Privacy Statement: Barnwell County Website

Overview

In general, the Barnwell County website follows the same rules that would apply to an in-person visit to a government office and is governed by the same state and federal laws that cover such visits.

Purpose

The purpose of this statement is to provide user information about the collection and use of personally identifiable information. Nothing herein should be construed to, nor does it create any new or different rights than those available under existing State and federal laws.

Definition of Personally Identifiable Information

For the purposes of this statement, “personally identifiable information” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual who is the subject of the information.

Personally Identifiable Information Not Routinely Collected

Users are not required to provide personal information simply to visit the County government website or to download information. Users may be requested to provide personally identifiable information in order to use or receive specialized services, but such information is handled as it would be on an in-person visit to a government office.

Personally Identifiable Information that May Be Subject to Public Disclosure

Information collected (like information collected during an in-person visit to a government office), may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists for similar information if provided in an office visit.

Use of Cookies

The Barnwell County website in and of itself does not use “cookies” to hold user information. Some of the web services that the County uses may use cookies that are not related to Barnwell County website operation. Any application or web page that uses cookies will identify itself as such, bearing in mind that any cookie use is not used nor generated by the County website.

Use of Constituent Email Addresses

Email addresses obtained are subject to the access and confidentiality provisions of the State’s Freedom of Information Act and other applicable sections of the South Carolina code of Laws and/or federal law. If you would like more information about the County standard of acceptable use, please review our Disclaimer.

Data Security and Quality
Please review our Disclaimer.

Non-County Websites

Various websites will be linked through the County website. This includes websites of other governmental agencies, as well as websites of private entities. Many of these sites may not be subject to the South Carolina Code of Laws, or may operate under different privacy standards. Visitors to those websites are advised to check the privacy statements of those sites.

Use of Public Information

2001-2001 Bill 204: Family Privacy Protection Act of 2002

Search for Section 30-2-50.

(A)   A person or private entity shall not knowingly obtain or use any personal information obtained from a public body for commercial solicitation directed to any person in this State.
By using the County of Barnwell, S.C. Website, the user acknowledges and agrees to be bound by the terms of the following Website Disclaimer:

General Disclaimer

Information presented on the Barnwell County Website is collected, organized, and provided for the convenience of the user. The Barnwell County attempts to keep such information accurate and up-to-date.  However, due to the possibility of unauthorized modification of the data, transmission errors, HTML browser incompatibilities, changes made since the last update to the website, other problems associated with electronic communications or other operational problems the County cannot, and does not, warrant the authenticity or reliability of such information.  The County is not liable for reliance on this information or for the consequences of reliance on any information contained on, or linked to, the County’s Website.  With respect to documents and information on this Website, the County of Barnwell, its employees and contractors hereby specifically disclaim any and all warranties, expressed or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.  The County of Barnwell does not assume any legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, product or process disclosed on the County Website.  By the placement of information on the County Website, the County of Barnwell does not make any representations concerning the user’s rights, if any, to further duplicate the information found thereon or that the use of such information would not infringe on any privately owned rights.

Links Disclaimer

In addition to providing information about county government and its agencies, departments, and functions, the County Website provides information about the county’s educational and recreational opportunities and other resource that may be convenient for users.  To provide the latter, the County’s Website contains “links” to other Web or computer sites that are not owned, regularly reviewed or controlled by the County.   The County of Barnwell specifically disavows responsibility for the content, quality, accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of any off-site materials referenced or linked through the county’s Website.  By using the County’s Website, the user acknowledges and accepts that the County is not responsible for any materials stored on other Websites, nor is it liable for any inaccurate, defamatory, offensive or illegal materials found on other Websites, and that the risk of injury or damage from viewing, hearing, down-loading or storing such materials rests entirely with the user.
The County’s Website is not intended to function as a public forum.  The provision of “links” is at the sole discretion of the County and is intended for the user’s convenience and not as an indication of the importance of other sites and is done at the sole discretion of the County.  These links should not be construed as an indication of importance, endorsement or sponsorship of any external Websites, their content or their hosts or the products or services offered by their hosts.  Users are responsible to determine, for themselves, which Web pages are part of the County Website and which are convenient links.  Any question about this should be directed to “webmaster” through the home page.

Privacy Statement :

There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in the use of this public computer system.  All County computer systems are subject to monitoring at all times to assure proper functioning of the systems, to provide security for the computer system’s operation and the information contained therein, to prevent unauthorized use, and to deter and investigate violations of law.  Also, e-mail in general is not necessarily secure against interception and sending errors.
If a person sends the County e-mail that contains personally identifiable information, the County will use the information to respond to the user.  The County may also forward that e-mail to another government agency.  Also, certain e-mail may constitute a public record and be subject to disclosure under state law.  When a user links to another Website through the County Website, the user is subject to the privacy policy and all disclaimers of the new site.

Not for Legal Notice to the County of Barnwell

Communication made through e-mail or any other computer messaging system shall in no way be deemed to constitute legal notice to the County or any of its agencies, officers, employees, agents or representatives with respect to any existing or potential claim or cause of action.

Jurisdiction

The materials provided on this site are intended for public use on computer systems located primarily within the County of Barnwell, South Carolina and for the convenience of visitors to the County.  Any person choosing to use this Website or seeking access to information or materials on this system is agreeing to be subject to South Carolina jurisdiction.

Any dispute arising therefrom shall be decided under the laws and in the courts of South Carolina.

Any question about the terms of this Website Disclaimer should be directed to
Human Resource Director”.