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Privacy Notice and Disclaimer

General

The website of the Lake County Florida Clerk of The Circuit Court ("the Clerk") is offered to you, the user ("User"), conditioned on acceptance of the terms, conditions, and notices contained herein, without modification. Access to this website constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions. If you do not wish to consent to the terms, conditions and notice contained herein exit this system now.

This website is provided as a public service. Government personnel and the general public may use this system to review and retrieve publicly available information. User agrees to use this website as permitted by applicable local, state, and federal laws. User agrees, therefore, not to: 1) knowingly and without authorization, alter, damage, or destroy the Clerk's or another user's computer system, network, software, program, documentation or data contained therein; 2) use this service to conduct or attempt to conduct any business or activity or solicit the performance of any activity that is prohibited by law. In addition, taking action which results in blocking access to this website by other users is unauthorized.

User understands that any changes made to his or her personal computer or systems based on recommendations provided by the Clerk’s Office or any affiliates/partners are made at the User’s own risk and may affect the performance or operation of other programs or of the User’s entire system. Users should confer with their technical support before making changes to assure that such changes are in compliance with their policies and that they will not adversely affect computer performance.

Anyone using this system expressly consents to administrative monitoring at all times. You (User) are further advised that system administrators may provide evidence of possible criminal activity identified during such monitoring to appropriate law enforcement officials. If you (the User) do not wish to consent to monitoring, exit this system now.

 

Privacy Policy

The Constitution of the State of Florida provides that public records that are not exempt or confidential are open for public inspection (Article I, Section 24). The Florida Constitution also recognizes the right of an individual to be free from unauthorized governmental intrusion into the person's private life (Article I, Section 23). In recognition of these policies, the Clerk has established this Internet Privacy Policy. When you use this website, you are acknowledging that personal information you provide is subject to Florida's Public Records laws as stated in Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, and Article I, Section 24 of the State Constitution. You do not have to give us personal information to visit our website, download our publications, use our e-mail communications, or use any other feature. We collect no personal information about you when you visit www.lakecountyclerk.org, www.lakecountyclerk.com, www.lakecountyclerk.net, or www.clerk.lake.fl.us unless you choose to provide this information to us. We may use the information that you voluntarily provide to us to notify you of selected content changes or new publications. We may also use it to conduct statistical analyses of user activities in order to measure user interest in the information we provide and how we provide it. However, we do collect and store some non-personal information automatically.

What We Collect and Store Automatically:

  • Name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, xcompany.com, if you use a private Internet access account, or your school.edu if you connect from an educational institution's domain).
  • The page from which you came and the pages that you access.
  • Date and time you access the website.
  • Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our website.
  • Your system's IP (Internet Protocol) address.
  • The type of browser and operating system you used to access our website.

We use this information to count the number of and types of visitors to the different pages on our website and to help us make our website more useful to visitors like you.

Privacy of Information in Public Records

Information under the stewardship of the Clerk is public and is governed by Florida Statutes (e.g., chapter 119 and section 295.186) and Rules of Judicial Administration (2.051), as well as by other orders, such as the Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order AOSC03-49.

All public records are available at the Lake County Courthouse located in Tavares, Florida.

Certain images in the Official Records may contain Social Security Numbers. F.S. 119.0721 prohibits institutions from filing documents containing certain information, such as Social Security Numbers, but does not prohibit the Clerk from recording such documents when presented in the Clerk’s Office. Pursuant to F.S. 119, any person has the right to request the Clerk/County Recorder to redact/remove his or her social security number, from an image or copy of an Official Record that has been placed on such Clerk's/Recorder's publicly available Internet website.

The request must be legibly written, signed, and delivered in person or by mail, facsimile, or electronic transmission to the Clerk/County Recorder. The request must specify the identification page number that contains the social security number. Forms are available in our office, or your may download the form by following the link below. No fee is charged for this service.

Download/Open the request form: Request form for Social Security or Account Number Removal

Additionally, F.S. 28.2221 provides that images of the following types of documents may not be placed on a "publicly available Internet website"

  • Military Discharge
  • Death Certificates
  • Court files, records of paper relating to matters or cases governed by
    • The Florida Rules of Family Law
    • The Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure
    • The Florida Probate Rules

Any "affected person" may request that the Clerk/Comptroller or Recorder remove an image of one of the above-listed documents from a "publicly available Internet website.” This request must be in writing and may be delivered in person, by mail, electronically, or by facsimile. The request must specify the identification page number of the document to be removed. Forms are available in our office upon request, or you may download the form by following the link below. No fee is charged for this service.

Download/Open the request form: Request form for Image Removal

Florida law requires that images and copies of the above-listed documents remain on file and available to the public upon request in the Office of the Clerk/County Recorder.

Site Security

When you use your credit card, debit card, or on-line checks to do business on the Clerk’s website, we protect the integrity and privacy of your account information with advanced technologies. However, even with advanced technologies, it is not always possible to prevent unauthorized access or unauthorized disclosure. The Clerk makes no representation and assumes no responsibility or liability concerning the accuracy of the information or for any loss which might result to the user by the use of this website. Please be aware that in the event unauthorized access, unauthorized disclosure, third party intervention, or any loss occurs due to error, omission, or inaccurate information being displayed on this website, the Clerk reserves the right to recover any unpaid fees.

Disclaimer

In preparation of these pages, every effort has been made to offer the most current, correct, and clearly expressed information possible. Nevertheless, inadvertent errors in information may occur. The Clerk makes no representation regarding the completeness, accuracy, or timeliness of such information and data or that such information and data will be error-free. In the event that the information on the Clerk's official printed documents differs from the information contained on this website, the information on the Clerk's official printed documents will take precedence. The information, data, and materials may change over time without notice. However, the Clerk makes no commitment to update the information, data, or materials contained herein. Please be aware that in the event an error or omission occurs, the Clerk will use all of its resources to recover usage fees due to it. Users should take the appropriate precautions to verify all information by reviewing the official version of all documents upon which they plan to rely.

In particular but without limiting anything herein, the Clerk disclaims any responsibility for typographical errors and accuracy of the information that may be contained on its web pages. The services, information, and data made available at the Clerk's website are provided "as is" without warranties of any kind. The Clerk makes no representations or warranties whatsoever regarding the quality, content, completeness, adequacy, sequence, accuracy, timeliness of information and data, condition or functionality, its suitability for use, or that this web service will be uninterrupted or error-free. The information and data included on the Clerk's servers have been compiled by the Clerk's staff from a variety of sources, and are subject to change without notice to the User. The entire risk as to the results and performance of any information obtained from the Clerk’s website is entirely assumed by the user recipient. Any person who uses any information available from the Clerk's website AGREES THAT THERE ARE NO REMEDIES FOR BREACH OF WARRANTY OR CONTRACT INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES

  • Indemnity
    As a condition of use of the Clerk's website, the User agrees to indemnify the Clerk, its officers, employees and agents against any and all liability, expenses (including attorney's fees) and damages arising out of claims resulting from User's use of this website, including without limitation any claims alleging facts that if true would constitute a breach by User of these terms and conditions

  • Disclaimer of Damages
    By using the Clerk's web pages, the User assumes all risks associated with the use of this website, including any risk to User's computer, software, or data being damaged by any virus, software, or any other file which might be transmitted or activated via the Clerk's website or User's access to it. The Clerk shall not in any event be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, special, incidental, or consequential damages, including, without limitation, lost revenues, or lost profits, arising out of or in any way connected with the use or misuse of the information or lack of information on the Clerk's website or with the delay or inability to use this website, or from any information, documents, services, software, or other material obtained through this website, or otherwise arising out of the use of this website, whether based on contract, tort, strict liability or otherwise, even if the Clerk's Office and/or any of its employees/affiliates has been advised of the possibility of damages. The Clerk shall not be liable for any loss or injury caused in whole, or in part, by its actions or omissions, or by contingencies beyond its control, including in procuring, compiling, or delivering the information, or arising out of any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies in the information regardless of how caused, or arising out of any user's decision, or action taken or not taken in reliance upon information furnished.

  • Disclaimer of Association with User
    User acknowledges that no joint venture, partnership, employment or agency relationship exists between the User and County as a result of this Agreement or use of this website. User agrees not to hold himself or herself out as a representative, agent, or employee of the Clerk's Office and the Clerk shall not be liable for any representation, act or omission of the User.

Links to Third Parties

There are links and pointers to third party Internet websites (hyperlinks) on the Clerk's website. These hyperlinks are not under the Clerk's control. The Clerk does not assume any responsibility or liability for any information, communications or materials available at such linked websites, or at any link contained in a linked website. The Clerk does not intend these third party links to be referrals or endorsements of the linked entities by the Clerk's Office; they are provided for convenience only. The Clerk makes no warranty, or guarantee, or promise, express or implied, that the information, data, or material accessible via the hyperlinks on the Clerk's Office website is either accurate, complete, up to date, or fit for any use whatsoever, nor represents or implies that its use will not infringe privately held rights. Furthermore, any person who accesses information, data, or material via hyperlink text on the Clerk's Office website assumes all risk and agrees that there are no remedies for breach of warranty or contract including, but not limited to indirect, consequential, punitive, or incidental damages.

Use of Bulletin Board

To the extent that this website contains or may in the future contain bulletin boards, discussion webs, chat rooms, or other message, interactive or communication facilities involving the Clerk and other users ("Forums"), the User agrees to use such forums only to send and receive messages and material that are proper and related to the particular forum. By way of example, and not as a limitation, the User agrees that when using a Forum, the User shall not violate the law by:

  • Defaming, abusing, harassing, stalking, threatening or otherwise violating the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others.
  • Publishing, posting, distributing, or disseminating any defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, or unlawful material or information.
  • Uploading or downloading files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy or publicity) unless the User owns or controls the rights thereto or has received all necessary consents.
  • Deleting any author attributions, legal notices or proprietary designations or labels in any file that is uploaded.
  • Falsifying the origin or source of any material contained in a file that is uploaded.
  • Knowingly introducing viruses, corrupted files or any other similar software or programs that may damage, alter or destroy this website or the operation of another's computer system, network, software, program, documentation or data contained therein.
  • Knowingly accessing or attempting to access or use the Clerk's computer system, computer network, or any part thereof, including this website, for the purpose of devising or executing any scheme or artifice to defraud; obtaining money property or services by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations or promises; or committing theft, including but not limited to theft of proprietary information.

User agrees to (as available) send and receive electronic mail, engage in conferences and chats, download and upload files, and otherwise use this website only as permitted by these terms and conditions, any additional policies or procedures published in this website from time to time by the Clerk, and applicable law.

The Clerk reserves the right to remove any contents of this website received from users for violations of the Clerk's Office use policies and other applicable regulations and law, including violations of others' constitutional rights. The Clerk reserves the right to edit any notices or postings for length if and when such length interferes with other users' access to and use of this forum.

The User acknowledges that chats, conferences, bulletin boards, discussion webs and any other such interactive or communications' forums hosted by this website are public and not private communications. Further, the User acknowledges that chats, posting conferences, discussion webs and other communications by other Users are not endorsed by the Clerk, and such communications shall not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by the Clerk.

Cookies

In order to process some transactions (or in the future to customize content specific to your geographic area or interests), we use cookie technology. A cookie is data that is stored on your computer's hard drive or is stored temporarily by our system. This data allows your browser to communicate with our Web servers. We use the cookie to track your journey only through the Clerk's website, consistent with federal guidelines for federal agencies. When your transaction is completed, the cookie is saved on your PC. The cookies on this website do not track web users when they visit other websites nor remember them when they return to this website. You may choose to reject all cookies by modifying your browser preferences. However, if you do not accept cookies, you will not be able to use some of our functions that require their use.

E-Mail Addresses

Florida Law has a very broad Public Records Law. Most written communications to or from State and Local Officials regarding State and Local business are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your E-Mail communications, including your E-Mail address, may therefore be subject to public disclosure.

Under Florida law, E-Mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your E-Mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact the Clerk's office by phone or in writing.

Jurisdiction

This Agreement is governed by the laws of the State of Florida, USA. User consents to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of courts in Lake County, Florida, USA, in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of this website. Use of this website is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these terms and conditions, including without limitation this paragraph.

The Clerk's performance of this Agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process and nothing contained in this Agreement is in derogation of the Clerk's right to comply with law enforcement requests or requirements relating to the User's use of this website or information provided to or gathered by the Clerk with respect to such use.

Severability

If any part of this Agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitation set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the Agreement shall continue in effect.

Closing of Agreement

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the User and the Clerk with respect to this website and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral, or written, between the User and the Clerk with respect to this website. This Agreement shall be deemed to include all other notices, policies, disclaimers and other terms contained in this website; provided, however, that in the event of a conflict between such other terms and the terms of this Agreement, the terms of this Agreement shall control. A printed version of this Agreement and of any notice given in electronic form will be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this Agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form.
Any rights not expressly claimed or granted herein are reserved.