The City Of Rochester Privacy Statement discloses the information gathering practices of the City regarding visits to the City's website. This statement applies only to Websites with the City's official domain names (ci.rochester.mn.us, rochestermn.gov) in the URL and to sites under contract with the city to provide online services to the city.
The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13) governs all data collected, created, received, maintained or disseminated by the City. This law presumes that all such data is public unless classified otherwise.
There are many exceptions to the presumption that all such data is public. If you are asked to provide private data through the use of an on-line form, you will be given an advisory about the proposed use of the data by the City before you submit the form online.
If you choose to submit information to the City by email, the information you provide, including any identifying information, will be used, disseminated, and retained as needed in conducting the City's official business and in accordance with the laws governing retention and dissemination of data.
Some online services require a third party for processing and storing personal information. In cases when information is sent to a third party, you will be told of the third party being used, and have the opportunity to opt-out of the transmittal if you choose. If you choose to opt-out of the transmittal, we will be unable to fulfill processing. Third parties that receive information from the city are under contract and are required by law to maintain the data consistent with the Minnesota Government Data Practices act.
You should be aware of the provisions of the law as it relates to data that you are sending to the City. If you have questions about the classifications of particular information, you may want to contact the City's Data Practices Compliance Official, Judy Scherr at (507) 328-2900.
The City of Rochester does not routinely collect or keep personal information about your visit to ci.rochester.mn.us sites. Like most Internet sites, our web site reads some information from your computer that helps us analyze traffic patterns, perform routine maintenance and to help you navigate through our site. Generally the information we collect is temporary and when you leave the site this information is deleted from our system.
The information the City automatically collects and stores for these purposes is the following:
- total number of visits to our site
- number of unique visits to our site
- types of computer systems used to access our site
- web browser type and version
- date and time of access
- the web site that may have referred you (linked you) to this web site
- the first and last page you visited in our site
None of the information described above contains personal (identifying) information.
For security purposes, and to maintain service for all users, the City's network system may use software programs to identify attempts to gain unauthorized access or to damage or misuse the systems or the City's web site. In the event that a potential security threat is recognized, identifying information about the user and the questionable computer activity may be retained and reviewed for security and other law-enforcement-related purposes.
If you have questions about the information captured about your visit, you may want to contact the City's Web Site Manager at (507) 328-2867.
Our web site traffic tracking system and some of the other on line services provided by the City may use "cookies" (simple text files that are created and stored on your computer) to aid in delivering on line services.
Many of these cookies will be destroyed when any of the following occurs: a few minutes of inactivity, successfully completing a transaction or when the browser window is closed. In some instances, however, cookie files may persist for a longer duration.
If your Web browser does not accept cookies, you will be able to navigate the information content on our site, but you may not be able to use some of the on-line transaction services provided by the City.