The City of Gastonia, along with its divisions, affiliates and subsidiaries (collectively "Gastonia"), appreciates your interest in our city and your visit to this website. Your privacy is important to us and we want you to feel comfortable visiting our sites. The protection of your privacy in the processing of your personal data is an important concern to which we pay special attention during our business processes. When you visit our websites, our web server automatically records the name of your internet service provider, the website from which you visit us, the websites you actually visit and the date and length of your visit. Gastonia uses "cookies" to follow the preferences of our visitors and optimize our websites accordingly. A "cookie" is a small file stored on your computer by a website to give you a unique ID. Additional personal data is only stored if volunteered by you, for example, in the context of a registration, a survey, a contest or in execution of a contract. Gastonia will use your personal data for the sole purpose of technical administration of its websites, customer fulfillment and administration, product surveys and marketing, and only to the extent necessary in each specific case. You should also know any information provided to us becomes public record and that although we do not sell such information, it may be available to requesting parties. Gastonia uses technical and organizational security measures in order to protect the data we have under our control against accidental or intentional manipulation, loss, destruction, or against access by unauthorized persons.