Great Lakes Clean Communities Network Privacy and Terms Policies

This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their ‘Personally Identifiable Information’ (PII) is being used online. PII, as used in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with our website.

What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our website?

When registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, mailing address, areas of interest and expertise or other details to help you with your experience.

When do we collect information?

We collect information from you when you register on our site, subscribe to a newsletter, respond to a survey, fill out a form or enter information on our site.

How do we use your information?

We may use the information we collect from you when you register, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or other communication, browse the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:
      To personalize user’s experience and to allow us to deliver the type of content in which you are most interested.
      To improve our website in order to better serve you.
      To allow us to better service you in responding to your general inquiries or support.
      To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature.
      To send periodic emails regarding Network news and updates.

How do we protect visitor information?

Our website is scanned on a regular basis for security holes and known vulnerabilities in order to make your visit to our site as safe as possible. We do not use an SSL certificate. PII is not shared with third parties.

Do we use ‘cookies’?

We do not use cookies for tracking purposes. You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies through your browser settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser’s Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies. If you disable cookies, some features will be disabled that make your site experience more efficient and some of our services will not function properly.

Third Party Disclosure

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information.

Third Party Links

We do not endorse tools, case studies or other resources shared on our website. We do not offer third party products or services on our website.

Google

We have not enabled Google AdSense on our site. For more information about Google’s advertising requirements and principles, visit: https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en

California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA)

CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law’s reach stretches well beyond California to require a person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting personally identifiable information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals with whom it is being shared, and to comply with this policy. – See more at: http://consumercal.org/california-online-privacy-protection-act-caloppa/#sthash.0FdRbT51.dpuf

According to CalOPPA we agree to the following:

Users can visit our site anonymously. Once this privacy policy is created, we will add a link to it on our home page, or as a minimum on the first significant page after entering our website. Our Privacy Policy link includes the word ‘Privacy’, and can be easily be found on the page specified above. Users will be notified of any privacy policy changes on our Privacy Policy Page. Users are able to change their personal information by logging in to their account.

How does our site handle do not track signals?

We honor do not track signals and do not track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.

Does our site allow third party behavioral tracking?

We also do not allow third party behavioral tracking.

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)

When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under 13, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online. We do not specifically market to children under 13.

Profile Information

We encourage users on the Great Lakes Clean Communities Network website to connect with one another and establish professional relationships through the site and work together to help improve the Great Lakes. By default users can see your profile picture, name, and email. You can control some aspects of what other users are able to see by changing settings in your profile.

Other Terms and Policies

The GLCCN shall not be used to advertise products without express permission from the site administrator. User accounts and/or any posts, groups, or other activity may be deleted if found to be in violation of this policy. The GLCCN reserves the right to update or modify this policy at any time.

 

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us at:
Institute of Water Research at Michigan State University
101A Manly Miles Bldg
1405 S Harrison Rd
East Lansing, MI 48823
517-353-3742
Last Edited on 2015-9-15