Cook County Department of Administrative Hearings (CCDOAH) Privacy Policy & Disclaimer

Cook County Department of Administrative Hearings (CCDOAH) Privacy Policy & Disclaimer
Thank you for visiting the Cook County Department of Administrative Hearings website. Protecting your privacy is important to us and we are committed to maintaining your online privacy. We also want you to understand the policies we have put in place to safeguard the privacy of individuals who visit our website. If you have any questions or concerns about the Internet privacy policy or any other issues involving the Internet, please feel free to contact us at (312)603-2120.

The Cook County Department of Administrative Hearings provides this web site only as a source of public information on the Cook County Department of Administrative Hearings (CCDOAH). All efforts are made to ensure that the information and links are accurate and current. However, users should not cite this information as an official or authoritative source and are advised to independently verify all information. Information contained on this web site should in no way be construed as legal advice.

Users should contact an attorney if they require legal assistance or advice on matters concerning the CCDOAH. Our basic Internet privacy policy is simple: our website does not obtain personally-identifying information about you when you visit our site unless you choose to provide us with such information so that our office can help you with an issue or a problem. No individual identifying personal information (such as your name) is automatically gathered when you visit our website.

Below is some more specific information about the type of information that may be gathered when you visit our website and how that information is used.

The Cook County Department of Administrative Hearings On-Line Disclaimer and Privacy Policy is separate but in conformity with the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use as set forth on the Cook County website www.cookcountygov.com or www.cookcountyil.gov.

We do not collect personal information without your permission. Any information that you volunteer or that we send to you in response is transferred using industry standard encryption technologies. The following link explains the Cook County Department of Administrative Hearings privacy policy and disclaimer for all visitors to the www.cookcountydoah.com domain.

Information Gathering and Cookies
If you visit our website to read or download information, such as events, parking or building forms, we capture and store only the domain name of your computer (for example, information related to the speed and performance of the web page delivery). All information is deleted from your cache memory when you close the session and leave our website. We collect no other personally related information. We do not use or set cookies on our websites to store any information on your personal computer hard drive. A cookie is a line of computer code inserted onto your computer by a website which you visit. The cookie can then be read by the site’s web browser if you return to the site. Cookies are used fo many things from making websites more personal to speeding on-line transactions. Cookies can also be used to track your web browsing habits.

Please note that in conformity with the Privacy Policy of Cook County, if you visit the Cook County websites, the County may collect some or all of the following information:

- The name of your domain, for example, “xyzcompany.com” if you see a private Internet access
account;
- An IP address (a number automatically assigned to your computer when you are using the
Internet);
- The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
- The pages you visit within the County websites; and,
- The links make to other websites through the County website.

The information is collected for statistical analysis using third-party or proprietary software programs to create summary statistics of web traffic. The statistics are used for the purpose of determining what information is of most and least interested to all visitors and identifying system performance or problem areas in order to better plan future site enhancements. This information is not collected for commercial marketing purposes.

On-Line Transactions
The Cook County Department of Administrative Hearings currently allows job applicants for vacant DOAH positions to download a form and mail it in. The Cook County DOAH also allows on-line payment of parking fines for your convenience. Any information subject to these activities is subject to the same safeguards as if you had engaged in these activities in person rather than over the Internet and are also subject to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use provisions located at http://wwwcookcountygov.com/portal/server.pt/community/home/223/privacy_policy and http://www.cookcountygov.com/portal/server.pt/community/home/223/terms_conditions/297

Sending the Department of Administrative Hearings an E-mail
We value your feedback. If you send the CCDOAH via email a question or comments about our programs or services, we do collect your email address and any other information that you volunteer. We do this to improve the content on our website and to customize the content for individual users. We will occasionally share this information with other nonprofit organizations such as the City of Chicago governmental agencies or the Illinois Secretary of State.
In conformity with the Cook County Privacy Policy (www.cookcountygov.com), examples of personally identifiable information may include:

- Your name, address, or phone number;
- An email address if you are communicating to us through email;
- Information you voluntarily submit to the Cook County Department of Administrative Hearings
for the purpose of completing or submitting an application for form online;
- Other information volunteered, such as vendor profile/contact information, survey information
or content of email.

Please be aware that when you give us personal information for purposes of communicating with or requesting information from Cook County, that communications become a part of the public record and may be subject to disclosure under applicable Illinois and Federal statute(s). As a general rule we will not disclose any personally identifiable information collected online to entities outside of Cook County Departments and Agencies except where you have provided us with permission.

Sale of Data
We do not sell data for direct mail or advertising purposes.

Other Websites
We have posted links to other websites that we think might be useful to you. The Cook County Department of Administrative Hearings is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such sites, which include for example, the US Library of Congress, the ABA Administrative Procedure Database Archive, the Code of Federal Regulations, the Cook County Clerk of the Court, the Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS) or the Municipal Code Corporation. If you follow any link that takes you to a location that dose not include cookcountydoah.org in the address, you will have left the CCDOAH web server and you will need to refer to that site’s own privacy policy or terms of use. The CCDOAH does not take responsibility for the content of these third-party websites.



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