October 10, 2002
Section A. Introduction
This policy addresses collection, use and security of and access to information that may be obtained through use of the Seattle Center web site (http://www.seattlecenter.com). It is provided for informational purposes only. The information presented here is not meant to be a contract of any type, either express or implied, and should not be treated as such by site visitors. The information in this statement and/or the policies described here may change at any time, without prior notice to any visitor.
This notice covers the following topics:
- Section B. Information Collected and How it is Used
- Section C. Personal Information and Choice
- Section D. Public Access to Information
- Section E. Review and Correction of Personally Identifiable Information
- Section G. Security
- Section H. Electronic Commerce
- Section I. Disclaimer
- Section J. Contact Information
Section B. Information Collected and How it is Used
Information collected if you only browse this site.
If you do nothing during your visit to our web site but browse, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:
- The Internet Protocol Address and domain name used. The Internet Protocol address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to your computer. We use the Internet Protocol Address to direct Internet traffic to you. This address can be translated to determine the domain name of your service provider (e.g. xcompany.com or yourschool.edu). Generally, the Seattle Center only determines visitor domain names if a security issue is suspected;
- The type of browser and operating system you used;
- The date and time you visited this site;
- The web pages or services you accessed at this site; and
- The web site you visited prior to coming to this web site.
For site management purposes, information is collected for statistical purposes. The Seattle Center's web site 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.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, the Seattle Center's web site employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations and the security purposes mentioned elsewhere in this notice, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes and are scheduled for regular destruction in accordance with public records retention schedules.
Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the state Computer Trespass law and federal statutes including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.
What we collect if you volunteer information.
If during your visit to our web site you participate in a survey, send an email, or perform some other transaction on-line, the following additional information will be collected:
The email address, and contents of email, for those who communicate with us via email.
Information volunteered in response to a survey.
Information volunteered through an on-line form for any other purpose.
Information volunteered by participating in an online transaction with Seattle Center.
The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and graphic information formats you send us.
We use your email address to respond to you. Survey information is used for the purpose identified by the survey. Information from other on-line forms is used only for conducting Seattle Center business related to the online form.
Information provided for a transaction is used only for the purpose of completing and recording the transaction. Information requested will be no more specific than if a visitor were engaging in the transaction by other means, including by telephone or in-person while visiting a Seattle Center facility. In all cases, the Seattle Center strives to collect the minimum information necessary to comply with applicable law or provide the service requested.
The Seattle Center does not sell, rent or otherwise distribute visitor's information, including electronic mail addresses, to any outside company or organization, unless legally required to do so. This applies to information that may be collected on the Seattle Center's site and on that of any third party with whom the Seattle Center contracts to provide Internet related services.
Section C. Personal Information and Choice
You may choose whether to provide personal information on-line.
"Personal information" is information about a natural person that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Personal information includes such things as an individual's name, address, and phone number. A domain name or Internet Protocol address is not considered personal information.
We collect no personal information about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us by sending us email, participating in a survey, completing an on-line form, or engaging in an online transaction. You may choose not to contact us by email, participate in a survey, provide personal information using an online form, or engage in an electronic transaction. However, some information available through this site is specific to individual users. Visitors interested in viewing this user specific information are requested to sign up for a password-protected account. Your choice to not participate in these activities will not impair your ability to browse, read, or download general information provided on the site. Information protected on this site by a password, which is subject to disclosure, may be obtained by contacting the Seattle Center directly.
If personal information is requested on the web site or volunteered by the user, state law and the federal Privacy Act of 1974 may protect it. However, this information is treated like any other information provided to the city, and may be subject to public inspection and copying if not protected by federal or state law.
If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact the person identified in the Contact Information Section of this statement.
Users are cautioned that the collection of personal information requested from or volunteered by children on-line or by email will be treated the same as information given by an adult, and may be subject to public access.
Section D. Public Access to Information
In the State Of Washington, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by City government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public's right to access public records that serve various needs including the privacy of individuals. Both state and federal laws provide exceptions.
RCW 42.17.260(9) prohibits the commercial use of lists of individuals' information (including address, phone or e-mail) provided on this site.
In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and the Public Records Act or other law governing the disclosure of records, the Public Records Act or other applicable law will control.
Section E. Review and Correction of Personally Identifiable Information
You can review any personally identifiable information that you have chosen to provide us by using the information in the Contact Information section at the end of this Notice. You may recommend changes to your personally identifiable information you believe to be inaccurate by submitting a request that credibly shows the inaccuracy. We will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.
Applets are tools downloaded to your computer to work with the software you have. Applets are intended to enhance your browsing experience by enabling you to view information in a unique manner or enable access to information that your computer would otherwise be unable to access without the applet. The Seattle Center does not currently use applets. If the decision is made to utilize applets users of the Seattle Center's web site would not be required to use them.
Section G. Security
The Seattle Center has taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its data and prevent unauthorized access to information it maintains, including but not limited to authentication, monitoring, auditing, and encryption. Security measures have been integrated into the design, implementation and day-to-day practices of the entire operating environment 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 our systems and information, and to provide reasonable protection of private information in our possession.
This information should not be construed in any way as giving business, legal, or other advice, or warranting as fail proof, the security of information provided via the Seattle Center's web site.
Section H. Electronic Commerce
Increasingly, you have the option to do business with the Seattle Center over the Web including making electronic payments for goods and services. Such transactions are allowed only under tightly controlled circumstances, where there are appropriate technological and other safeguards in place to protect financial and other sensitive data.
Under statute, the Seattle Center is responsible for properly securing communications that are exempt from public disclosure. Importantly, that includes financial information.
The design of the electronic commerce systems supported on the Seattle Center's web site is such that financial data remains primarily with financial institutions. Wherever possible, financial information is not seen or collected by the Seattle Center itself. Instead, designated banks route the data, transfer the funds and confirm payment to both you and the Seattle Center. In addition, measures including but not limited to encryption are used to ensure the integrity and security of your financial information.
The provision of this information shall not be construed in any way as giving business, legal, or other advice, or warranting as fail-proof, the security of information provided via the Seattle Center's web site.
Section I. Disclaimer
Neither the Seattle Center, nor any other City of Seattle department, officer, or employee of the City warrants the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published by this system, nor endorses any content, viewpoints, products, or services linked from this system, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information. Portions of such information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at his/her own risk.
Section J. Contact Information
Seattle Center is responsible for the applications it develops including applications that may gather personally identifying information that you volunteer.
To access your personally identifiable information collected, if any, or request correction of factual errors in your personally identifiable information, contact Seattle Center. Contact information can be found on the this web site located here
To offer comments about the information presented in this Privacy Notice, you can contact:
By e-mail: Dennis.McCoySC@seattle.gov
By telephone: (206) 684-0995
By fax: (206) 684-7342
305 Harrison Street, 214R
Seattle, WA 98109