What Information Do We Collect?
When you visit our website you may provide us with two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected on an individual basis and website use information collected on an aggregate basis as you and others browse our website.
Personal Information You Choose to Provide
When using an online application, you will provide us information about yourself when you register for certain services. This information is collected in order to process the application. The same information would be collected using a paper form.
If you choose to correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses.
How Do We Use the Information That You Provide to Us?
Broadly speaking, we use personal information for purposes of providing customer service and making available routine applications in an electronic method. For online transactions conducted on the www.ci.galesburg.il.us web site, you will be asked to enter certain information about yourself. The specifics of this information will vary as required by the type of transaction involved. In each case, the information requested will include the same information that would be requested if you performed the identical transaction in person rather than online.
Website Use Information
Similar to other websites, our website utilizes a standard technology called "cookies" and web server logs to collect information about how our website is used. Information gathered through cookies and web server logs may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, time spent at our website, and the websites visited just before and just after our website.
What Are Cookies?
A cookie is a very small text document, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website, that site's computer asks your computer for permission to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser's preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites.
How Do We Use Information We Collect from Cookies?
Cookies, in conjunction with our web server's log files, allow us to calculate the aggregate number of people visiting our website and which parts of the site are most popular. This helps us gather feedback in order to constantly improve our website and better serve our customers. Cookies do not allow us to gather any personal information about you and we do not generally store any personal information that you provided to us in your cookies.
Freedom of Information
The city of Galesburg does not sell or rent personally identifiable information. Please be aware that when you provide information to any government entity, however, that information may be subject to the Freedom of Information Act and applicable federal legislation. Each governmental body must be contacted directly about the records they keep and their use of personally identifiable information.
Links to Other Web Sites
The city of Galesburg contains links to other sites. Please be aware that the city of Galesburg cannot be held responsible for the privacy practices of other sites. When you leave our site, we encourage you to read the privacy statement of each and every Web site that you visit before you provide any personal information. The city’s privacy statement applies solely to information collected on the city’s website.