Information Collected & How it is Used

What information we collect if you only browse this site. If you do nothing during your visit to our website but browse and read web pages, our web server will record certain information about your visit. None of this information is tied to your personal identity; you can browse our site anonymously.

Information Collected When Browsing
  • 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 domain name of your service provider. (e.g. or
  • The type of web browser software and operating system software you used.
  • The date and time you visited this site.
  • The web pages or services you accessed at this site.
  • The website you visited prior to coming to this website.
The information Whatcom County automatically collects is used only to help us understand how people are using our services. Whatcom County analyzes this information to determine how our website is being used, so that we may continually improve the site's usefulness to the public.

Information Collected If Volunteered
If during your visit to our website you participate in a survey, send us email, download any files or documents, or perform some other transaction on-line, the following additional information will be collected:
  • The email address, and contents of email, for those who communicate with us via email.
  • Information volunteered in response to a survey.
  • Information volunteered through an on-line form for any other purpose.
How It Is Used
The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, 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 website, or to forward to another agency for appropriate action. Survey information is used to continually improve our services. Information from other on-line forms is used to provide you with a particular service.