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Privacy Policy:

The Barnstable County Water Utilities Association is committed to respecting and protecting the personal privacy of its members and those who visit our 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 BCWUA 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 BCWUA 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 our "membership application" form, the information will be used only to determine the user's eligibility for membership.

With whom does the BCWUA share the information that is collected?

The BCWUA 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 Barnstable County Water Utilities Association. This information does not include any personally identifiable information.

Exception: the Barnstable County Water Utilities Association 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 BCWUA maintain the information it collects?

In most cases, personally identifiable information is not maintained. Information submitted through the web site is forwarded to the BCWUA officers and is not stored on the domain server.

The Barnstable County Water Utilities Association 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 members is posted only with the consent of the member. Email addresses of the contributors may be 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/she would be able to access were the information submitted.

Policy Modifications and Deviations

We may modify this privacy policy and will post those changes here. If the privacy policy changes in the future, we will not use any personal information you have submitted to us under the current Privacy Policy in a manner that is materially inconsistent with this Privacy Policy, without your prior consent.

It may be necessary to deviate from this general policy in unique instances and for specific purposes. In such instances, a link will be provided to a description of the deviation. This link will be placed where it can be reasonably expected to be noticed prior to submitting any information for which this privacy policy is modified or exempted in any way.