Revised May 2021
The Ohio Department of Youth Services website, dys.ohio.gov, is a service provided by the Ohio Department of Youth Services. We recognize the importance of privacy to our website visitors. This Privacy Notice & Policies applies only to dys.ohio.gov. An Ohio.gov website with a different agency or other name immediately to the left of Ohio.gov is maintained by another Ohio government agency and is governed by the policies of that agency.
Visitors to dys.ohio.gov should be aware of the following information:
What we collect
Personally identifiable information provided to us through our contact form.
- Please do not submit to us sensitive personally identifiable information such as social security numbers, driver's license numbers or medical or financial information through our contact form.
Generic, Internet-user information. It may include:
- Internet protocol address of the individual computer (or proxy server) making the request,
- Type of internet browser or computer operating system you are using,
- Date and time you accessed this site,
- Webpages visited on this site, and
- Internet address of the site from which you may have linked to this site.
How we collect information
Personally identifiable information is collected through voluntary disclosure by you through online forms and e-mail questions.
Our website uses log files and web cookies to capture generic, Internet-user information each time a request is made to view a page within this website.
What we do with the information we collect
Personally identifiable information you submit in e-mail or online forms is used so that we can answer or process your request as effectively as possible.
All information collected through server log files is used in aggregate form to analyze usage trends and statistics to help us improve our website. It may also be used to identify and respond to threats to the State network.
Cookies may be used when necessary to complete a transaction, to process data submitted to us online, or to facilitate ongoing Internet interaction.
Public records and when we share your information
Ohio public records law requires state agencies to disclose most documents and records, including electronic records. Therefore, information submitted through this website may be subject to disclosure pursuant to a public records request. Please be aware that for public records, Ohio law requires us to disclose the records despite requests to keep information confidential. Read the DYS Public Record Policy.
Any information collected through this website that indicates a threat of harm to people, property or systems or a violation of a law may be shared with law enforcement and used in connection with a criminal investigation, prosecution or other legal proceedings.
Access and dispute of information
Under sections 1347.08 and 1347.09 of the Ohio Revised Code, individuals have access rights to their information maintained in personal information systems. "Access rights" means you have the right, with limits, to inspect, correct, and dispute such information.
How we protect your information: Confidential personal information and our policy on protecting privacy
The Ohio Department of Youth Services requires its employees and contractors to respect privacy and protect personally identifiable information regardless of the form and system in which it's kept.
Ohio Revised Code 1347.15 requires the Ohio Department of Youth Services to adopt rules regulating access to the confidential personal information the agency keeps, whether electronically or on paper.
Ohio Department of Youth Services
4545 Fisher Road, Suite D
Columbus, Ohio 43228