Privacy & Security Notice

Thank you for visiting the City of Lynnwood website and reviewing our privacy and security notice. The information in this statement and/or the policies described here may change at any time, without prior notice to any visitor.

The City of Lynnwood monitors overall site traffic, and may collect individual user information in some interactive applications contained within this site. The City of Lynnwood does not share any of this collected information with any group or individuals outside of the City of Lynnwood organization and its various Departments.

Further, we do not collect personal information about you unless you choose to provide it to us. You will still be able to access the site; however, you will not be able to transact business without providing this information. We automatically collect statistical information as described below but only to assist us in improving this site. The City of Lynnwood will not: 

  • Share any personal information gathered on this website with other agencies, organizations, or persons unless required by law. 
  • Collect and/or sell information for commercial marketing.

Automatically Collected Information
If you only browse our website or download data, some information will be collected automatically.  This information will not identify you personally.  It is used to improve this site by telling us the number of visitors and the types of browser and operating system our visitors are using.  The following information is collected:

  • The Internet domain name (e.g., from which a user accesses our website. Note: this is not an internet address.
  • The Internet Protocol address from which you connected to our site. The IP address is a number assigned to your computer or provided by your Internet Service Provider whenever you browse the Internet.  We use this address to send data you request back to you.
  • The type of browser you used to visit our site.
  • The type of operating system you used.
  • The date and time you visit our site.
  • The specific pages you visit at our site.
  • If you linked to our site from another website, the address of that site.

Personal Information
In some cases a user may choose to provide the City or our agents with personal information. This may consist of information such as name, address or phone number. A domain name or internet protocol address is not considered personal information. The information provided will be used only for a specific purpose, in most cases to enable the City to provide requested information or services. However, once submitted, that information becomes a public record subject to disclosure under state law, unless an exemption from disclosure exists. 

Users may review any personal information that the City or our agents collect about them and may recommend changes to any personal information by submitting a written request. If a user believes their personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, that person should contact the City’s Webmaster. The City will take reasonable steps to verify a user’s identity before granting access or making corrections. 

Use of Cookies
To better serve our users, we use "cookies" to customize your browsing experience on some parts of the Lynnwood website. Cookies are simple text files stored on your computer by a web server. Cookies created on your computer by using this website do not contain personally identifying information and do not compromise your privacy or security.

Cookies Defined: Persistent Client-State HTTP Cookies are files containing information about visitors to a website (e.g., user name and preferences). This information is provided by the user during the first visit to a Web server. The server records this information in a text file and stores this file on the visitor's hard drive. When the visitor accesses the same website again, the server looks for the cookie and configures itself based on the information provided.

Public Access to Information
If personal information is requested on the website or volunteered by the user, state and federal law may protect it. However, this information is a public record once it is provided and may be subject to public inspection and copying if it is not protected by law. Washington State laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by city government. At the same time, state and federal law provide exceptions to the public's right to access certain public records.
In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and any state or federal law governing disclosure of records, the applicable law shall control.

Site Security
The City of Lynnwood has taken steps to safeguard the information on this site and prevent unauthorized access to information it maintains--including authentication, monitoring, auditing, and encryption. Security measures are taken as a part of the implementation of all software and hardware infrastructure as part of our continuing commitment to risk management. However, we cannot warrant or make any representations as to the security of information collected or provided via this website. Unauthorized attempts to change information on this site or upload information are strictly prohibited. The City’s privacy and security policy does not apply to outside sites.

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986
Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service is strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

Electronic Commerce
You have the option to do business on-line with the City of Lynnwood, including making electronic payments for goods and services. Such transactions are allowed only under tightly controlled circumstances, where there are appropriate technological and other safeguards in place to protect financial and other sensitive data. There may be some variation in the handling of financial data, depending on the method of payment users choose.  However, all credit card transactions are encrypted. The City of Lynnwood is responsible for properly securing communications that are exempt from public disclosure, including financial information.

The design of the electronic commerce systems supported on the City of Lynnwood website is such that financial data remains primarily with financial institutions. Wherever possible, financial information is not seen or collected by the city itself. Instead, designated banks route the data, transfer the funds, and confirm payment to both you and the city. In addition, measures including but not limited to encryption are used to ensure the integrity and security of your financial information.

The provision of this information shall not be construed in any way as giving business, legal or other advice, or as warranting or making any representation as to the security of information provided via the City's website. 

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