Calaveras County, California

General Privacy and Use Policy

County Government Internet Site


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This is how we handle information we learn about you from your visit to our website.
The information we receive depends on what you do when you visit our site:

If you visit our site to browse, or to read or download information like forms, documents, publications or maps and related data:

We collect and store BASIC anonymous information:
such as the pages viewed, the name of the domain and host from which you access the Internet (for example, msn.com or google.com); the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer you are using; the browser software you use and your operating system; the date and time you access our site; and the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site. This information remains anonymous because it is not and generally cannot be associated with any personally identifiable information.
See below for additional information about IP addresses.

We use this information to count the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, to identify problem areas within our site, and to help us make the site more useful. Generally, we delete this information within a year.

Certain parts of this site use "cookies" to maintain session information during your visit. These are set to expire soon after your visit. See below for a detailed description of cookies.

Web Bugs
At the present time we do not use small images known as web bugs - sometimes called single-pixel GIFs, transparent GIFs, or clear GIFs- that could allow us to track general user traffic patterns. We are unable to determine whether this technology is being used at sites linked to this site. We have not determined whether this technology is used by sites linked from this site.
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If you request information via the website such are property or parcel information, the Basic information noted above is recorded. The details of your query may also be recorded in the routine server log files. Again, we only use this information to fulfill your immediate request and to assess the performance of our content delivery systems. These logs are generally purged within a year.

If you utilize the website to download forms or other publications, the routine log files will record the Basic information noted above as well as the filename requested and the success or failure of the download. Again, we only use this information to fulfill your immediate request and to assess the performance of our content delivery systems. These logs are generally purged within a year.

If you perform a search of this website using the search function provided, the routine log files will record the Basic information noted above as well as the details of your request and the success or failure of the query. Again, we only use this information to fulfill your immediate inquiry and to assess the performance of our content delivery systems. These logs are generally purged within a year.

If you utilize the County Code section of the Website, the Basic information noted above will be recorded in our log files and in our outside contractor's server log files. Additional information about your visit to their site may be logged. We have no control over the disposition of this contractor's logs nor do we request any information about the content of their logs.
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Personally-Identifying Information

At this time, we collect no personally-identifying information from visitors through the normal use of this website. If you use one of our online forms, the information you provide is up to you. If you don't provide your name or other required information, it may be impossible for us to refer, respond to, or investigate your complaint or request. When you do provide personally-identifying information, we use this information only to fulfill your immediate request. Some record may be kept of the transaction by the department contacted depending on the nature of the request. Please contact that department for specifics.

The County of Calaveras may be asked to make collected data, including specific personally identifiable information available to law enforcement agencies, companies or people when asked to respond to subpoenas, court orders or other valid legal process; or if we believe that your actions violate applicable laws, particular Terms of Use or other usage guidelines for products or services, or, threaten the rights, property or safety of our personnel, our users, or others. Material released may be subject to review by County Counsel, and would be subject to certain confidentiality rules.

Public Access
If your computer is accessible to others or if you share a computer with someone else or you are using a computer in a public place like a library or Internet café you should close your browser window when you have finished your work so that others cannot access your personal information.

Your Personal Information
If you use this site, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your personal information (including your account number and password, if applicable) and for restricting access to your computer, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password.

If you choose to identify yourself by sending an email:

If you send us an email, you should know that email is not necessarily secure against interception. So, if your communication includes sensitive information like your bank account, charge card, social security number, medical information or anything you feel or have been advised is confidential, please contact your intended recipient by postal mail or telephone rather than email. In addition, email correspondence may be saved on the recipient's computer and backup media for an indefinite period of time. Your correspondence may also be forwarded to others in order to fulfill your request and thus may be held on their systems as well. Responses from us to your request will also persist on the sender's computer, those cc'd and most likely on your own computer after you read the message.

Email system log files are maintained on most of the computers that handle these transactions, and would contain the some or all of the Basic information noted above. The logs kept on our servers are used to enhance system performance and to isolate technical problems. They are generally purged within a year. We have no use for, or control of email related data kept on other intermediary servers and systems.
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Outside Agencies, Organizations and Providers

Outside equipment that routes your requests to our site may also log information about the path taken over the internet to access us. This data is mainly technical information used to streamline traffic flow and to troubleshoot systems, and is usually located with that equipment or service provider. We have no use for, or control of that data.

This website links to pages and documents located on websites maintained by various agencies and other organizations beyond our control. Once you access an individual document on another website, you are subject to the privacy policy of the website containing that document if it exists.

Portions of the County Website may be hosted on web servers operated and maintained by independent Internet Service Providers. The privacy policy and practices of each indepenant provider is periodically reviewed to assure they are in substantial compliance with industry best practices, and closely parallels County policy with regards to the safety and disclosure of personally-identifying information.

We do not share any detailed collected information with any other agency or department. We do make available reports based on the aggregate of the routinely collected Basic data noted above for the benefit of ourselves and other departments. These are used to gauge website traffic, needs and problem areas.
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Modification of Internet Website Privacy Practices
Any modifications to our privacy practices will be reflected first within this area of our network of web servers. If there is a material change in our privacy practices, we will indicate on our sites that our privacy practices have changed and provide a link to the new privacy statement. If we are going to be using the information collected from users in a manner materially different from that stated at the time of collection we will send affected users written notice of the change if possible.

Here's where to contact us about your Calaveras County Website privacy concerns:

County of Calaveras, Technology Services
891 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas, California 95249
(209) 754 - 6366

You may also contact:

County of Calaveras, County Counsel
891 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas, California 95249
(209) 754 - 6314

If you experience technical problems with the operation of this website, please contact:
webmaster@co.calaveras.ca.us
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Cookie
A "cookie" is a small text file that a website can place on your computer's hard drive in order, for example, to collect information about your activities on the site or to make it possible for you to use an online "shopping cart" to keep track of items you wish to purchase, or to maintain particular "state" or information group from page to page during and online "session". The cookie transmits this information back to the originating web site's computer which, generally speaking, is the only computer that can read it. Most consumers do not know that "cookies" are being placed on their computer when they visit a website. If you want to know when this happens, or to prevent it from happening, you can set your browser to warn you when a website attempts to place a "cookie" on your computer. Some features of a site may not function properly if cookies are disabled. Most cookies have an expiration date.

IP Addresses
An Internet Protocol address is a set of numbers that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you log on to your Internet Service Provider or through your company's local area network (LAN) or wide area network (WAN). Web servers, the powerful computers that provide web pages for viewing, automatically identify your computer by the IP address assigned to it during your session online.

We collect IP addresses for some purposes (for example, to build routine web traffic reports and to audit other features of our site). We do not link a user's IP address to a person's personal information (which we seldom have anyway) This means we will have a record of each user's session but the user remains anonymous to us.

PLEASE NOTE: We will use IP addresses to identify users of this site when we feel it is necessary to enforce compliance with our site's Terms of Use or to protect our service, site or other users from fraudulent or illegal behavior. Under some circumstances, we may make such information available to the affected Internet Service Provider in order for them to become aware of and control fraudulent or illegal behavior originating from their systems. We may also be required by legal process to release this IP address information (see above). Furthermore, under certain circumstances, IP address and/or domain names may be linked to personally identifiable information, when said information is stored in databases managed by Internet registrars or registries such as Network Solutions or ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers).


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Reviewed: 11/05/2001   rev. 04/27/05