Privacy Policy

Welcome to the official website of The Maine Beaches Association (MBA). MBA has created this privacy policy to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy for our website users. Because visitors to our website are essential, we do not capture personal information without their permission. We endeavor to collect only the minimum amount of non-personally identifiable information needed to meet the purposes for which the website was created. Please note that this policy might change from time to time, so please check back here periodically.

USE OF THIS POLICY

MBA is the official tourism promotional organization for York County, Maine and operates this website through funding from the Maine Office of Tourism (MOT), a government agency for Maine. State and local government agencies may have their privacy statements posted on their sites, which take precedence over this policy. This site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that neither MBA nor MOT is not responsible for the privacy practices of other such sites. We encourage our visitors to be aware when they leave our site, read the privacy policies of individual sites, and be cautious about providing personally identifiable information without a clear understanding of how the information will be used.

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE

All information collected on the themainebeaches.com website will be treated the same as any written communication and is subject to the confidentiality and public disclosure provisions of 1 MRSA Chapter 13.

We may collect some or all of the following information about visitors who view or download information from our website:

  • URL – Uniform Resource Locator (URL) of the themainebeaches.com Web site resource requested by the Web site visitor.
  • Date – Date of the URL request.
  • Time – Time of the URL request.
  • Client IP – Internet Protocol (IP) address of the Web site visitor that made the URL request.
  • Server IP – The IP address of the TheMaineBeaches.com Web site.
  • Status – Response code indicating the result of the URL request.
  • Bytes Sent – Amount of data sent from the Web server to the Web site visitor for the URL request.
  • Bytes Received – Amount of data sent from the Web site visitor to the Web server for the URL request.
  • User Agent – Type and version of the Web site visitor’s software that made the URL request.
  • Protocol Version – The version of HTTP used by the Web site visitor’s software that made the URL request.
  • Referrer – URL of the resource that referred the Web site visitor to the requested URL.

The information we collect is used to improve the content of our web services and help us understand how people are using our services. We analyze our website logs to continually improve the value of the materials available on our site. The information in our web site logs is not personally identifiable, and we do not attempt to link it with the individuals that browse our web site. Some of this statistical information, such as a running count of the number of visitors, may be displayed on the web site.

PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION

“Personally identifiable information” is information about a person that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. It includes, for example, an individual’s name, street address, email address, or phone number.

Personally identifiable information will not be collected unless you voluntarily send an email message, fill out and send an online form, or fill out personal information and send in a survey. Your choice not to participate in these activities will not impair your ability to access certain information or obtain a service. Unless specifically protected under state law, any information provided may be inspected by the public or disclosed in a legal proceeding.

DISTRIBUTION POLICY OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION

Unless otherwise required by law, MBA intends to limit the scope of distribution of personally identifiable information. However, on occasion, MBA will distribute user’s names, physical addresses, and other related demographical information from individuals or businesses (hereinafter “Information”) to the following parties to aid further promoting growth in state tourism:

  • INTERNAL USE – At MBA’s discretion, MBA may use the information for aggregate analysis beyond fulfilling the transaction for which the information was supplied. At MBA’s discretion, information may be shared from time to time within the Maine Office of Tourism for MBA purposes.
  • CONTRACTORS – At MBA’s discretion, information may be supplied to MBA contractors for MBA purposes.
  • MAINE TOURISM ENTITIES – Name, physical mailing addresses (Street or PO Box, City, State, Postal Code, and Country) and survey data such as season of interest, the month of interest, activities of interest, and source of the request, entered by visitors into this web site may be provided to MBA’s tourism-related partners for follow-up mailing of vacation-planning information only. A MBA representative may contact you as part of MBAs ongoing customer service evaluation; or when you have expressed an interest in a particular service offered by MBA. A MBA representative may also contact you via email with announcements regarding new features on this website, marketing surveys, or special offers that match your interests. All MBA E-messages offer an address to opt-out of any further mailings. MBA intends that the information provided through this process will be utilized by the receiving entities described above for purposes designed to promote The Maine Beaches as a travel destination. The Maine Beaches Association retains the right to cease sending information through this process to any and all of the receiving entities described in the section above at any time, whether for cause or convenience.

The Maine Beaches Association is not responsible for the distribution policies of its partners.

  • EMAIL MESSAGES – Any email messages sent to The Maine Beaches Association will be treated the same as written communication and may be subject to public inspection, legal disclosure, and archiving before they are destroyed. Email or other information requests sent to the themainebeaches.com Web site may be maintained to respond to a request, forward a request to the appropriate agency, or provide the Web site developer with feedback.
  • ELECTRONIC FORMS – Information provided by the visitor through electronic forms will be considered voluntarily provided and will be treated in the same manner as information provided in written or verbal form. This information may be shared with another state agency for appropriate action and may be subject to public inspection, legal disclosure, and archiving before it is destroyed.
  • SURVEYS – Surveys will be used for the purpose stated. If personally identifiable information is collected, it may be subject to public inspection, legal disclosure, and archiving before it is destroyed.
  • COOKIES – To better serve the Web site visitor, cookies are used in some areas of the Web site to track general user trends. Cookies are small files that a Web server requests Web browsers to store and send to the same Web server in the future—usually to provide the Web site visitor a “personalized” or “persistent” browsing experience. Cookies are not used to store personally identifiable information.
  • IMAGES – The images on this site are for on-screen viewing only. They may not be copied, reproduced, manipulated, or used in any way, for personal or commercial use, without express written permission of The Maine Beaches Association, stating rights granted and terms thereof. The unauthorized use or reproduction of a photograph constitutes copyright infringement and violates federal copyright law.

DISCLAIMER

The Maine Beaches Association makes every effort to ensure that published information is accurate and current. No officer or employee of The Maine Beaches Association warrants the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information published on the downeastacadia.com website, nor endorses any products or services linked from this system, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information. Portions of the information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on information obtained from this system does so at their own risk.

CONTACT INFORMATION

To offer comments about the themainebeaches.com website or information presented in this Privacy Statement, contact the themainebeaches.com webmaster.

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