City of Biloxi Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the City of Biloxi online. To keep the public updated on city issues, initiatives and events, the city uses a website, complemented by social media platforms (Facebook and YouTube), an email campaign (known as Bmail), and a texting service (B-Alert) for emergency advisories. To sign up for these free services, visit www.biloxi.ms.us/register/.)

 

City website

The city web site is designed to serve as a source of relevant information about the city and its many opportunities. The city makes every effort to keep information on the site accurate and timely.

The city website also employs an SSL certificate as well as steps to keep the site secure and reliable.

Your privacy is very important to us. Accordingly, our policy is to collect no personal information about you when you visit our site, unless you affirmatively choose to make such information available to us.

As far as the information that we do collect, when you visit https://biloxi.ms.us the web server automatically recognizes the internet domain and the IP address from which you accessed the site; the type of browser and operating system used to access the site; the date, time and duration of the visit; the pages visited; and, if you link to this site from another site, the address of that site.

This information does not result in the identification of your personal e-mail address or other personal information. The city tracks this information to help keep the site relevant and user-friendly. In short, this information helps us improve the site. Only cumulative information is collected, and your personal information is not identified.

The city’s privacy policy does not govern some links on the site. Those links are primarily to public agencies that serve Biloxi and the surrounding communities.

 

Bmail

As part of its online efforts, the City of Biloxi offers an e-mail news service about city events, projects and initiatives. Visitors to the Biloxi web site may sign up for this free service, known as “Bmail,” and must provide an e-mail address to receive this information. All news sent to subscribers is also posted on the web site. Subscribers can discontinue their subscription to the news service by clicking on a link at the bottom of every Bmail.

 

Social media

The city uses Facebook and YouTube channels to help relay information to the public. Facebook and YouTube have policies governing use of their platforms, and the city’s Public Affairs Division also monitors the social media platforms.

While social media platforms are designed to generate discussion and foster free speech, there are issues of decorum.

Generally, among the content that is prohibited:

  • Profane language or content.
  • Content that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination.
  • Sexual harassment content.
  • Solicitations of commerce or advertisements including promotion or endorsement.
  • Promotion or endorsement of political issues, groups or individuals.
  • Conduct or encouragement of illegal activity.
  • Information that may tend to compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems.
  • Content intended to defame any person, group or organization.
  • Content that violates a legal ownership interest of any other party, such as trademark or copyright infringement.
  • Making or publishing of false, vicious or malicious statements concerning any employee, the city or its operations.
  • Violent or threatening content.
  • Disclosure of confidential, sensitive or proprietary information.

Repeated attempts to post unacceptable content may result in individual violators being banned from posting on the city’s social media platforms.

 

B-Alert text messages

The city also uses a text messaging service to immediately transmit emergency traffic advisories and other timely information. The city provides the service at no cost to users, but rates may apply depending on your plan with your cellular service.  To receive text advisories: From your cell phone text BILOXI to 888777. To discontinue the service, reply STOP to any message from the city.

 

Questions?

If you have questions about the city’s online policies, contact City of Biloxi Public Affairs Manager Vincent Creel and Public Affairs Specialist Cecilia Dobbs Walton by emailing online@biloxi.ms.us.