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Privacy Statement

Niagara County Social Services 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 Niagara County Social Services site and governs data collection and usage. By using the Niagara County Social Services site, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your Personal Information

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

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

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

Use of your Personal Information

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

Niagara County Social Services does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. Niagara County Social Services 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, Niagara County Social Services 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 Niagara County Social Services, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

Niagara County Social Services does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

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

Niagara County Social Services 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 Niagara County Social Services or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Niagara County Social Services; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Niagara County Social Services, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The Niagara County Social Services 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 Niagara County Social Services pages, or register with Niagara County Social Services site or services, a cookie helps Niagara County Social Services 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 Niagara County Social Services Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Niagara County Social Services 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 Niagara County Social Services services or Web sites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

Niagara County Social Services secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Niagara County Social Services 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

Niagara County Social Services will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. Niagara County Social Services encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how Niagara County Social Services is protecting your information.

Contact Information

Niagara County Social Services welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that Niagara County Social Services has not adhered to this Statement, please contact Niagara County Social Services at it@rlcomputing.com. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.