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Information Collected and How It Is Used
During your visit to the City’s website, if you do nothing more than browse, read pages, or download information, the City does not collect or store information from or about you.
The City does have access to site usage statistics provided by its Internet Service Provider that it uses to measure which site pages are visited the most often and when. The City may use these website statistics to determine how its website is being used in an effort to continually improve the site's usefulness to the public. The City does not collect or store any information that can be used to identify or profile an individual.
If You Send the City Email
If you send the City an email, we will collect the email address and the contents of the email. The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include any audio, video, and graphic information formats you send.
The City will use your email to respond appropriately. This may be to respond to you, to address issues you may identify, to further improve our website, or to forward the email to another agency for appropriate action.
If You Fill out One of Our Complaint Forms on This Site
This site contains forms. Any information that you provide will not be sold, rented, or leased to third parties and will only be used to respond to you or investigate your complaint. We strongly urge you not to submit sensitive personal information using these online forms. If you feel that sensitive information, such as credit card numbers or social security numbers, is required to process your complaint, we urge you to print out the complaint form and submit it by mail.
All information collected by this website becomes a public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by members of the public, unless an exemption or other protection in the law exists. (Please see “Public Access to Information” section below.)
Personal Information and Choice
You may choose whether to provide personal information on-line. "Personal information" is information about a natural person that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Personal information includes such things as an individual's name, social security number, address, and phone number. A domain name or Internet Protocol address is not considered personal information.
We collect no personal information about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us by sending an email or providing it on a complaint form.
If you volunteer personal information, state law and the federal Privacy Act of 1974 may protect such information. However, this information is a public record once provided. If it is not protected by an exemption from the Public Disclosure Law, RCW 42.17, or other state or federal law, it may be subject to public inspection and copying.
If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact the City as shown in the Contact Information Section of this statement notice.
You are cautioned that the collection of personal information requested from, or volunteered by, children on-line or by email will be treated the same as information given by an adult, and may be subject to public access.
Public Access to Information
In the State of Washington, laws exist to ensure that government is open and accessible to citizens. This means that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by state government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public's right to access public records that serve various public policy objectives and needs, including the privacy of individuals. Exceptions are provided by both state and federal laws.
All of the information collected at this site becomes a public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by members of the public, unless an exemption or other protection in the law exists.
In the event of a conflict between these Terms and the Public Records Disclosure Act or other law governing the agency's disclosure of records, the Public Records Disclosure Act or other applicable law will control.
This website makes limited use of "cookies" to better serve visitors to the site. Cookies are simple text files stored on your computer by your Web browser. They provide a method of distinguishing among visitors to the City’s website.
Cookies created on your computer by using this website do not contain personally identifying information and do not compromise your privacy or security. We use the cookie feature only to store a randomly generated identifying tag on your computer. You can refuse the cookie or delete the cookie file from your computer by using any of the widely available methods.
The City, as developer and manager of this website, has taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its data and prevent unauthorized access to information maintained by the City. These measures are designed and intended to prevent corruption of data, block unknown or unauthorized access to our systems and information, and to provide reasonable protection of private information in the City’s possession. This information should not be construed in any way as giving business, legal, or other advice, or warranting the security of information provided via the City’s website.