Under the following conditions Arlington County, which sponsors the Car-Free Diet website, is committed to ensuring the security of personal information voluntarily submitted to the website and the privacy of information collected through website logs.
No personally identifiable information (any information by which you can be identified) is required to browse the Car-Free Diet website or any other website offered as part of the Car-Free Diet program.
“Contact us” is the primary means of communication with staff for a website visitor. Questions, comments and suggestions voluntarily submitted to the Car-Free Diet website through electronic mail may be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary. Email communication is directed to appropriate staff. The information will only be maintained as an active file as long as needed to respond to the request. However, information may be archived for historical purposes, but will not be used beyond the stated purpose of the communication and will not be shared or distributed to third parties with any identifiable personal information.
Website logs are used to provide use data for analysis. The logs do not contain personally identifiable information and no attempt is made to link the logged information with the individuals who actually browse the site. By using the Car-Free Diet website, browsers give Arlington County permission to collect such information about them as an anonymous user for the purpose of calculating aggregate site statistics.
Cookies, a piece of text placed on the customer’s computer hard drive to help analyze web traffic or customer visits to a particular site, may be used in portions of the website. In addition, cookies allow a web application to respond to the customer as an individual by remembering information about preferences, likes and dislikes.
Accepting a cookie in no way gives access to your computer or any personal information about you, other than the data you chose to share. This practice is strictly enforced. You may set your web browser to notify you of cookie placement requests or decline cookies completely. You can delete the files that contain cookies. The files are stored as part of your Web browser.
Personal information required to use some online services such as email notification will be treated as confidential. Information that may be collected includes name, and email address. Such interactive services are entirely voluntary. Once a customer provides personally identifiable information the data is secured through state of the art technology. The data will be kept for as long as either required by law, or is relevant for the purposes for which it was collected.
The Car-Free Diet website uses Transport Layer Security (TLS) for secure transmissions. TLS applies encryption between two communicating applications, such as the customer’s browser and the server. When data is transmitted over the Internet, it is encrypted at the sending end and then decrypted at the receiving end. All communication with the Car-Free Diet website is conducted using a secure connection. In general, you can determine whether you are on a secure site by looking at the address bar. A locked padlock icon indicates that you are connected securely.
Legal Access to Personal Information
Federal law enforcement officials may under certain circumstances obtain access to subscriber databases and archived information under the federal Patriot Act (Public Law 107-56). Federal law prohibits Arlington County from informing you if federal law enforcement officials have obtained these records.
As a public entity Arlington County is required to respond to requests under the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA, §2.2-3700, et seq., VA Code Ann.). Personal information such as name and email address submitted for opt-in electronic notification may not be withheld unless specifically requested at sign up.
Notwithstanding any other statements or representations here or elsewhere on the Car-Free Diet website, Arlington County reserves its right to disclose any information in its possession if it is required to do so by law, or if it believes, in good faith, that such a disclosure is necessary to comply with the law, defend its rights or property, or to respond to an emergency situation.