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Website Privacy, Legal & Linking Policy

Effective Date: May 10, 2022
Revision Date:
Authorized by: Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors

If you have questions about the following policy, please email the County’s Web Committee at webcommittee@pottcounty-ia.gov.

Purpose

It is the purpose of Pottawattamie County to provide accurate content on its website that will inform County citizens about County services, operations, projects, and special events, and provide information from County officials and personnel. In addition, the website should be used to facilitate the delivery of services provided by Pottawattamie County to its citizens and other customers.

Public Disclosure

As a government agency, the County is subject to Iowa Public Record laws. Chapter 22 of the Iowa Code governs the Examination of Public Records (Open Records). Any information provided to the County through the County’s website may be subject to the same laws as information provided to the County on paper. Therefore, all information collected on the County’s website may become public record and subject to inspection by the public, unless exempted by law.

Privacy

A computer communicates with the Pottawattamie County website using a particular Internet Protocol address (IP). Like most sites, Pottawattamie County can track the user’s IP address when visiting the site. The IP address allows Pottawattamie County to track for each user, information such as the IP address, the browser type, and the identity of the user’s Internet service provider: however, the IP address does not provide any personally identifiable information and allows the user to remain anonymous. This information helps the County to improve site navigation and to make improvements to the County’s website and content.

To the extent that the County website contains or may in the future contain online registration forms for special activities or other services, an applicant may be asked during the application process for name, address, e-mail address, phone number, birth date, or other general or special purpose information needed to complete registration for the specific activity or service.

To the extent that the County website contains or may in the future contain online payment services, the County of Pottawattamie County will collect personal information, such as name, postal address, e-mail address and credit card number should you decide to use an online payment service.

Website Disclaimer

The Pottawattamie County website is maintained to provide information to the public. Information found on the County’s website has been compiled from a variety of sources and is subject to change at any time and without notice from the County. While every effort is made to keep such information accurate and up to date, Pottawattamie County assumes no liability for damages incurred directly or indirectly because of errors, omissions or discrepancies. The County’s Web Committee is responsible for the management and oversight of the County website. Questions or comments concerning information contained in the County of Pottawattamie County website should be directed to webcommittee@pottcounty-ia.gov. Comments about the County’s website are welcome from any source and are always appreciated.

By using the County website, the user assumes all risks associated with its use, including but not limited to the risk of damage to computer, software, or data by any virus, program, or file, which might be transmitted through the Internet. Under no circumstances shall the County be liable for any damages resulting from the use of the website or any external link. Any potential lawsuit or dispute shall be filed in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.

The opinions expressed in any linked websites are not those of Pottawattamie County, and any questions on other websites should be addressed to the entity sponsoring such site.

Permitted External Links

The Pottawattamie County website contains links to other websites as a convenience to the public and does not constitute an endorsement. Pottawattamie County is not responsible for information contained on sites linked from any County page and has not reviewed such for accuracy or legal sufficiency. The County is not responsible for the actions and policies of these linked websites and recommends the privacy policies of each website be reviewed before supplying personally identifiable information.

Pottawattamie County permits the establishment of links to external websites on the County’s official website solely in conformance with this policy. In the establishment and maintenance of its official website, the County does not intend in any manner to create a forum or other means by which public disclosure, exchange of opinions, debate, or discussion on issues of any nature may occur. Rather, the sole and limited purpose of this County’s website and permitted external links is to provide non-political and/or non-religious information of a factual nature about the County including various services and resources available within and around the County, or as may be available from other government agencies.

Links to Pottawattamie County Website

Advance permission to link to the Pottawattamie County website is not necessary. However, be aware that Pottawattamie County subpages (i.e., County departments' pages) may change at any time without notice. Entities and individuals linking to Pottawattamie County must continuously verify links to our subpages.

Entities and individuals linking to the Pottawattamie County website shall not capture Pottawattamie County website pages within frames, present Pottawattamie County website content as its own, or otherwise misrepresent Pottawattamie County website content or misinform users about the origin or ownership of Pottawattamie County website content. Any link to the County website should be a full forward link that passes the client browser to the Pottawattamie County unencumbered. The Back button should return the visitor to its site if the visitor wishes to back out.

Removal of External Link

The Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors or their designee is authorized to remove any external link at their sole discretion or if the nature of the organization or business to which the link relates no longer complies with this policy; and discontinue an external link at any time if an entity’s website provides or promotes false, slanderous, illegal, immoral, offensive, or incorrect information at any time.

Notice to County

Communications made through the County’s website shall in no way be deemed to constitute legal or official notice to the County, its agencies, officers, employees, representatives, or agents with respect to any existing, pending, or future claim or cause of action against the County or any of its agencies, officers, Employees, representatives, or agents where notice is required by federal, state, or local law. No communication to the County made through the website shall be deemed to constitute legal or official notice for any purpose.

Public Notices

When the County places notices of items on its website, such as schedules for upcoming public meetings or hearings, it does so only to facilitate public access to such information, as a supplement to the legally required methods of posting notices.

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