Privacy PolicyPrivacy Policy<p>​</p><p><strong>The Burke County Government Privacy Policy applies only to this website. </strong><br><br>When you follow a link to another site, those of other local, state, and federal governments and commercial entities, and when you provide information to an application operated by another local, state, and federal government and commercial entity, this policy will not apply. You should check the privacy policy of each governmental or commercial body if you have concerns about how they handle personally identifiable information. This policy applies only to information collected on the Burke County website itself. This policy may be updated periodically, so please check back from time to time.<br> <br><strong>Collection and Use of Information</strong><br> <br>Burke County Government does not sell or rent personally identifiable information. Please be aware that when you provide information to any government entity, however, that information may be subject to the North Carolina Public Information Act and applicable federal legislation. Information about the <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">North Carolina Public Information Act (N.C.G.S. 132)</span></a>, is available on-line from the <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;">N.C. General Assembly website</span></a>. Additionally, although Burke County Government does not sell or rent personally identifiable information, certain local, state, and federal governments and commercial entities whose sites are accessible through the Burke County website may sell personally identifiable information.<br> <br>However, Burke County Government does not control the governmental and commercial bodies whose sites and applications can be accessed through the Burke County website. Each local, state, and federal governments and commercial entity whose website is accessible through the Burke County website must be contacted directly about the records they keep and their use of personally identifiable information.<br> <br>The Burke County website utilizes server logs and log analysis tools to create summary statistics about the use of the website. The summary 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. These logs collect the Internet Protocol ("IP") address of your computer, and may collect other similar information about your computer network.<br> <br>For on-line government transactions conducted on the Burke County Government website, you will be asked to enter certain information about yourself and/or the organization with which you are affiliated. The specifics of this information will vary as required by the type of transaction and the agency or department involved. In each case, the information requested should include the same information that would be requested if you performed the identical transaction in person rather than on-line. Whenever Burke County Government requests personal information from you, there will be an indication of whether your disclosure of such information is mandatory or optional. Information collected in the course of the transaction is used for the following purposes:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>To conduct on-line transactions with the appropriate agency or department (e.g., the payment of taxes or the renewal of a license or permit).</li><li>To send you an e-mail confirming your transaction.</li><li>To forward announcements or content features to you, only if you have chosen to request this service. </li></ul><p>Burke County Government uses vendors to provide various services. Your personally identifiable information may be shared with such vendors, so that they can perform their services for Burke County Government.<br> <br>Burke County Government may be required by law enforcement or judicial authorities to provide personally identifiable information to the appropriate governmental authorities. Burke County Government fully cooperates with law enforcement agencies in identifying those who use our services for illegal activities. We reserve the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities that we believe to be unlawful.<br> <br><strong>Access to Information</strong><br> <br>All information collected about you via this website is public information unless protected by a specific state of federal statute.<br> <br><strong>Cookies</strong><br> <br>Some of the on-line government transactions hosted by and linked from this site use cookies. A cookie is an extremely small text file that is stored on your computer and created to track specific information. The services hosted on the Burke County Government use cookies to set a session ID - this can be thought of as a kind of name tag, so the service can keep track of your transactions. The Burke County website is configured so that a cookie will be destroyed after a few minutes of inactivity, after successfully completing a transaction or when the browser is closed. If your Web browser does not accept cookies, you will not be able to use the on-line transactions on this site. For more information on cookies, you may wish to review the Computer Incident Advisory Capability's (CIAC) report on cookies located at <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>.<br> <br><strong>Additional Information</strong><br> <br>For more information on how to protect your personal information on-line consult the U.S. Federal Trade Commission website at <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>.</p>