October 10, 2002
Section A. Introduction
This policy addresses collection, use and security of and access to information
that may be obtained through use of the Seattle Center web site (http://www.seattlecenter.com).
It is provided for informational purposes only. The information presented
here is not meant to be a contract of any type, either express or implied,
and should not be treated as such by site visitors. The information in
this statement and/or the policies described here may change at any time,
without prior notice to any visitor.
This notice covers the following topics:
- Section B. Information Collected and How it is Used
- Section C. Personal Information and Choice
- Section D. Public Access to Information
- Section E. Review and Correction of Personally Identifiable Information
- Section G. Security
- Section H. Electronic Commerce
- Section I. Disclaimer
- Section J. Contact Information
Section B. Information Collected and How it is Used
Information collected if you only browse this site.
If you do nothing during your visit to our web site but browse, read
pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information
about your visit. This information does not identify you personally. We
automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:
- The Internet Protocol Address and domain name used. The Internet Protocol
address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service
provider or directly to your computer. We use the Internet Protocol
Address to direct Internet traffic to you. This address can be translated
to determine the domain name of your service provider (e.g. xcompany.com
or yourschool.edu). Generally, the Seattle Center only determines visitor
domain names if a security issue is suspected;
- 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 web site you visited prior to coming to this web site.
For site management purposes, information is collected for statistical
purposes. The Seattle Center's web site uses software programs to create
summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing what
information is of most and least interest, determining technical design
specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available
to all users, the Seattle Center's web site employs software programs
to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload
or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Except for authorized
law enforcement investigations and the security purposes mentioned elsewhere
in this notice, no other attempts are made to identify individual users
or their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes and
are scheduled for regular destruction in accordance with public records
Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on
this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the state
Computer Trespass law and federal statutes including the Computer Fraud
and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection
What we collect if you volunteer information.
If during your visit to our web site you participate in a survey, send
an email, or perform some other transaction on-line, the following additional
information will be collected:
The email address, and contents of email, for those who communicate with
us via email.
Information volunteered in response to a survey.
Information volunteered through an on-line form for any other purpose.
Information volunteered by participating in an online transaction with
The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include
audio, video, and graphic information formats you send us.
We use your email address to respond to you. Survey information is used
for the purpose identified by the survey. Information from other on-line
forms is used only for conducting Seattle Center business related to the
Information provided for a transaction is used only for the purpose of
completing and recording the transaction. Information requested will be
no more specific than if a visitor were engaging in the transaction by
other means, including by telephone or in-person while visiting a Seattle
Center facility. In all cases, the Seattle Center strives to collect the
minimum information necessary to comply with applicable law or provide
the service requested.
The Seattle Center does not sell, rent or otherwise distribute visitor's
information, including electronic mail addresses, to any outside company
or organization, unless legally required to do so. This applies to information
that may be collected on the Seattle Center's site and on that of any
third party with whom the Seattle Center contracts to provide Internet
Section C. Personal Information and Choice
You may choose whether to provide personal information on-line.
"Personal information" is information about a natural person
that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Personal information
includes such things as an individual's name, address, and phone number.
A domain name or Internet Protocol address is not considered personal
We collect no personal information about you unless you voluntarily provide
it to us by sending us email, participating in a survey, completing an
on-line form, or engaging in an online transaction. You may choose not
to contact us by email, participate in a survey, provide personal information
using an online form, or engage in an electronic transaction. However,
some information available through this site is specific to individual
users. Visitors interested in viewing this user specific information are
requested to sign up for a password-protected account. Your choice to
not participate in these activities will not impair your ability to browse,
read, or download general information provided on the site. Information
protected on this site by a password, which is subject to disclosure,
may be obtained by contacting the Seattle Center directly.
If personal information is requested on the web site or volunteered by
the user, state law and the federal Privacy Act of 1974 may protect it.
However, this information is treated like any other information provided
to the city, and may be subject to public inspection and copying if not
protected by federal or state law.
If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose
other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact the person
identified in the Contact Information Section of this statement.
Users are cautioned that the collection of personal information requested
from or volunteered by children on-line or by email will be treated the
same as information given by an adult, and may be subject to public access.
Section D. Public Access to Information
In the State Of Washington, laws exist to ensure that government is open
and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information
possessed by City government. At the same time, there are exceptions to
the public's right to access public records that serve various needs including
the privacy of individuals. Both state and federal laws provide exceptions.
RCW 42.17.260(9) prohibits the commercial use of lists of individuals'
information (including address, phone or e-mail) provided on this site.
In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and the Public
Records Act or other law governing the disclosure of records, the Public
Records Act or other applicable law will control.
Section E. Review and Correction of Personally Identifiable Information
You can review any personally identifiable information that you have
chosen to provide us by using the information in the Contact Information
section at the end of this Notice. You may recommend changes to your personally
identifiable information you believe to be inaccurate by submitting a
request that credibly shows the inaccuracy. We will take reasonable steps
to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.
"Cookies" are simple text files stored on your computer by
experience and confirm the integrity of an online transaction, the Seattle
Center may decide to use them in the future. If the decision is made to
or otherwise compromise your privacy or security.
Applets are tools downloaded to your computer to work with the software
you have. Applets are intended to enhance your browsing experience by
enabling you to view information in a unique manner or enable access to
information that your computer would otherwise be unable to access without
the applet. The Seattle Center does not currently use applets. If the
decision is made to utilize applets users of the Seattle Center's web
site would not be required to use them.
Section G. Security
The Seattle Center has taken several steps to safeguard the integrity
of its data and prevent unauthorized access to information it maintains,
including but not limited to authentication, monitoring, auditing, and
encryption. Security measures have been integrated into the design, implementation
and day-to-day practices of the entire operating environment as part of
its continuing commitment to risk management. These measures are designed
and intended to prevent corruption of data, block unknown or unauthorized
access to our systems and information, and to provide reasonable protection
of private information in our possession.
This information 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 Seattle Center's web site.
Section H. Electronic Commerce
Increasingly, you have the option to do business with the Seattle Center
over the Web including making electronic payments for goods and services.
Such transactions are allowed only under tightly controlled circumstances,
where there are appropriate technological and other safeguards in place
to protect financial and other sensitive data.
Under statute, the Seattle Center is responsible for properly securing
communications that are exempt from public disclosure. Importantly, that
includes financial information.
The design of the electronic commerce systems supported on the Seattle
Center's web site is such that financial data remains primarily with financial
institutions. Wherever possible, financial information is not seen or
collected by the Seattle Center itself. Instead, designated banks route
the data, transfer the funds and confirm payment to both you and the Seattle
Center. In addition, measures including but not limited to encryption
are used to ensure the integrity and security of your financial information.
The provision of this information shall 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 Seattle Center's web site.
Section I. Disclaimer
The Seattle Center's web site has many links to other web sites. These
include links to web sites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit
organizations and private businesses. When you link to another site, you
are no longer on the Seattle Center's web site and this Privacy Notice
will not apply. When you link to another web site, you are subject to
Neither the Seattle Center, nor any other City of Seattle department,
officer, or employee of the City warrants the accuracy, reliability or
timeliness of any information published by this system, nor endorses any
content, viewpoints, products, or services linked from this system, and
shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy,
reliability or timeliness of such information. Portions of such information
may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on any
information obtained from this system does so at his/her own risk.
Section J. Contact Information
Seattle Center is responsible for the applications it develops including
applications that may gather personally identifying information that you
To access your personally identifiable information collected, if any,
or request correction of factual errors in your personally identifiable
information, contact Seattle Center. Contact information can be found
on the this web site located at http://www.seattlecenter.com/information/contacts.asp.
To offer comments about the information presented in this Privacy Notice,
you can contact:
By e-mail: Dennis.McCoySC@seattle.gov
By telephone: (206) 684-0995
By fax: (206) 684-7342
By mail: Dennis McCoy
305 Harrison Street, 214R
Seattle, WA 98109