Privacy Policy

The following Policies are in place and apply to all information available on this website.

About your visit to our Web site

All data and information contained within this website, the Lancaster County GIS System, Lancaster County Tax System and Lancaster County GIS Online are subject to the SC Freedom of Information Act.  Information obtained via the GIS Online or Tax System is the same information that can be acquired through usual in-office transactions in government buildings, such as the courthouse, and are governed by the same state and federal laws that cover such visits.

Public records such as the Tax roll, GIS Data or other records distributed or found on the internet will not be modified or removed to mask Public Information.
 
Copyright Policy

This website and its content is copyright of Lancaster County, South Carolina - © Lancaster County 2011. All rights reserved.

Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited other than the following:

  • you may print or download to a local hard disk extracts for your personal and non-commercial use only
  • you may copy the content to individual third parties for their personal use, but only if you acknowledge the website as the source of the material

You may not, except with our express written permission, distribute or commercially exploit the content. Nor may you transmit it or store it in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by Lancaster County and while we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.

Through this website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of Lancaster County. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.

Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, Lancaster County takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.

Privacy Policy

Effective 1/1/2011

Privacy Notice Table Of Contents:

Our Commitment To Privacy

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make a link available on our homepage and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested.

The Information We Collect:

This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on the Lancaster County website. On some pages, you can order products, make requests, and register to receive materials. The types of personal information collected at these pages are:

Name
Address
Email address
Phone number
Credit/Debit Card Information
(etc.)

On some pages, you can submit information about other people. For example, if you make a complaint, you will need to submit the address of the person being complained about. In this circumstance, the types of personal information collected are:

Name

Address

Phone Number

(etc.)

The Way We Use Information:

We use the information you provide about yourself when placing a request only to complete that request. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete the request.

We use the information you provide about someone else when placing a request only to complete the request. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete the request.

We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties.

You can register with our website if you would like to receive our news and activities as well as updates about the County. Information you submit on our website will not be used for this purpose unless you fill out the registration form.

We use non-identifying and aggregate information to better design our website, but we would not disclose anything that could be used to identify those individuals.

Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

Our Commitment To Data Security

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Our Commitment To Children's Privacy:

Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.

How You Can Access Or Correct Your Information

You can access all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain by sending or e-mailing us a written request. We use this procedure to better safeguard your information.

You can correct factual errors in your personally identifiable information by sending us a request that credibly shows error.To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

How To Contact Us

Should you have other questions or concerns about these privacy policies, please call us at 803-285-1565 or send us an email at jkennington@lancastercountysc.net
 
Links Policy

Purpose

Lancaster County recognizes that "external links" may be placed upon publicly accessible Internet Web pages operated by Lancaster County.
The purpose of this policy is to clearly state that the County website is not a public forum for communication and debate. Links to external websites are established and retained at the County's discretion. This policy provides guidelines on when links to external sources are inappropriate.
The purpose of the Lancaster County website is to communicate the Department’s mission and core set of values by supporting an informed, inspired and engaged citizenry.

Definitions

"Lancaster County website" is the Internet portal operated and maintained by Lancaster County. It is not a forum for public communications and debate. The website is designed to provide information and links to other sites that provide information and government services. "Lancaster County Internet Properties", "Lancaster County Web pages", and "Web pages operated by Lancaster County" are those Web pages whose content is under the direction and control of Lancaster County. "External links" means links to non-governmental Web sites and all links to websites other than the Lancaster County web properties.

Applicability

This policy applies to the Lancaster County website and other Lancaster County Internet properties. Links to the following types of Web pages may be included in the Lancaster County web site:

  • Other Governmental Units & Educational Institutions – Lancaster County may provide links to other federal, state, and local governmental units that provide additional services and information the County website  users may find of interest.
  • Private Organizations - Lancaster County may provide links to Private organizations if these organizations offer services that complement the Purpose, information and services offered by the Department and if the links meet the Acceptance Criteria stated in this policy.

The County may provide links to websites that are not controlled, maintained, or regulated by the County, and as such the County is not responsible for the content of those websites.

Use of information obtained from External websites is voluntary. Any information obtained from an External website is not guaranteed by the County and the user should review the accuracy of any information, before relying upon it. Reference to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, or otherwise does not represent endorsement or recommendation by the County.

Content Guidelines

In exercising its discretion to allow external content on Web pages it operates, Lancaster County will use the following Acceptance Criteria; Lancaster County will review every request and decide whether it is appropriate and relevant:

  • The External website corresponds with the Purpose of Lancaster County.
  • The External website is appropriate with respect to the Purpose of Lancaster County.  An inappropriate website may include but is not limited to:
    • A commercial website which charges a fee for products or services online;
    • A website  that exhibits hate, bias, discrimination, pornography, libelous or otherwise defamatory content;
    • A website that advocates or promotes the use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs;
    • A website that lobbies, advocates, or advances the policies and priorities of a particular industry, organization or enterprise. This includes sites of non-profit organizations;
    • A website that furthers the agenda of a political organization or candidate running for office;
    • A website that promotes or makes available adult or sexually oriented entertainment or materials;
    • A website that promotes, opposes, or makes available weapons or gambling.

Oversight and Monitoring

The County has established procedures to monitor the implementation and continuing oversight of these guidelines. These procedures shall include:

  • A process for review of all new requests for external content links from a Lancaster County web page to another web page.
  • Ensure compliance with the Lancaster County Policy for External Content prior to granting the request.
  • A quarterly review of not less than seven (7) percent or a quantity of thirty-five (35) of the current direct external content links, whichever is less, to ensure that such links still comply with this policy.

Removal of Links

Additionally, the County reserves the right to deny links if it determines that a website contains misleading or unsubstantiated claims, conflict with the County's purpose or does not meet one or more of the criteria set forth in this policy.

Linking to the Lancaster County Web site

Advance permission to link to the Lancaster County website is not necessary; however, website users should be aware that the Lancaster County website pages may change at any time without notice. Anyone linking to the Lancaster County website should continuously verify links to the site.

Anyone linking to the Lancaster County website shall not display Lancaster County Webpages within frames, present Lancaster County content as its own, or otherwise misrepresent Lancaster County content, and they should not misinform users about the origin or ownership of Lancaster County content. Certain information on the Lancaster County website may be trademarked; service marked or otherwise protected as intellectual property.