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Information Collected and How it is Used
During your visit to the Town of Buena Vista website, this site may gather and store the following information about your visit. This information does not identify you personally.
- The Internet Protocol (IP) address and domain name used. The IP address is a number assigned to your Internet service provider or to your computer. We use the IP to direct Web site content to you. This address can be translated to determine the domain name of your service provider.
- The Web browser you used.
- The Operating system you used.
- The date and time you visited the website.
- The webpages or services you accessed at the website.
- The website you visited before coming to the Town of Buena Vista website.
This information, when collected and analyzed by the Town of Buena Vista, helps to improve the content of our website and services.
The Town of Buena Vista website does not collect personal information unless the visitor voluntarily provides information by sending an email, completing an online form or online application. Examples of forms and applications on this website include:
- Surveys used to gather public opinion and feedback
- Requests for Town services
- Reports for an issue, problem or crime
- Applications for employment or volunteer positions
- Registration for Town-sponsored classes or activities
- Online applications used to complete services with the Town
The voluntary personal information collected using online forms depends on the form or service you are conducting with the town. Any service available via online form can also be completed in person, via mail, via phone or via fax, depending on the service, if you choose not to submit your information over the internet. The information collected may not be limited to text characters but might also include audio, video or graphic information formats. This information may be stored in a database or sent to Town employees via email. We use the information collected to respond to your query or complete the service you have requested. We may also use information collected to improve our services. All information, including survey, email information, or form data may be shared internally with other departments within the extent permitted by law. The information will not be distributed externally except as required by the Colorado Open Records Act. Survey data, if released, will only be provided in an aggregated format.
The Town of Buena Vista does not:
- Collect or sell information for commercial marketing
- Provide personal information to private organizations; or
- Share any personal information with other agencies or persons if prohibited by law.
Some town projects involve collaboration with other local or state government agencies. Voluntary personal information submitted to the Town of Buena Vista to express interest in or make comments about such projects may be shared with the other agencies involved.
Email Subscription Lists
The Town of Buena Vista website offers visitors the ability to subscribe to email distribution lists. Visitors are free to unsubscribe should they not want to receive future communications from the Town. A valid email address must be provided when subscribing or unsubscribing from email lists. All other personally identifiable information is optional. Email lists are kept private and are not disclosable under the Open Records Act.
In the state of Colorado, there are laws to ensure that government is open and transparent. The public has a right to access appropriate records and information entrusted to the Town government.
Pursuant to Colorado Revised Statutes 24-72-204, all of the information collected at the Town of Buena Vista website potentially becomes public record and may be subject to inspection and copying by members of the public, unless an exemption in the law exists. Some state laws outside the Open Records Act protect specific records. For example, certain medical records held by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are specifically kept from disclosure under separate laws. Investigative records maintained by regulatory agencies and business and licensing boards may be exempt. Finally, specific federal law may govern whether certain information or documents may be disclosed. Careful legal research is required to evaluate each request for public records.
Cookies are small text files generated by the Web server and stored on the visitor's computer. Cookies can be read by the Web server to determine if a particular Web page has already been visited or when the visitor last accessed the website. An example would be for an online survey where a cookie could be used to tell the Web server that a particular visitor has already completed the survey. Cookies do not contain personal information and are not used to mine data.
Security Information and Disclaimer
The Town of Buena Vista uses industry standard practices to safeguard the confidentiality of your personal identifiable information, including "firewalls" and encryption (Secure Socket Layer) technology. We employ many different security techniques to protect such data from unauthorized access. "Perfect" security however, does not exist on the Internet. Unless a particular Web page on the Town of Buena Vista website indicates that encryption technology is being used, the user should not assume that information submitted through that Web page to the Town of Buena Vista Web server will be treated as confidential. Visual cues (an unbroken key or locked lock) report to the visitor that the online service is secure through a given Web page. If a user submits information to the Town of Buena Vista's Web server through a Web page containing visual indicators of active encryption technology, the Town of Buena Vista will take all reasonable precautions to safeguard the confidentiality of such information, but shall nevertheless not be held liable for any injury caused by the disclosure of that information, whether caused by security breach, accident, inadvertence or any other act resulting in disclosure.
Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this Web site are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under all state Computer Trespass laws and federal statutes including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.
Retention of Information
For specific information regarding the retention of information, please contact the Town of Buena Vista Clerk's Office.