Hillsborough County is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology
that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy
applies to the Hillsborough County site and governs data collection and usage.
By using the Hillsborough County site, you consent to the data practices described
in this statement.
Collection of your Personal Information
Hillsborough County collects personally identifiable information, such as your email
address, name, home or work address or telephone number. Hillsborough County also
collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as
your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.
There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically
collected by Hillsborough County. This information can include: your IP address,
browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This
information is used by Hillsborough County for the operation of the service, to
maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use
of the Hillsborough County site.
Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information
or personally sensitive data through Hillsborough County public message boards,
this information may be collected and used by others. Note: Hillsborough County
does not read any of your private online communications.
Hillsborough County encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites
you choose to link to from Hillsborough County so that you can understand how those
Web sites collect, use and share your information. Hillsborough County is not responsible
for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the Hillsborough County
and Hillsborough County family of Web sites.
Use of your Personal Information
Hillsborough County collects and uses your personal information to operate the Hillsborough County
Web site and deliver the services you have requested. Hillsborough County also uses
your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services
available from Hillsborough County and its affiliates. Hillsborough County may also
contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services
or of potential new services that may be offered.
Hillsborough County does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties.
Hillsborough County may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business
partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases,
your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone
number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, Hillsborough County
may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send
you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All
such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to
provide these services to Hillsborough County, and they are required to maintain
the confidentiality of your information.
Hillsborough County does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such
as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.
Hillsborough County keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within
Hillsborough County, in order to determine what Hillsborough County services are
the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising
within Hillsborough County to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested
in a particular subject area.
Hillsborough County Web sites will disclose your personal information, without notice,
only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is
necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process
served on Hillsborough County or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or
property of Hillsborough County; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect
the personal safety of users of Hillsborough County, or the public.
The Hillsborough County Web site use "cookies" to help you personalize your online
experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page
server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer.
Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the
domain that issued the cookie to you.
One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save
you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned
to a specific page. For example, if you personalize Hillsborough County pages, or
register with Hillsborough County site or services, a cookie helps Hillsborough County
to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process
of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses,
and so on. When you return to the same Hillsborough County Web site, the information
you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Hillsborough County
features that you customized.
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically
accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies
if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience
the interactive features of the Hillsborough County services or Web sites you visit.
Security of your Personal Information
Hillsborough County secures your personal information from unauthorized access,
use or disclosure. Hillsborough County secures the personally identifiable information
you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from
unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit
card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use
of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.
Changes to this Statement
Hillsborough County will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect
company and customer feedback. Hillsborough County encourages you to periodically
review this Statement to be informed of how Hillsborough County is protecting your
Hillsborough County welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy.
If you believe that Hillsborough County has not adhered to this Statement, please
contact Hillsborough County at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the