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McLennan County Privacy and Security Policy
Privacy and Security Policy
McLennan County (County) maintains this website as a public service. This policy describes the County's privacy and security practices regarding information collected from visitors to the site, including what information is collected and how that information is used. The policy applies to all pages managed or owned by McLennan County .
Please note that all information collected or maintained by the County is subject to the provisions of the Texas Public Information Act (TGC 552). The email addresses of most members of the public who communicate with County Departments through the Internet are confidential under Texas law. Exceptions to confidentiality may be reviewed at TGC 552.137.
An individual who submits information in electronic format through this website is entitled, on request, to receive and review the information the County collects about the individual, and to have the County correct the information.
Use and Release of Information
The County uses persistent, first-party cookies to track and report visitor information and collect information via web-based forms (see Server Logs/Log Analysis Tools and Web-Based Forms, below). The County does not implement third-party cookies.
Server Logs/Log Analysis Tools
The County uses persistent, first-party cookies, server logs, and log analysis tools to create summary statistics about website usage to improve site management. The statistics are used for purposes such as assessing what information is of most interest to users, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. The County does not report or use this type of information in any manner that would reveal confidential or regulatory protected information, and does not release the information to any outside parties unless required to do so under applicable law.
The following information is collected for this analysis:
- User/client hostname - hostname (or IP address, if DNS is disabled) of the user/client requesting access
- HTTP header, “user-agent” – type of browser used, the browser version, and the operating system it is running on
- HTTP header, “referrer” – page from which the user/client accessed the current page
- System date – date and time of the user/client request
- Full request – exact request the user/client made
- Status – status code the server returned to the user/client
- Content length – length, in bytes, of the document sent to the user/client
- Method – Request method used
- Uniform Resource Identifier (URI or URL) – location of a resource on the server
- Query string of the URL – anything after the question mark in a URL
- Protocol – transport protocol and version used
The County and other authorized third-parties monitor network traffic for site security purposes and to ensure that the site remains available to all users. Unauthorized attempts to upload information, change information on this site, or otherwise cause damage are strictly prohibited and may constitute a criminal offense. Except as may be required for authorized law enforcement investigations, no attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits.
The County website uses persistent, first-party cookies with web-based forms for such purposes such as collecting feedback from constituents, road and bridge information, compliments, and complaints.
The County may not release the email addresses of most members of the public that have been provided to communicate electronically with a government body without the affirmative consent of the affected member of the public. Exemptions to this confidentiality may be reviewed at TGC 552.137. Personally identifiable information contained in a question or comment sent to the County in an email message or submitted in an online form is only used by the County to respond to the request and to analyze trends. To the extent necessary and appropriate, the County may send the message to another government agency or County employee who is in a better position to answer the question.
For additional information
If you have questions or comments about the County's Privacy and Security Policy, please contact the McLennan County Information Technology Department at 254.757.5164.