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Terms and Conditions of Use & Privacy Policy

Electronic Communications

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE

Access to and use of the Village of DeForest website, social media sites, and other forms of electronic communications, such as email and text messages, are subject to these terms and conditions. Use of this website, use of the Village of DeForest’s Wi-Fi network, and participation in all other forms of electronic communication and online activities hosted by the Village of DeForest constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Copyright: The Village of DeForest shall remain the sole and exclusive owner of all rights and interests in the copyrighted content created for and posted on the Village of DeForest’s website, social media sites, and all forms of electronic communications, such as graphics, text, logos, images, audio clips, icons, and data compilations. 

Trademarks: The Village of DeForest’s website, social media sites, and electronic communications contain trademarks owned by the Village of DeForest. The Village of DeForest’s trademarks may not be used in any manner without the prior written consent of the Village of DeForest. All other trademarks not owned by the Village of DeForest that appear on the Village of DeForest’s website, social media sites, or electronic communications are the property of their respective owners (who may or may not be affiliated with or connected to the Village of DeForest) and may not be copied or used without permission of such respective owners.

Disclaimer of Warranties: The Village of DeForest disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, freedom from contamination by computer viruses and non-infringement of proprietary rights.

Limitation of Liability: The Village of DeForest shall not be held liable for any improper or incorrect use of the information or content on the Village of DeForest’s website, social media sites, electronic communications, or any other online activities hosted by the Village of DeForest, and the Village of DeForest assumes no responsibility for anyone’s use of the information or content. In no event shall the Village of DeForest be liable for direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, or consequential damages including, but not limited to, damages for business interruption or loss of use, date or profits, arising in any way out of the use or performance of the Village of DeForest’s website, social media sites, electronic communications, online activities hosted by the Village of DeForest, or the Village of DeForest’s Wi-Fi network, even if advised of the possibility of such damage. This disclaimer of liability applies to any damages or injury including, but not limited to, those caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, delay in operation or transmission, breach of contract, tortious behavior, negligence or any other cause whatsoever. 

Disclaimer for External Links: The Village of DeForest is not responsible for the content of any third-party sites referenced on the Village of DeForest’s website, social media sites, electronic communications, or any other online activities hosted by the Village of DeForest. The Village of DeForest is not responsible for the content of any third-party sites linked to the Village of DeForest’s website, social media sites, electronic communications, or any other online activities hosted by the Village of DeForest. The Village of DeForest is not responsible or liable for any defamatory, offensive, derogatory or illegal conduct of other users, linked sites or third parties. Access to a linked site is at your own risk and the Village of DeForest is not responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any information, data, opinions, advice or statements made on these sites. Inclusion of a link on the Village of DeForest’s website, social media sites, electronic communications, or any other online activities hosted by the Village of DeForest does not mean the Village of DeForest of any of its officers, employees or officials endorses, agrees with or adopts any statement or other content of the linked site.

Applicable Law: Construction of the terms and conditions above and resolution of any and all disputes thereof are governed by the laws of the State of Wisconsin.


PRIVACY POLICY

The Village of DeForest, as a governmental agency, must comply with various state and federal guidelines concerning open records law and freedom of information. All information received by the Village of DeForest through use of the Village of DeForest’s website becomes a public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in state or federal law exists. The public’s right to access public records (absent an exemption) also applies to information received by the Village of DeForest through forms of electronic communications, such as email and text messages, social media sites, and other online activities hosted by the Village of DeForest. However, for personal privacy reasons, the Village of DeForest will not collect any personally identifiable information about a user unless that information is requested or volunteered by the user. Such information includes a user’s name, address, and telephone number. 

Regardless of whether personally identifiable information is provided by a user, the Village of DeForest collects and stores user activity to improve the content of the Village of DeForest’s website, better understand how the public uses the Village of DeForest’s services, and to effectively manage the Village of DeForest’s electronic programs. Such user information includes the domain name and IP address from which you access the Village of DeForest’s website, social media sites, and other online activities hosted by the Village of DeForest.

The Village of DeForest’s website, social media sites, electronic communications, and other online activities hosted by the Village of DeForest may contain links to other sites, including sites operated by other governmental agencies, that are not under the control of the Village of DeForest. The Village of DeForest is not responsible for the privacy practices or content of those linked sites.

 

Connect DeForest, the Village of DeForest’s Mobile App:
The Village of DeForest is using SeeClickFix, an online and mobile service request system, to power its mobile app and reporting forms. SeeClickFix is an application that allows DeForest citizens to report non-emergency related issues. SeeClickFix can be used via the Web on a desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, or tablet. SeeClickFix is a public application. The description entered will be visible to the public. Your display name will also be visible unless you choose to submit as Anonymous. Your email address will never be displayed publicly.