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Linking Policy

The City permits the establishment of external hyperlinks on its official website only if the links strictly comply with this policy. In establishing and maintaining its official website, the City does not intend to create any forum or other means for public discourse. Rather, the sole and limited purpose of the permitted external links is to provide information about the City and its government for residents, businesses and visitors.

Purpose and Disclaimer

The City does not endorse or provide preferential treatment to any third party websites or associated organizations or persons. Additionally, the City does not control third party sites and therefore does not warrant that third party sites are accurate or, reliable, or that they have operational links.

Linking Criteria

Consistent with the foregoing purpose, it is the City’s policy to limit external links to the following:
a) Other governmental agencies;
b) Entities with which the City has an existing formal, contractual relationship;
c) Entities or events that receive funding from the City or are otherwise sponsored by the City;
d) Entities that contribute to City initiatives and that the City wishes to acknowledge;
e) Applications that use datasets from DataSF.org;
f) the City’s Chamber of Commerce and the San Francisco Travel Association; and
g) Webpages that provide free access to traffic and weather information for San Francisco.

In addition, the City reserves the right, at any time and without notice, to:
a) Deny a link that does not meet the criteria set forth in this policy;
b) Deny or discontinue an external link at any time if the website provides or promotes false, slanderous, illegal, infringing or incorrect information;
c) Deny or discontinue an external link at any time if a substantial purpose of the linked website is to support or oppose a candidate or ballot measure;
d) Remove any external link if the nature of the organization to which the link relates no longer complies with the City’s external link policy;
e) Revise this policy without prior notice when the City considers such revision to be in its best interests.