Web Privacy Notice and Disclaimer
Thank you for visiting the Whatcom County web site and reviewing our
This notice addresses the collection, use and security of and access to
that may be obtained through use of the Whatcom County Web. This notice
B. Information Collected and How it is Used
What information we collect if you only browse this site.
If you do nothing during your visit to our web site but browse and read
web pages, our
web server will record certain information about your visit. None of this
tied to your personal identity; you can browse our site anonymously. We
store the following information about your visit:
1.The Internet Protocol Address and domain name used. The Internet Protocol
address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service
provider or directly to your computer. This address translates into the
name of your service provider. (e.g. xcompany.com or yourschool.edu);
2.The type of web browser software and operating system software you used;
3.The date and time you visited this site;
4.The web pages or services you accessed at this site; and
5.The web site you visited prior to coming to this web site.
The information Whatcom County automatically collects is used only to
understand how people are using our services. Whatcom County analyzes
information to determine how our web site is being used, so that we may
improve the site's usefulness to the public.
What information we collect if you volunteer it.
If during your visit to our web site you participate in a survey, send
us email, download
any files or documents, or perform some other transaction on-line, the
additional information will be collected:
1.The email address, and contents of email, for those who communicate
2.Information volunteered in response to a survey.
3.Information volunteered through an on-line form for any other purpose.
The information collected is not limited to text characters and may
video, and graphic information formats you send us.
We use your email to respond directly to you, to address issues you
identify in your
email, to further improve our web site, or to forward to another agency
action. Survey information is used to continually improve our services.
from other on-line forms is used to provide you with a particular service.
C. 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, address, and phone number. A domain name or Internet Protocol address
not considered personal information.
We do not collect personal information about you unless you voluntarily
provide it to us
by sending us e-mail or completing an on-line form. You may choose not
to contact us
by email or to provide any personal information using an on-line form.
Your choice not
to participate in these activities will not impair your ability to browse
Web and view the information provided on the site.
If personal information is requested on the web site or volunteered
by the user, state
law and the federal
Privacy Act of 1974 may protect it. However, this information is a public
you provide it, and may be subject to public inspection and copying if
not protected by
state or federal law.
If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose
what was intended when submitted, you may contact us as shown in the
Contact Information section of this notice.
Users are cautioned that the collection of personal information requested
volunteered by children on-line or by email will be treated the same as
given by an adult, and may be subject to public access.
D. Public Access to Information
In Washington, laws exist to ensure that state or local government is
open and that the
public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed
or local government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public's
access public records that serve various needs, including the privacy
Exceptions are provided by both state and federal laws.
All of the information collected at this site becomes public records
that may be subject
to inspection and copying by members of the public, unless an exemption
exists. The provisions of
RCW 42.17. 260(1) state that:
"Each agency, in accordance with published rules, shall make available
inspection and copying all public records, unless the record falls within
exemptions of subsection (6) of this section [RCW 42.17.260(6)], RCW 42.17.310,
42.17.315, or other statute which exempts or prohibits disclosure of specific
information or records. To the extent required to prevent an unreasonable
of personal privacy interests protected by RCW 42.17.310 and 42.17.315,
agency shall delete identifying details in a manner consistent with RCW
and 42.17.315 when it makes available or publishes any public record;
each case, the justification for the deletion shall be explained fully
In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and the Public
Records Act or
other law governing the agency's disclosure of records, the Public Records
other applicable law will control.
E. Nondisclosure of Certain Information
Whatcom County may require you to provide certain personal information
in order to
complete a specific transaction. The information is required in order
to provide you
with specific services. You may choose not to provide this information,
but if you
choose not to provide it we will be unable to provide these services,
and you will have
to complete your transaction either in person or by mail.
Although information collected at this site may be subject to public
members of the general public do not have a right to inspect your credit
debit card numbers, electronic check numbers, card expiration dates, or
bank or other
financial account numbers that are supplied to an agency for the purpose
transfer of funds, except when disclosure is expressly required by law.
F. Review and Correction of Personally Identifiable
You can review any personally identifiable information we collect about
you by using
the information in the
Contact Information section at the end of this Notice. You may recommend
your personally identifiable information you believe to be inaccurate
by submitting a
written or email request that credibly shows the inaccuracy. We will take
steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.
The Whatcom County Web site does not use "cookies" at this
time, however, some of
our partner web sites may use them. When you link to another web site,
files stored on
your computer by your web browser. These text files allow for customization
browsing experience on a web site by using the cookie feature to store
generated identifying tag on your computer that identifies your computer
as a returning
visitor to that web site.
Whatcom County takes precautions to safeguard the personal information
through our web services.
This should not be construed in any way as giving business, legal, or
other advice, or
warranting as fail proof, the security of information provided via Whatcom
The Whatcom County Web has many links to other sites on the World Wide
These include links to sites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit
organizations, and private businesses. When you link to another site,
you are no
longer on the Whatcom County Web and this Privacy Notice will not apply.
Neither Whatcom County, nor any agency, officer, or employee of Whatcom
warrants the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published
by this web
site, nor endorses any content, viewpoints, products, or services linked
from this web
site, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on
reliability or timeliness of such information. Portions of such information
incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on any information
from this web site does so at their own risk.
J. Whatcom County Contact Information
You may contact Whatcom County as follows:
To review your personal information, or request correction of your personal
information, or if you believe that your personal information is being
used for a
purpose other than what was intended when submitted, contact:
Whatcom County Information Services
311 Grand Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225
To offer comments about Whatcom County's Web services, contact:
Last updated March 7, 2001