Botetourt County Internet Privacy Policy

The following represents practices and procedures of the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors as pertains to the official Internet site of Botetourt County, VA. Botetourt County reserves the right to change these practices and procedures at any time without prior notice. The following is not intended and should not be interpreted as a contract of any nature, either stated or implied.Individuals who visit the Botetourt County web site are important to us. Because visitors to our Web site are important, we do not capture personal information about them without their permission. We endeavor to ensure that we collect only the minimum amount of information needed to meet the purpose for which the Web site was created.

If Botetourt County is ever required to collect personal information, such as a user’s name and address, because of legal requirements or in order to provide customer services, we are subject to the requirements for administering information systems as established in the Virginia Privacy Protection Act, Chapter 26 of Title 2.1 of the Code of Virginia. Pages that appear after you click on a link may be controlled by a different agency or entity, whose practices are not under Botetourt County’s control.

We do collect personal information directly from individuals who volunteer to enroll into one or more of Botetourt County’s lists or services. Collecting personal information is necessary in order for Botetourt County to deliver the services requested.

Fostering and maintaining the public’s trust is a paramount concern of Botetourt County. We appreciate the trust and confidence that you place in us by providing requested personal information.

Use, collection, and retention of customer information at Botetourt County Web site

For each visitor, we collect information about the Internet Protocol (IP) address, type of browser used, the date and time of the visit, and the IP addresses of the locations to which the visitor linked during his or her visit to our Web site. This information is strictly used for statistical reporting purposes. We collect, retain and use personal information about our customers, other than mentioned above, only when they volunteer to enroll into a Botetourt County list or service. We only collect, retain and use personal information where we believe it is essential (and allowed by law) to administer our business and to provide products, services and other opportunities requested by our customers.

Use of “Cookies”

“Cookies” are small files either stored on a server or sent back to a visiting computer. In certain applications user information is stored as “cookies” of the type that are then sent back and stored on the user’s computer. Any application or web page that uses cookies will identify itself as such. This information is handled in the same way as other user information obtained by Botetourt County. No user information is gathered through cookies except for that needed to run the specific application.

Restrictions on the disclosure of customer information

We do not sell or rent our subscribers’ information to any outside company or organization. We do not reveal specific information about visitors or other personally identifiable data to unaffiliated third parties for their independent use, except if required to do so by the Virginia Freedom of Information Act or other law.

Protection of information via established security procedures

We maintain security standards and procedures regarding unauthorized access to customer information to prevent unauthorized removal or alteration of data.

Maintenance of accurate information

We have procedures to ensure that information is as accurate and current as is practical to enable us to conduct business with you. Although we strive to do things right the first time, we also respond to requests to correct inaccurate information in a timely manner.

Limiting employee access to information

Our network manager is instructed to limit employee access to personally identifiable information to only those employees who need access in order to perform their assigned duties. The network manager is instructed to enforce with its staff their responsibilities in protecting subscriber’s information.

Privacy issues relating to the Federal Child Privacy Act

The Federal Child Privacy Act regulates Web site’s collection of personal information on users less than 18 years of age. We do not intentionally collect such information on anyone we know to be under 18 years of age. If such information is inadvertently obtained, the minor’s parent or legal guardian may contact Botetourt County for a description of the specific types of personal information collected from the child and the options available to them under law to ensure their child’s safety.

Changes

Botetourt County reserves the right to change this privacy policy as necessary.

Contact us

We welcome your comments and invite you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns please contact us