Privacy Notice & Policy

In compliance with the Government Code section 11015.5, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is making this Privacy Notice, concerning personal information electronically collected on the CDFA web site, available to the public.

The only personal information that is collected on the CDFA web site is the Internet Protocol (IP) address of any user visiting the site. The IP address is the unique Internet Protocol address of the user. The IP address will sometimes be masked by a proxy or other such equipment that connects the user to the Internet through the user's Internet Service Provider. Registration of a user's IP address in the web log of the host server is standard among all web servers. The CDFA may use the IP address to monitor the usage of its web site.

Additionally, when a user accesses the CDFA website, a session ID is stored in a cookie on the user's PC. A cookie is simply a packet of information that is stored on the user's computer. The session ID stored in the cookie upon visiting the CDFA web site is randomly generated and is not being used or redistributed by the CDFA. The session ID does not contain any information about the user and is merely a default functionality of the CDFA web site software. The cookie may remain stored on the user's hard drive until such time as the user manually removes the cookie.

The CDFA does not electronically collect any other personal information on the CDFA web site. The CDFA does not distribute or sell electronically collected personal information. The CDFA does not reuse the IP address.

Any information acquired by CDFA is subject to the limitations set forth in the Information Practices Act of 1977 (Title 1.8 (commencing with Section 1798) of Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil Code). Electronically collected personal information is exempt from requests made pursuant to the California Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1).

If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Notice, please contact the General Counsel by writing to (or calling):

California Department of Food and Agriculture
General Counsel
1220 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 654-0321