Privacy Policy

Benton County Privacy / Security Statement

Benton County reserves the right to amend this policy at any time without notice.

The Collection & Use of Information/Traffic Analysis

If you only browse through the website, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. Only the following information is automatically collected and stored about your visit:

  • The Internet domain (for example, "" if you use a private Internet access account, or "" if you connect from a university's domain) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our website;
  • The type of web browser and operating system used to access our site;
  • The date and time you access our site;
  • The pages you visit;
  • If you linked to our website from another website, the address of that website;

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

Personal Information & Choice / Electronic Government

You may choose to provide us with personal information, by sending us an email message containing your comments or questions or by filling out a form with your personal information. We use this information to improve our service to you or to respond to your request. Your message may be forwarded, as email, to other Benton County agencies and employees who may be better able to help you. We only share the information you give us with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency, or as otherwise required by law. Benton County does not use personal data you provide for commercial marketing.

Public Access Information & Disclosure of Information to Third Parties

Several state and federal laws protect the privacy of the information we collect about you. Benton County does not disclose personally identifiable information you provide online unless authorized by State, federal law or with your (written) permission.

You may decline to participate in any activity that asks for information (for example, surveys or emails). Your choice to not participate will have no effect on your ability to access information on the County's websites.

Use of Cookies

To better serve you, we occasionally use "cookies" to customize your browsing experience. Cookies are simple text files stored by your web browser when you first visit a website. They provide a method of distinguishing among visitors to the websites. Cookies are used to identify a web user and may also be used to track a user's browsing habits. Web browsers normally accept cookies, unless the user has specifically turned the capability off.

Online Services - Electronic Government

The County strives to make conducting County business as convenient as possible. Online payment transactions for Benton County are handled by third party websites. Some of these third party sites require you to provide personally identifiable information such as your name and/or mailing address. These third party sites may also require credit card or bank account information for payment purposes. While the third party websites may collect or store your credit care or bank account information, Benton County does not collect or store credit card or bank account information. Benton County assumes no liability for how the third party website utilizes your information.