This site will provide you with secure access to systems that are part of the Florida Web
Systems Portal including the DCF Background Screening System. Once you successfully
self-register and receive your unique user name to the Background Screening System,
you will be allowed to manage your own password.
We respect the privacy of all system users. It is a Department priority to ensure your
information is handled with regard to data privacy and security. This Privacy Statement
explains how the Department of Children and Families will use the information submitted
to the site.
Please note that some sites that are accessed through this portal may contain links to other
internet sites. This privacy statement does not govern all of these sites. You are responsible
for familiarizing yourself with the privacy policies of any site you visit.
This Agreement Covers
This Agreement governs your use of any information, content, products, services, transactions,
and other features available on or through this web site now or in the future. It applies to
any online access or use by you, whether you access the site through any Department of Children
and Families URL addresses, electronic mail, link from another web site, or any other means.
Accepting this Agreement
By using the Florida Web Systems Portal, you agree to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
If you do not accept the Agreement, you may not use Florida Web Systems Portal to access any of
our online systems.
Users are authenticated when logging in to the Florida Web Systems Portal by directly entering
their user name and password through single sign on access.
Systems within the Florida Web Systems Portal do not use "cookies" (small text files stored
in a user's browser) to identify users when they connect to the site.
To ensure the Florida Web Systems Portal site is well managed; we may use web tracking devices
to capture aggregate and individual user information. We may use this information to identify
users by items such as IP address, user name, domain, and browser type. We may also collect
information about user behavior, such as date and time of visit, pages browsed and downloaded,
and frequency and length of visits. This information will assist us in gaining a better
understanding of how users utilize the Florida Web Systems Portal, and how to improve
the site. The information collected is reported to our Webmasters who use it only for
Florida Web Systems Portal administration.
Information Use and Sharing
The information submitted to any system within the Florida Web Systems Portal is only to be
used for necessary business purposes, such as contacting, communications, and information sharing.
Where necessary to comply with applicable legal requests, user information may be disclosed
to law enforcement or other government agencies.
Access to Information
The Florida Web Systems Portal is dedicated to providing an opportunity to access and review
your information, appropriate to your user credentials, as well as add or correct any inaccuracies
it may contain. In all cases, we will treat requests to access information or change information
in accordance with applicable legal requirements.
Registration and Eligible Accounts
To register in and use the Florida Web Systems Portal, you will be asked various questions to help
individually identify you as a user. If you do not supply required information to establish a user
account you will not be able to access any system within the Florida Web Systems Portal.
Failure to abide by the Terms and Conditions can result in your Florida Web Systems Portal
account being revoked. This action can be taken at the discretion of the Department at any time
Accounts can be revoked for the following reasons:
- Misuse of information
- Change in circumstances
- Attempts to compromise the integrity of this system
- Other reasons as defined by the Department of Children and Families
Although we have in place reasonable commercial standards of technology and operational security
to protect your information from loss, misuse, alteration or destruction, the transmission of
data over the Internet by its nature entails the use of systems under the control of third parties,
and as a result the Florida Web Systems Portal does not control the security of such systems.
Use of the Florida Web Systems Portal requires a computer and Internet access connected through
an Internet Service Provider with a Web browser (for example, Netscape Navigator or Microsoft
To prevent unauthorized access to your Florida Web Systems Portal account, you agree to keep your
user name, password, challenge questions, and any other security or access information confidential.
We recommend that you memorize your user information and do not write it down. You agree not to
give or otherwise make available your user information to any unauthorized individual.
If you believe the security of your password or any other access information has been compromised
in any way (for example, your password has been lost or stolen, someone has attempted to use a
system under your user name without your consent, or your account has been accessed), you must
notify us IMMEDIATELY.
Under certain circumstances, we may deny your access to any one or more system(s) or any part thereof,
in order to maintain or restore security or performance. We may do so if we reasonably believe your
user information has been or may be obtained or is being or may be used by an unauthorized person(s).
We may try to notify you in advance, but cannot guarantee we will do so.
Service Hours and Interruptions in Service
Systems within the Florida Web Systems Portal are generally available for your use 7 days a week,
24 hours a day. However, from time to time, we may perform maintenance upon or experience hardware,
software or other problems resulting in interrupted service, delays, or errors. We may try to
notify you in advance, but cannot guarantee we will do so.
Changes to Web Systems Portal
To continue to provide you with a valuable service, we may revise, update, discontinue, or otherwise
modify, temporarily or permanently, part or all of the Florida Web Systems Portal
(including, but not limited to, systems within the Florida Web Systems Portal, this Agreement,
the services or features offered, and any materials related therein), or your access thereto,
at any time. We will attempt to notify you in advance of any material changes, but cannot
guarantee we will do so. Notice may be provided via a number of methods (to be chosen by us),
including messages at log in, secure message, or messages sent to postal or e-mail addresses
in our records.
Changes to our Privacy Statement
This privacy statement may be modified or amended at any time and for any reason. Nothing contained
herein is intended to create a contract or agreement between the Department of Children and Families
and any user providing information of any kind.