Your ("user") use of the Village of Lake Bluff's website ("Website") is provided subject to the privacy terms and conditions contained herein.  Please read these terms carefully as use of the Website constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions.

1. Purpose

The Village of Lake Bluff ("Village") is committed to maintaining the online privacy of visitors to this Website to the extent permitted by law.  The Village gathers information for security, management and statistical purposes and will not, without user's consent, sell or share this information to any party, except in cases where it is legally obligated to disclose it, or if circumstances necessitate disclosure to protect the safety of user, the Village's staff or that of the public.

2. Public Records

The Freedom of Information Act ("Act") provides that information received by the Village on the Website become public record, subject to disclosure under the Act.  Users who communicate through this Website are advised that all communications are public and cannot be held in confidence.  The Village captures some user and browser information on the Website and may analyze the server logs to generate traffic reports that may list user origination address.  E-mail directed to the Village, its officers or employees may be retained as part of the public record, and these communications will be available through Act release requests.  Because of the public information nature of this Website, user should make no assumptions of privacy of any kind.

3. General information Collected

The Village collects non-personal information about visits to the Website (i.e. dates, browser types, technical Internet protocol data) from user logs, and refers to it in summary form to identify trends.  The objective in tracking this type of information is to help make the Website more functional and practical for users.

The Village uses software programs to create summary statistics which are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. 

4. Personal information Collected

The Village collects personal information if a user voluntarily provides it.  During a visit to the Website, user may choose to participate in a survey or send email.  To complete a survey or send an email, user may be asked to provide personal information such as name, address and/or phone number.  The user always has the option to decline participation in any activity that requires personal information.  Opting out will in no way affect user's ability to browse, read or download general information provided on the Website.

The Village contracts with third parties to offer Internet-related services, and will discloses personal information provided by user to third parties in order to complete a transaction or ensure protection and security of the services provided.  The personal information requested will be no more specific than if a user were engaged in the transaction by telephone or in-person.  In all cases, Village strives to collect the minimum information necessary to comply with applicable law or provide the service requested.

5. Security Measures

The Village has taken steps to safeguard the integrity of user data and prevent unauthorized access to information it maintains, including authentication, monitoring, auditing, and encryption.  Security measures have been integrated into the design, implementation and day-to-day practices of the operating environment of the Website as part of its continuing commitment to risk management.  These measures are designed and intended to prevent corruption of data, block unknown or unauthorized access to systems and information, and provide reasonable protection of private information in the Village's possession.

Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this Website are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

Effective: January 10, 2011