Terms of use for the Town of Southbury website

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Terms of Use

By visiting the official website of the Town of Southbury, Connecticut, users agree that they will not use the Site for any unlawful activity or use it in any way that would violate the following policies.

Use of Communication Forums

The official website of the Town of Southbury, Connecticut, has, will, or may contain threaded discussions, chat rooms, ListServs and other communication forums. By participating in any of these, users agree to send and receive messages that are both proper and related to the forum topic. The following actions are unacceptable practices:

  • Defaming, harassing, threatening, or otherwise violating the legal rights of others, including their privacy (see below); 
  • Misrepresenting one's person, background, or character; 
  • Posting any defamatory, infringing, obscene, false or unlawful material; 
  • Selling, advertising, or exchanging any goods or services unless expressly allowed; 
  • Posting any copyrighted material owned by a third party.

Also, you agree to use any official website of the Town of Southbury, Connecticut forum at your own risk. While championing proper use of such forums, The Town of Southbury cannot guarantee that violations of the above code will not occur.

Privacy Policy

It is the policy of the State of Connecticut that government records are open for public inspection as provided in the Connecticut General Statutes as may be amended from time to time. When you use our Site, you are acknowledging that personal information you provide is subject to Connecticut's Public Records laws as stated in the Connecticut General Statutes. We may be required to disclose that information under certain circumstances.

You do not have to give us personal information to visit our website, download our publications, use our e-mail communications, and many other features. We collect no personal information about you when you visit Southbury's website unless you choose to provide this information to us. We will use the information that you voluntarily provide to us to notify you of selected content changes or new publications. We may also use it to conduct statistical analyses of user activities in order to measure user interest in the information we provide and how we provide it. However, we do collect and store some non-personal information automatically.

The following is an example of some of the information we may collect:

  • Name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, xcompany.com, if you use a private Internet access account or your school edu if you connect from an educational institution's domain); 
  • The page from which you came and the pages that you access; 
  • Date and time you access our Site; 
  • Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our Site; 
  • Your system's IP (Internet Protocol) address; and 
  • The type of browser and operating system you used to access our Site.

We use the information we collect in aggregate to count the number of and types of visitors to the different pages on our site, and to help us make our Site more useful to visitors like you.

How We use Cookies

The Town of Southbury’s website uses cookies. A cookie is a text file, not a program, which is sent to your computer when you access a site. Cookies do not disclose your name or e-mail address or other sensitive data to a website; rather, cookies can only tell a website if you have visited before and can pass short bits of information from the web site back to itself the next time you visit. You may choose to reject all cookies by modifying your browser preferences. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some of our functions that require their use.

Disclaimer Regarding Accuracy of Information

Visitors to, and users of the official website of the Town of Southbury, Connecticut, are advised that information contained within the pages of the Site is believed to be accurate. However, errors can occur-even with computer-generated information. The Town of Southbury makes no representation regarding the completeness, accuracy, or timeliness of such information and data or that such information and data will be error-free. In the event that the information on the Town of Southbury's official printed documents differs from the information contained on this Website, the information on the Town of Southbury's official printed documents will control and take precedence. Please be aware that in the event an error or omission occurs, the Town of Southbury will use all of its resources to recover fees and taxes due to it.

Visitors are encouraged to review the official version of all documents upon which they plan to rely. Any special notices related to the accuracy or the currency of specific elements of data presented in our Site will be defined on those specific pages.

Site Security

When you use your credit card, debit card, or on-line checks to do business on the official website of the Town of Southbury, Connecticut, we do our best to protect the integrity and privacy of your account information with advanced technologies. Our systems use Internet data encryption technology, known as the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol, and Secure Electronic Transactions (SET).

However, even with advanced technologies, it is not always possible to prevent unauthorized access or unauthorized disclosure. The Town makes no representation and assumes no responsibility or liability concerning the accuracy of the information or for any loss which might result to the user by the use of this website. Please be aware that in the event unauthorized access, unauthorized disclosure, third party intervention, or any loss occurs due to error, omission, or inaccurate information being displayed on this website, the Town of Southbury reserves the right to recover any unpaid fees and taxes.

Intrusion Detection

For security purposes and to help ensure this website remains available to you, we use special software programs for monitoring network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise to cause damage to this government computer system. These programs collect no information that would directly identify individuals, but they do collect information that could help us identify someone attempting to tamper with this website.
If you use this website, you should understand that all activities may be monitored and recorded. Anyone using this website expressly consents to such monitoring. WARNING - If such monitoring reveals possible evidence or information of criminal or suspicious activity, monitoring records may be provided to law enforcement officials.

Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, we make no other attempts to identify individual users or their usage habits. We only use raw monitoring data logs for determining trends in usage patterns and in diagnosing system problems.

Linkage

The official website of the Town of Southbury, Connecticut provides links to many web sites that are not controlled, maintained, or regulated by us. As such, we are not responsible for the content of those websites. Use of information from those web sites is voluntary. Rely on that information only after undertaking an independent review of its accuracy. References at those web sites to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Southbury’s official website, the Town of Southbury, Connecticut, its elected officials, or its employees. When you visit another site you are subject to the privacy policy of the new site.

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