Terms of use

King County and its partners adhere to the highest of web standards, protecting users' privacy, observing and championing net etiquette, linking externally without endorsement, and aiming for factual information throughout. To that end, here's a look at what we expect from users of our sites and what users can expect from us.

By visiting this site, users agree that they will not use it for any unlawful activity, or in any way that would violate the following terms and conditions.

This Web site is governed and construed by the laws of the State of Washington. Any use of the Web site shall comply with all King County, Washington and State of Washington laws and regulations as well as with all federal laws and regulations. Any lawsuit or claim arising from this Web site shall be brought in the King County Superior Court, Seattle, Washington.


This site links to external websites in the hope that users will find reference material on county-related subjects. Because King County and its partners cannot control those sites, we cannot be held responsible for content included in them. Moreover, in no way should an external link be considered any form of endorsement by King County or its partners.



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. Nevertheless, King County and its partners are committed, to the extent allowable by law, to protect and secure your personal information contained in King County records. This privacy commitment must be balanced with the rights of public access under Chapter 42.17 RCW (external link, Washington Public Disclosure Act) consistent with KCC 2.14.030 and any other applicable federal, state, and local statute or regulation.

This privacy notice does not apply to personnel files, job applications, court records, law enforcement investigation, regulatory investigation, assessor records, and recorded documents maintained by the Records, Elections, and Licensing Services division.

Information privacy

King County and its partners gather personal information when it is relevant and necessary to accomplish county business. We only obtain this information through legal means. When King County or its partners collect personal information from you, we:

  • Tell you why we are collecting this personal information;
  • Limit the amount of your personal information that we collect to that which is necessary for the stated purpose;
  • Take reasonable steps to use your personal information to the stated purpose;
  • Take steps to ensure that your personal information is accurate, complete and current;
  • Provide your personal information only to authorized King County employees and private contractors or public organizations on a need-to-know basis;
  • Do not sell or make your personal information available to others without your consent except when legally required, needed to complete your transaction with the county, or in an extreme emergency that presents a threat of serious injury or loss of life;
  • Retain personal information only as long as necessary to conduct county business or only to the extent required by law;
  • Dispose of personal information in a secure manner that prevents disclosure;
  • Take organizational, technological, and physical measures to securely safeguard personal information.

Information privacy specific to the Internet

We also collect information on our Web site, both anonymous and personal.

  • Anonymous information cannot be linked to a specific person, such as user hits, visits and sessions that we track by Internet service provider. We use this information to help us create a better overall experience for our Web site users.
  • Cookies are another example of anonymous information that we use. Web site cookies are small text files that are placed on a user's computer by a Web server. We occasionally use cookies to tailor information to the needs of a user's specific browser. Our Web servers are unable to determine any data about you nor does it do anything with these cookies.
  • Personal information collected on certain King County and partnership Web pages is data that you provide to us about yourself. Providing information to us on this Web site is purely voluntary. This information is used to better serve you. Should you choose not to provide information to King County or its partnerships on the Internet, you may provide this information to us in another way, such as visiting a county office during normal business hours or, for some county services, completing your business by mail or telephone.
  • When King County and its partnerships collect personal information from children using the Internet, it complies with the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (external link).

This site has links to other websites, including other government agencies, non-profit organizations and private businesses. When you link to one of these external websites, you are no longer on a King County or a partnership Web site and this privacy notice no longer applies. Instead, you are subject to the privacy notice of that Web site.

Review and correct your personal information

Upon written request to a specific King County agency, you may review personal information that the agency maintains about you and ask that agency to correct errors.

Upon written request to a specific King County agency, you may receive a written statement that generally identifies the known circumstances under which personal information in the agency's public records may be disclosed.

To find out more, contact King County at the e-mail address or telephone number listed below.

Contact information

For privacy inquiries, please contact King County by e-mail at PrivacyContact@kingcounty.gov or leave a telephone message at 206-205-6899.

Other King County privacy notices

Some King County or partner organizations may have privacy notices that are more restrictive than this information privacy notice. In that case, the organization's specific privacy notice takes precedence over this information privacy notice. For privacy inquiries specific to a King County organization's privacy notice, please contact that organization directly.

Updated: June 27, 2016