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Terms of Use

The City of Aiken provides the cityofaikensc.gov Web site as a service to the public. The information and documents available at this Web site are provided on an “As Is” and “As Available” basis and without warranties or conditions of any kind either express or implied. By accessing or using this Web site, you agree to these terms of use. The City of Aiken may change the terms of use at any time at its sole discretion and without notice.

The terms of use provide visitors and organizations with information regarding the use of data, information and images (files) found on the cityofaikensc.gov Web site. The terms of use apply to the cityofaikensc.gov Web site and any file storage facility used by the cityofaikensc.gov Web site. Occasionally you will find links to Web sites outside of the cityofaikensc.gov Web site. These Web sites are not under the control of the City of Aiken. The City of Aiken provides these links as a convenience and the inclusion of these links does not mean that the City of Aiken endorses, warrants or accepts responsibility for the content or uses of such Web sites. Therefore, if you access a non- cityofaikensc.gov Web site, you do so at your own risk and the City of Aiken is not responsible for the accuracy, currency, and completeness of the information or reliability of services available at such Web sites.

Visitors to the cityofaikensc.gov Web site shall not collect files, in part or in full, in order to replicate the cityofaikensc.gov Web site and the services provided on authorized Internet Service Providers outside of the cityofaikensc.gov Web site.

Copyright

All materials contained on this web site are Copyright © City of Aiken or are licensed or otherwise published by City of Aiken with the permission of the owner of the material. All rights in such materials are reserved to the respective owners. No materials contained on this web site may otherwise be copied, modified, published, broadcast, or otherwise distributed without the prior written permission of the City of Aiken. Any reproduction permitted under this User Agreement must contain the following notice: “Copyright © City of Aiken, South Carolina. All rights reserved.” For more information about this and other matters regarding privacy, please contact our Web Administrator. If you should require additional information or have questions concerning this website, please contact us.

Trademark

The City of Aiken is the owner of its trademarked logos throughout the Web site and these trademarks are protected by law. Trademarks may not be reproduced without the prior written permission the City of Aiken.

File Modification

Expressed permission to use files from the City of Aiken website is granted for only personal use. Changes or modifications to these files including the addition of third party content cannot take place without the prior written permission of the City of Aiken. All credits, notices, copyrights and trademarks must remain intact with the file(s). Presentation of the data, information and images must appear in the original context of its presentation within cityofaikensc.gov. Regrouping, resizing, cropping deletion, or framing of a portion of the file cannot occur without prior written permission from the City of Aiken.

The City of Aiken grants permission for Web sites to link to the home page of City of Aiken Web site or to any page within. Links should be checked regularly in case a file or directory has changed or been moved since the link was created. Creating a link to the cityofaikensc.gov Web site does not constitute an agreement for a reciprocal link to be placed on the cityofaikensc.gov Web site.

The City of Aiken is not liable for downloaded files. The download, maintenance, and use of these files are the responsibility of the cityofaikensc.gov Web site visitor. Occasionally, cityofaikensc.gov Web site files are deleted or moved or archived. Replacement of the file(s) is the responsibility of the visitor. Administrators of web sites, outside of the cityofaikensc.gov Web site, are encouraged to occasionally check links to the cityofaikensc.gov Web site to make sure the links are active. While the City of Aiken strives for accurate information, occasionally information may be reported that is inaccurate. The City of Aiken is not liable for inaccurate or incomplete information found or used by the visitor to the cityofaikensc.gov Web site.

Privacy Policy

The City of Aiken (the “City”) is committed to providing residents, visitors and business with access to government services on-line. We encourage the use of our official Website, cityofaikensc.gov (“Website”), to interact with government. cityofaikensc.gov has various application and services to facilitate a positive on-line experience. The nature of eGovernment services requires capture, storage and management of user information. The City feels strongly about its responsibility to the individual’s right to privacy. Outlined is this document is our policies related to information gathered via the Internet.

Personal Information

The City DOES NOT collect personal information automatically from anyone visiting cityofaikensc.gov. The user may provide personal information as a result of interacting with forms, applications, emails, or to complete an online transaction. The information offered voluntarily by the user will be protected against unauthorized use by anyone using the City’s existing network security technology.

The City DOES collect general Internet based information for statistical purposes. The user’s browser type, Internet domain (www.yourcompany.com), time and date of visit, pages viewed and IP address (unique computer identifier) are examples of the type of statistical information collected. This information is collected automatically without user interaction. The data collected is used to better serve the users of cityofaikensc.gov. The City reserves the right to forward user information to department(s) that can best serve the user and address their request.

Cookies

Cookies are small data files that are transferred by a web application to the user’s hard drive. These files are used to store information related to the user, such as, ID, passwords, etc,. This information is provided by the user via interaction with a web application or site. Cookies DO NOT access information on the user’s computer. Their primary purpose is to make the users experience more enjoyable on there next visit to the site. Cookie management is controlled at the browser level. The user can turn off cookie transfer via the configuration option of their browser. The applications on cityofaikensc.gov may at times transfer cookies to the user’s hard drive. The City is committed to using cookie technology responsibly and will make every effort to protect the user’s computer environment from highly unlikely cookie related damage.

Third Party Data Sharing

The City DOES NOT share information provided by the user with third party organizations. It does however reserve the right to share information with organizations under contract to act on the City’s behalf. Any information forwarded to the City from contractual third parties will be held in the strictest confidence and used only for the purposes identified in the capturing transaction. The relevant information maybe shared with other government related agencies as outline by the various federal, state and local government information laws, such as, the Freedom of Information Act.

Security

The City is committed to data security and the data quality of personally identifiable information that is either available from or collected by our Website and has taken reasonable precautions to protect such information from loss, misuse, or alteration. If a user submits information to the City’s server through a web page containing visible indicators of active encryption technology, the City will take all reasonable precautions to safeguard the confidentiality of such information, but shall nevertheless not be held liable for any injury caused by the disclosure of that information, whether caused by security breach, accident, inadvertence, or any other act resulting in disclosure.

Website Accessibility

The City of Aiken is committed to the electronic and information technology design standards outlined in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The official website of the City of Aiken cityofaikensc.gov and all related websites shall provide access to information for people with disabilities.

It shall be the policy of the City of Aiken that all web based information and service be designed by the standards set forth by the World Wide Web Consortia (www.w3c.org) and Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act (www.section508.gov) are reflected to provide access to people with disabilities.

Link Policy

Links to external content on web pages operated by the City of Aiken will be permitted at the City’s sole discretion and placed appropriately as determined by the City of Aiken. The City of Aiken DOES NOT ACCEPT OR RESPOND TO outside link solicitations or mutual linking requests.

Comment Policy

We welcome your comments at CityofAikenSC.gov and to all of our social media channels. To maintain a respectful dialogue, we’ve posted the guidelines of our comment policy below.

  • Stay focused. All viewpoints are welcome, but comments should remain on the topic set by the original blog post, discussion question or other type of initial entry.
  • Be respectful. Ad hominem or personal attacks, profanity, and aggressive behavior are prohibited and will be removed. Instigating arguments in a disrespectful way is also prohibited.
  • Tell the truth. Spreading misleading or false information is prohibited.
  • No spam. Repeated posting of identical or very similar content in a counter-productive manner is prohibited – this includes posts aggressively promoting services or products.

We retain the discretion to determine which comments violate our comment policy. We also reserve the right to remove violations. We expect all contributors to be respectful.

Our comment policy is valid for all discussions hosted on our website and all social media channels.