- What personal information about visitors is collected on this site;
- How private information is held;
- How it will be used;
- Under what conditions this information may be shared or released to another party.
- Information That May Be Collected and How It May Be Used
- Personal Information and Choice
- Public Disclosure
- The Internet Protocol (IP) address and domain name used, but not the email address. The IP address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet Service Provider or directly to your computer. We use the IP address to direct Internet traffic to you;
- The type of browser and operating system you used and your connection speed;
- The date and time you visited this site;
- The web pages or services you accessed at this site; and
- The website you visited prior to coming to this website.
- E-mail correspondence: The e-mail address and contents of the e-mail;
- Forms: Any information you volunteered on an online form.
Return to Policy ContentsB. Personal Information and Choice Personal information is any piece of information or data about an individual that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Examples of personal information includes personal identifiers such as an individual's name, address, and phone number. A domain name or IP address is not considered personal information. Only personal information that is voluntarily provided, through such activities as sending an e-mail or submitting an online form, may be collected. If you choose not to participate in these activities, your choice will in no way affect your ability to use any other feature of the County's website. Any personal information voluntarily provided to the County via e-mail or the online forms on the County's website will be treated in the same manner as letters to a Board member or a County department. The collection of personal information requested from or volunteered by children on-line or by email will be treated the same as information provided by an adult.
Return to Policy ContentsD. CookiesWhat Is A Cookie? A cookie is a small data file which may include an anonymous, unique identifier that is sent to your browser from a website's computer and may either be used only during your session (a "session" cookie) or may be stored on your computer's hard drive (a "persistent" cookie). Cookies can contain data about user movement during the visit to the website. If your browser software is set to allow cookies, a website can send its own cookie to you. Why Are Cookies Used On Websites? Cookies are a mechanism for maintaining continuity during a user's visit to a website. They allow data to be maintained for users' benefit as they navigate a site. This is referred to as "session" or "management" cookie. These cookies go away when you terminate your visit to the website as they are maintained only in your browser's active memory during your session. Cookies may also be stored on your computer so that you can be recognized by a website on subsequent visits. They are read by the website that set them whenever you re-visit the website. They may store information about areas of the website you have visited before and any preferences or settings that need to be preserved for any subsequent visits to the website. As these cookies are stored on your computer's hard drive, they are often referred to as "persistent" cookies. Choices About Cookies You can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. (Each browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.) Also, shareware and freeware cookie management tools are readily available from various websites that allow users to selectively delete cookies or to run a background application that will automatically accept or reject cookies based on the user's specifications. Cookies On This Website The County uses persistent cookies to remember the state of the collapsing panels in the left and right margins (for IE5+ and Mozilla) and to remember the last picture displayed on the main page. If cookies are disabled, all menus and lists will be fully extended and not collapsible. As additional features are implemented on the website, other information could be retained in cookies in order to provide a pleasant visitor experience.
Return to Policy ContentsE. Security Safeguards have been undertaken in an effort to preserve the integrity of the County's network and computing infrastructure. Security measures have been and continue to be integrated into the entire operating environment as part of the County's ongoing commitment to risk management. However, in all fairness, the County does not guarantee the absolute security of information it maintains. Please refer to the County’s Security Policy for more information.
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