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Privacy Policy and Disclaimer for the Ramsey County Web Site




Thank you for visiting the Ramsey County website and reviewing our privacy policy. This policy explains how Ramsey County handles the information collected from you during your visit to our web site.

We will collect no personal information about you when you visit our website, unless you choose to provide that information to us. We do not give, share, sell, or transfer any personal information for commercial purposes.

The website of Ramsey County Minnesota is governed by the laws of the State of Minnesota, including the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. The purpose of our policy is to inform you about the types of information we gather when you visit our website, how we may use that information, and whether we disclose it to anyone.

Ramsey County may amend this policy from time to time. We will prominently display on this website any substantial changes in the way we use your personal information.

On this Page:

  • Collection of Information
  • Personal Information and Choice
  • Use of Cookies
  • Online Services
  • Disclaimer
  • Information Accuracy
  • External Links
  • Unauthorized Access / Site Security
  • Contact Information

Collection of Information

If you only browse through the website, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. Only the following information is automatically collected and stored about your visit:

  • the Internet domain (for example, "xcompany.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you connect from a university's domain) and IP address (a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are connected to the internet) from which you access our website;
  • the type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  • the date and time you access our site;
  • pages you visit;
  • and if you linked to our website from another website, the address of that website.

We use this information to help us make our website more useful; learning about the number of visitors to our website and the types of technology our visitors use helps us improve the website and the services we offer.

Personal Information and Choice

You may choose to provide us with personal information, by sending us an email message containing your comments or questions or by filling out a form with your personal information. We use this information to improve our service to you or to respond to your request. Your message may be forwarded, as email, to other Ramsey County agencies and employees who may be better able to help you. We only share the information you give us with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency, or as otherwise required by law. Ramsey County does not use personal data you provide for commercial purposes.

Please note:  Unless restricted by law, all correspondence to and from Ramsey County government offices, including information submitted through electronic forms, may be public data subject to the Minnesota Governmental Data Practices Act and/or may be disclosed to third parties.

If the information being requested is defined as "private" or "confidential" under the terms of the Minnesota Governmental Data Practices Act, you will receive the appropriate, legal notification. All other information collected through the Ramsey County website is defined as "public" under the terms of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and may be disclosed upon request.

Ramsey County does not disclose personally identifiable information you provide online unless authorized by State or Federal law, or court order, or with your written permission.

Use of Cookies

To better serve you, we occasionally use "cookies" to customize your browsing experience. Cookies are simple text files stored by your web browser when you first visit a website. They provide a method of distinguishing among visitors to the website. Cookies are used to identify a web user and may also be used to track a user’s browsing habits. Web browsers normally accept cookies, unless the user has specifically turned the capability off.

Ramsey County uses "session" cookie only. The cookie does not install, save, or read anything on your computer. It is simply used to temporarily remember some information to enhance the web application functionality. The cookie is deleted from your system when the browsing session is terminated.

Any questions about the use of cookies on Ramsey County websites should be directed to webmaster@co.ramsey.mn.us.

Online Services – Electronic Governmental

Increasingly, site visitors have the option to do business with Ramsey County via the web such as making electronic payments.

Ramsey County operates a secure web server that encrypts the information you submit about your bank account. The secure server software encrypts information before it leaves your computer to be sent across the Internet. The encrypted information is shared only with our bank, which also operates secure servers.

Ramsey County does not share bank account information with anyone, except authorized personnel. Bank account information from payment applications will not be sold, transferred, marketed, disclosed or otherwise shared with any outside entity other than your bank and our bank, except as may be required by law or valid court order.

Disclaimer

Ramsey County shall not be liable to any person or entity for any loss or injury arising, directly or indirectly, out of or caused in whole or in part by Ramsey County’s errors, acts, or omissions in procuring, compiling, collecting, interpreting, reporting, communicating, delivering, or assembling the information, data, or records displayed on this website.

Information Accuracy

The information contained in this website was accurate and complete for the purpose for which it was collected at the time of publication. Ramsey County reserves the right to make changes and improvements at any time and without notice and assumes no liability for damages incurred directly or indirectly as a result of errors, omissions, discrepancies, unauthorized modification of electronic data, errors in transmission, web browser incompatibilities, and other aspects of electronic communications that are beyond our control.

External Links

The Ramsey County website has links to other websites including sites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses. Inclusion of a website implies no endorsement or claim of its accuracy.

When you follow a link to another site, you are no longer on the County’s website and this privacy policy will not apply. You are subject to the privacy policy of that site.

Unauthorized Access / Site Security

Contact Information

Ramsey County uses a system that allows a number of county employees to publish and manage content on the County site. To serve you better, the primary contact information about a specific service or program is provided on the web page holding that information about the service.

To offer comments about the information provided in this privacy policy or the site in general, you may contact: webmaster@co.ramsey.mn.us.

HIPAA Notice of Privacy & Practices

RC Data Practices Policy and Guidelines (PDF)