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City of Mercer Island, WA
WEBSITE & PRIVACY POLICY

The City of Mercer Island adheres to the highest of Internet standards, protecting its users' privacy, observing and championing Net etiquette, linking externally without endorsements, and aiming for factual information throughout. To that end, here is a look at what we expect from users of our site.

Terms of use
By visiting the City of Mercer Island website, users agree that they will not use the site for any unlawful activity, or use it in any way that would violate the following terms and conditions. This website is governed and construed by the laws of the State of Washington. Any use of the website shall comply with all King County, Washington and State of Washington laws and regulations as well as with all federal laws and regulations. Any lawsuit or claim arising from this website shall be brought in the King County Superior Court, Seattle, Washington.

Linkage
Mercer Island has links to other websites. These include links to websites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and some limited private businesses. When you link to another site, you are no longer on Mercer Island's website and this Privacy Notice will not apply. When you link to another website, you are subject to the privacy policy of that new site. Because Mercer Island cannot control those sites, it cannot be held responsible for content included in them. Moreover, in no way should an external link be considered any form of endorsement by Mercer Island.

Privacy
Like most websites, the Mercer Island website collects two types of information: anonymous information, and personally identifiable information. By "anonymous information," we mean data that cannot be linked to specific individuals. We log user hits, visits, and sessions, but only capture information about the visiting user's service provider. This information helps us create a better overall experience for website users. The statistics are complied into website traffic reports, which help us understand, anticipate, and respond to user behavior. If we learn, for example, of heightened interest a youth and family resource, we are likely to highlight that information on the Mercer Island home page.

"Cookies" are another type of anonymous information. A website cookie is a small text file that a web server (such as Mercer Island's) places on a user's computer. When accessing a cookie, a web server reads a number associated with a browser, but is unable to determine any data about a user (nor, for that matter, can the server do anything else with a cookie, malicious or otherwise). With that number, a web server can tailor its information to the needs of the specific browser. In one case, Mercer Island uses cookies to prevent multiple votes in a Quick Poll.

If during your visit to Mercer Island's website you participate in a survey or send an email, the following additional information will be collected: the email address and contents of the email; and information volunteered in response to a survey. The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and graphic information formats you send us. The information is retained in accordance with Chapter 40.14 RCW, Preservation and Destruction of Public Records. We use your email to respond appropriately. This may be to respond to you, to address issues you identify, to further improve our website, or to forward the email to another department for appropriate action. Survey information is used for the purpose designated.

If personal information is requested on the web site or volunteered by the user, state law and the federal Privacy Act of 1974 may protect it. However, this information is a public record once you provide it, and may be subject to public inspection and copying if not protected by federal or state law. Users are cautioned that the collection of personal information requested from or volunteered by children on-line or by email will be treated the same as information given by an adult, and may be subject to public access.

Public Disclosure
In the State of Washington, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by state, county and local government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public's right to access public records that serve various needs including the privacy of individuals. Exceptions are provided by both state and federal laws. All information collected at this site becomes public records that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists.

RCW 42.56.070(1) states that “Each agency, in accordance with published rules, shall make available for public inspection and copying all public records, unless the record falls within the specific exemptions of subsection (6) of this section, [RCW 52.56.070(6)], RCW 42.56.210, this chapter, or other statute which exempts or prohibits disclosure of specific information or records. To the extent required to prevent an unreasonable invasion of personal privacy interests protected by this chapter [RCW 42.56] and RCW 42.56.210, an agency shall delete identifying details in a manner consistent with this chapter [RCW 42.56] and RCW 42.56.210 when it makes available or publishes any public record; however, in each case, the justification for the deletion shall be explained fully in writing.

In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and the Public Records Act or other law governing the disclosure of records, the Public Records Act or other applicable law will control.

Disclaimer
While Mercer Island strives to provide timely and accurate information, information obtained through our webpages may be incorrect or not current. The City of Mercer Island shall not be liable for any losses caused by reliance on information obtained on the Internet, and is providing notice that Mercer Island's website provides information as a service to the general public only. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at his or her own risk.

Contact Information
Ali Spietz, City Clerk
City of Mercer Island
9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: 206-275-7793
Fax: 206-275-7663
ali.spietz@mercergov.org
 


Subscriber Privacy Policy

City of Mercer Island, WA
WEBSITE & PRIVACY POLICY

The City of Mercer Island adheres to the highest of Internet standards, protecting its users' privacy, observing and championing Net etiquette, linking externally without endorsements, and aiming for factual information throughout. To that end, here is a look at what we expect from users of our site.

Terms of use
By visiting the City of Mercer Island website, users agree that they will not use the site for any unlawful activity, or use it in any way that would violate the following terms and conditions. This website is governed and construed by the laws of the State of Washington. Any use of the website shall comply with all King County, Washington and State of Washington laws and regulations as well as with all federal laws and regulations. Any lawsuit or claim arising from this website shall be brought in the King County Superior Court, Seattle, Washington.

Linkage
Mercer Island has links to other websites. These include links to websites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and some limited private businesses. When you link to another site, you are no longer on Mercer Island's website and this Privacy Notice will not apply. When you link to another website, you are subject to the privacy policy of that new site. Because Mercer Island cannot control those sites, it cannot be held responsible for content included in them. Moreover, in no way should an external link be considered any form of endorsement by Mercer Island.

Privacy
Like most websites, the Mercer Island website collects two types of information: anonymous information, and personally identifiable information. By "anonymous information," we mean data that cannot be linked to specific individuals. We log user hits, visits, and sessions, but only capture information about the visiting user's service provider. This information helps us create a better overall experience for website users. The statistics are complied into website traffic reports, which help us understand, anticipate, and respond to user behavior. If we learn, for example, of heightened interest a youth and family resource, we are likely to highlight that information on the Mercer Island home page.

"Cookies" are another type of anonymous information. A website cookie is a small text file that a web server (such as Mercer Island's) places on a user's computer. When accessing a cookie, a web server reads a number associated with a browser, but is unable to determine any data about a user (nor, for that matter, can the server do anything else with a cookie, malicious or otherwise). With that number, a web server can tailor its information to the needs of the specific browser. In one case, Mercer Island uses cookies to prevent multiple votes in a Quick Poll.

If during your visit to Mercer Island's website you participate in a survey or send an email, the following additional information will be collected: the email address and contents of the email; and information volunteered in response to a survey. The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and graphic information formats you send us. The information is retained in accordance with Chapter 40.14 RCW, Preservation and Destruction of Public Records. We use your email to respond appropriately. This may be to respond to you, to address issues you identify, to further improve our website, or to forward the email to another department for appropriate action. Survey information is used for the purpose designated.

If personal information is requested on the web site or volunteered by the user, state law and the federal Privacy Act of 1974 may protect it. However, this information is a public record once you provide it, and may be subject to public inspection and copying if not protected by federal or state law. Users are cautioned that the collection of personal information requested from or volunteered by children on-line or by email will be treated the same as information given by an adult, and may be subject to public access.

Public Disclosure
In the State of Washington, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by state, county and local government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public's right to access public records that serve various needs including the privacy of individuals. Exceptions are provided by both state and federal laws. All information collected at this site becomes public records that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists.

RCW 42.56.070(1) states that “Each agency, in accordance with published rules, shall make available for public inspection and copying all public records, unless the record falls within the specific exemptions of subsection (6) of this section, [RCW 52.56.070(6)], RCW 42.56.210, this chapter, or other statute which exempts or prohibits disclosure of specific information or records. To the extent required to prevent an unreasonable invasion of personal privacy interests protected by this chapter [RCW 42.56] and RCW 42.56.210, an agency shall delete identifying details in a manner consistent with this chapter [RCW 42.56] and RCW 42.56.210 when it makes available or publishes any public record; however, in each case, the justification for the deletion shall be explained fully in writing.

In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and the Public Records Act or other law governing the disclosure of records, the Public Records Act or other applicable law will control.

Disclaimer
While Mercer Island strives to provide timely and accurate information, information obtained through our webpages may be incorrect or not current. The City of Mercer Island shall not be liable for any losses caused by reliance on information obtained on the Internet, and is providing notice that Mercer Island's website provides information as a service to the general public only. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at his or her own risk.

Contact Information
Ali Spietz, City Clerk
City of Mercer Island
9611 SE 36th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: 206-275-7793
Fax: 206-275-7663
ali.spietz@mercergov.org

 

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