The City of Sweeny
maintains this Web site as a public service. This policy describes our privacy
and security practices regarding information collected from visitors to the
site, including what information is collected and how that information is used.
The policy applies to all pages within the site.
City of Sweeny holds the privacy and security of our Web site
visitors and users in the highest regard. See our
User Agreement for additional information.
to the City of Sweeny by a User through this Web site may be subject to Texas'
public records law and other state and federal laws governing records
disclosure/confidentiality for public entities. By way of example, and not as a
limitation, the City of Sweeny will, whenever possible, seek to keep personal
information about a User confidential if public disclosure would lead to an
unreasonable invasion of privacy, unless a third party sufficiently demonstrates
that the public interest requires disclosure under particular circumstances.
Please note that all information collected or maintained by
the City of Sweeny is subject to the provisions of the Texas Public Information Act (Chapter
552, Texas Government Code).
& Stored Automatically
For site management functions, information is
collected for analysis and statistical purposes. This information is not
reported or used in any manner that would reveal personally identifiable
information, and will not be released to any outside parties unless legally
required to do so in connection with law enforcement investigations or other
We use Log analysis tools to create summary statistics, which
are used for purposes such as assessing what information is of most interest,
determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance
or problem areas. The following information is collected for this analysis:
User Client hostname - The hostname (or IP address if DNS is
disabled) of the user/client requesting access.
HTTP header, "user-agent" - The user-agent information includes the type of
browser, its version, and the operating system it's running on.
HTTP header, "referer" - The referer specifies the page from which the client
accessed the current page.
System date - The date and time of the user/client request.
Full request - The exact request the user/client made.
Status - The status code the server returned to the user/client.
Content length - The content length, in bytes, of the document sent to the
Method - The request method used.
Universal Resource Identifier (URI) - The location of a resource on the server.
Query string of the URI - Anything after the question mark in a URI.
Protocol - The transport protocol and version used.
Clear GIFs to track or report visitor information.
Note: A cookie file
contains unique information a Web site can use to track such things as
passwords, lists of pages you've visited, and the date when you last looked at a
specific page or to identify your session at a particular Web site. A cookie is
often used in commercial sites to identify the items selected for a specific
shopping cart application.
Cookies come in several types, primarily session or
persistent, and may be set and controlled, where the cookie information is sent,
by the site itself or another site, a third-party in a different domain.
Persistent cookies expire after a period
of time. This can be after a few minutes, days, or years.
A new technology called a Web bug is being used by some Web
sites to track and/or report information about a visitor to a Web page. Web bugs
are also called Web Beacons or Clear GIFs.
The City of Sweeny uses the services of
The Counter to track and
report the above information to us.
Collected via E-mail & Web Forms
The City of Sweeny will not sell or release the e-mail addresses of members of the
public that have been provided to communicate electronically with the government
body without the affirmative consent of the affected member of the public.
Personally identifiable information contained in a question or comment sent to
the City of Sweeny in an e-mail message or submitted in an online form will only
be used by the City of Sweeny to
respond to the request and to analyze trends. The City of Sweeny may redirect the message to
another government agency or person who is in a better position to answer the
The City of Sweeny may use Web-based forms to collect survey results, to provide online
registration for some City of Sweeny-sponsored events, to provide online reporting of
problems with city services, etc. Personally
identifiable information collected from these forms has a specified use (for
example, registration, survey response, etc.) and the City of Sweeny will use the information only
An individual who submits information in electronic format
through this Web site is entitled, on request, to receive and review the
information the City of Sweeny collects about the individual, and to have the
City of Sweeny correct the
information. To do this, please contact our webmaster at
Security & Intrusion Detection Language
We use a secure socket layer (SSL) connection to enhance the
security of any information you choose to submit to us on our Web site. In other
areas of our Web site, we provide only the security necessary to maintain our
Web site and information we provide to you.
Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other
attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits.
Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change
information on this site are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under
the Texas Penal Code Chapters 33 (Computer Crimes) or 33A (Telecommunications