Privacy and Security Notice

Pasco County Privacy and Security Notice

THE FOLLOWING GOVERNS THE USE OF ANY AND ALL PASCO COUNTY WEBSITES, SOFTWARE, AND SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS:

Email addresses are public records under Florida law and are not exempt from public records requirements.  If you do not want your e-mail address to be subject to being released pursuant to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to Pasco County. Instead, contact the County department by telephone or in writing, via the United States Postal Service.

Here is how we handle information about your visit to our website(s) or social media platform(s):

Information collected and stored automatically

If all you do during your visit is browse through a website or social media platform, 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(s) or social media platform(s):

The type of browser and operating system used to access one of our sites or platforms;

The date and time you access one of our sites or platforms;

The pages or platforms you visit; and

If you linked to one of our websites from another website, the address of that website.

We use this information to help us make the websites and platforms more useful to visitors -- to learn about the number of visitors to our sites 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 such as by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it to us through a website, social media platform, or software program, or sending us an email, we use that information to respond to your message and to help us get you the information 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.  Pasco County does not collect information for commercial marketing.  Please note, however, that Pasco County has no control over information provided to third parties in response to a request under Florida law. 

Public Disclosure

As a general rule, the County 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.  You 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 County resulting from the use of its websites, social media platforms, or software programs may be subject to examination and inspection upon request, if such information is a public record and not otherwise protected from disclosure by statute.

Choice
You may decline participation in any activity that asks for information (i.e., surveys or emails, software programs).  Your choice to not participate will not affect your ability to access information on the County's websites and social media platforms.

Cookies
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 webpages.  Cookies created on your computer by using our websites or social media platforms 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 County websites or social media platforms.  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.

Passwords 
In certain instances, you will have the opportunity to receive or create a password to access or submit personal information.  You should not divulge your password to anyone and the County will never ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call or e-mail.  When you are finished with those applications that are password protected, you should exit the page.

Site security

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.