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 BY ACCESSING OR USING THIS WEBSITE (THE "website" or "DHS’s website") YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ THE FOLLOWING TERMS OF USE (THE "TERMS") AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ABIDE BY THESE TERMS YOU SHOULD NOT ACCESS OR USE THE WEBSITE IN ANY WAY. The Terms may change at any time without notice. You agree to review the Terms regularly and your continued access or use of the Website will mean that you agree to all changes.

Indemnification. As a condition of use of DHS's website, the User agrees to indemnify DHS, its Commissioners, officers, employees and agents against any and all liability, expenses (including attorney's fees) and damages arising out of claims resulting from User's use of this website, including without limitation any claims alleging facts that if true would constitute a breach by User of these terms and conditions.

Disclaimer of Liability, Reliability, and Damages. In preparation of these sites, every effort has been made to offer the most current, correct, and clearly expressed information possible. Nevertheless, inadvertent errors in information may occur. In particular but without limiting anything here, DHS disclaims any responsibility for typographical errors and accuracy of the information that may be contained on these Web pages. The information and data included on DHS servers have been compiled from a variety of sources and are subject to change without notice to the User. DHS makes no warranties or representations whatsoever regarding the quality, content, completeness, suitability, adequacy, sequence, accuracy, or timeliness of such information and data.

Materials on the DHS website are designed to provide useful information to the public, but are not intended to be definitive, official documents of department policy. In any situation where the official printed documents of DHS, its agents or other governmental agencies differ from the text contained in this website, the official printed documents take precedence and should be considered the correct one. Official documents of DHS are maintained at the agency’s central office. Information about contacting DHS is online.

THE SERVICES, INFORMATION, AND DATA MADE AVAILABLE AT THIS DHS WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. DHS MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES REGARDING THE CONDITION OR FUNCTIONALITY OF THIS WEBSITE, ITS SUITABILITY FOR USE, OR THAT THIS WEB SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE. BY USING DHS WEB PAGES, THE USER ASSUMES ALL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OF THIS SITE, INCLUDING ANY RISK TO USER'S COMPUTER, SOFTWARE OR DATA BEING DAMAGED BY ANY VIRUS, SOFTWARE, OR ANY OTHER FILE WHICH MIGHT BE TRANSMITTED OR ACTIVATED VIA A DHS WEB PAGE OR USER'S ACCESS TO IT. DHS SHALL NOT IN ANY EVENT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOST REVENUES, OR LOST PROFITS, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE USE OR MISUSE OF THE INFORMATION OR LACK OF INFORMATION ON THE DHS WEBSITE OR WITH THE DELAY OR INABILITY TO USE THIS WEBSITE, OR FROM ANY INFORMATION, DOCUMENTS, SERVICES, SOFTWARE, OR OTHER MATERIAL OBTAINED THROUGH THIS WEB SITE, OR OTHERWISE ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THIS WEBSITE, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF DHS AND/OR ANY OF ITS EMPLOYEES/AFFILIATES HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES. DHS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR INJURY CAUSED IN WHOLE, OR IN PART, BY ITS ACTIONS, OMISSIONS, OR CONTINGENCIES BEYOND ITS CONTROL, INCLUDING IN PROCURING, COMPILING, OR DELIVERING THE INFORMATION, OR ARISING OUT OF ANY ERRORS, OMISSIONS, OR INACCURACIES IN THE INFORMATION REGARDLESS OF HOW CAUSED, OR ARISING OUT OF ANY USER'S DECISION, OR ACTION TAKEN OR NOT TAKEN IN RELIANCE UPON INFORMATION FURNISHED.

Disclaimer of Association with User and of Endorsement. User acknowledges that no joint venture, partnership, employment or agency relationship exists between the User and DHS as a result of this Agreement or use of this website. User agrees not to hold himself or herself out as a representative, agent, or employee of DHS and DHS shall not be liable for any representation, act or omission of the User.

Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by DHS.

Disclaimer Regarding Links to Third Parties' Websites. The DHS website may provide links to other websites as a convenience to its users. The use of these links is not an endorsement as to the accuracy, completeness, usefulness or adequacy of those sites. These sites linked from the DHS website are not under DHS control. DHS does not assume any responsibility or liability for any information, communications or materials available at such linked sites, or at any link contained in a linked site.
The department’s website is not intended to be a comprehensive collection of all related sites on the Internet. The sites referenced on the department’s Web site are only a few of the many possible Internet sites related to the department’s programs or to human services in general.

Information Is Not Legal Advice. The DHS website is intended as a resource and guide for the public. It is not a source of definitive legal advice about specific legal problems.

Warning About Emails. Information that is transmitted by email over the Internet is not secure and can be intercepted and read by other Internet users. The DHS recommends that you do not use email to send us private or confidential data about yourself or others unless it has been encoded or encrypted. In addition, the department will not use email to transmit responses that contain private or confidential data on an individual unless it can ensure the security and integrity of the information or it has the individual’s consent to transmit such unsecured data.

Data Privacy. DHS is dedicated to preserving your privacy and security while viewing our website. We strive to retrieve the minimum amount of information from our visitors necessary in order to provide a host of various services and resources. We do not capture personal information without visitors' permission.

For every visitor to our site, there are several common pieces of information that we do collect that are stored in logs. Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type, operating system, the date and time of the visit and the addresses to which a visitor linked during a visit to our website are all recorded. We cannot and do not associate any of this information with individual persons, distribute this information or use it in any manner other than for statistical analysis in improving our site to better serve our visitors. We do not use cookies to record any personal information. Cookies are used only to track if you are a first-time visitor to our website or if you have visited us in the past.

DHS does not sell, rent or publish any of our visitors' personal or private information. We do not reveal specific information about subscribers or other personally identifiable data to unaffiliated third parties for their independent use. In addition, we endeavor to restrict employee access to any personal information except where necessary to perform required duties.

Jurisdiction. This Agreement is governed by the laws of the State of Minnesota, USA. User consents to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of state and federal courts with competent jurisdiction in Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of this website. Use of this website is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these terms and conditions, including without limitation this paragraph.

DHS's performance of this Agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process and nothing contained in this Agreement is in derogation of DHS's right to comply with law enforcement requests or requirements relating to the User's use of this website or information provided to or gathered by DHS with respect to such use.

Severability. If any part of this Agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitation set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the Agreement shall continue in effect.

Complete Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the User and DHS with respect to this website and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral or written, between the User and DHS with respect to this website. This Agreement shall be deemed to include all other notices, policies, disclaimers and other terms contained in this website; provided, however, that in the event of a conflict between such other terms and the terms of this Agreement, the terms of this Agreement shall control. A printed version of this Agreement and of any notice given in electronic form will be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this Agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form.

Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.