Privacy Policy

WHAT IS Kansas Department of Commerce?

The Kansas Department of Commerce (KDC) is the state’s economic development agency. We help foster Kansas growth through business, workforce and community development. This growth is provided with the information on program and services provided by the Kansas Department of Commerce and through partnerships. Pertinent information is provided to businesses on starting, relocating, or expanding in Kansas. The health of Kansas workforce is addressed though partnership with KANSASWORKS. In addition, there are to numerous avenues for community growth though the arts, grants and/or programs. 

What Information is Collected

This Privacy Policy describes how the Kansas Department of Commerce treats personally identifiable information (PII) that is collected when you are on the website and when you use our services. We collect information from you in different ways and for different reasons. Our Website, mobile application, and services are not intended for children under 13 years of age, and no one under age 13 may provide any personal information to us or through the Website, mobile app, or our services. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under age 13. If you are under 13, do not use or provide any information on our Website or on or through our services. If we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13, we will delete it. If you believe we might have any personal information from or about a child under age 13, please contact us at kdc_marketing@ks.gov

The Kansas Department of Commerce automatically collects IP addresses and web site usage information when you visit our site and may share this information with a data analytics partner. This helps us assess how our site is used, such as the number and frequency of visitors to each page and the length of their visits. The Kansas Department of Commerce collects cumulative data such as the number of website searches performed or the number of times a web page is viewed. This data contains no personal information and is only used to evaluate site performance. Finally, the Kansas Department of Commerce error logging system will collect your username with any error that occurs to help our technical staff resolve the error. 

How is Information Used?

We use your information to better assist you in meeting your goals and to improve your experience on our website. We also use it to comply with state and federal reporting requirements. Please note that due to these requirements, personal data are retained unless you request it to be deleted, or per state data retention requirements. Requests to delete personal data should be sent to kdc_marketing@ks.gov

We will not use this data for any commercial purpose.

Use of Live Chat

The Kansas Department of Commerce includes a live chat feature so that job seekers can reach out to staff for assistance. When a KDC staff member is not available to respond to your chat, messages may be sent from an automated response system (chatbot). Any automated responses will be identified as computer generated. These computer-generated messages are not moderated by KDC staff. You can verify any information provided to you by the chatbot service by submitting questions to kdc_marketing@ks.gov.

You may be asked to provide information such as your first and last name or email address so that staff can assist with answering your requests. We will never ask for, nor should you ever provide, specific PII such as your full Social Security number. Chat message histories will be stored and secured consistent with industry standard practices.

Use of Cookies

When using the Kansas Department of Commerce website, we may pass cookies to your computer or mobile device. Cookies are information files that your web browser places on your device’s hard drive or temporarily in its memory when you visit the website. Cookies cannot damage your device nor can they read information from your hard drive. At the Kansas Department of Commerce, cookies are used to maintain your session as you move through our pages. When you visit our site, the Kansas Department of Commerce sets a cookie that works like an identification card. Every time you visit a page from that point on, this “Identification (ID) Card” cookie is sent back to us. We can then use this “ID Card” to customize the site to best meet your needs.

How is Data Secured?

To protect the information that the Kansas Department of Commerce collects, we maintain industry-standard security measures such as the following:

  • Limiting the people who have access to our database servers; 
  • Masking the display of Social Security numbers;
  • Using Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption to ensure that data passed between your browser and our web server remains private and secure; and,
  • Using individual password protection so only you can access your account. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password. 

Remember that you also play a key role in security. When you are done using the Kansas Department of Commerce, log off and close your browser so no one can access your account. If you leave the Kansas Department of Commerce, remember that other websites have their own privacy policies or data collection practices, which may be different from ours. Review the privacy policies and data collection practices of those websites. 

Be aware that if you voluntarily share information such as email address or messages from the Kansas Department of Commerce, it may result in unsolicited contact from third parties. Such activities are beyond our control. Also, if you send your information to a KDC partner or affiliate, the Kansas Department of Commerce is not responsible for the retention, use, or privacy practices of that partner or affiliate. For more information on how you can protect yourself on the internet, read our Protect Yourself page. the Kansas Department of Commerce may update this policy from time to time. If we make major changes in the way we use or protect your personal information, we will post a clear announcement on our pages. If you have any questions about this policy, please email kdc_marketing@ks.gov.