Information Collected and How it is Used
The City of Falmouth does collect information about visitors to the site. This information is used for analytical and statistical purposes to help better manage the site. Information that is collected includes the date and the type of browser being used. We use this information to learn how many visitors we have, where they are coming from, which parts of our web site are of most interest to users and other facts that will help us improve the web site and the services we offer.
The City of Falmouth website does not collect personal information unless the visitor voluntarily provides information by sending an email, completing an online form or online application. The voluntary personal information collected using online forms depends on the form or service you are conducting with the city. 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 city employees via e-mail. 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, e-mail 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 Kentucky Open Records Act. Survey data, if released, will only be provided in an aggregated format.
The City of Falmouth 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 city projects involve collaboration with other local or state government agencies. Voluntary personal information submitted to the City of Falmouth to express interest in or make comments about such projects may be shared with the other agencies involved.
In the state of Kentucky, 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 city government.
Pursuant to Chapter 61 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes, all of the information collected at the City of Falmouth 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. 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 City of Falmouth uses industry standard practices to safeguard the confidentiality of your personal identifiable information, including "firewalls" and encryption 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 City of Falmouth website indicates that encryption technology is being used, the user should not assume that information submitted through that Web page to the City of Falmouth Web server will be treated as confidential. If a user submits information to the City of Falmouth's Web server, the City of 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 City of Falmouth City Clerk's Office.