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Albemarle County
Internet Privacy Policy Statement
(last updated on June 26, 2003)

The following information explains the Internet Privacy Policy that the County of Albemarle has adopted for its Web site (Web pages at addresses beginning with "/").  The following is intended to explain our current Internet privacy practices, but shall not be construed as a contractual promise.  We reserve the right to amend our Internet Privacy Policy Statement at any time without notice.

Virginia law

We protect our records in accordance with our obligations as defined by applicable Virginia statutes, including, but not limited to, the "Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act", the "Virginia Freedom of Information Act", and by any applicable U.S. federal laws.

Links to other Web sites

Our Web site may contain links to other public or private entities' Web sites, whose privacy practices we do not control. Please see the Albemarle County Link Policy for more information.

Information we collect

When you access our Web site, the routing or client information, and the essential and nonessential technical information listed below, is automatically collected.  No other information is collected through our Web site except when you deliberately decide to send it to us (for example, by clicking on a link to send us an email or by submitting the online job application).  The information you might choose to send us is listed below as "optional information."

- Routing, or client, information: the Internet domain and Internet address of the computer you are using.

- Essential technical information: identification of the page or service you are requesting, type of browser and operating system you are using; and the date and time of access.

- Nonessential technical information: the Internet address of the Web site from which you linked directly to our Web site, and the "cookie information" described below.

- Optional information: when you send us an e-mail, your name, e-mail address, and the content of your e-mail; when you fill out online forms, all the data you choose to fill in or confirm.

- Cookies: Our Web site places a "session-cookie" on your computer during the online job application session, unless your browser is set to reject cookies.  The cookie is placed on your computer to facilitate the process of accepting and posting the applicant's information to the Human Resources internal job application database.  The session-cookie is obliterated when you completely exit out of all instances of the browser. 

How the collected information is used

Routing information is used to route the requested Web page to your computer for viewing.  We send the requested Web page and the routing information to our Internet service provider or other entities involved in transmitting the requested page to you.  We do not control the privacy practices of those entities.  Essential and nonessential technical information helps us respond to your request in a personalized manner and helps us plan Web site improvements.

Optional information enables us to provide services or information tailored more specifically to your needs or to forward your message or inquiry to another entity that is better able to do so, and also allows us to plan Web site improvements.

We may keep your information indefinitely, but we do not try to obtain any information to link it to the individuals who browse our Web site.  However, on rare occasions when a "hacker" attempts to breach computer security, logs of routing information are retained to permit a security investigation and in such cases may be forwarded together with any other relevant information in our possession to County Information Technology staff or law enforcement officials, where appropriate.  We use this transaction routing information primarily in a statistical summary type format to assess site content and server performance.

Optional information is retained in accordance with the records retention schedules at the Library of Virginia.

Under the "Virginia Freedom of Information Act", any records in our possession at the time of a "Freedom of Information Request" might be subject to being inspected by, or disclosed to, members of the public.  However, all identifiable confidential/personal information will be removed prior to releasing the routing information.

Choice to provide information

There is no legal requirement for you to provide any information at our Web site.  However, our Web site will not work without routing information and the essential technical information.  Failure of your browser to provide nonessential technical information will not prevent your use of our Web site, but may prevent certain features from working.  Failure to provide optional information will mean that the particular feature or service associated with that part of the Web page will not be available to you.

Customer comments or review

If you have questions about this privacy statement or the practices of this Web site, or if you choose to review or correct any information you previously submitted, please contact Elaine Pack, Web Analyst.

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