcement authorities to enforce its rights against unauthorized access or attempted unauthorized access to FCS's information technology assets.

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Retention of Information Collected Through this Website

The information collected through this website is retained by FCS indefinitely unless a retention or disposition schedule has been specifically assigned. Information concerning these records retention and disposition schedules may be obtained through the Internet privacy policy contact listed in this policy.

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Confidentiality and Integrity of Personal Information Collected Through this Website

FCS is strongly committed to protecting personal information collected through this website against unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Consequently, FCS limits access to personal information collected through this website to only those employees or subcontractors who need access to the information in the performance of their official duties. Employees who have access to this information follow appropriate procedures in connection with any disclosures of personal information.

In addition, FCS has implemented procedures to safeguard the integrity of its information technology assets. These security procedures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and day-to-day operations of this website as part of our continuing commitment to the security of electronic content as well as the electronic transmission of information.

For website security purposes and to maintain the availability of the website for all users, FCS may use software to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise damage this website.

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The information provided in this privacy policy should not be construed as giving business, legal, or other advice, or warranting as fail proof, the security of information provided through this website.

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Contact Information

For questions regarding this Internet privacy policy, please contact FCS at

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Document History

  • Updated August 16, 2020: Additional domains.
  • Updated March 9, 2016: Transition to new website format.
  • Updated May 1, 2010: Electronic release to production.
  • Created May 1, 2008.

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Last Updated: Sunday, August 16, 2020 1:00 PM

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Revised: September 5, 2020 [4.1.4]


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