CoBWEB External Links Policy

 Purpose of CoBWEB

 

The purpose of the City of Berkeley website (“CoBWEB”) is to provide information about City services, laws, policies, and initiatives. CoBWEB is not intended to provide a forum for debate or public exchange of information, but rather is maintained for the exclusive use of the City of Berkeley to communicate with the public.

 A primary function of CoBWEB is to provide information about City government and City services to the public.  A secondary function is to make available to the public information provided by outside entities by providing information as to how those entities can be contacted or, in some cases, providing Links to their websites. This policy guides the creation of such Links.

Disclaimer

 Links from CoBWEB to other sites on the Internet do not constitute an endorsement, and the City is not responsible for the content, quality, or accuracy of any materials referenced or linked through the City of Berkeley’s Website. By using CoBWEB, the user acknowledges and accepts that the City of Berkeley is not responsible for any materials stored on other Internet sites, nor it is liable for any inaccurate, defamatory, offensive, or illegal materials found on other Internet sites, and that the risk of injury from viewing, hearing, downloading, or storing such materials rests entirely with the user. The City of Berkeley does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations, and disclaims any and all liability for their contents.

 General Links Policy

 General Criteria. Links to outside entities must provide a benefit to the City and persons using CoBWEB by:

 Links to Vendors. To avoid the perception that the City endorses or provides favorable treatment to any private person or business enterprise, the City does not allow corporate or commercial logos or direct Links to vendor sites.

Requests for Links. The City does not accept requests for placement of Links on CoBWEB .  Any City employee who receives a request to place a Link on CoBWEB shall state that requests are not accepted and refer the requestor to the City’s Public Information Officer (PIO). The PIO may obtain or accept relevant information from the requestor about the good or service it provides, and may then determine whether a Link to that requestor would comply with this policy and if so, whether or not to create such Link.

Links Potentially Permissible throughout CoBWEB. The following types of Links may be permitted throughout CoBWEB, subject to approval by the PIO, if they comport with the general policy set forth above.