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Department of Public Works 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 Department of Public Works site and governs data collection and usage. By using the Department of Public Works site, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your Personal Information

Department of Public Works collects personally identifiable information, such as your email address, name, home or work address or telephone number. Department of Public Works 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 Department of Public Works. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used by Department of Public Works for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Department of Public Works site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through Department of Public Works public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: Department of Public Works does not read any of your private online communications.

Department of Public Works encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from Department of Public Works so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. Department of Public Works is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the Department of Public Works and Department of Public Works family of Web sites.

Use of your Personal Information

Department of Public Works collects and uses your personal information to operate the Department of Public Works Web site and deliver the services you have requested. Department of Public Works also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from Department of Public Works and its affiliates. Department of Public Works may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

Department of Public Works does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. Department of Public Works 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, Department of Public Works 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 Department of Public Works, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

Department of Public Works does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

Department of Public Works keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within Department of Public Works, in order to determine what Department of Public Works services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within Department of Public Works to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

Department of Public Works 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 Department of Public Works or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Department of Public Works; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Department of Public Works, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The Department of Public Works 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 Department of Public Works pages, or register with Department of Public Works site or services, a cookie helps Department of Public Works 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 Department of Public Works Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Department of Public Works 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 Department of Public Works services or Web sites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

Department of Public Works secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Department of Public Works 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

Department of Public Works will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. Department of Public Works encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how Department of Public Works is protecting your information.

Contact Information

Department of Public Works welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that Department of Public Works has not adhered to this Statement, please contact Department of Public Works at isd261@co.santa-cruz.ca.us. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.