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Changes to This Policy
Cook County also has established a standing Privacy Steering Committee consisting of Internet staff from all county agencies. This Committee oversees implementation of and compliance with our Policy and will adapt the Policy to reflect changes in technology and customer expectations.
Changes to This Policy
If you visit the Cook County websites, the County may collect some or all of the following information:
- The name of your domain; for example, “xyzcompany.com” if you use a private Internet access account;
- An IP address; a number automatically assigned to your computer when you are using the Internet;
- The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
- The Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site;
- The pages you visit within the County websites; and
- The links made to other websites through the County websites.
This information is collected for statistical analysis using third-party or proprietary software programs to create summary statistics of web traffic. The statistics are used for the purpose of determining what information is of most and least interest to all visitors and identifying system performance or problem areas in order to better plan future site enhancements. This information is not collected for commercial marketing purposes.
We currently collect no other personal information.
We currently do not use or set “cookies” on our website. A cookie is a line of computer code inserted onto your computer by a web site which you visit. The cookie can then be read by the site’s web browser if you return to the site. Cookies are used for many things, from making web sites more personal to speeding on-line transactions. Cookies can also be used to track your web browsing habits.
Voluntarily Provided Information
We do not collect personal information without your permission. Any information that you volunteer or that we send to you in response is transferred using industry standard encryption technologies. If, during your visit to this website, you voluntarily provide personally identifiable information, we will collect such information. Examples of personally identifiable information may include:
- Your name, address, or phone number;
- An e-mail address if you are communicating to us through e-mail;
- Information you voluntarily submit to Cook County for the purposes of completing or submitting an application or form online;
- Other information volunteered, such as vendor profile/contact information, survey information or content of e-mail.
However, you should be aware that when you give us your personal information for purposes of communicating with or requesting information from Cook County, that communications becomes a part of the public record and may be subject to disclosure under applicable Illinois and Federal statute(s). As a general rule, we will not disclose any personally identifiable information collected online to entities outside of Cook County departments and agencies except where you have given us permission.
Sale of Data
E-mail addresses or any personally identifying information about individuals are not sold or rented to any governmental or commercial entities.