1. What Information Does the Service Collect?
(a) Information You Provide to Us
Personal Information. On the Service, we may ask you to provide us with personally identifiable information, which is information that identifies you personally, such as your first and last name, e-mail address, and home address (“Personal Information”), except that Personal Information does not include information derived from public records. We may collect this information through various forms and in various places on the Service, including contact us forms, or when you otherwise interact with the Service.
(b) Information Collected or Stored As You Access and Use the Service
In addition to any Personal Information or other information that you choose to submit to us via our Service, we and our third-party service providers may use a variety of technologies that automatically (or passively) store or collect certain information whenever you visit or interact with the Service (“Usage Information”). This Usage Information may be stored or accessed using a variety of technologies that may be downloaded to your personal computer, browser, laptop, tablet, mobile phone or other device (a “Device”) whenever you visit or interact with our Service. To the extent we associate Usage Information with your Personal Information we collect directly from you on the Service, we will treat it as Personal Information.
This Usage Information may include:
- certaom anonymous, aggregated usage statistics (including “page views” on this website);
- demographic data in forms that do not reveal your identity or confidential information, except as required by law, as needed in connection with legal proceedings, or unless we have received your consent, or for overall statistical compilation regarding the aggregate use of our site properties;
- your IP address, UDID or other unique identifier (“Device Identifier”). A Device Identifier is a number that is automatically assigned to your Device used to access the Service, and our computers identify your Device by its Device Identifier;
- your Device functionality (including browser, operating system, hardware, mobile network information);
- the URL that referred you to our Service;
- the areas within our Service that you visit and your activities there, including remembering you and your preferences;
- your Device location;
- your Device characteristics; and
- certain other Device data, including the time of day, among other information.
We may use various methods and technologies, including cookies, to store or collect Usage Information (“Tracking Technologies”). Tracking Technologies may set, change, alter or modify settings or configurations on your Device.
(c) Information Third Parties Provide About You
2. How Do We Use the Information Collected?
Please note that information submitted to the Service via a “contact us” or other similar function may not receive a response; we will not use that information so provided to contact you for marketing purposes unrelated to your inquiry unless you agree otherwise.
3. How and When Do We Share Information with Third Parties?
(a) When You Request Information From or Provide Information to Third Parties
You may be presented with an option on our Service to receive certain information directly from third parties or to have us send certain information to third parties or give them access to it. If you choose to do so, your Personal Information and other information may be disclosed to such third parties and all information you disclose will be subject to the third-party privacy policies and practices of such third parties. In addition, third parties may store, collect or otherwise have access to your information when you interact with their Tracking Technologies, content, tools, or apps on our Service or link to them from our Service. This may include using third-party tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or other third-party posting or content sharing tools and by so interacting you consent to such third party practices. We are not responsible for the privacy policies and practices of such third parties and, therefore, you should review such third-party privacy policies and practices of such third parties prior to requesting information from or otherwise interacting with them.
(b) Third Parties Providing Services on Our Behalf
We may use third-party vendors to perform certain services on behalf of us or the Service, such as hosting the Service, designing and/or operating the Service’s features, tracking the Service’s activities and analytics, and enabling us to perform other administrative services. We may provide these vendors with access to user information, including Device Identifiers and Personal Information, to carry out the services they are performing for you or for us. Third-party analytics and other service providers may set and access their own Tracking Technologies on your Device and they may otherwise collect or have access to information about you, potentially including Personal Information, about you. We are not responsible for those third party technologies or activities arising out of them. However, some may offer you certain choices regarding their practices, and information we have been informed of regarding such choices is available below. We are not responsible for the effectiveness of or compliance with any third parties’ opt-out options.
(c) To Protect the Rights of MassCEC and Others
To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, we may also disclose your information if we believe in good faith that doing so is necessary or appropriate to: (i) protect or defend the rights, safety or property of MassCEC or third parties (including through the enforcement of this Policy, our Terms of Service, and other applicable agreements and policies); or (ii) comply with legal and regulatory obligations (e.g., pursuant to law enforcement inquiries, subpoenas or court orders). To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, we have complete discretion in electing to make or not make such disclosures, and to contest or not contest requests for such disclosures, all without notice to you.
(d) Affiliated Organizations and Agencies
We may share your information, including your Device Identifiers and Personal Information and Usage Information, with affiliated organizations and agencies. We also reserve the right to disclose and transfer all such information to a subsequent owner, co-owner or operator of the Service or applicable database or successor agency or organization.
(e) Public Records Law.
Notwithstanding anything else in this policy, the information that we receive through this website is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, General Laws Chapter 66, Section 10 (“Public Records Law”). Information that you provide to us through this site may be made available to members of the public under that law.
4. What About Information I Disclose Publicly Or To Others?
(a) Information You Provide via Social Media
Information you provide to us on official MassCEC social media accounts is subject to the privacy policies of those third party social media websites, except as follows. The Records Retention Law of the Commonwealth requires MassCEC to preserve records created or received by any MassCEC employee. Pursuant to this retention requirement comments posted or messages received via an official state agency page on a third-party website (such as an official agency profile on a micro-blog such as Twitter) will be treated as state governmental records and may be permanently archived. Information that you submit voluntarily through social media sites associated with this agency where such information is publicly available, including your name, city or town, and the substance of anything that you post is not Personal Information and may be disseminated further by being posted online at this website or be publicly discussed by a member of the administration. In addition, any statements you or other third parties make on or via such social media sites are statements of the authors of such statements and do not necessarily reflect MassCEC’s views; the publication of such statements on or via this website is not an endorsement by MassCEC of such statements.
5. Do Third-Party Content, Links To Third-Party Sites, and/or Third-Party Apps Appear on the Service?
The Service may contain content that is supplied by a third party, and those third parties may collect Usage Information and your Device Identifier when pages from the Service are served to you. In addition, when you are on the Service you may be directed to other services that are operated and controlled by third parties that we do not control. We are not responsible for the data collection and privacy practices employed by any of these third parties or their services and they may be tracking you across multiple sites and may be sharing the results of that tracking with us and/or others. For example, if you “click” on a link, the “click” may take you off the Service onto a different site. These other sites may associate their Tracking Technologies with you, independently collect data about you, including Personal Information, and may or may not have their own published privacy policies.
Third-party applications may also be available via the Service. The owners of these applications (“Third-Party Owners”) may collect Personal Information and other data from you and may have their own policies and practices. We are not responsible for how Third-Party Owners or their applications collect or use your information and they may be tracking you across multiple sites and may be sharing the results of that tracking with us and/or others. These Third-Party Owners may have their own terms of service, privacy policies or other policies and ask you to agree to the same. We are not responsible for these third-party privacy policies or the practices of Third-Party Owners. Be sure to review any available policies before submitting any personally identifiable information to a third-party application or otherwise interacting with it and exercise caution in connection with these applications. We also encourage you to note when you leave our Service and to review the third-party privacy policies of all third-party locations and exercise caution in connection with them.
6. How Do I Remove my Information From the Solar Map?
MassCEC’s solar map displays only information contained in public records or derived based on those public records. No Personal Information is displayed on the Solar Map. If you own a residential property that is displayed on the map, and wish to remove from the map the data for that property (other than the address), please contact MassCEC at: GIS@masscec.com. The information you send in this request will be maintained and used solely for the purpose of effectuating or verifying this request.
7. What Should Parents Know About Children?
We understand the importance of protecting children’s privacy in the interactive world. We are a general audience service and do not use the Service to knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of thirteen (13) that requires parental notice and consent under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) without such parental consent. If you are a child under 13 years of age, you are not permitted to use the Service and should not send any information about yourself to us through the Service.
In the event that we become aware that we have collected personal information from any child, we will dispose of that information in accordance with COPPA and other applicable laws and regulations. If you are a parent or guardian and you believe that your child under the age of 13 has provided us with personal information without COPPA-required consent, please contact us here.
8. What About Security?
We endeavor to incorporate commercially reasonable safeguards to help protect and secure your Personal Information. However, no data transmission over the Internet, mobile networks, wireless transmission or electronic storage of information can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Please note that we cannot ensure the security of any information you transmit to us, and you use our Service and provide us with your information at your own risk.