Privacy policy

This site is owned and operated by the City of Quincy, QuincyWashington.us. Your privacy on the Internet is of the utmost importance to us. Here at the City of Quincy, QuincyWashington.us, we want to make your experience online safe and satisfying.

As we gather certain types of information about our users, you should, we feel, fully understand the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather and how we may use it.

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Information Gathered and Tracked by the City of Quincy, QuincyWashington.us

Two types of information are gathered by the City of Quincy, QuincyWashington.us about users:

  1. 1. Information that users provide through submission, both optional and voluntary. These are voluntary submissions for participation in polls and surveys, and to email a friend.
  2. 2. Information the City of Quincy, QuincyWashington.us gathers through aggregated tracking information is mostly derived from tallying page views throughout our site. This information allows us to better tailor our content to users' needs and to help the internet administrator and  Officials better understand the demographics of our audience. Under no circumstances does the City of Quincy, QuincyWashington.us divulge any information about any individual user to any third party.

The City of Quincy, QuincyWashington.us Gathers User Information In The Following Processes:

Optional Voluntary Information

We offer the following free services, which require some type of voluntary submission of personal information by users:

  1. “E-mail this to a friend” Service:
  2. Our site users can choose to electronically forward a link, page, or documents to someone else by clicking “e-mail this to a friend”. The user must provide their email address, as well as that of the recipient. This information is used only in the case of transmission errors and, of course, to let the recipient know who sent the email. The information is not used for any other purpose.
  3. Polling: 
    We sometimes offer interactive polls to users so they can quickly and easily share their views with other users and to find out what our audience thinks about various important issues. Opinions or other responses to polls are aggregated and are not identifiable to any specific user. The City of Quincy, QuincyWashington.us may use a system to “tag” users after they have voted, so they can vote only once on a particular question or issue. This tag is not correlated with information about individual users.
  4. Surveys:
    The City of Quincy, QuincyWashington.us sometimes may conduct user surveys to improve targeting our content to our users. We never share any of this information about specific individuals with any third party.
Children

Consistent with the Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) (PDF 273 KB), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental consent.

Usage tracking

The City of Quincy, QuincyWashington.us tracks user traffic patterns throughout all of our sites. However, we do not correlate this information with data about individual users. The City of Quincy, QuincyWashington.us does break down overall usage statistics according to a user's domain name, browser type, and MIME type by reading this information from the browser string (information contained in every user's browser).

The City of Quincy, QuincyWashington.us sometimes tracks and catalogs the search terms that users enter in our Search function, but this tracking is never associated with individual users. We use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don't like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you.

Cookies

We may place a text file called a “cookie” in the browser files of your computer. The cookie itself does not contain Personal Information although it will enable us to relate your use of this site to information that you have specifically and knowingly provided. But the only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie can't read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. The City of Quincy, QuincyWashington.us uses cookies to track user traffic patterns (as described above) and to provide a user customized internet experience.

You can refuse cookies by turning them off in your browser. If you've set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use this site. However, you do need cookies to participate actively in message boards, forums, polling and surveys. Users who have cookies disabled may experience problems using some areas of this web site. Any additional questions about issues related to the use of cookies can be directed to the City of Quincy, QuincyWashington.us internet administrator.

Use of Information

The City of Quincy, QuincyWashington.us uses any information voluntarily given by our users to enhance their experience in our network of sites, whether to provide interactive or personalized elements on the sites or to better prepare future content based on the interests of our users.

As stated above, we use information that users voluntarily provide in order to send out electronic newsletters and to enable users to participate in polls, surveys, message boards, and forums. We send out newsletters to subscribers on a regular schedule (depending on the newsletter), and occasionally send out special editions when we think subscribers might be particularly interested in something we are doing. The City of Quincy, QuincyWashington.us never shares newsletter mailing lists with any third parties or partners.

When we use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don't like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you. We track search terms entered in Search function as one of many measures of what interests our users. But we don't track which terms a particular user enters.

The City of Quincy, QuincyWashington.us creates aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns for interested department heads, content managers, and  Officials. This allows  Officials to utilize their internet web sites more effectively. We will not disclose any information about any individual user except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.

Sharing of Information

The City of Quincy, QuincyWashington.us uses the above-described information to tailor our content to suit your needs and help  Officials better understand our audience's demographics. This is essential to keeping our service free. We will not share information about individual users with any third party, except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.

Security

The City of Quincy, QuincyWashington.us operates secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary and only authorized individuals have access to the information provided by our customers.

Opt-out Policy

We give users options wherever necessary and practical. Such choices include:

  • Opting not to register to receive our electronic newsletters.
  • Opting not to participate in certain interactive areas, which completely alleviates the need to gather any personally identifiable information from our users

Your Consent

By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by the City of Quincy, QuincyWashington.us. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.

Questions, please contact us!