Privacy and Security Policy
you for visiting the eCityGov.net web site and reviewing our privacy and
security policy. This policy supports
not only the eCityGov.net web site, but also all other eCityGov Alliance sites,
policy addresses: what personal information about visitors is collected on this
site; how private information is held; how it will be used; and under what
conditions this information may be shared or released to another party
eCityGov Alliance (Alliance) policies exist to ensure that government is open
and that the public has a right to access appropriate data/information
possessed by Alliance government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the
disclosure of data/information provided by Alliance policies, and State and
Federal laws. These exceptions include the privacy of individuals. Information
collected at this site becomes public record and may be subject to inspection
and copying by the public, unless an exception in law exists.
information in this statement and/or the policies described here may change at
simple. We do not collect personal information about you unless you choose to
provide it to us. You will still be able to access the site; however, you will
not be able to transact business without providing this information.
automatically collect statistical information as described below but only to
assist us in improving this site. eCityGov.net does not:
- Share any
personal information gathered on this web site with other agencies,
organizations, or persons unless required by law.
- Collect and/or
sell information for commercial marketing.
notice covers the following topics:
- Public Access
to Information Site Security
- Links to Other
- Internet Terms
that Alliance May Collect and How It May be Used
you only browse our web site or download data, some information will be
collected automatically. This information will not identify you personally. We
collect or store it to improve the content of our Web services and to help us
understand how people are using our services. Additionally, the data we collect
helps us route Web traffic and track down viruses and attacks against our site.
Our web site logs do not identify anyone personally, and we make no attempt to
link them with the individuals that browse the Alliance web site. The following
information is collected each time someone visits any web site:
- The Internet
domain name (examples: gmail.com or comcast.net) from which you access our
site. Note, this is not your Internet address.
- The Internet
Protocol (IP) address and domain name from which you connected to our site. The
Internet Protocol address is a number assigned to your computer or
provided by your Internet Service Provider whenever you browse the
Internet. We use this address to send data you request back to you. It is
not the email address.
- The type of
browser you used to visit our site.
- The type of
operating system you used and your
- The date and
time you visit our site.
- The specific
pages you visit at our site.
- If you linked
to our site from another web site, the address of that site.
Information and Choice
information" is information about an individual that is readily
identifiable to that specific individual. Personal information includes personal
identifiers such as an individual's name, address, business address, e-mail
address and phone number. Except as
otherwise provided in this policy, we will keep personal information private
and not share it unless disclosure is necessary to comply with the law, a court
order, or other legal process or to protect the rights of the Alliance or
enforce some term or provision of this policy.
will not collect personal information about you unless you participate in an
activity that requests information (i.e. sending an e-mail or participating in
a survey). If you do not to participate in these activities, your choice will
in no way affect your ability to use any other feature of the Alliance’s web
In registering for, applying for, and paying for permits or performing some
other transaction on-line; in filling out a form or a survey; or in sending an
e-mail, you will be asked to voluntarily provide the following personal
- Information by
participating in an on-line transaction with any of the cities.
through an on-line form.
- Information in
response to a survey.
- The e-mail
address and contents for those who communicate with us via e-mail.
domain name or Internet protocol address is not considered personal
information you provide will be used only for the purpose for which it is
intended. This personal information, once submitted to this web site, becomes a
public record subject to public record keeping regulations, including
disclosure. (See the definition of a public
record). In most cases the information you give us will be used only to
help us in providing you with the services or information that you request.
information collected may not be limited to text characters and will include
audio, video, and graphic information formats you send us. The information is
retained in accordance with the Alliance’s policies. The Alliance may use your email to respond to your
message, to assist in obtaining information you have requested, to address
issues you identify, to further improve our web site, or to forward the email
to another agency for appropriate action. Survey information will be used for
the purpose designated.
will not knowingly collect information from or maintain information for
children under the age of 18. Also, no part of the Alliance web sites are
structured towards anyone under 18. Users are cautioned that the collection of
personal information requested from or volunteered by children on-line or by
e-mail will be treated the same as information given by an adult and may be
subject to public access.
Alliance strives to protect personally identifiable information by collecting
only information necessary to deliver our services. All information that may be
collected by the Alliance becomes public record that may be subject to
inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. For
instance, if personal information is requested or volunteered, Alliance rules
and regulations, Washington State Public Disclosure law, or other Federal
statutes may protect it from disclosure. Unless confidentiality is specifically
authorized by law, no privilege or protection from disclosure is warranted or
otherwise implied by the Alliance. RCW 42.17.260(9) prohibits the commercial
use of lists of individuals’ information (including address, phone, or e-mail)
provided on this site. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice
and the Public Records Act or other law governing the disclosure of records,
the Public Records Act or other applicable law will control.
better serve our users, we use "cookies" to customize your browsing
experience on some parts of the Alliance web sites. A cookie is a small data
file which may include an anonymous unique identifier that is sent to your
browser from a web site's computers 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 web site. If your browser software is set to
allow cookies, a web site can send its own cookie to you. The Alliance’s web
site may send cookies that will be placed on your machine.
Cookies are a mechanism for maintaining continuity during a user's visit to a web
site. 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 web site 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 web
site on subsequent visits. They are read by the web site that set them whenever
you re-visit the web site. They are often used on web sites that require you to
login so that you can avoid having to enter all of your login information every
visit. They may store information on your unique identifier and the areas of
the web site you have visited before. These cookies are stored on your
computer's hard drive after you have left your web site visit and consequently
are often referred to as "persistent" cookies. You may be able to
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.)
Alliance has taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its
telecommunications and computing infrastructure. Security measures have been
integrated into the design, implementation and day-to-day practices of the
entire operating environment as part of its continuing commitment to risk
management. The Alliance, however, does not guarantee the absolute security of
information it maintains.
have the option to do business on-line with our cities, including making
electronic payments for goods and services. Such transactions are allowed only
under tightly controlled circumstances, where there are appropriate
technological and other safeguards in place to protect financial and other
sensitive data. All credit card transactions are encrypted, and credit card
numbers are not stored in the Alliance systems.
Alliance is responsible for properly securing communications that are exempt
from public disclosure, including financial information.
design of the electronic commerce systems supported on the Alliance web sites are
such that financial data remains primarily with financial institutions.
Wherever possible, financial information is not seen or collected by the cities
themselves. Instead, designated banks route the data, transfer the funds, and
confirm payment to both you and the applicable city. In addition, measures
including but not limited to encryption are used to ensure the integrity and
security of your financial information.
provision of this information should not be construed in any way as giving
business, legal, or other advice or warranting as fail proof the security of
information provided via the Alliance web sites.
OF WARRANTY AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:
effort is made to ensure that information contained on the Alliance web sites
have been produced and processed from sources believed to be reliable, however,
no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the accuracy, adequacy,
completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of any information herein.
Alliance web sites may contain hypertext links to external web sites and pages
containing information created and maintained by public and private
organizations other than Alliance. These may include links to web sites
operated by other government agencies or by nonprofit organizations. When you
connect to another site, you are no longer on the Alliance web sites and this
policy will not apply. When you connect to another web site, you are subject to
the policies of that site. The Alliance’s web site is designed to provide
businesses, visitors and residents access to Alliance government departments,
services and programs. Secondarily, the Alliance web sites provide businesses,
residents and visitors links to pertinent visitor-related information about the
area. From time to time, the Alliance may wish to provide links to other sites
that provide local, state or federal government information, additional
information about the community, including festivals, cultural events and local
news, or other information supporting the department’s mission and programs.
The Alliance, its employees, officials, officers, and agents shall not be
responsible for the contents of any off-site pages referenced. Such links are
provided for information only and do not constitute an endorsement of any kind.
Alliance, its employees, officials, officers, agents, as well as the
contributors to this web site, shall not be held responsible or liable for any
use of, error, omission, defect, delay in transmission or operation, computer
virus, communication failure, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to, the
information contained on the Alliance web sites.
and related reports are based on the best available information and are
intended for property owners, project applicants, citizens and city staff to
use as a general guide. The information contained may be updated as new
information is identified and/or resource materials become available. The
boundaries of properties and displayed features are generalized. Field
investigation and analysis by a qualified expert of site-specific conditions,
municipal codes and ordinances may be necessary to confirm the location of
property lines, existence of a critical area and applicable buffers and
commercial use or sale of the information and data presented by this web site,
or portions thereof, is prohibited without express written authorization by the
Alliance. Neither the Alliance nor its member agencies will be responsible for
any damages arising from the use of information on this web site.
web site is governed by the state of Washington. Any use of the site must
comply with all state and federal laws and regulations as well as the policies
and disclaimers on this site.
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