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Thank you for visiting the official website of the County of Fresno. We are providing this notice to explain our County online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used by the County of Fresno.

Table of Contents:

Disclaimer
Conditions of Use
Links from County of Fresno Website
Removal of External Link from County Website
Location and Appearance of External Links
Copyright/Trademark
Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions
Use of Images on the County of Fresno Website
Third Party Materials
Disclaimer of Endorsement
General Disclaimer
Indemnification/Hold Harmless
Links to the County of Fresno's Website

Privacy and Security Policy
Privacy Statement
Security Statement
Web Accessibility Guidelines
Tools for Blind & Visually Impaired Users
Additional Applications


DISCLAIMER

Conditions of Use

 
By visiting the County of Fresno (“County”) website, users agree that they will not use the website for any unlawful activity, or use it in any way that would violate the terms and conditions of use. This website is governed and construed by the laws of the State of California. Any use of the website shall comply with all County, State and Federal laws and regulations. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this website are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under state law and federal statutes including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act. We monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or to otherwise cause damage to the County’s website. Anyone using this website expressly consents to such monitoring.

Communications to the County via this website shall in no way be deemed to constitute legal or official notice to the County of Fresno, its agencies, officers, employees, representatives or agents with respect to any existing, pending or future claim or cause of action against the County of Fresno or any of its agencies, officers, employees, representatives or agents where notice is required by Federal, State or local law. Nor shall communications to the County via this website be deemed to constitute legal or official notice for any other purpose.

Changes are made periodically to County documents, including the County Ordinances, County Board of Supervisors documents, County regulations, guidelines, and schedules, and these changes may or may not be reflected in the materials or information present on this website.  Additionally, because the site is frequently under development, materials and information may be deleted, modified or moved to a different part of the website without advance notice.

Under no circumstances shall the County of Fresno be liable for any actions taken or omissions made from reliance on any information contained herein from whatever source nor shall the County of Fresno be liable for any other consequences from any such reliance.

The County of Fresno is neither responsible nor liable for any viruses or other contamination of your system nor for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions arising out of your use of this website or with respect to the material contained on this website, including without limitation, any material posted on the website. This website and all materials contained on it are distributed and transmitted "as is" without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation, warranties of title or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. The County of Fresno is not responsible for any special, indirect, incidental or consequential damages that may arise from the use of, or the inability to use, the website and/or the materials contained on the website whether the materials contained on the website are provided by the County of Fresno or a third party.

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Links from County of Fresno Website

 The County of Fresno permits the establishment of links to external websites on the County's official website solely in conformance with this website policy. In the establishment and maintenance of its official website, the County of Fresno does not intend in any manner to create nor does it create a forum or other means by which public discourse, exchange of opinions, or discussion on issues of any nature may occur. The County of Fresno is not responsible for, does not endorse, and cannot assure the accuracy of information on these outside websites.

Organizations wishing to establish external links on the County’s website must submit a request to the webmaster. The request must contain all information necessary to verify the facts as stated and is necessary to determine whether the proposed link is in compliance with this policy. The County Administrative Officer will review the merits of the requested external link, keeping in mind the criteria and examples listed below, to determine whether the link serves the overall purpose of the County’s website. At its discretion the County may provide links to external sites that fall into one of the following categories:

  • Other governmental agencies. 
  • Utilities
  • Public and private, bona fide educational institutions.
  • Organizations as defined in the Internal Revenue Code §501(c)(6). 
  • Any association located in or managing a location which has received a historical site designation by the County of Fresno Board of Supervisors pursuant to the California Public Resources Code 5020 et. seq. 
  • Elected Public Officials, to the extent that such a site does not seek to support or defeat the candidacy of a candidate running for election to an office.
  • Transportation Agencies

The County of Fresno reserves the right to: (1) deny an external link request to any person, business or organization when it is determined, following review of a request, that the entity or organization for which request is made does not meet the criteria set forth in this policy; and/or (2) deny an external link request to any person, business or organization which fails to provide all required information, or fails to provide truthful information.  Some examples of the type of websites that the County's website will not provide an external link to are websites:

  • Promoting or exhibiting hate, bias, discrimination, pornography; libelous or otherwise defamatory content;   
  • Associated with, sponsored by or serving a candidate for elected office, any political party or organization supporting or seeking to defeat any candidate for elective office or any ballot proposal;  
  • Associated with political organizations or other organizations advocating a position on a local, state or federal issue; 
  • Furthering the agenda of a political organization or candidate running for office;
  • Violating any of the County’s equal opportunity or norms and values policies;
  • That are individual or personal home pages;
  • Associated with, sponsored by or serving a candidate for elected office, any political party or organization supporting or seeking to defeat any candidate for elective office or any ballot proposal;
  • Associated with political organizations or other organizations advocating a position on a local, state or federal issue;

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Removal of External Link from County Website

 The County  reserves the right to immediately and without notice to any person or organization: (1) remove any external link if the nature of the organization or business to which the link relates no longer complies with the County’s  external link Policy; (2) discontinue an external link at any time if entities' website provides or promotes hate, bias, discrimination, pornography, false, slanderous, illegal, political (see above examples of websites the County  will not link to), or incorrect information at any time; or (3) to revise this policy without prior notice when to do so is deemed to be in the best interests of the County of Fresno. 

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Location and Appearance of External Links

 The County reserves the right to determine how and where External links will appear on its website; i.e. what page the link appears on and where the link is placed on the page.

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Copyright/Trademark

 The County Seal, brand and banner are trademarks of the County of Fresno. Any use of the materials stored on the County’s website is prohibited without the written permission of the County of Fresno. The County of Fresno retains all intellectual property rights including copyrights on all text, graphic images and other content. This means that the following acts or activities are prohibited without prior, written permission from the County of Fresno: (1) modification and/or re-use of text, images or other website content from a County  server; (2) distribution of the County’s Website  content; or (3) "mirroring" the County’s  information on a non-County  server.

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Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions

 The copyright law of the U.S. (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a photocopy or reproduction is used for purposes in excess of “fair use,” the user may be liable for copyright infringement.

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Use of Images on the County of Fresno Website

 
All photography and other graphic images are protected by copyright. These images are not free and are not clip art. They should not be downloaded for any reason.

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Third Party MaterialsSome materials and information used on the County of Fresno's website were generated by third parties who have consented to the County’s use or placement of such materials on this site. These materials are owned by those parties. Use of these third party materials for any purpose is prohibited. Persons seeking to use or modify third party materials for any purpose should contact the owner of such materials directly. These materials include icons and graphics used in links to other organizations' sites, as well as various items of general content.

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Disclaimer of EndorsementSome of the links made available to you through the County of Fresno's website will allow you to leave the County’s site. Please be aware that the Internet sites available through these links, and the materials that you may find at those sites are not provided by, endorsed by or under the control of the County of Fresno. Therefore, the County cannot and does not make any representation to you about these sites or the materials available on the sites. The fact that you may be able to access these additional sites from the County’s website is not an endorsement or recommendation to you by the County of any of these sites or any material found there. The County is providing these links only as a convenience to you, and your access to these additional sites is done at your own risk.

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General Disclaimer

 The materials and information contained on or obtained from this website, are distributed and transmitted "AS IS" without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation, warranties of title or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Information contained on this website, including information obtained from external links thereon, is provided without any representation of any kind as to accuracy or content and should be verified by the user. The County of Fresno is not responsible for any general, direct, special, indirect, incidental or consequential damages that may arise from the use of, or the inability to use, the website and/or the materials contained on the site whether the materials contained on the website are provided by the County of Fresno or a third party.

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Indemnification/Hold Harmless

 
By using the County’s website, user agrees to indemnify or hold harmless the County of Fresno for any occurrence resulting from an act of user's use of the County’s website. The County will take all reasonable precautions to safeguard the confidentiality of user information, but is not 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.

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Links to the County of Fresno's WebsiteAdvance permission to link to the County’s Website is not necessary. However, the organization linking to the County of Fresno's website should understand that content and internal web links may change at any time without notice.

Entities and individuals shall not link to the County’s website nor capture pages within frames and present the County’s website content as its own, or otherwise misrepresent this website's content or misinform users about the origin or ownership of its content.

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PRIVACY AND SECURITY POLICY

Privacy Statement

 The County of Fresno ("County") is committed to protecting the privacy of the individuals utilizing the County’s Website; however, personal information submitted to the County’s Website may be subject to disclosure pursuant to various California laws, including, but not limited to, the California Civil Discovery Act of 1986 and the California Public Records Act. The County  may share such information with other agencies if: (1) the information relates to that agency; (2) to protect the interests of others; (3) to protect and defend the rights or property of the County ; or (4) as otherwise provided by law.

The County’s Website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that the County is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by the County’s Website.

The County of Fresno does not use its Website to:

  • Collect personal information for commercial marketing. The County will not send you unsolicited email regarding any commercial offers or advertisements at any time.
  • Create individual profiles with the information provided by users of this site, nor does it give such personal information to third parties or private organizations. The County does not track personal information about individuals and their visits.

The County of Fresno does use its Website to:

  • Collect personal information for the purpose of responding to a user's request or input, or to complete an online transaction. If a user chooses to provide the County  with personal information, such as sending an e-mail to a County  employee or by filling out and submitting an online form located on the County’s Website , the County  may use that information to respond to the user's message and to assist in obtaining information the user may have requested. The County treats e-mails submitted by a user the same way it treats letters to the County.   The County will not share e-mail addresses submitted by a user through the County’s website.
  • Provide electronic commerce capabilities, should a user provide any personal information and/or payment information while using the County’s Website. Such information may be collected, processed and disclosed to complete an online transaction and for record-keeping for such activities as billing, permits, licenses and other business-related purposes.
  • Collect usage statistics for site management, such as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance issues. The information does not identify you personally. The following information about your visit is collected:
    • The Internet domain and/or IP address from which you access the County’s Website ;
    • The type of browser and operating system used to access the County’s Website ;
    • The date and time of the visit;
    • The pages visited; and
    • If you link to the County’s Website from another website, the address of that Website.

The County’s Website may transfer information to your computer through cookies or other technology. The use of cookies or similar technology is an industry standard and does not personally identify users, although they do identify a user's computer. Cookies or similar technology can make the Internet more useful by storing information about your preferences on a particular site. If preferred, you can configure your browser to refuse cookies. However, you may not be able to take full advantage of the County’s Website if you do so.

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Security Statement

 The County Website utilizes encryption technology.  However, the user should not assume that information submitted to the County Web server would be treated as confidential (See above Privacy Statement). If a user submits information to the County’s server through a web page containing visible indicators of active encryption technology, the County will take all reasonable precautions to safeguard the confidentiality of such information.

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Web Accessibility Guidelines

 The County of Fresno is committed to providing equal access to its electronic information technologies and services for all residents, visitors and business customers. As the World Wide Web has become an essential means by which we provide information to and conduct transactions with our community, our goal is to provide information and services in ways that work effectively for all.

It is one of our goals to continually improve the Web site to achieve compliance with the latest standards in functionality and universal accessibility. We follow the federal ADA Section 508 rules.

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Tools for Blind & Visually Impaired UsersAdobe, the makers of Acrobat and Acrobat Reader, has developed tools to assist blind and visually impaired users. Please visit the Adobe Accessibility area for more information. Please note that the tools designed to create simple HTML documents easily read by standard speech-synthesis software will not retain the graphic images or text formatting of an original Adobe PDF.

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Additional ApplicationsSome of the services and information posted on County of Fresno website require that a user download and install additional applications as part of their browser software. The basic versions of these applications are offered, at no cost, on the vendors’ Web sites. These applications include Adobe Acrobat Reader: The County uses Adobe Acrobat to create Portable Document Format (PDF) files to provide online access to County documents in their original formatting. There are several converter applications available online that will convert PDF documents into a variety of alternate document formats, including simple HTML.

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