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Halifax, Massachusetts Web Site - Privacy Policy

Welcome to the Town of Halifax, Massachusetts web site. The following policy applies only to the use of the Town of Halifax web site. As you navigate the web site, you will see some links that, when clicked, will take you to external web sites operated by other agencies. External web sites may have individual privacy policies tailored to the interactions available through each site. The Town strongly suggests that you read the privacy policies for each web site that you visit through a link appearing at this site.

Your privacy with respect to the use of this website results from a partnership between the Town of Halifax and you, the user. At this website, the Town attempts to protect your privacy to the maximum extent possible. The Town's use and dissemination of the information you provide is governed by the Massachusetts Public Records Law, the Massachusetts Fair Information Practices Act, and laws relating to the confidentiality of tax, wage reporting, and child support information. Therefore, the Twon cannot ensure absolute privacy. If the information that you provide to the Town through this site is subject to the law, then it may be made available to the public by others who are subject to the law. This policy informs you of the information that the Town collects from you at this site, what the Town does with it, to whom it may be disseminated, and how you can access it. Based on this information, you can make an informed choice about your use of this site. You can maximize the benefits of your privacy partnership with the Town of Halifax by making informed choices about whether to share personally identifiable information with us through this site.

Personally Identifiable Information. The Town uses the term "personally identifiable information" to mean any information that could reasonably be used to identify you, including your name, address, e-mail address, Social Security number, birth date, bank account information, credit card information, or any combination of information that could be used to identify you.

Information Voluntarily Provided by You. This site collects voluntary information from you only through the e-mails (including the Contact Us Form) that you send through this site. E-mails sent by you to this site will contain personally identifiable information. While the Contact Us Form allows comments providing only a name and e-mail address, the IP address is also logged when your message is transmitted (see below).

Information Automatically Collected and Stored by this Site. This site does not currently collect "cookies", but does collect and store indefinitely your Internet Protocol ("IP") address, (which does not identify you as an individual), as well as information about the date and time of your visit, whether a file you have requested exists, and how many "bytes" of information were transmitted to you over the web from this site. The Town uses your IP address to assess the frequency of visits to this site and the popularity of its various pages and functions. IP addresses may also be used to help prevent a high number of multiple votes within the user poll system. The Town will not attempt to match any personally identifiable information that you provide to the Town with your IP address, unless there are reasonable grounds to believe that doing so would provide information that is relevant and material to a criminal investigation.

Dissemination of Your Personally Identifiable Information. The Town does not sell any personally identifiable information collected through this website. However, once you voluntarily submit personally identifiable information to us through an e-mail, its dissemination is governed by applicable laws and regulations.

The information that you voluntarily submit will be disclosed only to Town of Harvard employees or officials with a "need to know" for purposes of fulfilling their responsibilities. They will only use the information to answer your questions, respond to any requests for assistance, and fulfill the Town Of Harvard’s legal obligations. Where appropriate, we may provide the information submitted by you to the person or company that is the subject of your inquiry, or to a government agency responsible for the matters referred to in your communication.

Security. Because this site does not encrypt incoming e-mail, you should not send information that you consider highly sensitive through this website. The Town may use software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits.

Contact Information. Questions about this policy should be addressed to the Town Administrator's Office.

Hyperlink Policy. Some pages may provide external web site links to various community, regional, and governmental organizations that may be of interest to users of this web site. These links are provided as a courtesy for the convenience of the users. The Town of Halifax does not necessarily endorse these organizations, nor does it control the content of the linked web sites. The Town of Halifax reserves the right to deny any and all requests for links, and to sever existing links at anytime.

Policy changes. The Town will post substantive changes to this policy before they take effect. Any information the Town collects under the current privacy policy will remain subject to the terms of this policy. After any changes take effect, all new information the Town collects, if any, will be subject to the new policy.

Definitions:

Cookies are files that a website can place on your computer. A cookie file contains unique information that a website can use to track such things as your password, lists of web pages you have visited, and the date when you last looked at a specific web page, or to identify your session at a particular website. A cookie file allows the web site to recognize you as you click through pages on the site and when you later revisit the site. A web site can use cookies to "remember" your preferences, and to record your browsing behavior on the web. Although you can prevent web sites from placing cookies on your computer by using your browser's preference menu, disabling cookies may affect your ability to view or interact with some web sites.

An "Internet Protocol Address" or "IP Address" is a series of numbers that identifies each computer and machine connected to the Internet. An IP address enables a server on a computer network to send you the file that you have requested on the Internet. The IP address disclosed to us may identify the computer from which you are accessing the Internet, or a server owned by your Internet Service Provider. Because it is machine-specific, rather than person-specific, an IP address is not, in and of itself, personally identifiable information.


Web Site - Disclaimer

Acceptance

The use of the Town of Halifax website indicates your unconditional acceptance of the above disclaimers and statements. You further agree that the Town of Halifax and its Staff have no liability for direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, or consequential damages with respect to the information, services, or content contained on or otherwise accessed through this web site. You understand and agree that any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of this website is done at your own risk and discretion and that you will be solely responsible for any damages to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of such material.

The Town makes no claims or guarantees about the accuracy or currency of the contents of this website and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in its contents. No warranty of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and freedom from computer virus, is given with respect to this website or its links to other websites. The Town makes no promise or warranty to maintain or update this public service or information contained and made available to the public. The Town may suspend or discontinue this service at any time. The user assumes the risk of verifying any materials used or relied on.. All information and data on this website is subject to change without notice.

The by-laws found on the Town's are provided as a service to Town residents and other interested parties. The Town makes no promises or guarantees about the accuracy, currency, completeness or adequacy of the contents of these bylaws, and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in their contents. In any situation where the official printed publications of the Town differ from the text contained in this website, the official printed publications shall take precedence.

If misleading, inaccurate or otherwise inappropriate information is brought to our attention, a reasonable effort will be made to fix or remove it. Such concerns should be addressed to the webmaster.

The Town of Halifax’s web pages contain links to other World Wide Web sites on the Internet which are NOT under the control of the Town of Halifax. The Town of Halifax makes no representation concerning the contents of these sites, nor does the fact the Town of Halifax has provided such links serve, as an endorsement by the Town of Halifax to any of these sites. The Town of Halifax is providing these links only as a convenience to visitors of our site interested in information related to the topics presented on this site. Any linked sites for businesses, organizations or other community based Private or Non Profit groups are only provided for convenience and are not endorsed or supported by the Town of Halifax.

The Town of Halifax appreciates questions, comments, and any other feedback that will help us serve you better. If there is something that is not on this Web site that you feel we should provide; if you have suggestions on how to improve anything about this web site; or if you found something wrong with the information on this Web site, such as outdated or incorrect information, missing documents, or information located in the wrong place, please use the Send Us Comments link. Please be sure to include the URL of the page when reporting a problem.

Communications made through this site's e-mail and messaging system shall in no way be deemed to constitute legal notice to the Town of Halifax or any of its agencies, officers, employees, agents, or representatives, with respect to any existing or potential claim or cause of action against the Town or any of its agencies, officers, employees, agents, or representatives, where notice to the Town is required by any federal, state or local laws, rules, or regulations. Nor shall communications to the Town via this web site be deemed to constitute legal or official notice for any other purpose.

The Town has made the content of these pages available to the public and anyone may view, copy or distribute information found here without obligation to the Town, unless otherwise stated on particular materials or information to which a restriction on free use may apply. However, the Town makes no warranty that materials contained herein are free of Copyright claims or other restrictions or limitations on free use or display. We request only that the Town of Halifax be cited as the source of the information and that any photo credits, graphics or byline be similarly credited to the photographer, author or Town of Halifax, as appropriate.



 
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