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BerkLake.org Privacy Policy (August 10, 2008)

Thank you for visiting BerkLake.org and reviewing our privacy policy. It is sincerely hoped that you will find the information and features provided by this community service to be of value.

POLICY

THIS WEBSITE PROPER

During your visit to BerkLake.org, we collect no personal information about you unless you choose to provide it (such as by contacting us through our contact form).

Like most websites we track general statistics of website usage in order to improve this service. This includes such information as Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and similar data. This data, including IP addresses, are not linked to personally identifiable information. Additionally it is our policy not to share this data with others unless so ordered by a subpoena, warrant, court order or other investigatory document as issued by a court of competent jurisdiction that shows good cause and is in proper form.

RELATED WEBSITES

BerkLake.org features easy-to-remember alternative website and e-mail addresses for various Berkeley Lake organizations.

The same general statistics described above are collected for initial web contact with those organizations. That is, we know how many people (but not specifically who) visit those websites via our easy-to-remember addresses but do not know additional information such as the pages visited on those sites. The only exception to this is if those websites are actually hosted by us in which case we have the same level of non-personally identifiable information as for BerkLake.org.

Our easy-to-remember e-mail addresses forward your messages to the most appropriate e-mail address we can determine of each specific organization. It is not our policy to intercept, delay, or interfere with these messages other than as may be necessary for proper operation of our system or as ordered by a subpoena, warrant, court order or other investigatory document as issued by a court of competent jurisdiction that shows good cause and is in proper form.

Websites that are linked to or otherwise related to BerkLake.org have their own, independent privacy policies. They are not bound by the privacy policy of this website. Contact them directly for information on their policies.

LOCAL MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATIONS

Please be aware that our policies apply equally to our handling of local municipal government contact when reached via easy-to-remember http://gov.BerkLake.org or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . However except in a very few, narrowly construed cases (such as privileged communications from an attorney representing them), any contact with local municipal government directly via their website (or as forwarded to them by BerkLake.org) is subject to Georgia's Open Records Act (a/k/a Sunshine Laws). Anyone may request copies of your communications and in most cases they must be provided within a reasonable time and for a reasonable processing fee.

Be advised that our local municipal government regularly receives requests under the Georgia Open Records Act and responds to those requests as required by state law. General information is available from the Georgia Press Association among others.

BerkLake.org does not function as an agency for our local municipal government and is therefore itself not directly subject to the terms of Georgia's Open Records Act. However, communications to local municipal government through BerkLake.org does not in any way circumvent the inherent openness of such messages once received by our local municipal government. Those wishing to exercise their rights under this law to access these and other open records are directed to contact our local municipal government directly. The information presented here is not legal advice. For details on this state law and your rights under it, consult the text of code sections O.C.G.A. 50-14-(1-6) and 50-18-(70-74) or your attorney.

PRIVACY DISCLAIMER

As a non-profit, community service in today's litigious and political environment – and despite our policies and very best intentions – we are not in a position to make any absolute privacy guarantee when using this service. Our policies above notwithstanding:

We can not and do not guarantee your privacy.

PRIVACY POLICY COPYRIGHT

This document is covered in its entirety by copyright. It is Copyright © by George M. Sipe, August 10, 2008. You are hereby licensed to reproduce it only if you do so unchanged and in its entirety in order that no part be taken out of context.

NOTIFICATION OF CHANGES

This privacy policy is subject to change without notice. If it is materially changed, we will post those changes to this privacy statement and in other places we deem appropriate.

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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