PRIVACY POLICY

Welcome to the official web site of the Maine Beaches Association (MBA). MBA has created this privacy policy in order to demonstrate our firm commitment in privacy for our web site users. Because visitors to our website are important, we do not capture personal information about them 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

The Maine Beaches Association is a not-for-profit organization, not a  State and local government agency. This site may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that MBA is not responsible for the privacy practices of other such sites. We encourage our visitors to be aware when following a link that leaves this site and to 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.

PRIVACY STATEMENT
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 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 Version of HTTP used by the Web site visitor’s software that made the URL request.
Referrer URL of 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 website logs is not personally identifiable, and we make no attempt to link it with the individuals that browse our website. Some of this statistical information, such as a running count of the number of visitors, may be displayed on the website.

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, e-mail address, or phone number.

Personally identifiable information will not be collected unless you voluntarily send an e-mail 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, it is the intent of MBA 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 DEPARTMENT AND INTRA-AGENCY USE
    At MBA’s discretion, beyond fulfilling the transaction for which the Information was supplied, MBA may use the Information for aggregate analysis for Department purposes. At MBA’s discretion, Information may from time to time be shared within the Department of Economic & Community Development, of which the MBA is a part, for MBA purposes.
  • DEPARTMENT 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, month of interest, activities of interest and source of 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. Unless required by law, MBA will not distribute visitor’s e-mail addresses or telephone numbers to any outside marketing services or organizations. A MBA representative may contact you as part of MBA’s on-going 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.

MBA retains the right to cease sending Information through this process to any and all of the receiving entities described in section above at any time whether for cause or convenience.

MBA 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 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. Any email addresses submitted by the visitor to the Web site will not be used by third parties for marketing purposes.

ELECTRONIC FORMS

Information provided by the visitor through electronic forms will be considered to be 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

In order 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 and 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.

Unauthorized use or reproduction of a photograph constitutes copyright infringement and is a violation of federal copyright law.

We maintain a library of images to accompany editorial coverage. Please visit our Media Room section to request images be sent either by removable media (CD ROM, thumb drive, etc.) or via email.

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 themainebeaches.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 any information obtained from this system does so at his or her own risk.

CONTACT INFORMATION

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