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Disclaimer
The City of Detroit’s Web pages contain links to other World Wide Web sites on the Internet which are not under the control of the City of Detroit. The City of Detroit makes no representation concerning the contents of these sites, nor should the fact that the City of Detroit has provided these links serve as an endorsement by the City of Detroit of any of these sites. The City of Detroit is providing these links only as a convenience to visitors of our site interested in information related to the topics presented on this site.

The City of Detroit does not warrant or make any representations as to the quality, content, accuracy or completeness of the information, graphics, links and other items contained on this server or any other server. Such materials have been compiled from a variety of sources, and are subject to change without notice by the City of Detroit. Commercial use of the material or our online services is prohibited without written permission of the City of Detroit.

Privacy Policy
City of Detroit Web Portal Privacy Policy

Scope
City of Detroit maintains this web site as a public service. The following is the privacy policy regarding this site.

The Collection and Use of Information City of Detroit collects information from you under the following two circumstances:

  • Information Collected Automatically - Some information is collected from you automatically when you view City of Detroit pages and download information. This may include your Internet Protocol address assigned by your Internet Service Provider, domain name and the type of browser and operating system you used, the date and time you accessed City of Detroit's site, the pages you requested and visited, and the site you linked from to reach City of Detroit. City of Detroit uses this type of information to statistically measure site traffic and to improve the web site. The information is not reviewed on an individual basis but is aggregated with other users for comparison purposes.

  • Information Voluntarily Submitted - Additional information may be collected from you if you opt-in or voluntarily provide it in order to:
    a. fulfill a request for on-line services or
    b. choose to personalize the site (register for a City of Detroit account).

City of Detroit uses the information you voluntarily provide to tailor our site to your needs and preferences and to provide the on-line services you are requesting. The type of information we collect will vary with the service being sought and may include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, social security or federal identification number, credit card number and expiration date, and/or driver license number. If you simply wish to view pages on City of Detroit's site, or conduct transactions, you do not need to personalize the site by registering for an account.

Cookies
In order to customize your browsing experience, City of Detroit uses "cookies". Cookies allow information to change as you navigate through the pages of a web site. Two types of cookies can be used, "session-only" and "persistent". City of Detroit uses cookies in the following ways:

  1. If you wish to access City information but do not want to personalize the site, City of Detroit uses session-only cookies to reserve some storage on your computer in order to take your query and pass it along to the page that will serve up the information you request. The session-only cookies are erased either during web browser operation or after your web browser is shut down.

  2. If you wish to conduct on-line transactions but do not want to personalize the site, City of Detroit uses session-only cookies to process your request. The type of information voluntarily submitted to fulfill your request varies by transaction and may include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, social security or federal identification number, credit card number and expiration date, and/or driver license number.

  3. If you choose to register with City of Detroit to personalize the site and wish to be remembered, City of Detroit uses permanent cookies that remain on your computer's hard drive as small text files. These permanent cookies allow City of Detroit to recognize you when you return to our site. When you register with City of Detroit, we ask you to identify yourself by your name and email address. This allows City of Detroit to customize the presentation of information for you based upon what you have asked for and/or voluntarily provided during previous visits. City of Detroit only uses permanent cookies with the permission of the user.

  4. If you choose to register with City of Detroit to personalize the site but do not wish to be remembered, City of Detroit uses session cookies that are destroyed when you close your browser.

City of Detroit has links to other web sites outside of City government. When you link to one of these sites, City of Detroit cannot control their use of cookies and this privacy policy will not apply. Click here to view the City of Detroit Linking Policy.

If you choose to do so, you can configure your browser to notify you when a new cookie is received. You can also prevent your browser from accepting any new cookies, view and delete existing cookies or disable cookies altogether. Click here to link to directions on how to do this.

Information Sharing and Disclosure
City of Detroit will only send personal information about you to others when:

  • we have your consent to share the information; or

  • we need to share your information to provide the product or service you have requested; or

  • we are authorized to do so by law (e.g., to respond to subpoenas, court orders, legal process, or to requests pursuant to a statute requiring or permitting disclosure such as the Freedom of Information Act. MCL 15.231, et seq.: MSA 4.1801(1) et seq.)

Editing and Deleting Your Account Information
You will be able to edit your City of Detroit account information and preferences at any time. You may delete your City of Detroit account by accessing the "Update My Profile" button and selecting "Delete Profile".

Changes to this Privacy Policy
City of Detroit may amend this policy from time to time. City of Detroit will prominently display on this website any substantial change in the way we use your personal information.

Directions for Controlling Cookies:
Using Internet Explorer to Control Which Cookies You Accept:

If you are using Internet Explorer 6.0:

  1. Choose Tools, then

  2. Internet Options.

  3. Click the Security tab,

  4. Click Internet, then Custom Level.

  5. Scroll down to Cookies and choose one of the two options.

If you are using Internet Explorer 5.0:

  1. Choose Tools, then

  2. Internet Options.

  3. Click the Security tab,

  4. Click Internet, then Custom Level.

  5. Scroll down to Cookies and choose one of the two options.

If you are using Internet Explorer 4.0:

  1. Choose View, then

  2. Internet Options.

  3. Click the Advanced tab,

  4. Scroll down to the yellow exclamation icon under Security and choose one of the three options to regulate your use of cookies.

If you are using Internet Explorer 4.0:

Using Internet Explorer to View or Delete Cookies You Have Accepted:

If you're using Internet Explorer 5.0:

  1. Choose Tools, then

  2. Internet Options.

  3. Under the tab General (the default tab) click

  4. Settings, then

  5. View Files.

  6. To delete a cookie, highlight it and delete it.

If you're using Internet Explorer 4.0

  1. Choose View, then

  2. Internet Options.

  3. Under the tab General (the default tab) click

  4. Settings, then

  5. View Files.

  6. To delete a cookie, highlight it and delete it.

If you are using Internet Explorer 3.0

  1. Choose View, then

  2. Options, then

  3. Advanced, then

  4. View Files.

  5. To delete a cookie, highlight it and delete it.

Using Netscape to Control Cookies: Netscape bundles all cookies into one file on your hard drive. You'll need to find the file, which it calls Cookie.txt on Windows machines.

If you are using Netscape Communicator 4.0:

  1. Select "Edit | Preferences..." from the main menu.

  2. Select "Advanced"

  • To enable cookies: Select "Accept all cookies" or "Accept only cookies that get sent back to the originating server"

  • To disable cookies: Select "Disable cookie"

  • To get a prompt: Check "Warn me before accepting a cookie" and select "Accept all cookies" or "Accept only cookies that get sent back to the originating server"

  1. Click "OK"

  2. To delete cookies, locate the file called cookie.txt on your computer at c:program filesnetscapeusersdefault and delete it.

If you are using Navigator 3.x:

    1. Select "Options | Network Preferences..." from the main menu.

    2. Change to the "Protocols" tab.

    3. Navigator 3.x does not have an option to completely disable accepting cookies. To get a prompt: Check "Accepting a Cookie" under "Show an Alert Before"

    4. Click "OK"

City of Detroit Web Portal Security Policy
The City of Detroit, as developer and manager of the City of Detroit portal has taken a number of steps to safeguard the integrity of its data and prevent unauthorized access to information that is maintained in agency computer systems. These measures are designed and intended to prevent corruption of data, block unknown or unauthorized access to our systems and information, ensure the integrity of information that is transmitted between users of e-government applications and the City, and to provide reasonable protection of private information that is in our possession.

For security purposes and to make sure this service remains available to all users, the City of Detroit uses special software programs for monitoring and auditing network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise to cause damage to this government computer system. The City of Detroit also uses industry-standard software tools to control access to specific applications and services and to protect data that is transmitted electronically between users and the City. These programs help us identify someone attempting to tamper with this Web site.

WARNING -- If security monitoring reveals possible evidence of criminal activity, information pertaining to such activity may be provided to law enforcement officials.

Unauthorized attempts to upload information and/or change information on the City of Detroit portal or its composite web sites are strictly prohibited and are subject to prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and Title 18 U.S.C. Sec.1001 and 1030.

The information contained in this policy statement 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 the City of Detroit portal or the web sites of individual city agencies.

Link Policy  
This document outlines the policies for linking to the CITY OF DETROIT Web site, and for getting a link to your site from the CITY OF DETROIT Web site. The topics covered are:

  • Linking to the City of Detroit Web site
  • Getting a link from the City of Detroit to your site
  • Reciprocal links

The data associated with the CITY OF DETROIT Web site and related graphics are not legal documents and are not intended to be used as such. Please note the Disclaimer and Copyright sections on this Web site.

Linking to the City of Detroit Web Site What You Can Do
You do not need to get advance permission to link to us if you are making a simple link to our homepage, and your site:

  • Is not engaged in illegal activity.
  • Does not promote illegal activity.
  • ·    Does not contain pornographic, profane, or otherwise offensive material.


Note: There are old URLs leading to the CITY OF DETROIT Web site that should no longer be used. We ask that you only link to us using the following URL: http://www.detroitmi.gov

We reserve the right to change sub-pages at any time without notice, so it is up to you to continuously verify your links to our sub-pages.

What You Should Not Do
Please do not capture our pages within your frames, or otherwise present our content as your own. Any link to our site should be a full forward link that passes the client browser to our site unencumbered. The "BACK" button should return the visitor to your site if the visitor wishes to back out. Although all content on our site is public information, the CITY OF DETROIT maintains and will defend a copyright interest in these pages.

You should not link to individual graphics or tables within our pages, especially in an effort to place the downloading burden on our servers. Such an action may be considered a misuse of CITY OF DETROIT resources. To get permission to use a copy of our graphics within your pages, please contact the webeditor@detroitmi.gov outlining your intended uses.

Getting A Link to Your Site From Us

Categories of Links

  • Links to government and private sites that positively relate to the CITY OF DETROIT.
  • Definitive sources of information of interest to our visitors.
  • Links deemed topical, timely, or of other general interest to our visitors.

We Will Remove A Link If:

  • At, our discretion, we choose not to include the link on our site.
  • The link no longer points to the original information or resource that was intended.
  • The information is inaccurate or not trustworthy.
  • Access to the information has become difficult due to odd formatting, lengthy download times, or intrusive advertising.
  • The link has gone dead or remains unavailable for a lengthy period, especially if we are unable to contact you about your site's status.


Reciprocal Links
The CITY OF DETROIT Web site does not enter into reciprocal link agreements. We provide links to sites at our will and that are appropriate to our mission.

Our creation of a link to your site does not obligate you to provide a link back to us, but you are, of course, welcome to do so. Additionally a link to any site is not an endorsement of the content contained on that site or through its links. Links to sites from the CITY OF DETROIT Web site does not obligate the CITY OF DETROIT in any way to the linked site.

We always appreciate a note telling us of new links to us. Please send link info to: webeditor@detroitmi.gov