City of Groveland Website Policies
|F.S. 119.011 and 119.07 which states “Emails sent to the City of Groveland are subject to public-records requests and that if users do not want their email addresses release to requestors, they should not send electronic mail to this entity.” Instead, contact this office by phone at 352-429-2141 or in writing to City of Groveland 156 South Lake Ave. Groveland, FL. 34736.
The protection of individual privacy is a concern to the City of Groveland, and is governed by the State of Florida. The City of Groveland has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate its firm commitment to privacy. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this site.
Information collected and stored automatically
If all you do during your visit is browse through the website, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. Only the following information is automatically collected and stored about your visit:
- The Internet domain (for example, “xcompany.com” if you use a private Internet access account, or “yourschool.edu” if you connect from a university’s domain) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our website
- The type of browser and operating system used to access our site
- The date and time you access our site
- The pages you visit
- If you linked to our website from another website, the address of that website.
We use this information to help us make the site more useful to visitors, to learn about the number of visitors to our site, and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits.
If you send us personal information
If you choose to provide us with personal information — by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it to us through the website — we will use your data to help us get you the information or provide you the service you have requested. We only share the information you give us with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency, or as otherwise required by law. The City of Groveland does not collect information for commercial marketing.
Protection of Minors
We are especially concerned about protecting children’s privacy. We hope parents are involved in children’s Internet explorations. It is particularly important for parents to guide their children when children are providing personal information on line. We specifically ask children to get their parents’ permission before providing any information on line — at our site or any other site — and recommend parents always be involved in those decisions. Most importantly, when children do provide information through the City of Groveland website, it is only used to enable us to respond to the writer, and not to create profiles of children.
As a general rule, the City does not disclose any personally identifiable information collected online except where you have given us permission, or where the information is requested to be disclosed and is public information under the State of Florida statutes or other applicable laws. Visitors to the site should be aware that Florida Statute 119 declares that it is the policy of this state that all state, county, and municipal records shall be open for personal inspection by any person, and thus information collected by the City resulting from the use of its websites may be subject to examination and inspection upon request, if such information is a public record and not otherwise protected from disclosure by statute.
You may decline participation in any activity that asks for information (i.e., surveys or emails). Your choice not to participate will have no effect on your ability to access information on the City’s website.
To better serve you, we occasionally use “cookies” to customize your browsing experience. Cookies are simple text files stored by your web browser and they provide a method of distinguishing among visitors to the web sites. Cookies created on your computer by using our website do not contain personally identifiable information and do not compromise your privacy or security. We use the cookie feature to store a randomly generated identifying tag on your computer. If you have further questions about cookies, the Computer Incident Advisory Capacity Unit that monitors computer problems for the U.S. Department of Energy issued a study on March 12, 1998, of the risks to users of cookies, titled “Information Bulletin 1-034: Internet Cookies”. You can refuse the cookie or delete the cookie file from your computer at any time by using any one of a number of widely available methods. Your choice to refuse the cookie will not inhibit your access to any of the information available on the City website. Your acceptance of the cookie will serve to provide you with additional functionality in choosing the information you wish to view on a regular basis.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs commercial software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.
Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes and are scheduled for regular destruction in accordance with State guidelines for records management and retention.
Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.
Third Party Sites
The purpose of the City’s web site is to provide information about the City’s government, services and attractions. The site may provide links to web sites outside the City’s web site that also serve this purpose. The City is not responsible for and does not endorse the information on any linked web site unless the City’s site states otherwise. The following criteria will be used to decide whether to grant requests for City web site links. If a particular request does not fit any of the following criteria, the City Council will decide whether to approve the request. The City Council will approve the requested web site link if it serves the general purpose of the City’s web site.
The City’s Web site will provide links to web sites for:
- Governmental and educational institutions
- Non-profit organizations with some relationship to the City (including but not limited to: organizations contracting with the City, organizations sponsoring City activities or programs, and organizations participating in City activities or programs)
- Generally recognized community organizations
- Non-profit organizations providing information about art, cultural, and sporting activities in the City’s area
- Non-profit organizations providing information about employment opportunities in the City’s area.
- Non-profit organizations providing information about tourist attractions in the City’s area.
The City’s web site will not provide links to web sites for:
- Candidates for local, state or federal offices
Political organizations or other organizations advocating a position on a local, state or federal issue
- Corporate or other for-profit organizations unless they fit any of the criteria stated above
- Individuals or personal home pages
Unless a copyright is indicated, information on the City of Groveland web site is in the public domain and may be reproduced, published or otherwise used with the City of Groveland’s permission.