The protection of individual privacy is a concern to the City of Blaine, and is governed by Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13, (Government Data Practices Act). The City of Blaine has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate its firm commitment to privacy. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this site.
Information You Provide to Us
The City of Blaine does not keep any personal information about you or your visit to our Internet site unless you have specifically supplied it to us. For instance, you may have supplied us with information as part of a request for information or for purposes of registering or obtaining a license or permit online. Similarly, you may have sent us an email or left us a message in some other electronic format.
In cases where you have supplied us with information, including financial data, we will treat such information in accordance with the requirements of the Government Data Practices Act. This means that it will be treated in the same way as written forms of communication, and in many instances it will be considered public information available to the public upon request. To the extent allowed by law, the City will make reasonable attempts to protect personal financial information from disclosure.
Other Information About Your Visit to Our Site
Like most Internet sites, our website reads some information from your computer that helps us analyze traffic patterns, perform routine maintenance, maintain site security, and to help you navigate through our site. Generally, the information we collect is temporary and when you leave the site this information is deleted from our system. The only information the City automatically collects and maintains is the following:
- Total number of visitors to this site.
- Types of computer systems used to access this site.
- Web browser type and version.
- Date and time of access.
- The website you visited prior to coming to this website.
- Information about possible system security threats.
Occasionally, the City may have a survey on the website that allows a visitor to vote only once. In order to keep track of whether you have voted, a cookie (a simple text file) will be created and stored on your computer. This cookie is created on your computer by voting on the survey. It will not contain personal identifying information and will not compromise your privacy or security. The only information that is contained is the name of the survey and how you voted. This cookie will remain on your computer for the duration of the survey. The cookie has an expiration date. When that date occurs it will be deleted from your computer.