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Privacy Notice

In the State of California, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by government agencies. At the same time there are exceptions to the public’s right to access records provided by both state and federal laws. These exceptions include the privacy of individuals.

Information collected at this website becomes public record and may be subject to inspection and copying by the public unless an exception exists in the law. During your visit to ci.bakersfield.ca.us, information that is not readily identifiable to an individual is automatically collected and stored. This information is used to improve our web services. For more detail on our privacy policy, please see the following: 

  • Information Collected and How It Is Used
  • Personal Information and Choice
  • Public Disclosure
  • Access and Correction of Personal Information
  • Cookies
  • Security

Information Collected and How It Is Used

If you do nothing during your visit to bakersfieldcity.us but browse, read pages or download information, the following information is automatically collected and stored:

1. The Internet Protocol (IP) address, but not the e-mail address. The Internet Protocol address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to your computer. The Internet Protocol Address is used to direct Internet traffic to you;
2. The date and time you visited the site; and
3. The web pages or services you accessed at this site.

The information automatically collected or stored is used to improve the content of the web services and to help to understand how people are using the services. The website logs are not personally identifiable, and no attempt is made to link them with the individuals that browse the website.

If, during your visit to BakersfieldCity.us, you participate in a survey or send an e-mail, the following additional information will be collected:

Surveys: any information you volunteered in response to a survey including any personal identification information provided;E-mails: the e-mail address, contents of the e-mail and any personal identification/contact information you provide;All information collected is retained in accordance with California Government Code Section 34090 et. seq.
Your e-mail address is used to respond appropriately. This may be to respond to you, to address issues you identify, to further improve our website, or to forward the e-mail to another agency for appropriate action. Survey information is used for the purpose designated.

Information also may be used for authorized law enforcement investigations. 
Except for the above purposes, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits.

Personal Information and Choice

“ Personal Information” is information about an individual that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Personal information includes personal identifiers such as an individual’s name, address, and phone number. A domain name or Internet Protocol address is not considered personal information.

No personal information about you is collected unless you voluntarily participate in an activity that asks for information (i.e. sending an e-mail or participating in a survey). If you choose not to participate in these activities, your choice will not affect your ability to use any other feature of BakersfieldCity.us.

If personal information is requested on the website or volunteered by the user, state law and the Federal Privacy Act of 1974 may protect it (see California Government Code Section 6254.20). Non-personal information requested or volunteered, however, is a public record once you provide it, and may be subject to public inspection and copying if not protected by federal or state law.

Users are cautioned that the collection of personal information requested from or volunteered by children on-line or by e-mail will be treated the same as information given by an adult and may be subject to public access.

Public Disclosure

In the State of California, the Public Records Act (Government Code Section 6250 et. seq.) exists to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by state or local government entities. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public’s right to access public records that serve various needs: the privacy of individuals in included among those exceptions.
In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and the California Public Records Act or other law governing the disclosure of records, the California Public Records Act or other applicable law will control.

Access and Correction of Personal Information

You can review any personal information BakersfieldCity.us collects about you. You may recommend changes to your personal information you believe in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us.

In all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections. See Contact Information section below.

Cookies

What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a small amount of data, which may include an anonymous unique identifier, that is sent to your browser from a website’s computers and may either be used only during your session (a “session” cookie) or may be stored on your computer’s hard drive (a “persistent” cookie). Cookies can contain data about user movement during the visit to the website. If your browser software is set to allow cookies, a website can send it own cookie to you. A website that has set a cookie con only access those cookies it has sent to you, it cannot access cookies sent to you by other sites.

Why Are Cookies Used on Websites?
Cookies are one mechanism for maintaining continuity during a user’s visit to a website. They allow data to be maintained for a user’s benefit as they navigate a site. This is referred to as “session” or “state management” cookie. These cookies go away when you terminate your visit to the website as they are maintained only in your browser’s active memory during your session. Cookies may also be stored on your computer so that you can be recognized by a website on subsequent visits. They can be read by the website that set them whenever you enter the website. They are often used on websites that require you to log in to save you entering all of your log-in information. They may store information on your unique identifier and the areas of the website you have visited before. These cookies are stored on your computer’s hard drive after you have left the website and consequent are often referred to as “persistent” cookies.

Choices about Cookies
You can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. Each browser is different, so check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.

Practices Regarding Cookies

When bakersfieldcity.us uses session cookies, the information on these cookies would be retained by the site in a table that lists the unique identifiers of those currently using the site only while the user’s session is active.

Security

This website has taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its computing infrastructure and data, including, but not limited to, authentication, monitoring, and auditing. Security measures have been integrated into the design, implementation and day-to-day practices of the entire site. This information should not be construed in any way as giving business, legal or other advice. This information should not be construed as warranting as fail-proof the security of information provided through BakersfieldCity.us.
For website security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, the City of Bakersfield uses software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage.
Contact Information: To offer comments about the information presented in this Privacy Notice, please email the webmaster.