|Washington County Privacy Information
type of information does Washington County collect,
and what’s done with that information?
Like most websites, the Washington County website collects two types of information:
anonymous information, and personally identifiable information.
By "anonymous information," we mean data that can’t be linked to specific individuals.
We may log user hits, visits, and sessions, but only capture information about
the visiting user’s service provider. This information helps us create a better
overall experience for website users. The statistics are complied into website
traffic reports, which help us understand, anticipate, and respond to user
"Cookies" are another type of anonymous information. A website cookie is a small
text file that a web server (such as Washington County’s) places on a user’s
computer. When accessing a cookie, a web server reads a number associated with
a browser, but is unable to determine any data about a user (nor, for that matter,
can the server do anything else with a cookie, malicious or otherwise). With
that number, a web server can tailor its information to the needs of the specific
By "personally identifiable information," we’re referring to data on specific
individuals who have volunteered the information on certain Washington County
web pages. Data could include name, e-mail address, credit-card number, and so
forth. Providing that information to us is purely voluntary and is used to serve
you better. Personally identifiable information will be used by the county only
on a need-to-know basis, and will not be made accessible to unauthorized employees
at any time.
Does Washington County share the information with anyone?
Unless a user consents to such distribution, Washington County will not sell,
lease, or give away personally identifiable information to other governments,
organizations, or private businesses within the limits of the law.
It’s important to know the law, as state and federal laws place a special burden
on public entities such as Washington County to assure the public’s right to
access public records and information. Public information (as opposed to private
information) involves information about activity that is regulated. For example,
in purchasing a building permit online, a person’s name is public information
(because building permits are regulated by the County), but the fact that you
bought it with a certain credit-card number is not (because means of purchasing
is not regulated). Furthermore, public information would include correspondence
with the County, including e-mails and website comments about county processes,
policies, activities and other types of general correspondence.
Washington County retains the right to release private information in rare cases
we believe to be emergencies.
Outside of legal requirements and extreme emergencies, information on the Washington
County website will not be released to anyone without the consent of the user.
This Web site is offered to you, the user ("User"), conditioned
on acceptance of the terms, conditions, and notices contained
herein, without modification. User access and use of this
site constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions.
This is a Washington County computer system, provided
as a public service. Government personnel and the general public
may use this system to review and retrieve publicly available government
information. User agrees to use this Web site as permitted by applicable
local, state, and federal laws. User agrees, therefore, not to: 1)
knowingly and without authorization, alter, damage, or destroy Washington
County's or another user's computer system, network, software, program,
documentation or data contained therein; 2) use this service to conduct
or attempt to conduct any business or activity or solicit the performance
of any activity that is prohibited by law. In addition, taking action
which results in blocking access to this Website by other users will
be deemed an unauthorized use.
Anyone using this system expressly consents to administrative
monitoring at all times. You (User) are further advised that system
administrators may provide evidence of possible criminal activity
identified during such monitoring to appropriate law enforcement
officials. If you (User) do not wish to consent to monitoring, exit
this system now.
Disclaimer Of Liability And Reliability
In preparation of these sites, every effort has been
made to offer the most current, correct, and clearly expressed information
possible. Nevertheless, inadvertent errors in information may occur.
In particular but without limiting anything here, Washington County
disclaims any responsibility for typographical errors and accuracy
of the information that may be contained on Washington County Web
pages. The information and data included on Washington County servers
have been compiled by Washington County staff from a variety of sources,
and are subject to change without notice to the User. Washington
County makes no warranties or representations whatsoever regarding
the quality, content, completeness, suitability, adequacy, sequence,
accuracy, or timeliness of such information and data.
In any situation where the official printed publications
of Washington County differ from the text contained in
this system, the official printed documents take precedence.
and data made available at the Washington County website
are provided "as
is" without warranties of any kind. Washington County makes no
representations or warranties regarding the condition or
functionality of this
Web site, its suitability for use, or that this Web Service
will be uninterrupted
If misleading, inaccurate or otherwise inappropriate
information is brought to our attention, a reasonable effort will
be made to fix or remove it. Such concerns should be addressed to
the page sponsor listed on each Web page.
Links To Third Parties' Web Sites
There are links and pointers to third party Internet
websites contained in Washington County's website. These sites linked
from the Washington County website are not under the County's control.
Washington County does not assume any responsibility or liability
for any information, communications or materials available at such
linked sites, or at any link contained in a linked site. Washington
County does not intend these third party links to be referrals or
endorsements of the linked entities by the County, and are provided
for convenience only. Each individual site has its own set of policies
about what information is appropriate for public access. User assumes
sole responsibility for use of third party links and pointers.
Disclaimer Of Damages
By using Washington County Web pages, the User assumes
all risks associated with the use of this site, including any risk
to User's computer, software or data being damaged by any virus,
software, or any other file which might be transmitted or activated
via a Washington County Web page or User's access to it. Washington
County shall not in any event be liable for any direct, indirect,
punitive, special, incidental, or consequential damages, including,
without limitation, lost revenues, or lost profits, arising out of
or in any way connected with the use or misuse of the information
or lack of information on the Washington County Web site or with
the delay or inability to use this web site, or from any information,
documents, services, software, or other material obtained through
this web site, or otherwise arising out of the use of this web site,
whether based on contract, tort, strict liability or otherwise, even
if Washington County and/or any of its employees/affiliates has been
advised of the possibility of damages. Washington County shall not
be liable for any loss or injury caused in whole, or in part, by
its actions, omissions, or contingencies beyond its control, including
in procuring, compiling, or delivering the information, or arising
out of any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies in the information
regardless of how caused, or arising out of any user's decision,
or action taken or not taken in reliance upon information furnished.
Disclaimer Of Association With User
User acknowledges that no joint venture, partnership,
employment or agency relationship exists between the User and Washington
County as a result of this Agreement or use of this Web site. User
agrees not to hold himself or herself out as a representative, agent,
or employee of Washington County and Washington County shall not
be liable for any representation, act or omission of the User.
Disclaimer Of Endorsement
Reference herein to any specific commercial products,
process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise,
does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation,
or favoring by Washington County. The views and opinions of authors
expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of Washington
County, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement
Disclosure Of Information About User
Information provided exclusively to Washington County
by a user through this Website may be subject to Oregon's public
records law and other state and federal laws governing records disclosure/confidentiality
for public entities. By way of example, and not as a limitation,
Washington County will, whenever possible, seek to keep personal
information about a user confidential if public disclosure would
lead to an unreasonable invasion of privacy, unless a third party
sufficiently demonstrates that the public interest requires disclosure
under particular circumstances.
Use Of Bulletin Board, Or Any Other Communication
Or Interactive Forums
To the extent that this Web site contains or may in the
future contain bulletin boards, discussion webs, chat rooms,
or other message, interactive or communication facilities
County and other users ("Forums"), the User agrees to use such
forums only to send and receive messages and material that
and related to the particular forum. By way of example,
and not as a
limitation, the User agrees that when using a Forum, the
User shall not violate the law by:
Defaming, abusing, harassing, stalking, threatening or
otherwise violating the legal rights (such as rights of privacy
and publicity) of others.
Publishing, posting, distributing, or disseminating any
defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful material
Uploading or downloading files that contain software
or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or
by rights of privacy or publicity) unless the User owns or controls
the rights thereto or has received all necessary consents.
Deleting any author attributions, legal notices or proprietary
designations or labels in any file that is uploaded.
Falsifying the origin or source of any material contained
in a file that is uploaded.
Knowingly introducing viruses, corrupted files or any
other similar software or programs that may damage, alter or
destroy this Website or the operation of another's computer system,
software, program, documentation or data contained therein.
Knowingly accessing or attempting to access or use Washington
County's computer system, computer network, or any part thereof,
including this Website, for the purpose of devising or executing
any scheme or artifice to defraud; obtaining money property
or services by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations
or committing theft, including but not limited to theft of
User agrees to (as available) send and receive electronic
mail, engage in conferences and chats, download and upload
files, and otherwise use this Web site only as permitted by these
and conditions, any additional policies or procedures published
in this Web site from time to time by Washington County, and applicable
Washington County reserves the right to remove any contents
of this Website received from users for violations of Washington
County forum use policies and other applicable regulations
and law, including violations of others' constitutional rights.
County reserves the right to edit any notices or postings for
length if and when such length interferes with other users' access
use of this forum.
The User acknowledges that chats, conferences, bulletin
boards, discussion webs and any other such interactive or communications'
forums hosted by this Web site are public and not private communications.
Further, the User acknowledges that chats, posting conferences,
discussion webs and other communications by other Users are not
Washington County, and such communications shall not be considered
reviewed, screened, or approved by Washington County.
As a condition of use of Washington County's Web site,
the User agrees to indemnify Washington County, its Commissioners,
officers, employees and agents against any and all liability,
expenses (including attorney's fees) and damages arising out of
from User's use of this Web site, including without limitation
any claims alleging facts that if true would constitute a breach
of these terms and conditions.
This Agreement is governed by the laws of the State of
Oregon, USA. User consents to the exclusive jurisdiction and
venue of courts in Washington County, Oregon, USA in all disputes
out of or relating to the use of this Web site. Use of this
Web site is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give
all provisions of these terms and conditions, including without
limitation this paragraph.
Washington County's performance of this Agreement is
subject to existing laws and legal process and nothing contained
in this Agreement is in derogation of Washington County's right
to comply with law enforcement requests or requirements relating
the User's use of this Web site or information provided to
or gathered by Washington County with respect to such use.
If any part of this Agreement is determined to be invalid
or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but
not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitation
set forth above,
then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed
superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely
matches the intent
of the original provision and the remainder of the Agreement
shall continue in effect.
Closing Of Agreement
This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between
the User and Washington County with respect to this Web site
and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications
whether electronic, oral or written, between the User and Washington
County with respect to this Web site. This Agreement shall
be deemed to include all other notices, policies, disclaimers
and other terms
contained in this Web site; provided, however, that in the
event of a conflict between such other terms and the terms of
the terms of this Agreement shall control. A printed version
of this Agreement and of any notice given in electronic form will
in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating
to this Agreement to the same extent and subject to the same
conditions as other business documents and records originally
maintained in printed form.
Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.