MSPCC Privacy Policy

At the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC), we are committed to protecting the privacy and security of the users of our site.  This Privacy Policy will tell you what information we collect, how it is used, and what your choices are.  Please read this policy carefully.

1. What personal information does MSPCC collect?
You may use most of the MSPCC site without providing any personal information.

Sometimes we do need information to provide services that you request.

When providing personal information via e-mail to the site, please remember that e-mail messages can be viewed by other Internet users while in transit.

If you have individualized information to communicate, please use the appropriate secure on-line form or contact the necessary party using traditional means such as phone or mail.

You may be asked to provide personal information, such as demographic information, if you choose to complete any of the on-line forms used for event registration, special events and promotions, appointment requests, and to provide feedback.  The information required to complete the transaction is noted on the form.  Additional questions may be included to help us improve the services we offer.  If you prefer not to enter your personal information on the web site, please call MSPCC at (617) 587-1500.

Only authorized MSPCC staff who need the information you provide to perform a specific task have access to your information.  All MSPCC staff are required to attend training on Privacy and Confidentiality.

2. In what ways is the collected information used?
MSPCC currently discloses personal information you provide on the Web only to process credit card information or as required by law, and has no current plans to make other disclosures of such information.  We will notify you through this on-line policy if there are any changes.  Requested information on voluntary forms is used to provide the services that you request, such as registration for events, mailing of publications, and so forth.  MSPCC may occasionally provide statistics to third parties related to the number of visitors who use the site.  These statistics do not provide personally identifiable information.

3. Does MSPCC use "cookies" to collect user information?
"Cookies" are small computer files that a web site can transfer to your computer.  Examples of information we collect include how often someone visits our site and their activities while on our site.  We use this information in the aggregate to understand how our visitors as a group use different resources.  These reports do not contain any personally identifiable information.  Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but you can set your browser to refuse them or to alert you when they are being sent.

You can access the information on the MSPCC web site without having cookies enabled in your browser.

4. Are there advertisements on MSPCC web site?

MSPCC does not accept advertisements on its web site.

5. How does MSPCC handle privacy internally?
MSPCC wants your personal information to remain as secure as possible.  Accordingly, we prevent unauthorized access via secure firewall and use of security infrastructure to protect the integrity and privacy of the personal information you provide to us.  As an additional security measure, your personal information is also encrypted during transmission by Secure Socket Layer 128-bit encryption software (encryption is a common method used to transmit sensitive data across the Internet. Encryption temporarily makes the text unreadable during the time it is being transmitted over the Internet).

Please note that for encryption to work, your browser must be Netscape or Internet Explorer version 4.0 or higher.

6. Which web pages and web sites does this policy apply to?

This Privacy Policy applies only to the MSPCC web site.  The MSPCC site does contain links to other sites.  Please be aware that this policy does not apply to sites that MSPCC links to.  We encourage you to read the Privacy Policies on any other sites before providing them with personal information.

7. Your Consent.
By using the MSPCC web site, you agree to acceptance of this Privacy Policy.  We may occasionally need to make changes to our Privacy Policy, to reflect changes in our site and address new issues.  Changes will be posted here, so please refer to this policy regularly.

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