Web Site Privacy Statement

The City of Overland Park does not sell or rent personally identifiable information. However, when information is provided to any government entity, that information may be subject to the Freedom of Information Act and applicable federal and state legislation (see Open Records Policy).

This Web site utilizes server logs and analysis tools to create summary statistics about the use of the Web site. The summary statistics are anonymous and used for purposes such as:

  • Assessing what information is of most interest to users.
  • Determining technical design specifications.
  • Identifying system performance or problem areas.

For online government transactions conducted on the City of Overland Park's Web site, users will be asked to enter certain information. The specifics of this information will vary as required by the type of transaction. In each case, the information requested will include identical information that would be requested if performed in person at a city facility.

Whenever personal information is requested, there will be an indication of whether disclosure of such information is mandatory or optional.

Information collected in the course of the transaction is used for the following purposes:

  • To conduct online transactions (e.g., the payment of a fee or the renewal of a license or permit).
  • To send an email confirming a transaction or follow up on an issue.
  • To notify a visitor of content features, updates or information relevant to a participant, only after voluntarily requesting this service.

We limit employee access to personally identifiable information to only those employees who need access to perform a specific job. All employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices.

Overland Park may be required by law enforcement or judicial authorities to provide personally identifiable information to appropriate governmental authorities. The city fully cooperates with law enforcement agencies in identifying those who use our services for illegal activities. We reserve the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities that we in good faith believe to be unlawful.

Cookies

To enhance the user experience, the city's Web site may use cookies.

A cookie is a text file inserted onto a computer by a Web site visited by a user. The site's Web server can then read the cookie if the user returns to the site. Cookies provide operational efficiency by making Web sites more personal, speeding on-line transactions, and tracking Web browsing habits.

Once a user chooses to provide a web page with personal information, this information may be linked to data stored in a cookie. Personal information is not in the cookie; the cookie contains a reference code or number that is unique to each computer and can only be read by the server/Web site that provided the cookie. A cookie saved on a computer from the City of Overland Park's Web site can only be accessed and used on the City of Overland Park's Web site.

There are two types of cookies: persistent and temporary. A persistent cookie is one that is stored on a user's computer until the user or the user's browser deletes it. A temporary cookie is only available and active while a user is accessing the Web site. Once the browser is closed or the user leaves the Web site, the cookie is disabled and a new one is created the next time the user visits the Web site.

A user can control which cookies are accepted by configuring the user's browser to accept all cookies or to provide an alert every time a cookie is offered by a Web site's server. Most browsers automatically accept cookies. A user can set browser options so that the user will not receive cookies; a user can also delete existing cookies from a browser.

If a user's browser has the option of accepting cookies turned off, access to some city Web services may be affected.

The city reserves the right to modify its policy for use of cookies and will update this policy to reflect those changes.

Third Party Web Sites/Services

When a link to another site is followed, even the sites linked to by the city's Web site, this privacy policy will not apply.

It is the user of the city's Web site's responsibility to review privacy policies of third party Web sites and services linked to by the city's site.