Privacy Policy

Types of Information We Collect:
Jefferson County (JEFFCO) is a government entity that conducts public business and maintains records related its operations that generally are made available for public review under chapter 42.56 RCW, the Washington Public Records Act (Public Records Act). JEFFCO is committed, to the extent allowable by law, to protect and secure personal information contained in JEFFCO records. This privacy commitment must be balanced with the rights of public access under the Public Records Act, The information JEFFCO gathers is either information that you voluntarily supply when you register or initiate transactions (for example, your name and address), or information gathered on usage patterns and preferences as users navigate JEFFCO’S website, use JEFFCO’s services such as e-mail, or read JEFFCO’s e-mail newsletters. JEFFCO may allow a third party business access to JEFFCO’s website for purposes relating to website maintenance and data storage. During the course of website maintenance or data storage activity, a third party business may have access to information stored on JEFFCO’s website.

To help make JEFFCO’s website more responsive to the needs of users, JEFFCO uses a standard feature of browser software, called a “cookie”, to assign each user a unique, random number that resides on your computer. The cookie does not identify the user, just the computer that a user uses to access JEFFCO’s website. Unless you voluntarily identify yourself, JEFFCO will not know who you are, even if JEFFCO assign a cookie to your computer, as the only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply. A cookie cannot read unrelated data off your computer. JEFFCO use cookies to help it deliver a better, more personalized service. For example, JEFFCO uses cookies to track the web pages and services on JEFFCO’s website visited by users. JEFFCO can build a better website if JEFFCO knows which web pages and features users are visiting and how often.

Browser Level Information and IP Addresses:
JEFFCO’s web server automatically collects limited information about your computer configuration when you visit JEFFCO’s website, including the type of browser you use, the operating system you are running, the resolution of your computer monitor, the website that referred you, and your IP address. Your IP address is a number that is used by computers connected to the Internet to identify your computer so that data such as the web pages you want to view can be transmitted to you. JEFFCO use IP address information for systems administration and trouble-shooting purposes.

Other Disclosures:
JEFFCO may occasionally release information about users when release is appropriate to comply with law, to protect the rights, property or safety of users to JEFFCO’s website, the public, JEFFCO’s customers, or JEFFCO’s government and its employees, agents, partners and affiliates.

Please keep in mind that JEFFCO’s on-line communities are public spaces, so do not post anything that you do not want the world to see. Credit card numbers, product keys, and other confidential information, including anything covered under a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), should not be posted to any blogs, discussions, or other public areas.