Website Policy

The protection of individual privacy is a concern to the City of Woodstock, and is governed by the State of Illinois. The City of Woodstock has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate its firm commitment to privacy. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this site.

The City of Woodstock does not keep any personal information about you or your visit to our Internet site unless you have specifically supplied it to us. For instance, you may have supplied us with information as part of a request for information or for purposes of registering or obtaining a license or permit online. Similarly you may have sent us an email or left us a message in some other electronic format. In cases where you have supplied us with information, including financial data, we will treat such information in accordance with the requirements of the State of Illinois. This means that it will be treated in the same way as written forms of communication, and in many instances it will be considered public information available to the public upon request. To the extent allowed by law, the city will make reasonable attempts to protect personal financial information from disclosure.

Like most Internet sites, our website reads some information from your computer that help us analyze traffic patterns, perform routine maintenance, maintain site security, 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 only information the City automatically collects and maintains is the following:

  • Total number of visitors to our site
  • Types of computer systems used to access our site
  • Web browser type and version
  • Date and time of access
  • The website you visited prior to coming to this website
  • Information about possible system security threats

Occasionally the city may have a survey on the website that only allows a visitor to vote only once. In order to keep track of whether you have voted, a cookie (simple text file) will be created and stored on your computer. This cookie is created on your computer by voting on the survey. It will not contain personally identifying information and will not compromise your privacy or security. The only information that is contained is the name of the survey and how you voted. This cookie will remain on your computer for the duration of the survey. The cookie has an expiration date. When that date occurs it will be deleted from your computer.

This privacy policy does not apply to websites operated by third parties that you may access through a link from our website.

The purpose of the City's website is to provide information about the City's government, services and attractions. The site may provide links to websites outside the City's website that also serve this purpose. The City is not responsible for and does not endorse the information on any linked website unless the City's site states otherwise. The following criteria will be used to decide whether to grant requests for City website links. If a particular request does not fit any of the following criteria, the City Council will decide whether to approve the request. The City Council will approve the requested website link if it serves the general purpose of the City's website.

Links Policy

The City's website will provide links to websites for:

  • Governmental and educational institutions
  • Organizations with some relationship to the City (including but not limited to : organizations contracting with the City, organizations sponsoring City activities or programs, and organizations participating in City activities or programs)
  • Generally recognized community organizations
  • Organizations providing information about art, cultural, and sporting activities in the City's area
  • Organizations providing information about employment opportunities in the City's area.
  • Organizations providing information about tourist attractions in the City's area

The City's website will not provide links to websites for:

  • Candidates for local, state or federal offices
  • Political organizations or other organizations advocating a position on a local, state or federal issue
  • Individuals or personal home pages

Copyright Policy

Unless a copyright is indicated, information on the City of Woodstock website is in the public domain and may be reproduced, published or otherwise used with the City of Woodstock's permission. We request only that the City of Woodstock be cited as the source of the information and that any photo credits, graphics, or byline be similarly credited to the photographer, author, or the City of Woodstock, as appropriate.