Social Media Policy
County of Monmouth Conditions of Use Notice
The following notices apply to all registered web sites of County agencies listed at co.monmouth.nj.us including: co.monmouth.nj.us, monmouthcountyvotes.com, monmouthcountyclerk.com, monmouthcountylib.org, monmouth-oel.org, monmouthcountyparks.com, tourism.co.monmouth.nj.us, tourism.visitmonmouth.com, visitmonmouth.com, westlongbranch.lib.nj.us, monmouthcountypoliceacademy.com, monmouthcounty.us, monmouthcountyclerk.com, monmouthcountyvotes.com, mcsonj.org and mcponj.org in Monmouth County government other than independent county agencies.
Links to Other Sites
Intrusion Detection Disclosure
Copyright and Trademark Limitations
Seal of Monmouth County and Agency Seals and Logos
Please note that this Use Policy is subject to change without notice, and that it reflects the county's current business practices.
Also note that each department within the County may have additional privacy and use policies specific to the mission and needs of their work. Be sure to review those policies as you access additional sites within the County.
Section A. Information Disclaimer
The County of Monmouth makes great effort to provide secure, accurate and complete information on this Web site. However, portions of the information contained in this site may be incorrect or not current. Any errors or omissions should be reported for investigation. The County of Monmouth reserves the right to make changes and improvements to this Web site at any time and without notice.
The County of Monmouth, its officers, employees or agents shall not be liable for damages or losses of any kind direct or indirect arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of information, including but not limited to, damages or losses caused by reliance upon the accuracy or timeliness of any such information, or damages incurred from the viewing, distributing, or copying of those materials.
The materials and information provided on this Web site are provided "as is." No warranty of any kind, implied, expressed, or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of expectation of privacy, noninfringement, noninfringement of third-party rights, title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and freedom from computer virus, is given with respect to the contents of this web site or its hyperlinks to other Internet resources.
Section B. Links to Other Sites
The County of Monmouth's Web site and materials may contain hypertext or links to other Internet computer sites, which are not owned, operated, controlled or reviewed by the County. These links are provided solely as a courtesy and convenience to you, the visitor.
The County of Monmouth, its officers or employees, exercise no control over the organizations, views, accuracy, copyright or trademark, compliance or the legality of the material contained on those servers and do not sponsor, endorse or approve the information, content, proceeds, materials, opinions or services contained on such external sites. Visitors proceed to those external sites at their own risk. The County of Monmouth specifically disclaims any and all liability from damages that may result from the accessing of a third-party site, which is linked to the County of Monmouth's Web site, or from reliance upon only such information.
Section C. Endorsement Disclaimer
Reference in this Web site to any specific commercial products, processes or services, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation or favoring by the County of Monmouth or its officers, employees or agents. No information or statements contained on this server may be used for the purposes of advertising, or to imply an endorsement or recommendation.
Section D. Intrusion Detection
All County of Monmouth computer systems are subject to monitoring at all times to assure proper functioning of the systems, to provide security for the computer system's operation and information contained therein, to prevent unauthorized use and to deter and investigate violations of law. There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in the use of this Website.
The County of Monmouth respects the intellectual property interests of other parties. If you believe that your work appears on this Web site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, you may notify the County of Monmouth and provide the following information:
- an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
- a copy of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed, or a description of the copyrighted work, including the URL (i.e., web page address) of the location where the copyrighted work exists;
- identification of the URL or other specific location on the County of Monmouth Web site where the material that you claim is infringing is located;
- a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
- a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf;
- your address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
Section E. Copyright and Trademark Limitations
The County of Monmouth has made the content of these pages available to the public and anyone may view, copy or distribute County information found here without obligation to the County, unless otherwise stated on particular material or information to which a restriction on free use may apply. However, the County makes no warranty that materials contained herein are free of Copyright or Trademark claims or other restrictions or limitations on free use or display. Making a copy of such material may be subject to the Copyright or Trademark laws.
Section F. Seal of the County of Monmouth
Use and display of the Seal of the County of Monmouth and the seals and logos of any county agency are restricted by law and may be used only as authorized by the law of the County of Monmouth.
Section G. Unauthorized Modifications
Unauthorized attempts to modify or modifications of any information stored on the County's web pages may result in criminal prosecution.
County of Monmouth Privacy Notice
The following notices apply to all registered Web sites of county agencies listed at www.co.monmouth.nj.us including: Co.Monmouth.nj.us, Moncnty.lib.nj.us, Monmouth-oel.org, Monmouthcountyparks.com, Monmouthhumanservices.org, Monmouthplanning.com., Monmouthwib.org, Prosecutor.co.Monmouth.nj.us shore.co.Monmouth.nj.us, visitmonmouth.com, westlongbranch.lib.nj.us, Monmouthcountypoliceacademy.com, and Monmouthcounty.us in Monmouth County government other than independent county agencies.
Thank you for visiting Monmouth County's Web site and reviewing our Privacy Notice. This statement addresses collection, use and security of and access to information that may be obtained through the use of the County of Monmouth Web site. This notice covers the following topics:
Information Collected and How it is Used
Personal Information and Choice
Public Access to Information
Section A. Information Collected and How it is Used
Information Collected and Stored Automatically
If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the Web site, read pages or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:
1. The Internet domain (for example, "xcompany.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you connect from a university's domain) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our Web site;
2. The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
3. The date and time you access our site;
4. The pages you visit, and
5. If you linked to the County of Monmouth Web site from another Web site, the address of that Web site.
We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors; to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits.
If You Send Us Personal Information
If you choose to provide us with personal information; as in an e-mail to a freeholder or someone else, or by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it to us through our Web site; we use that information to respond to your message and to help us get you the information you have requested. We may share the information you give us with another County of Monmouth government agency, department, office or entity. We do not create individual profiles with the information you provide or give it to any private organizations. The County of Monmouth does not collect information for commercial marketing.
Section B. Personal Information and Choice
You may choose whether to provide personal information online.
"Personal information" is information about a natural person that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Personal information includes such things as an individualâ€™s name, address, and telephone number. A domain name or Internet protocol address is not considered personal information.
We collect no personal information about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us by sending us e-mail, participating in a survey or completing an online form. You may choose not to contact us by e-mail, participate in a survey, or provide any personal information using an online form. Your choice to not participate in these activities will not impair your ability to browse the County of Monmouth Web site and read or download any information provided on the site.
E-mail is not a secure medium. Personal information sent via the Internet can be intercepted. You may, therefore, wish to reconsider the advisability of sending messages that contain sensitive, personal information to this Intranet address.
The County of Monmouth does not plan on divulging information collected or information disclosed voluntarily, but may be required to do so pursuant to a request under state's right-to-know laws such as the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, any common law right-to-know laws, other State or Federal laws or pursuant to court order.
If you believe your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact the Web contact as shown in the Contact Information Section of this statement.
Section C. Public Access to Information
In the County of Monmouth, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by county 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. Exceptions are provided by both state and federal laws.
All the information collected at this site becomes public records that may be subject to inspection and copying by members of the public, unless an exemption in law exists.
Section D. Cookies
Section E. Security
The County of Monmouth, as developer and manager of this Web site, has taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its data and prevent unauthorized access to information maintained. 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.
Section F. Disclaimer
The County of Monmouth, its agencies, officers or employees exercise no control over the organizations, views, accuracy, copyright or trademark compliance or the legality of the material contained on those servers and do not sponsor, endorse or approve the information, content, products, materials, opinions or services contained on such external sites. Visitors proceed to these external sites at their own risk. The County specifically disclaims any and all liability from damages that may result from the accessing of a third-party site that is linked to the County of Monmouth Web site, or from reliance upon any such information.
Social Media Policy
Monmouth County recognizes that social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr have become important communication channels for the community. To assist in posting content and managing these sites, the County has developed policies and guidelines for official and personal use of social media.
These policies and guidelines apply to County employees and members of the public who comment, post, or respond to any of the County's social media websites.
Public comments reflect the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Monmouth County or its employees.
Monmouth County expects that comments and posts will be courteous and relevant to the topic(s) presented on the social media website. All comments and posts will be reviewed. Monmouth County reserves the right to either delete or not publish comments. Monmouth County will always delete comments/posts that:
- Contain obscene or indecent language;
- Contain threats, defamatory or harassing statements;
- Contain hate speech directed at race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion or disability;
- Contain obscene sexual content or links to obscene sexual content;
- Contain information that may compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems;
- Disclose information which an agency and its employees/representatives are required to keep confidential by law or regulation;
- Promote or endorse services or products;
- Promote or endorse ballot issues, candidates for public office or other campaign-related material, or non-county related events and programs.
Users who violate this policy may be banned from future commenting.
Copyrighted material should not be posted or submitted in any form unless permission to do so is clearly indicated. In posting comments or other material, a commenter grants Monmouth County and anyone viewing the Monmouth County social media page permission to copy, distribute, or display the commenter’s words or photographs publicly and free-of-charge.
We recognize that use of social media is unbound by regular business hours and comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage resources, reviewing and responding to comments generally occurs during regular business hours Monday-Friday. Comments and questions submitted at other times will be reviewed and replied to as soon as possible the next business day.