Privacy Statement for the Butler County Area Courts Website

Butler County Area Courts operates a website on the Internet in order to provide services to the residents of the County. In providing these services, information about visitors to a website may be collected automatically or may be submitted by the website user. Butler County Area Courts recognizes the public's concerns about privacy on the Internet.

Notice / Awareness

Information Collected Automatically about the Computer Which Browses, Downloads Information from this Website, and Cookies Set by this Website.

We may collect and store information for statistical purposes. For example, we may count the number of visitors to the different sections of our site to help us make them more useful. This information does not identify you personally. The following information is automatically collected by your browser and is submitted to our server and is stored about your visit:

  • The Internet domain (for example, if you use a private Internet access account, our if you connect from a university's domain) and IP address (an IP or Internet Protocol address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are connected to the Internet) from which you access our website;
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our website;
  • The date and time you access our website;
  • The pages you visit; and
  • The address of the website which referred you to our website, for example a search engine or link from another website.

We use this information to help us make the site more useful to visitors - to learn about the number of visitors to our website and the types of technology our visitors use.

We occasionally use cookies to customize your visit to our website. Cookies are text files created by your browser, and they provide a method of distinguishing among visitors to our website. Cookies are stores on your computer and do not contain personally identifiable information. We use the cookie feature to store a randomly generated number that relates back to the preferences you make about an application on our server - for example, to search by parcel instead of by address. You can refuse the cookie or delete the cookie file from your computer at any time by using the tools provided by your browser or a third party piece of software. Your choice to refuse the cookie will not inhibit your access to any of the information available on the Butler County Area Courts website. Your acceptance of the cookie will serve to provide you with additional functionality in choosing the information you wish to view on a regular basis.

Personally Identifying Information Collected from E-mails or Web Forms

By sending us e-mail (electronic mail message) or filling out a web form, for example, a Contact Us form, you are sending us personal information (i.e., your name, address, phone number, e-mail address or other information). We store this information in order to respond to or process your request or otherwise resolve the subject matter of your submission.

Collection of Personal Information For Registration Purposes

By registering with our website, e.g., "The ePayment Center," personal information, such as name, address, parcel number and account number(s), as contained within the public records maintained by various county offices, e.g., the treasurer's and auditor's offices, is requested. This information is stored over a secure server and stored in encrypted format. We request and store this information in order to identify you and relate you to your information stored in county records.

Area Courts work with First Financial Bank to provide payment services that enable you to pay via the Internet with a credit card.  Credit card information is submitted directly by the user to  process the credit card payments. Butler County does not receive nor maintain any record of the website users' credit card or financial information. To learn more about the use of this registration information by these entities and the privacy statements regarding the use of their particular services, please visit their respective websites.

Passwords Used in Registration or Applications

In certain instances, you will have the opportunity to receive or create a password to access or submit personal information. You SHOULD NOT DIVULGE your password to anyone and Butler County employees WILL NEVER ASK YOU FOR YOUR PASSWORD in an unsolicited phone call or email. When you are finished with the sections of the website or applications that are password protected, you should close the browser window.

Information Subject to Disclosure Under the Public Records Act or Other Legal Requirements

Visitors should be aware that, subject to certain statutory exceptions, most documents and records are maintained by Butler County Area Courts, including but not limited to electronic data, are public records under Ohio Law. Therefore, information submitted through this website may be subjected to disclosure pursuant to a public records request.

Website Links to Other Sites Not Covered by Our Privacy Policy

Our website contains links to information and services located on websites maintained by other public agencies and private organizations. Once you access another website, you are subject to the privacy policy and terms of usage for that particular website. Butler County Area Courts is not responsible for the privacy of sites that are accessed from links contained on Butler County Area Courts's Website.

Butler County Area Courts is not responsible for credit card or other financial information submitted to First Financial Bank, Official Payments or any other entity accessed through the Butler County Area Courts Website. Butler County Area Courts does not receive, directly or indirectly, credit card information from the usage of the Butler County Area Courts Website link directing users to First Financial, Official Payments and/or other payment processors for the payment of county generated bills. After electronic payment is confirmed and processed by the auxiliary site, Butler County Area Courts receives notification of such payment and the user's account maintained through the county is credited accordingly.


Sharing Information with other Butler County Area Courts Departments or Agencies to Provide Services

We may share personally identifying information with other Butler County Area Courts departments or agencies in order to respond to your request.

Consequences of Failing to Provide Personally Identifying Information

If you choose not to provide us with your name or other information, it may be impossible for us to refer, respond to, or investigate the issue you are concerned about.


Getting Access to Information and Providing Corrections

Contact this department through the e-mail address/telephone number noted on our website and make a specific request for a copy of the information we have received online from you and have stored. If you find that this information is inaccurate or incomplete, you may provide us with verified accurate and complete information.


Information Transmitted by E-Mail Is Not Secure from Interception

If you choose to send us an e-mail, you should know that e-mail is not necessarily secure against interception, and may be subject to the disclosure requirements of the Public Records Act or other legal disclosure requirements.

Secure Transmission of Information

Butler County Area Courts maintains a secure server for the express purpose of collecting personal information from site visitors through an encrypted connection by using Secure Sockets Layer software (SSL) to the Internet. This server can be identified by address or by tools built into your browser. For example, a lock will appear in the lower corner of your browser during such secure connections. Your connection is not secure if the lock in the lower corner is not present.

We take very seriously the integrity of the information and systems that we maintain. Therefore, we have instituted security measures for all information systems under our control. These security measures are designed to identify attempts to tamper with this website. Information collected through these security measures may be used in connection with a criminal prosecution or other legal proceedings.

Disclaimer of Liability

With respect to information available from this website, neither the County of Butler nor any of its employees, make any warranty, expressed or implied, including the warranty of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Butler County Area Courts does not represent or warrant that information on the Butler County Area Courts Website is accurate, complete or current or that Butler County Area Courts will operate the website without interruption, without error, or without defect, bugs, viruses or any other harmful components.

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