During your visit to the Downtown Duluth website, the city gathers and stores the following information about your visit. This information does not identify you personally.
This information is collected and analyzed by the Duluth to improve the content of our web content and services.
The Downtown Duluth website does not collect personal information unless the visitor voluntarily provides information by sending an email, completing an online form or online application. Examples of forms and applications on this website include:
The voluntary personal information collected using online forms depends on the form or service you are conducting with the city. Any service available via online form can also be completed in person, via mail, via phone or via fax, depending on the service, if you choose not to submit your information over the internet. The information collected may not be limited to text characters but might also include audio, video or graphic information formats. This information may be stored in a database or sent to city employees via email. We use the information collected to respond to your query or complete the service you have requested. We may also use information collected to improve our services. All information, including survey, email information, or form data may be shared internally with other departments within the extent permitted by law. The information will not be distributed externally except as required by law. Survey data, if released, will only be provided in an aggregated format.
The Duluth does not:
Some city projects involve collaboration with other local or state government agencies. Voluntary personal information submitted to the Duluth to express interest in or make comments about such projects may be shared with the other agencies involved.
The Downtown Duluth website offers visitors the ability to subscribe to email distribution lists. Visitors are free to unsubscribe should they not want to receive future communications from the city. A valid email address must be provided when subscribing or unsubscribing from email lists. All other personally identifiable information is optional. Email lists are kept private and are not disclosable under the Open Records Act.
In the state of Georgia, there are laws to ensure that government is open and transparent. The public has a right to access appropriate records and information entrusted to the city government.
Pursuant to Georgia law, all of the information collected at the Downtown Duluth website potentially becomes public record and may be subject to inspection and copying by members of the public, unless an exemption in the law exists. Some state laws outside the Open Records Act protect specific records. Investigative records maintained by regulatory agencies and business and licensing boards may be exempt. Finally, specific federal law may govern whether certain information or documents may be disclosed. Careful legal research is required to evaluate each request for public records.
Cookies are small text files generated by the Web server and stored on the visitor’s computer. Cookies can be read by the Web server to determine if a particular Web page has already been visited or when the visitor last accessed the website. An example would be for an online survey where a cookie could be used to tell the Web server that a particular visitor has already completed the survey. Cookies do not contain personal information and are not used to mine data.
The Downtown Duluth website uses industry standard practices to safeguard the confidentiality of your personal identifiable information, including “firewalls” and encryption (Secure Socket Layer) technology. We employ many different security techniques to protect such data from unauthorized access. “Perfect” security however, does not exist on the Internet. Unless a particular Web page on the Downtown Duluth website indicates that encryption technology is being used, the user should not assume that information submitted through that Web page to the Duluth Web server will be treated as confidential. Visual cues (an unbroken key or locked lock) report to the visitor that the online service is secure through a given Web page. If a user submits information to the Duluth’s Web server through a Web page containing visual indicators of active encryption technology, the Duluth will take all reasonable precautions to safeguard the confidentiality of such information, but shall nevertheless not be held liable for any injury caused by the disclosure of that information, whether caused by security breach, accident, inadvertence or any other act resulting in disclosure.
Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this Web site are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under all state Computer Trespass laws and federal statutes including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.
For specific information regarding the retention of information, please contact the Duluth City Clerk’s Office.