Information We Collect
The information we collect generally falls into two categories: (1) personal information you provide voluntarily, such as when you provide us with your information to learn more about MarylandCAN, when you provide a donation to us, or when you register to help in our fundraising efforts, join our listservs, or receive our emails, such as our campaign updates, our weekly news roundup, or our monthly research roundup, and (2) tracking information we may collect as you navigate through the website.
Please see the section below captioned “How You May Opt Out of Our Information Uses” regarding your right to ask us not to use your information for certain purposes.
We may ask for your name, the name of your organization, mailing address, email address, telephone number, credit or debit card information, and other personal information. We use this information to customize your online experience, provide you with personalized email and direct mail messages about MarylandCAN and help us improve the website.
We also use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the website, solve technical problems, track user movement and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use for reporting and sponsorship purposes. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.
How Your Information Will Be Used
We will use the information we collect from and about you for various purposes including responding to your requests, such as any request to join our news roundup or research roundup listservs, providing you with additional information about MarylandCAN, improving our website, customizing your experience on our website, processing donations, and monitoring postings on any bulletin board, blog, or chat areas we may make available to you. Our primary goal is to provide you with a customized experience and all information necessary for you to gain a full understanding of MarylandCAN and the services we offer. We also reserve the right to share your email address among our national and state affiliates in the 50CAN network to keep you informed of similar education reform opportunities that may also be of interest to you.
How Your Information Will Be Shared
We value your privacy and will not sell your personal information to third parties. However, we may share your information with third parties under limited circumstances, such as:
We may share your information with third-party service providers, such as AuthorizeNet, who help us operate and maintain our website or deliver our services. Any third-party service provider with whom we share your information will be contractually restricted from using or disclosing your personal information for any purpose other than as necessary to provide the services for which the information was disclosed.
For Legal Purposes
We will release information when we believe we are legally required to do so, such as in response to a court order or subpoena. We may also be required to release information if we are purchasing or selling a business, although in such cases your information would normally be covered by a non-disclosure agreement.
We may disclose to third parties, such as our partners, sponsors or donors, non-personally-identifiable aggregate statistics, such as overall patterns or demographic reports, regarding user behavior as a measure of interest in, and use of, our website and marketing materials. Aggregate disclosures will not describe or identify any individual user.
Our website may offer its users the opportunity to share their own content – for instance, on blogs or message boards. If you choose to use these features, you should be aware that any personal information you submit through these features can be read, collected, or used by other viewers of these features and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. Please note that MarylandCAN is not responsible for the personal information you choose to submit via these features.
Users of our website should also be aware of the following:
We use e-mail links located on this website to allow you to contact us directly via e-mail. We use the information provided in your e-mail to respond to your questions or comments. We may also store your comments for future reference.
How You May Opt Out of Our Information Uses
You cannot opt out of our use of your information for legal purposes or to respond to a request that you initiated.
Updating or Correcting Your Information
Please let us know if any information you have provided to us is incorrect or incomplete, and we will use reasonable efforts to update or correct it promptly.
We have put in place appropriate physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security, and correctly use the information we collect. We maintain a secure process to collect, transmit, and store your personal information.
If we introduce password-protected features, we urge you to keep any online password we may provide you in a safe place and not to disclose it to anyone. Also remember to sign out and close your browser window when you have finished your visit, especially if you are sharing a computer with someone else or are using a computer in a public place, such as a library or Internet cafe.
This website is not directed to children under the age of 13 and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13 on our website. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received personal information from a visitor under the age of 13 on our website, we will delete the information from our records.