Privacy Policy

Privacy Statement:
St. Charles County (the County) is committed to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy describes how individual information will be handled by the County when using our web site. The compilation (collection and arrangement) of all use of this web site is the exclusive property of St. Charles County. The County reserves the right to change any provisions of this Privacy Policy at any time without notice, so it is recommended that users refer back periodically for updates.

Types of Information We Collect:
The information we gather is either information that you voluntarily supply when you register or initiate transactions (for example, your name and address), or information gathered on usage patterns and preferences as users navigate the web site, use our services such as e-mail, or read our e-mail newsletters.

To help make our web site more responsive to the needs of our users, we use a standard feature of browser software, called a “cookie”, to assign each user a unique, random number that resides on your computer. The cookie does not identify the user, just the computer that a user uses to access our site. The only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply so, unless you voluntarily identify yourself, we won't know who you are, even if we assign a cookie to your computer. A cookie cannot read unrelated data off your computer. We use cookies to help us deliver a better, more personalized service. For example, we use cookies to track the pages and services on our web site visited by our users. We can build a better web site if we know which pages and features our users are visiting and how often.

Browser Level Information and IP Addresses:
Our web server automatically collects limited information about your computer configuration when you visit our web site, including the type of browser you use, the operating system you are running, the resolution of your computer monitor, the web site that referred you, and your IP address. Your IP address is a number that is used by computers connected to the Internet to identify your computer so that data such as the web pages you want to view can be transmitted to you. We use IP address information for systems administration and trouble-shooting purposes.

Other Disclosures:
When you provide information via the web site, we protect the integrity and privacy of your information with appropriate technologies. However, even with these technologies, it is not always possible to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure. The County makes no representation and assumes no responsibility or liability concerning accuracy of information or for any loss that might result to the user by use of this web site. Please be aware that in the event of unauthorized access or disclosure or third party intervention, or if any loss occurs due to error, omission, or inaccurate information being displayed on this web site, the County reserves the right to recover any unpaid fees and/or taxes.

St. Charles County is subject to the Missouri Sunshine Law (RSMo. Chapter 610), which governs public records of governmental bodies. Any information acquired through the use of our web site may be subject to public disclosure pursuant to the Missouri Sunshine Law; and the Sunshine Law may limit any provisions of this Privacy Statement. You should understand that all activities on this web site may be monitored and recorded and that, by using this web site, you expressly consent to such monitoring. If such monitoring reveals possible evidence or information of criminal or suspicious activity, monitoring records may be provided to law enforcement officials. We reserve the right to release information about our users when release is appropriate to comply with law or to protect the rights, property or safety of users, the public, our customers, or our government and its employees, agents, partners and affiliates.