Privacy Policy

Yellowstone County recognizes that visitors to this website are concerned about their privacy. The County is committed to preserving your privacy when visiting this website.



This policy describes the County's privacy practices regarding information collected from visitors to this website, including what data is collected and how that information is used. The County may, at its sole discretion, change, modify, add, or delete portions of this policy. This policy applies only to Yellowstone County Web sites, and does not apply to any outside pages or sites that may be linked to from this site.

 


General Web Site Browsing

When visiting this website the County automatically collects and stores the following information about your visit:

  • The Internet Protocol (IP) address and domain name of your Internet service provider. The IP address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to your computer, which can be used to direct internet traffic to you;

  • The type of browser and operating system you used;

  • The date and time you visited this site;

  • The web pages or services you accessed at this site; and

  • The URL or web site address of the web site you visited prior to coming to this website and from which any web page on this site was linked.


This information is used to help the County understand how people are using this website. This information is collected for statistical analysis, to determine what information is of most and of least interest to our visitors, and to identify system performance issues. The information is not collected for commercial marketing purposes and the County does not sell or distribute the information collected.


Emailing Yellowstone County


If you send an email to the County while visiting this web site, your email address and the contents of your email will be collected.

The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and graphic information formats.

Your email address and the information contained in your email may be used to respond to you, to address issues you identify, to further improve this website, or to forward your email to another agency for appropriate action. Your email address is not collected for commercial marketing purposes and the County does not sell or distribute your email address for any reason other than to communicate with you as requested by you, or to provide contact information to the proper department for response.


Online Payments


Yellowstone County processes financial information (bank account or credit card information) provided by those users who conduct financial transactions online, such as paying taxes or renewing a vehicle license using a credit card or bank transfer online. We do not collect or store any credit card or bank account information at any time. Users are directed to our payment processor and the processor collects financial information such as bank account/credit card numbers and completes the transaction.

In order to prepare a payment transaction, we may collect the following personal information:

- Name
- Address
- Telephone Number
- Email Address 

This information is collected and sent it via an encrypted Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to the processor conducting the transaction. At no time do we store personal credit card information on any of our servers.


Disclosure of Information


Information collected through this website, personal or otherwise, may, if not protected by local, federal or state law, be subject to disclosure pursuant to law, such as the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), or court order.

Additionally, the County may disclose personal information to local, federal or state law enforcement authorities to enforce its rights against unauthorized access or attempted unauthorized access to the County's information.


Security


Yellowstone County is committed to data security and the data quality of personally identifiable information that is either available from or collected by governmental web sites, and has taken reasonable precautions to protect personally identifiable information from loss, misuse or alteration.

NOTE: The information contained in this policy should not be construed in any way as giving business, legal, or other advice, or warranting as fail proof the security of information provided via this website. For site security purposes and to ensure that this website remains available to all users, the County employs software to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage to this website.


Links Disclaimer


In order to provide visitors with certain information, this website provides links to local, state and federal government agencies, and websites of other organizations. A link does not constitute an endorsement of the content, viewpoint, accuracy, opinions, policies, products, services, or accessibility of that website. If you navigate to another website via a link provided here, be advised that neither Yellowstone County nor its employees, officers or agents is responsible or liable for the content contained on that website. Once you link to another website from this website, you are subject to the terms and conditions of that website.


Information Disclaimer


Information provided on this website is intended to allow the public immediate access to public information. While all attempts are made to provide accurate, current, and reliable information, the County recognizes the possibility of human and/or mechanical error. Therefore, the County, its employees, officers and agencies make no representations as to the accuracy, completeness or suitability of the information provided by this website, and deny any expressed or implied warranty as to the same.



Contact Information

For questions regarding the Privacy Policy please contact Nick Rub via email: nrub@co.yellowstone.mt.gov or phone: 406-256-2951.