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DETOUR Trails App - Privacy Policy

The DETOUR Ohio Trails mobile application (hereinafter “DETOUR”), is a service provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Watercraft (hereinafter “DPW” or “agency”) developed under contract with Environmental Systems Research Institute (hereinafter “vendor”). DPW recognizes the importance of privacy to our website visitors. This privacy policy applies only to the DETOUR mobile application and does not represent the privacy policy for other Ohio Department of Natural Resources or Division of Parks & Watercraft websites or applications.

Users of DETOUR should be aware of the following information:

Public Records

Subject to specific statutory exceptions as listed in Ohio Rev. Code 149.43, most documents and records maintained by the State of Ohio, including but not limited to electronic data, are public records under Ohio law. Therefore, information submitted through this application may be subject to disclosure pursuant to a public records request. Confidential personal information is not subject to public records and is redacted from any such requests.

Types of Information Being Collected:

DETOUR collects various pieces of profile, location, and other information to manage the user experience.

OH|ID Account and DETOUR Profile

To create an OH|ID account and DETOUR profile, DPW requires users to provide their full name, email address, and date of birth.

Location Information

DETOUR uses your location to indicate your current position on the maps and trails.  DETOUR also uses your location in the background so you can record your trips and to detect discovery points along trails, even when the app is closed or not in use. This allows you to open and run other apps while DETOUR is minimized, or when your screen is locked. The Agency has no ability to use location data to track a user's current location.

While DETOUR is always using your location on your mobile device, your location is never sent to DETOUR servers unless you are recording a trip, reporting a trail problem, submitting feedback, or submitting location-tagged photos.

Other User Information That May Be Collected by the Agency:

  • User-submitted feedback
  • User-submitted trail photos

Methods for collecting personal information:

OH|ID account information is collected through disclosure by the user on the online form. All fields are required unless labeled (optional) and must be completed to continue to apply for the OH|ID account and DETOUR profile.

Location is collected by your mobile device’s location service.

Other user information like feedback or trail photos is only collected when actively contributed by users.  

Your contributions to DETOUR may be considered public record and viewable by the public, including your trip history, favorite trails, feedback, and submitted photos.

Use of your Personal Information

The agency collects and uses location information to deliver services to DETOUR users. To assist local trail managing agencies, we may also forward user-submitted location information, feedback and photos when we receive a report of a trail problem. The agency does not sell, rent, or lease your personal or location information to third parties, however, it may be provided in response to a public records request as allowed by public records law. In addition, the agency shares data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send communications, or provide user support. All such third parties are prohibited from using personal information, except to provide these services to the agency.

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 individuals have the right, with limits, to inspect, correct, and dispute such information.

Contact Information

DPW welcomes your comments regarding this privacy policy. If you believe that the agency has not adhered to this Statement, please contact the agency at trails@ohio.gov. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.