In the State of California, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by government agencies. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public's right to access public records provided by both state and federal laws. These exceptions include the need to protect the privacy of individuals.
Information Collected and How it is Used
When you browse through the Site, read pages or download information, the system will automatically collect and store certain information about your visit. This information does not personally identify you. We use it only to help us improve our website. The information collected is limited to the following:
- The IP address (a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the web).
- The type of browser and operating system you used to access our Site.
- The date and time during which you access our Site.
- The pages you visit.
- If you came to our website via a link on another website, the address of that website.
The information we automatically collect or store may be used to improve the content of our Site and to help us understand how people are using our services. We may analyze the log files that contain this information to continually improve the value of the materials available on the Site. The information in these logs does not personally identify you, and we make no attempt to link the information in these logs with the individuals that browse the Site.
To better serve you, we occasionally use "cookies" to customize your browsing experience. Cookies are simple text files stored by your web browser when you first visit a website. They provide a method of distinguishing among visitors to the website. Web browsers normally accept cookies, unless the user has specifically turned the capability off.
If during your visit to the Site you participate in a survey, send an email or fill out a feedback form, the following additional information will be collected:
- Email correspondence: The email address, contents of the email and any personal identification/contact information you provide.
- Surveys: Any information you volunteer in response to a survey including any personal identification/contact information.
- Feedback Forms: All comments and any personal identification/contact information you provide.
All information collected is retained in accordance with California Government Code Section 26200 et. seq.
We use your email address to respond appropriately. This may be to respond to you, to address issues you identify, to further improve the Site, or to forward the email to another agency for appropriate action. Survey information is used for the purpose designated.
Please be aware that other websites that may be accessed through our Site may collect personally-identifiable information about you. The information practices of those third parties' websites linked to our Site are not covered by our Site Usage Policy. You are responsible for learning the web usage policies of those sites.
Personal Information and Choice
"Personal 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, and phone number. A domain name or Internet Protocol address is not considered personal information.
At the Site we collect no personal information about you unless you voluntarily participate in an activity that asks for information (i.e. sending an email or participating in a survey). 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 Site.
Users are cautioned that the collection of personal information requested from or volunteered by children online or by email will be treated the same as information given by an adult and may be subject to public access.
In the State of California, the California Public Records Act (Government Code Section 6250 et seq.) exists to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by state or local government entities. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public's right to access public records that serve various needs; the privacy of individuals is included among these exceptions. Exceptions are provided by both state and federal laws.
The Site strives to protect personally- identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information collected at the Site becomes public record and may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists.
In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and Government Code Section 6250 et seq., or any other law governing the disclosure of records, Government Code Section 6250 or such other applicable law will control.
Access to and Correction of Personal Information
You can review any personal information the Site collects about you. If you find an error in this information, you may request changes by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us. In all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections. See Contact Information section.
Security of the information that you provide is very important to us. For Site security purposes, and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, the County employs tools to monitor network traffic to identify and block malicious content. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on the Site are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act. Note: the Site does not encrypt incoming email or comments.