Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. At Hancock County Government we have a few fundamental principles that we follow:

We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of our site.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Hancock County Government collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Hancock County Government’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Hancock County Government’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Hancock County Government may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Hancock County Government also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on our blogs. Hancock County Government only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Hancock County Government’s websites choose to interact with Hancock County Government in ways that require Hancock County Government to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Hancock County Government gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we may ask visitors who comment on our blog to provide a username and email address. Those who wish to receive Hancock County Government updates via email, we collect their name and emails. In each case, Hancock County Government collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Hancock County Government. Hancock County Government does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

Hancock County Government may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Hancock County Government may monitor the most popular pages on this site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. Hancock County Government may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Hancock County Government does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Hancock County Government discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Hancock County Government’s behalf or to provide services available at Hancock County Government’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Hancock County Government’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Hancock County Government will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Hancock County Government discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Hancock County Government believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Hancock County Government, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Hancock County Government website and have supplied your email address, Hancock County Government may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Hancock County Government and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Hancock County Government takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Hancock County Government uses cookies to help Hancock County Government identify and track visitors, their usage of Hancock County Government website, and their website access preferences. Hancock County Government visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Hancock County Government’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Hancock County Government’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If Hancock County Government, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Hancock County Government goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Hancock County Government may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Hancock County Government and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Comments

Comments and other content submitted to Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Hancock County Government may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Hancock County Government’ sole discretion. Hancock County Government encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

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