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Privacy & Security on the Arlington Website

 

In Brief...

Policy

The Arlington County Government is committed to protecting online privacy and to ensuring the security of personal information collected on the Arlington County website.

Personal Information

Personal information, required for some interactive services, is secured through state of the art technology, is kept only as long as required by law or is relevant for the purposes it was collected. The data will not be sold, reused, rented, loaned or otherwise used. More >>

Legal Access to Personal Information

Law enforcement officials may under certain circumstances obtain access to subscriber databases. More >>

Website Logs and Cookies

Website logs are used throughout the website for analysis of site use. They do not contain personally identifiable information. The homepages of the Treasurer, Economic Development and the Commuter Page use cookies for enhanced data collection. More >>

Links to Other Websites

Some links on the website lead to sources outside Arlington County Government. The links are intended to broaden the content of the County website, but should not be interpreted as an endorsement of the sites or their content. More >>

Terms of Use and Consent

By login the user accepts the stated policies of the website as posted and revised. More >>

Warranties & Disclaimers

Every effort is made to provide accurate information on the County website. However, information is provided as is without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. More >>

Detailed Information

Policy

The Arlington County Government is committed to protecting online privacy and to ensuring the security of personal information collected on the Arlington County website.

Personal Information

No personally identifiable information (any information by which you can be identified) is required to browse the County website. Questions, comments and suggestions voluntarily submitted to the County website through electronic mail may be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary.

Personal information required to use some interactive services such as those in the payment portal, e-mail notification of all kinds, payment notification and reminders, bill presentment and payment, request for service, will be treated as confidential. Information that may be collected includes name, address, telephone number, license plate number, vehicle title number, e-mail address, checking account information, and credit and debit card account numbers. Such interactive services are entirely voluntary. Once a customer provides personally identifiable information the data is secured through state of the art technology. The data will be kept for as long as either required by law, or is relevant for the purposes for which it was collected.

The County website uses Secured Sockets Layer (SSL) for secure transmissions. SSL applies encryption between two communicating applications, such as the customer’s PC and the server. When data is transmitted over the Internet, it is encrypted at the sending end and then decrypted at the receiving end. Personal information and all credit card account numbers and other payment information will be protected by 128-bit encryption technology, provided your browser is properly configured and your computer is operating properly. Security technology requires that you have a browser that is capable of supporting 128-bit encryption. Such browsers will activate the appropriate security features when you enter an online transaction through this site. In general, you can determine whether you are on a secure site by looking at the symbol at the bottom of your browser screen. If the key is unbroken or the lock is locked, it indicates that you are using a secure server.

Arlington County Government will not sell, rent or lease or otherwise disclose your personally identifiable information to others. Information is shared with entities who are contractually acting on behalf of the County. Such entities are governed by this privacy policy with respect to the use of this data and are bound by the appropriate confidentiality agreements.

Legal Access to Personal Information

Federal law enforcement officials may under certain circumstances obtain access to subscriber databases under the federal Patriot Act (Public Law 107-56). Federal law prohibits Arlington County from informing you if federal law enforcement officials have obtained these records. Other laws may also mandate disclosure.

Website Logs and Cookies

Website logs are used throughout the website. They provide use data for analysis that will lead to an improved site. They do not contain personally identifiable information and no attempt is made to link the logged information with the individuals who actually browse the site.

The Treasurer, Economic Development and the Commuter Page use cookies. A cookie is a piece of text that asks permission to be placed on the customer’s computer hard drive. If the customer agrees, the browser adds the text in a small file. The purpose of a cookie is to help analyze web traffic or identify when a given customer visits a particular site. Cookies allow a web application to respond to the customer as an individual. By gathering and remembering information about preferences, the web application can tailor its operation to a customer’s needs, likes and dislikes.

Accepting a cookie in no way gives access to your computer or any personal information about you, other than the data you chose to share. This practice is strictly enforced. You may set your web browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator) to notify you of cookie placement requests or decline cookies completely. You can delete the files that contain cookies. They files are stored as part of your internet browser.

Links to Other Websites

Some of the links on the County website lead to resources outside Arlington County government. The presence of these links does not imply, and should not be interpreted as, endorsement, sanction, approval or authorization of these sites or their content. Arlington County government makes no guarantee or warranty, expressed or implied, concerning the content or accuracy of any material on any external website links.

Terms of Use and Consent

Any person is hereby authorized to browse the County website for informational purposes. Information may be printed or downloaded from the website for non commercial, personal use only, provided all copyright and copyrights and other proprietary notices contained on the material are retained. No person may, however, sell, distribute, modify, transmit, reuse, repost, use or create derivative works based on the content of the website in whole or part for any purpose without the written permission from Arlington County government or the owner of such content in each instance. The policies on the Arlington County website are subject to change, without notice, upon public posting in a timely fashion by Arlington County Government.

By using the Arlington County website, browsers give Arlington County permission to collect information about the pages browsed by them as an anonymous user for the purpose of calculating aggregate site statistics.

If you are under the age of 18, you must not provide your name, e-mail address, or any other identifying information without the consent of your parent or guardian, or as otherwise provided for by applicable law.

Warranties & Disclaimers

Information on this website is provided "as is" and to the extent permitted by relevant law without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Arlington County assumes no responsibility for the timeliness, deletion, misdelivery or failure to store any user communications or personalization settings.

In no event shall the Arlington County Government be liable for any special, incidental, indirect, or consequential damages of any kind (including but not limited to lost data or profits), or any other damages whatsoever whether or not advised of the possible damage, under any theory of liability, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of this information.

Nothing in these preceding paragraphs shall exclude liability for fraudulent misrepresentations.

Calendar of Events: Arlington County web calendars are compiled in good faith as a service to County residents, visitors and businesses. Events on the calendar are limited to those within Arlington County. Our goal is to keep this information timely and accurate. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. By using the information contained herein, the viewer willingly assumes all risks in connections with such use. Arlington County reserves the right to add, modify, or delete any information on this calendar at any time.


Last Modified: June 10, 2009
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