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In general, you have the right to know when any Library transaction creates a record of personally identifiable information and how such information is used and its confidentiality protected.
Privacy of library registration and circulation records is protected under Florida Statutes Section 257.261, above. This information is used when you choose to request or borrow materials or services, or to authenticate eligibility for access to Library public access computers. The Library is committed to only permitting authorized staff to see personally identifiable information stored in the Library's files and computer systems.
Some of your personally identifiable information may not remain confidential if fines, charges, or fee transactions must be forwarded to an agency for collection, or if the Library is processing your request for items or services from another library or provider. The Library does not give, share, sell or transfer any personally identifiable information to third parties except with your specific consent, to conduct Library business, or unless required to do so by law. (See USA PATRIOT Act, above.)
When you choose to provide personally identifiable information to us in order to conduct a library transaction, we collect only the minimum amount of personal information required to process your request. Elements of this information, with the personal links stripped out, may be used to develop internal statistical reports. Examples of personally identifiable information which may be required to process a Library transaction include:
Login information for access to library computers is deleted from our records after one day. We keep non-personal information about logins and website visits for statistical analysis and other management purposes. Logs of site visits and of customer-created documents are automatically deleted every time a computer reboots, and the logs are also purged nightly.
Our website contains links to external websites and licensed databases. The Library is not responsible for the privacy practices, security or content of these external sites. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the privacy and security information for any site you visit.
Since the Library uses standard systems and communication methods beyond its direct control, no guarantee can be made that transactions over the Internet or the local network, by mail or e-mail, by telephone or at a public service desk are secure and confidential. While care is exercised to protect its systems and servers from unauthorized access, the Library may be vulnerable to temporary breaches of security. You must choose the method you wish to communicate your requests and personally identifiable information to us.
We recommend that you take these additional precautions:
If you have questions or concerns about this privacy statement or the practices of the Library, please feel free to contact us.Approved by the Board of Library Trustees October 12, 2006