Privacy Notice

September 20, 2006

COUNTY OF UNION, NEW JERSEY

The following notice applies to this web site, which is the Official Local Government Web Site for the COUNTY OF UNION.

Thank you for visiting the COUNTY OF UNION web site and reviewing our Privacy Notice. This statement addresses collection, use and security of and access to information that may be obtained through the use of the COUNTY OF UNION web site. This notice covers the following topics:

  • Information Collected and How it is Used
  • Personal Information and Choice
  • Public Access to Information
  • Cookies
  • Security
  • Disclaimer
  • Contact Information

Section A. Information Collected and How it is Used

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the web site, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally.  We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:

  1. The Internet domain (for example, “xcompany.com” if you use a private Internet access account, or “yourschool.edu” if you connect from a university’s domain) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our web site;
  2. The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  3. The date and time our site was accessed;
  4. The web pages visit; and
  5. If linked to the COUNTY OF UNION web site from another web site, the address of that web site.

We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors – to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits.


If You Send Us Personal Information

If you choose to provide us with personal information — as in an email to an elected official or municipal employee, or by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it to us through our web site — we use that information to respond to your message and to help us get you the information you have requested. We only share the information you give us with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency, or as otherwise required by law. Moreover, we do not create individual profiles with the information you provide or give it to any private organizations. The COUNTY OF UNION does not collect information for commercial marketing.

Section B. 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, email 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 us email, participating in a survey or completing an on-line form. You may choose not to contact us by email, participate in a survey, or provide any personal information using an online form. Your choice to not participate in these activities will not impair your ability to browse the COUNTY OF UNION web site and read or download any information provided on the site.

Privacy Warning
Email is not a secure medium. Personal information sent via the Internet can be intercepted. You may, therefore, wish to reconsider the advisability of sending messages that contain sensitive, personal information to this Internet address.

The COUNTY OF UNION does not plan on divulging information collected or information disclosed voluntarily, but may be required to do so pursuant to a request under the Open Public Records Act, the common law Right of Access, other State or Federal law or pursuant to court order.

If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact the County’s Network Administrator as shown in the Contact Information Section of this statement.

Children

We at the COUNTY OF UNION are especially concerned about protecting children’s privacy. We hope parents and teachers are involved in children’s Internet explorations. It is particularly important for parents to guide their children when children are asked to provide personal information on line. The COUNTY OF UNION encourages children to communicate with their local government officials and send email messages with their feedback and suggestions. We specifically ask children to get their parents’ permission before providing any information on line — at our site or any other site — and hope parents will always be involved in those decisions. Most importantly, when children do provide information through the COUNTY OF UNION web site, it is only used to enable us to respond to the writer, and not to create profiles of children.

Section C. Public Access to Information
In the COUNTY OF UNION, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by the municipal government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public’s right to access government records that serve various needs including the privacy of individuals. Exceptions are provided by both state and federal laws.

All the information collected at this site becomes an accessible government record that may be subject to inspection and copying by members of the public, unless an exemption in the law exists.

Section D. Cookies
The COUNTY OF UNION does not use cookies. Cookies are simple text files stored on your computer by some Internet web sites to help identify users and the sequence of their movement through a web site.

Section E. Security
The COUNTY OF UNION has taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its data and prevent unauthorized access to information maintained. 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 our possession.

Section F. Disclaimer
The COUNTY OF UNION web site and materials may contain hypertext or links to other Internet web sites which are not owned, operated, controlled or reviewed regularly by the COUNTY OF UNION. These links are provided solely as a courtesy and convenience to you, the visitor. When you link to one of these sites, you are no longer on the COUNTY OF UNION web site and this Privacy Notice will not apply. When you link to another web site, you are subject to the privacy policy of that new site.

The COUNTY OF UNION, its agencies, officers, or employees exercise no control over the organizations, views, accuracy, availability, copyright or trademark compliance or the legality of the material contained on those servers and do not sponsor, endorse, or approve the information, content, products, materials, opinions or services contained on such external sites. The visitor proceeds to these external sites at their own risk. The COUNTY OF UNION specifically disclaims any and all liability from damages which may result from the accessing of a third party site which is linked to the COUNTY OF UNION web site, or from reliance upon any such information.

Section G. Contact Information
You may contact the COUNTY OF UNION as follows:

To review your personal information, request correction of your personal information, or to offer comments about the COUNTY OF UNION web site, or about the information presented in this Privacy Notice, please contact:

UNION COUNTY OFFICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION
10 ELIZABETHTOWN PLAZA
ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY 07207
(908) 527-4419