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PURPOSE:  This Policy is a disclosure statement to users of Cook County Sheriff’s Office (“Sheriff”) websites.  The policy addresses the collection, use, disclosure, and security of information that may be obtained by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and third parties through the use of www.cookcountysheriff.org  and other Cook County Sheriff’s Office websites operated by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.  A copy of this policy shall be accessible via a persistent hyperlink labeled “Privacy Policy” on the bottom of every Cook County Sheriff’s Office webpage.

AREAS AFFECTED:   This policy applies to the use of Cook County Sheriff’s Office websites operated by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

CHANGES TO THIS POLICY: The Cook County Sheriff’s Office may, from time to time, modify this Privacy Policy to reflect legal, technological and other developments. In that event, the changes will appear on Cook County Sheriff’s Office websites under a hyperlink labeled “The Cook County Sheriff’s Office has Updated its Website Privacy Policy”.

POLICY:  

1. Information collected by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.  In order to improve the content and usability of Sheriff websites, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office automatically collects several categories of information from Sheriff website users. This information includes the following:

a. The apparent Internet Protocol (“IP”) address of a user’s Internet Service Provider (“ISP”) and/or computer, if the user’s computer has an IP address assigned directly to it.

b.   The apparent Fully Qualified Domain Name (“Domain Name”) of a user’s ISP and/or computer, if the user’s computer has a domain name assigned directly to it.

c.   The type of browser (such as, for example Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) and operating system used.

d.   The date and time a user visited the site.

e.   The web pages accessed at the site, as well as any applications, forms, and data used.

f.    The Uniform Resource Locator (“URL”) of the site which a user visited prior to the Sheriff’s websites (if detectable), if such user did not connect directly to the Sheriff’s websites, or use it as a homepage or “Portal”.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office uses this information to identify site performance needs, to ensure compatibility with the technology used by the Sheriff’s website visitors, and to generally add and improve services offered on the Sheriff’s websites. In order to accomplish those goals, from time to time, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office may conduct statistical analysis of the data it collects.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office does not collect data for commercial purposes and does not sell, exchange or otherwise distribute the data collected by the Sheriff’s websites for commercial purposes.

2. Information submitted to the Sheriff’s websites.  During a session on the Sheriff’s websites, a user may affirmatively submit information to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office by, among other means, electronic mail (“e-mail”), by filling in and submitting an on-line form, or by uploading a file. Such affirmatively submitted information is stored in a secure environment and will be used by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in furtherance of its governmental purposes, which include, but are not limited to:

a.   Helping the Cook County Sheriff’s Office respond to a request for information not readily available from the Sheriff’s websites.

b.   Investigating a problem reported to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office via the Sheriff’s websites.

c.   Keeping lists of parties interested in some particular issue or facet of Cook County Sheriff’s Office life about which the Cook County Sheriff’s Office anticipates issuing further information in the future.

d.   Disclosure of such information pursuant to a request made under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) or court order, if such information is not protected by federal or state law.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office does not rent or sell personally identifiable information (i.e., information such as name, address, phone number, e-mail, etc., that identifies a user as a particular person), nor would the Cook County Sheriff’s Office exchange or trade such information with third parties without a user’s explicit permission.

3. Security.  The Cook County Sheriff’s Office has integrated industry standard or better security measures and systems into the design, implementation and day to day operation of the Sheriff’s websites and underlying servers and networks. Furthermore, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office maintains ongoing efforts to identify and/or block unauthorized intrusions into or onto the Sheriff’s websites, and to upload to or change information on or otherwise cause damage to the Sheriff’s websites or the information resident hereon or submitted hereto.

4. Cookies.  Cookies are text files, or entries in larger files, utilized to distinguish between visitors to a website, and to track information during multiple visits to a website.  Cookie storage can be either temporary (“Session”) or permanent (“Persistent”).  A Session cookie is deleted when you exit your web browser and a Persistent cookie remains on your hard drive until you manually delete it or the cookie expires.  The Cook County Sheriff’s Office may use both types of cookies to improve the content and usability of Sheriff websites.

The use of cookies is a standard practice among Internet websites. Most Internet web browsers may be customized to reject cookies, to only accept or reject cookies by user intervention, or to delete cookies. Rejecting and/or removing cookies, however, may lead to loss of functionality on those Sheriff website pages requiring cookies to function fully.

5. Third Party Services.  In order to improve the content and usability of Sheriff websites, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office enlists the services of third parties.  In so doing, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office may pass along certain data collected under Section 1 to the third party.  Additionally, some third parties place Cookies on Sheriff website user machines.  In such cases, the third party’s use of Sheriff website user data is restricted by and subject to the third party’s own Terms of Service (“TOS”) and Privacy Policy.  Below is a table of third parties to which the Cook County Sheriff’s Office transfers Sheriff website user data.

Third Party: Amazon Web Services

  • Information Transferred: The Cook County Sheriff’s Office uses AWS GovCloud to host its websites and all information collected thereunder.
  • Cookies: Yes
  • Privacy Policy Hyperlink: https://aws.amazon.com/agreement/

Third Party: ESRI

  • Information Transferred: Information including, but not limited to, IP address as well as date and time the IP address visited the Sheriff website.
  • Cookies: Yes
  • Privacy Policy Hyperlink: http://www.esri.com/legal/privacy

Third Party: Google Analytics

  • Information Transferred: Information including, but not limited to, IP address as well as the date and time the IP address visited the Sheriff website.  For more information, click here and here.
  • Cookies: Yes
  • Privacy Policy Hyperlink: http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/

Third Party: Google Maps

  • Information Transferred: Information including, but not limited to, IP address as well as the date and time the IP address visited the Sheriff website, as well as any available locational information.  For more information, click here and here.
  • Cookies: Yes
  • Privacy Policy Hyperlink: http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/

Third Party: Oracle Taleo

Third Party: Socrata

  • Information Transferred: IP address, operating system, browser type, the address of a referring web site, and user activity on the Site.
  • Cookies: Yes
  • Privacy Policy Hyperlink: https://www.socrata.com/privacy/

 Third Party: Vimeo

  • Information Transferred: Information including, but not limited to, IP address as well as the date and time the IP address visited the Sheriff website, as well as any available locational information.  For more information, click here and here.
  • Cookies: Yes
  • Privacy Policy Hyperlink: https://vimeo.com/privacy

Third Party: Facebook

  • Information Transferred: Information including, but not limited to, IP address as well as the date and time the IP address visited the Sheriff website, as well as any available locational information.  For more information, click here and here.
  • Cookies: Yes
  • Privacy Policy Hyperlink: https://www.facebook.com/privacy/explanation

Third Party: Twitter

  • Information Transferred: Information including, but not limited to, IP address as well as the date and time the IP address visited the Sheriff website, as well as any available locational information.  For more information, click here and here.
  • Cookies: Yes
  • Privacy Policy Hyperlink: https://twitter.com/en/privacy

Third Party: Instagram

  • Information Transferred: Information including, but not limited to, IP address as well as the date and time the IP address visited the Sheriff website, as well as any available locational information.  For more information, click here and here.
  • Cookies: Yes
  • Privacy Policy Hyperlink: https://help.instagram.com/519522125107875

Third Party: Moneygram

Third Party: WesternUnion

  • Information Transferred: Information including, but not limited to, IP address as well as the date and time the IP address visited the Sheriff website, as well as any available locational information.  For more information, click here and here.
  • Cookies: Yes
  • Privacy Policy Hyperlink: https://www.westernunion.com/us/en/privacy-statement.html

Third Party: Access Corrections

  • Information Transferred: Information including, but not limited to, IP address as well as the date and time the IP address visited the Sheriff website, as well as any available locational information.  For more information, click here and here.
  • Cookies: Yes
  • Privacy Policy Hyperlink: https://www.accesscorrections.com/#/privacy-policy

Third Party: Cash Pay Today

  • Information Transferred: Information including, but not limited to, IP address as well as the date and time the IP address visited the Sheriff website, as well as any available locational information.  For more information, click here and here.
  • Cookies: Yes
  • Privacy Policy Hyperlink: https://www.cashpaytoday.com/privacy

Third Party: ADA.gov

  • Information Transferred: Information including, but not limited to, IP address as well as the date and time the IP address visited the Sheriff website, as well as any available locational information.  For more information, click here and here.
  • Cookies: Yes
  • Privacy Policy Hyperlink: https://www.justice.gov/doj/privacy-policy

6. Children

None of the Sheriff’s websites specifically solicits information from minors or seeks to determine whether the visitor is a minor. Consequently, because such information will not be specifically identified as being from minors, users of the Sheriff’s websites should be aware that personally identifiable information submitted to the Sheriff’s websites by minors will be subject to being treated in the same manner as information given by an adult and may become subject to FOIA.

7. Third Party Links The Sheriff’s websites provides links to, and may be linked from, local, State and federal government agencies, and from, or to, other websites. When you link to another site, you are subject to the privacy policy and TOS of that new site.

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