Privacy Policy


Thank you for visiting the City of Abbeville, South Carolina website and reviewing the Privacy Policy. We are committed to the privacy of the visitors to this website. This policy addresses the collection, use and security of information that may be obtained through use of the City of Abbeville website, and access to that information.

 Information Collected and How it is Used

During your visit to the City of Abbeville website, the city gathers and stores the following information about your visit. This information does not identify you personally.

  1. The Internet Protocol (IP) address and domain name used. The IP address is a number assigned to your Internet service provider or to your computer. We use the IP to direct Web site content to you. This address can be translated to determine the domain name of your service provider.
  2. The Web browser you used.
  3. The Operating system you used.
  4. The date and time you visited the website.
  5. The webpages or services you accessed at the website.
  6. The website you visited before coming to the City of Abbeville website.

This information is collected and analyzed by the City of Abbeville to improve the content of our web content and services.

Voluntary Information

The City of Abbeville website does not collect personal information unless the visitor voluntarily provides information by sending an email, completing an online form or online application. Examples of forms and applications on this website include:

  • Surveys used to gather public opinion and feedback
  • Requests for city services
  • Reports for an issue, problem or crime
  • Applications for employment or volunteer positions
  • Registration for city-sponsored classes or activities
  • Online applications used to complete services with the city

The voluntary personal information collected using online forms depends on the form or service you are conducting with the city. Any service available via online form can also be completed in person, via mail, via email, or via phone depending on the service, if you choose not to submit your information over the internet. The information collected may not be limited to text characters but might also include audio, video or graphic information formats. This information may be stored in a database or sent to city employees via email. We use the information collected to respond to your query or complete the service you have requested. We may also use information collected to improve our services. All information, including survey, email information, or form data may be shared internally with other departments within the extent permitted by law. The information will not be distributed externally except when complying with Freedom of Information Requests. Survey data, if released, will only be provided in an aggregated format.

The City of Abbeville does not:

  • Collect or sell information for commercial marketing;
  • Provide personal information to private organizations; or
  • Share any personal information with other agencies or persons if prohibited by law.

Some city projects involve collaboration with other local or state government agencies. Voluntary personal information submitted to the City of Abbeville to express interest in or make comments about such projects may be shared with the other agencies involved.

 Email and SMS Text Messaging Subscription Lists

The City of Abbeville website offers visitors the ability to subscribe to email and texting distribution lists. Visitors are free to unsubscribe should they not want to receive future communications from the city. A valid email address and/or phone number must be provided when subscribing or unsubscribing from lists. All other personally identifiable information is optional. Email and SMS lists are kept private and are not disclosable under the Open Records Act.

 Public Disclosure

In the state of South Carolina, there are laws to ensure that government is open and transparent. The public has a right to access appropriate records and information entrusted to the city government.

All of the information collected at the City of Abbeville website potentially becomes public record and may be subject to inspection and copying by members of the public unless an exemption in the law exists. Some state laws outside the Freedom of Information Act protect specific records. For example, Investigative records maintained by regulatory agencies and business and licensing boards may be exempt. Finally, specific federal law may govern whether certain information or documents may be disclosed. Careful legal research is required to evaluate each request for public records.

In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Policy and the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act or other law(s) governing the agency's disclosure of records, the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act or other applicable law(s) will control.


Cookies are small text files generated by the Web server and stored on the visitor's computer. Cookies can be read by the Web server to determine if a particular Web page has already been visited or when the visitor last accessed the website. An example would be for an online survey where a cookie could be used to tell the Web server that a particular visitor has already completed the survey. Cookies do not contain personal information and are not used to mine data.

 Security Information and Disclaimer

The City of Abbeville uses industry standard practices to safeguard the confidentiality of your personal identifiable information, including "firewalls" and encryption (Secure Socket Layer) technology. We employ many different security techniques to protect such data from unauthorized access. "Perfect" security however, does not exist on the Internet. Unless a particular Web page on the City of Abbevile website indicates that encryption technology is being used, the user should not assume that information submitted through that Web page to the City of Abbeville Web server will be treated as confidential. Visual cues (an unbroken key or locked lock) report to the visitor that the online service is secure through a given Web page. If a user submits information to the City of Abbeville's Web server through a Web page containing visual indicators of active encryption technology, the City of Abbeville will take all reasonable precautions to safeguard the confidentiality of such information, but shall nevertheless not be held liable for any injury caused by the disclosure of that information, whether caused by security breach, accident, inadvertence or any other act resulting in disclosure.

Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this Web site are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under all state Computer Trespass laws and federal statutes including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

Retention of Information

For specific information regarding the retention of information, please contact the City of Abbeville City Clerk's Office.


If you have any questions or comments regarding the City of Abbeville privacy policy, please contact us. The city may choose to amend the information in the privacy policy at any time without notice. Any substantial change in the way identifying information is used will be prominently displayed on the city's website.

Last Updated November 18, 2022