www.charlescountymd.gov

Charles County, Maryland

Privacy

Privacy Statement

Introduction

We at Charles County Government (CCG) are committed to respecting your online privacy and recognize your need for appropriate protection and management of any personally identifiable information ("Personal Information") you share with us. CCG has established this Online Privacy Policy so that you can understand the care with which we intend to treat your Personal Information. Personal Information means any information that may be used to identify an individual, including, but not limited to, a first and last name, a home or other physical address and an email address or other contact information, whether at work or at home. In general, you can visit CCG's Web pages (www.CharlesCountyMD.gov) without telling us who you are or revealing any Personal Information about yourself. If you choose to provide us with your Personal Information on the Web, we reserve the right to transfer that Information within CCG in order to serve you better, but we will not transfer this information to any other party outside of CCG without your consent.CCG strives to comply with all applicable laws that are designed to protect your privacy. Although legal requirements may vary, CCG intends to adhere to the principles set forth in this Online Privacy Policy even if, in connection with the above, we transfer your Personal Information to any other party that may not require an "adequate" level of protection for your Personal Information. In other words, our goal is to provide protection for your Personal Information no matter where that Personal Information is collected, transferred, or retained.


Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies

Some of our Web pages may utilize "cookies" and other tracking technologies. A "cookie" is a small text file that may be used, for example, to collect information about Web site activity. Some cookies and other technologies may serve to recall Personal Information previously indicated by a Web user. Most browsers allow you to control cookies, including whether or not to accept them and how to remove them. You may set most browsers to notify you if you receive a cookie, or you may choose to block cookies with your browser, but please note that if you choose to erase or block your cookies, you will need to re-enter your original user ID (or Account or Customer number) and password (or PIN) to gain access to certain parts of the Web site. Tracking technologies may record information such as Internet domain and host names; Internet protocol (IP) addresses; browser software and operating system types; clickstream patterns; and dates and times that our site is accessed. Our use of cookies and other tracking technologies allows us to improve our Web site and your Web experience. We may also analyze information that does not contain Personal Information for trends and statistics.


To protect your privacy, we have adopted the following principles:
Notice

Where CCG collects Personal Information on the web, we intend to post a purpose statement that explains why Personal Information will be collected. CCG does not intend to transfer Personal Information without your consent unless such transfer is legally required.

Choice

You may choose whether or not to provide Personal Information to CCG. The notice we intend to provide where CCG collects Personal Information on the Web should help you to make this choice. If you choose not to provide the Personal Information we request, you can still visit most of CCG's Web sites, but you may be unable to access certain options, offers, and services that involve our interaction with you.

Security

Wherever your Personal Information may be held within CCG or on its behalf, we intend to take reasonable and appropriate steps to protect the Personal Information that you share with us from unauthorized access or disclosure.

Access/Accuracy

To the extent that you do provide us with Personal Information, CCG wishes to maintain accurate Personal Information. Where we collect Personal Information from you on the Web, our goal is to provide a means of contacting CCG should you need to update or correct that Information.

Children's Privacy

www.CharlesCountyMD.gov is not structured to attract children. Accordingly, we do not intend to collect Personal Information from anyone we know to be under 13 years of age.

Commitment

We are committed to privacy and are actively involved in and support current industry initiatives to preserve individual privacy rights on the Internet. Protecting your privacy online is an evolving area, and CCG's website is constantly evolving to meet these demands. While we cannot guarantee privacy perfection, we will address any issue to the best of our abilities as soon as possible.


Your Consent

By using this Web site, you consent to the terms of our Online Privacy Policy and to CCG's processing of Personal Information for the purposes given above as well as those explained where CCG collects Personal Information on the Web. Should the Online Privacy Policy change, we intend to take every reasonable step to ensure that these changes are brought to your attention by posting all changes prominently on our web site for a reasonable period of time.