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Privacy and Security

Our Position on Website Privacy:

Overview

Thank you for visiting our County's web site which is designed to make it easier and more efficient for citizens and businesses to interact with the County Government. Your online privacy is important. Banks County Government endeavors to protect the privacy of your personally identifiable information, such as full name, address, email address, telephone number and/or other identifiable information that you may provide.

Georgia.gov and the Banks County websites are designed to make it easier and more efficient for Georgia citizens and businesses to interact with their State Government. Banks County and Georgia government strives to provide online resources in a safe, secure manner that respects your privacy when you visit our sites. This privacy statement addresses the collection, use, disclosure, and security of information that may be obtained by the Banks County or the State of Georgia when you visit our websites.

1.10.1 Information Collected

If you visit our website,we may collect some or all of the following information:
  • The name of your domain; for example, "xyzcompany.com" if you use a private Internet access account;
  • An IP address; a number automatically assigned to your computer when you are using the Internet;
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  • The Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site;
  • The pages you visit within the portal; and
  • The links made to other websites through this site.
This information is collected for statistical analysis using third-party or proprietary software programs to create summary statistics. The statistics are used for the purpose of determining what information is of most and least interest to all visitors and identifying system performance or problem areas in order to better plan future portal enhancements. This information is not collected for commercial marketing purposes.

 If, during your visit to this website, you voluntarily provide personally identifiable information, we will collect such information. Examples of personally identifiable information may include:
  • Your name, address, or phone number;
  • An e-mail address if you are communicating to us through e-mail;
  • Information you voluntarily submit to Banks County for the purposes of completing or submitting an application or form online;
  • Other information volunteered, such as vendor profile/contact information, survey information or content of e-mail.
In general, please note the information collected, whether or not personally identifiable, is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video and other graphic formats you send us. Information is retained and used in accordance with existing laws, rules, regulations, and other policies.

 1.10.2 Use

Depending on the specific service or transaction, Banks County may share personally identifiable information amongst its agencies in order to provide such service or complete such transaction.

Public Disclosure

As a general rule, we will not disclose any personally identifiable information collected online to entities outside of State of Georgia or Banks County departments and agencies except where you have given us permission, or where the information is public information under the Georgia Open Records Act O.C.G.A. 50-18-70 et seq., or other applicable laws. Visitors should be aware that information collected through a Georgia.gov website may be subject to examination and inspection, if such information is a public record or not otherwise protected from disclosure.

Cookies

Banks County and Georgia.gov websites may occasionally use "cookies" to customize your browsing experience. Cookies are simple text files stored by your web browser and they provide a method of distinguishing among visitors to the websites, and allowing customized features such as a "shopping cart" feature for online purchasing. Cookies created on your computer by using our websites do not contain personally identifiable information and do not compromise your privacy or security. You can refuse the cookie or delete the cookie file from your computer at any time by using any one of a number of widely available methods.
 

1.10.3 Security

Email

E-mail is not a secure form of transmission. Banks County and Georgia.gov does not recommend that you submit sensitive or personally identifiable information via e-mail. If you choose to provide us with personal information in an e-mail we may use the e-mail and the information contained within it to improve our service to you or to respond to your request. Sometimes we forward your e-mail to other County or State employees who may be better able to help you, and this staff may be employed by a different agency within the County and State. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations or as required by law, we do not share our e-mail with any other organizations outside of the public sector.

1.10.4 Changes to this Privacy Statement

Revisions to this Privacy Statement will be posted to this location so that you will know the type of information we collect and how that information is used. We will also post the last date of revision at the top of this page.

Our goal is to provide a private, efficient and friendly digital government experience. Please note that agency sub-portals and/or specific pages may contain additional or different privacy statements.

 




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