The Cape Cod & Islands Council is committed to respecting and protecting the personal privacy of its members and those who visit its web site. It is our policy to acquire personal information from users only by overt and voluntary means, only when it is in the interest of the user to provide it, and to utilize this information only for the purpose it was provided.
The information that follows explains the kinds of information the CC&IC web site collects, how it is used, the conditions under which it is made available to third parties and how information is maintained.
What information does this site collect?
This site collects anonymous data that is not indicative of and cannot be traced to an individual without the cooperation of their Internet Service Provider. This data includes information about the user's remote IP address, referral data (which page "linked" to the present request), the browser software's user-agent string, and the number of visits each month. This information is accepted passively through cookies and the HTTP headers that are sent from the user when requesting any file from the server.
Personally identifiable data is collected only by means of form interfaces on the site, into which the user must voluntarily enter the information requested. This information is requested only when it is necessary to accomplish the overt purpose indicated by the interface containing the form that requests it.
No attempt is made to covertly or "quietly" collect personally identifiable information, nor are cookies or any other tracking technology used for the purpose of coordinating information that a user may opt to enter in various interfaces on the site.
How does the CC&IC use the information it collects? The anonymous information collected is used to monitor the usage of this web site and the interests of those who use it. Data such as the volume of traffic to the server, the number of visitors a certain section of the site receives each month, or the most popular search terms are analyzed to derive general statistics about the site's reach and the audience's usage patterns.
Personally identifiable information is used only for the express purpose for which it was submitted. For example, if a user enters their contact information in an "event registration" form, the information will be used only to register the user for the applicable event.
With whom does the CC&IC share the information that is collected?
The CC&IC does not share personally identifiable information collected from web site visitors with anyone.
Reports, statistics, and other analyses of aggregate anonymous information may be shared within the organization or provided to third parties at the sole discretion of the Cape Cod & Islands Council. This information does not include any personally identifiable information.
Exception: the Cape Cod & Islands Council reserves the right to use all information at its disposal and to share this information with ISPs and other third parties as necessary to investigate any incident of misuse or abuse of its site, server, or information systems.
How does the CC&IC maintain the information it collects?
In most cases, personally identifiable information is not maintained. Information submitted through the web site is forwarded to the Council Service Center and is not stored on the domain server.
The CC&I News eMail List is maintained on our web server. This information is protected through the use of technologies and policies which limit and restrict access to our domain.
Personal contact information of content contributors (eg. event organizers) is posted only with the consent of the contributor. Email addresses of the contributors are obfuscated to reduce the risk of address harvesting.
Providing personal information is never a prerequisite for accessing any of the content or resources on this web site. Specifically, refusal to provide personal information via a Web interface will never result in a user being denied access to any on-line content or resource he would be able to access were the information submitted.
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