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Please read these terms carefully before using this Web site. By using this Web site, you agree to these terms of use. If you do not agree to these terms of use, please do not use this Web site.

General

This Web site is owned and operated by King County. King County reserves the right to change or discontinue any aspect or feature of the Web site, temporarily or permanently, with or without notice to you. King County provides this Web site as a public service. This Web site is used to provide many types of information. By using this Web site, you agree that King County will not be liable to you for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of this Web site.e

Restrictions on use

The content of this Web site, including all text, graphics, compilations, data, and other documentation, is the property of King County and is protected by copyright law. By using this Web site, you agree to these terms of use and agree to abide by all applicable laws in connection with our property rights. You may not publish, display, distribute or commercially exploit any of the Web content or the Web site without the prior written permission of King County.

Disclaimer of warranty; limitation of liability

King County attempts to provide the best service available, but situations will occur that disrupt service or cause inaccurate information to be posted. The material presented on this Web site is not guaranteed as to accuracy, completeness, reliability, usefulness, or timeliness. The provision of the Web site depends on a number of items, including Internet availability, communications networks, and computer equipment which are beyond the control of King County and difficult to predict. The information on this Web site is not intended to constitute advice nor is it to be used as a substitute for specific advice from a professional. You should not act (or refrain from acting) based upon the information on this Web site without independently verifying the information and, as necessary, obtaining professional advice regarding your particular facts and circumstances. Those relying on information presented on this Web site do so at their own risk. You assume the risk that the information provided may be incorrect, as well as the risk that any information or material downloaded by you may cause loss of data or damage to your computer systems and neither King County, nor any of its officials, employees or agents shall be liable for either the accuracy of this information or any actions taken based on the information. King County does not represent that the use of any information will not infringe privately owned rights.

All information on this Web site is provided "as is", "with all faults" and "as available" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, accuracy, or non-infringement nor shall the distribution of this information constitute any warranty. King County assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in the information or software or other documents which are referenced by or linked to this Web site. Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, shall King County, its officials and employees, or any contributor to this Web site be liable for any direct or indirect damages, even if both parties are aware of the possibility of such damages, including without limitation loss of profits or for any other incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, however caused, whether based upon contract, negligence, strict liability in tort, warranty, or any other legal theory, arising out of or related to your use of, or the inability to use, this Web site or its content. King County is not responsible for or liable for any damage, including damage caused by viruses, to your computer, computer system, or other property, during or on account of access or use of this Web site or any sites to which this Web site provides links. We welcome feedback on the Web site at www.kingcounty.gov, but provide no guarantee that feedback will result in site changes. If you are dissatisfied in any way with any of these terms of use, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue use of this Web site.

Third party content

King County provides links to Internet sites and data maintained by third parties. Because we do not operate or control any of these sites, we cannot be responsible for their content or availability. Moreover, in no way should an external link be considered any form of endorsement by King County.

Changed terms

King County has the right at any time to change or modify the terms and conditions applicable to use of the site or to impose new conditions. Any use of the Web site indicates that you accept the terms and conditions as posted at the time of use.

Use of communication forums

This Web site has or will contain threaded discussions, chat rooms, and other communication forums. By participating in any of these, you agree to send and receive messages that are both proper and related to the forum topic. The following actions are prohibited:

  • Defaming, harassing, threatening or otherwise violating the legal rights of others, including their privacy (see below);

  • Misrepresenting one's person, background, or character;

  • Posting any defamatory, infringing, obscene, false, or unlawful material;

  • Selling, advertising, or exchanging any goods or services unless expressly allowed;

  • Posting any material owned by a third party;

  • Posting private, personal information published without consent;

  • Posting any content that is off topic;

  • Posting content that violates any law, whether or not the violation is intentional.

Also, you agree to use any of King County forums at your own risk. While championing proper use of such forums, King County cannot guarantee that violations of the above will not occur.

Communications on this Web site may be moderated. Comments, posts, and communications that violate the above will be removed, and offending individuals may be denied future access to the Web site.

Right to Privacy

King County, as a government entity, conducts public business and its records related to the business of King County are generally available for public review. King County is committed, to the extent allowable by law, to protect and secure personal information contained in King County records. This privacy commitment must be balanced with the rights of public access under chapter 42.56 RCW, Washington Public Records Act, consistent with chapter 2.14 of the King County Code and any other applicable federal, state, and local statute or regulation.

The County's Privacy Notice is here.

Miscellaneous

These terms of use constitute the entire agreement between you and King County with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersede all previous written or oral agreements, if any, between you and King County with respect to such subject matter. These terms of use shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington as well as with all federal law and regulations, without regard to its conflict of laws provisions. You consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts in King County, Washington in all disputes arising out of or related to these terms of use and the use of this Web site. The invalidity of any term or provision of these terms will not affect the validity of any other term or provision. Waiver by King County of strict performances of any provision of these terms will not be a waiver of or prejudice King County's right to require strict performance of the same provision in the future or of any other provision of these terms. No waiver by either party of any breach or default hereunder shall be deemed to be a waiver of any preceding or subsequent breach or default. The section headings used herein are for convenience only and shall not be given any legal import. Comments or questions about this Web site or the terms of use should be directed to webmaster@kingcounty.gov.

Terms of use last updated on August 27, 2010. Copyright © 2010, King County.

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