Privacy Policy

Privacy is very important. This policy applies to all of the products, services and websites offered by Cattaraugus County.

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Privacy

Welcome to the Official Cattaraugus County Web site. Cattaraugus County has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy for our web site users. Other web sites operated by state and county agencies have different policies. We suggest that you read the privacy policies for each web site that you visit, and any external site that you visit through a link appearing at this site. The privacy statement may change at any time. The information collected prior to the time of such a change will be treated as stated in the policy in effect at the time of collection. The following paragraphs disclose our information gathering and dissemination practices. If you do not agree with any term in this policy, please do not use this site.

A Privacy Partnership

At this Web site, we attempt to protect your privacy to the maximum extent possible. However, because some of the information we receive through this Web site is subject to the New York State Public Officers Law, we cannot ensure absolute privacy. Information that you provide to us through this site may be made available to members of the public under the law. This policy informs you of the information that we collect from you at this site, what we do with it, to whom it may be disseminated, and how you can access it. Based on this information, you can make an informed choice about your use of this site. You can maximize the benefits of your privacy partnership with the County by making informed choices about whether to share personally identifiable information with us through this site.

Personally Identifiable Information

We use the term “personally identifiable information” to mean any information that could reasonably be used to identify you, including your name, address, e-mail address, Social Security number, birth date, bank account information, credit card information, or any combination of information that could be used to identify you.

Information Voluntarily Provided by You

This site collects voluntary information from you only from the e-mails or on-line forms that you send through this site. These e-mails and on-line forms will contain personally identifiable information. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.

Information Automatically Collected and Stored by this Site

Some areas of our websites use "cookies" (see Definition below) to store information on your computer that may do the following: uniquely identify you to us, store your settings, store other information pertaining to that website.

Cattaraugus County websites collect and store indefinitely your Internet Protocol ("IP") address, (which does not identify you as an individual), as well as information about the date and time of your visit, whether a file you have requested exists, and how many "bytes" of information were transmitted to you over the Web from this site. We use your IP address to assess the frequency of visits to this site and popularity of its various pages and functions. We will not attempt to match any personally identifiable information which you provide to us with your IP address, unless there are reasonable grounds to believe that doing so would provide information that is relevant and material to a criminal investigation.

Dissemination of Your Personally Identifiable Information

We do not sell any personally identifiable information collected through this Web site. However, once you voluntarily submit personally identifiable information to us through an e-mail or on-line forms, its dissemination is governed by the Public Officers Law, and other applicable laws and regulations. For this reason, part or all of the information you send us may be provided to a member of the public in response to a public records request.

In addition, the information that you voluntarily submit will be disclosed only to County employees or officials with a "need to know" for purposes of fulfilling their job responsibilities. They will only' use the information to answer your questions, respond to any requests for assistance, and fulfill the County's legal obligations. Where appropriate, we may provide the information submitted by you to the person or company that is the subject of your inquiry, or to a government agency responsible for the matters referred to in your communication.

Your Access and Opportunity to Correct

The New York State Public Officers Law provides you with certain rights to get information about you that is in our records.

Security

Because this site does not encrypt incoming e-mail, you should not send information that you consider highly sensitive through this Web site. We use standard security measures to ensure that your personally identifiable information is not lost, misused, altered, or unintentionally destroyed. We also use software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits.

Links Disclaimer

In order to provide visitors with certain information, this website provides links to local, State and federal government agencies, and websites of other organizations. A link does not constitute an endorsement of the content, view point, accuracy, opinions, policies, products, services or accessibility of that website. Once you link to another website from this website, including one maintained by the County, you are subject to the terms and conditions of that website, including, but not limited to, its privacy policy.

Information Disclaimer

Information provided on this website is intended to allow the public immediate access to public information. While all attempts are made to provide accurate, current, and reliable information, the County recognizes the possibility of human and/or mechanical error. Therefore, the County, its employees, officers and agencies make no representations as to the accuracy, completeness, currency, or suitability of the information provided by this website, and deny any expressed or implied warranty as to the same.

Data Collection

Currently, the County does not knowingly collect personal information from children or create profiles of children through this website. People are cautioned that the collection of personal information provided by any individual in an email will be treated the same as information given by an adult, and may, if not protected by federal or County law, be subject to public access. The State encourages parents and teachers to be involved in children's Internet activities and guide the children whenever children are asked to provide personal information on-line.

Contact Information

For questions about your privacy while using this Web site, please contact the Office of the County Administrator, Cattaraugus County Center, 303 Court Street, Little Valley, NY 14755

Definition

Cookies are files that a Web site can place on your computer. A cookies file contains unique information that a Web site can use to track such things as your password, lists of Web pages you have visited, and the date when you last looked at a specific Web page, or to identify your session at a particular Web site. A cookies file allows the Web site to recognize you as you click through pages on the site and when you later revisit the site. A Web site can use cookies to "remember" your preferences, and to record your browsing behavior on the Web. Although you can prevent Web sites from placing cookies on your computer by using your browser's preference menu, disabling cookies may affect your ability to view or interact with some Web sites.

If you have any questions about this policy or for further information, please contact webmaster [at] cattco [dot] org or write to us at Web Technician, Cattaraugus County, 303 Court Street, Little Valley, New York, 14755 USA.

Updated: June 22, 2006

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