IMPORTANT PUBLIC NOTICES:

Privacy & Security

CoryellCounty.org has established policies that balance individuals rights to privacy with the publics right to access government records.

Coryell County policies exist to ensure that County government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate data and information in possession of Coryell County government. However, there are exceptions to the disclosure of data and information provided by County policies, and State and Federal laws. These exceptions include the privacy of individuals.

During your visit to CoryellCounty.org, information that is not readily identifiable to an individual (non-personal in nature) may be automatically collected and stored.

Only personal information that is voluntarily provided, through such activities as sending an e-mail or submitting an online form, may be collected. If you choose not to participate in these activities, your choice will in no way affect your ability to use any other feature of CoryellCounty.org.

We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information that may be collected at this site becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists.

For instance, if personal information is requested or volunteered, County rules and regulations or the Federal Privacy Act of 1974 may protect it from disclosure.

The following sections of this Privacy Policy explain specific privacy and security uses as they pertain to CoryellCounty.org.

Information That May Be Collected and How It May Be Used

If you do nothing during your visit to CoryellCounty.org but browse or download information, we may automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:

  • The IP address and domain name used, but not any email addresses. The IP address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet Service Provider or directly to your computer. We use this IP address to direct browser traffic to you;
  • The type of browser and operating system you used and your connection speed;
  • The date and time you visited this site;
  • The web pages or services you accessed at this site; and
  • The website that referred you to CoryellCounty.org.

The information we collect or store is primarily used to improve the content of our web services and helps us understand how people use our web services. Our website logs do not identify anyone personally, and we make no attempt to link them with the individuals that browse CoryellCounty.org. If, during your visit to CoryellCounty.org, you submit an online form or send an email, the following additional information may be collected:

  • E-mail correspondence: The e-mail address and contents of the e-mail;
  • Forms: Any information you volunteered on an online form.

The information collected may not be limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and graphic information formats you send us.  County officials may use your email to respond to your message, to assist in obtaining information you have requested, to address issues you identify, to further improve our website, or to forward the email to another agency for appropriate action. Information provided on forms will be used for the specified purpose.

Personal Information and Choice

Personal information is any piece of information or data about an individual that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Examples of personal information includes personal identifiers such as an individual's name, address, and phone number. A domain name or IP address is not considered personal information. Only personal information that is voluntarily provided, through such activities as sending an e-mail or submitting an online form, may be collected. If you choose not to participate in these activities, your choice will in no way affect your ability to use any other feature of CoryellCounty.org. Any personal information voluntarily provided to the County via e-mail or online forms on CoryellCounty.org will be treated in the same manner as letters to a County official or a County department.

Public Disclosure

We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver web  services. Any information that may be collected at CoryellCounty.org becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. For instance, if personal information is requested or volunteered, County rules and regulations or the Federal Privacy Act of 1974 may protect it from disclosure. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Policy and any applicable law governing the disclosure or protection of information, the governing law will dictate the action to be taken by County officials.

Cookies

A cookie is a small data file which may include an anonymous, unique identifier that is sent to your browser from a websites server and may either be used only during your session (a "session" cookie) or may be stored on your computer's hard drive (a "persistent" cookie.) Cookies can contain data about user movement during the visit to the website. If your browser software is set to allow cookies, a website can send its own cookie to you.

Cookies are a mechanism for maintaining continuity during a user's visit to a website. They allow data to be maintained for users' benefit as they navigate a site. This is referred to as "session" or "management" cookie. These cookies generally go away when you terminate your visit to a  website as they may be maintained only in your browser's active memory during your session. Cookies may also be stored on your computer so that you can be recognized by a website on subsequent visits. They are read by the website that set them whenever you revisit the website. They may store information about areas of the website you have visited before and any preferences or settings that need to be preserved for any subsequent visits to the website. As these cookies are stored on your computer's hard drive, they are often referred to as "persistent" cookies.

You can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. (Each browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.)

The public areas of CoryellCounty.org uses session cookies.  As additional features are implemented on the website, other information could be retained in cookies in order to provide a pleasant visitor experience.

Security Safeguards

Security measures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and ongoing practices of CoryellCounty.org as part of its continuing commitment to risk management and in an effort to preserve the integrity of CoryellCounty.org.

The County provides this website and the information it contains as a public service. This system is monitored to ensure proper operation, to verify the functioning of applicable security features, and for comparable purposes. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring.

Unauthorized attempts to modify any information stored on this system, to defeat or circumvent security features, or to utilize this system for other than its intended purposes are prohibited and may result in criminal prosecution.

Security measures are and continue to be integrated as part of the County's ongoing commitment to risk management. However, the Coryell County Government does not guarantee the absolute security of information it maintains.

Disclaimer

CoryellCounty.org includes links to websites of other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and may include links to private businesses. When you click a link to another site, you are no longer on the County website and this Privacy Policy will not apply and you are subject to the privacy policy of that website.