Thank you for visiting our website. We believe strongly in protecting your privacy and we want you to know how we intend to do that and how we strive to provide security for any information that you may provide. The following policy applies only to the use of the Beta Foster Care website.
Personally Identifiable Information
We use 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, date of birth, bank account information, credit card information, or any combination of information that could be used to identify you.
This website does not collect "cookies." Cookies are considered personally identifiable information. They are specific identification 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 webpages you have visited, and the date when you last looked at a specific webpage. A cookie allows the website to recognize you as you click through the pages on a site and later revisit the site.
Information Collected and Stored Automatically
If you simply browse our website and do not send any information directly to us, then we collect only statistical information that cannot be used to identify you. Our server logs track the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of individuals who view our webpages, the names of the specific pages viewed, whether a file you requested exits and how many bytes of information were transferred to you over the web from the site, the date and times of such access, the referring site, and the type of browser used. An 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 a file you have requested over 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 (ISP). Because it is machine specific, rather than person specific, an IP address is not, in and of itself, considered personally identifiable information. We will not attempt to match any personally identifiable information that you provide to us 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.
Information Voluntarily Provided by You
This site collects voluntary information from you only through e-mails and feedback you send through this site. E-mails and feedback sent by you to this site will contain personally identifiable information. Dissemination of Your Personally Identifiable Information We do not sell any personally identifiable information collected through this website. However, once you voluntarily submit personally identifiable information to us through and e-mail or feedback, its dissemination is governed by the Public Records Law (G.L. c. 66, §10 and G.L. c. 4, §7, cl. 26), the Fair Information Practices Act (FIPA) (G.L. c. 66A), Executive Order 412, and other applicable laws and regulations, such as those dealing with Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) (G.L., c. 6, §§172, 172a and 175) and Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse or Neglect (G.L. c. 119, §§51A and 51B). For this reason, all or part or the information you send to this website may be provided to a member of the public in response to a public records request. In addition, the information that you voluntarily submit will be disclosed only to Commonwealth employees, contractors, or officials with a "need to know" for purposes of fulfilling their job responsibilities. They will only use the information to answer your questions, respond to any requests for assistance, and fulfill the Commonwealth'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 communications.
Your Access and Opportunity to Correct
The Public Records Law (G.L. c. 66, §10 and G.L. c. 4, §7, cl. 26) and the Fair Information Practices Act (G.L. c. 66A) provide you with certain rights to obtain information about you that is in our records. To learn more about the circumstances under which you can get and correct this information, please see those laws.
Because the site does not encrypt incoming e-mails, you should not send information or make contacts to this website that you consider highly sensitive. We use standard security measures to ensure that your personally identifiable information is not lost, misused, altered or unintentionally destroyed. We also 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 individual usage habits.
For questions about your privacy while using this website,
please E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org