1. Information about Our Organization and Web Site
  2. Providing Users with Anonymous Access
  3. Automatic Collection of Information
  4. Use of Cookies
  5. Data Collection and Purpose Specification
  6. Services and Links of the Town Web Site
  7. Children’s Privacy
  8. Disclosure and User Choice
  9. Confidentiality and Security
  10. Services and Links through the Town Web Site
  11. Access, Review, and Correction of Personally Identifiable Information
  12. Privacy Compliance
  13. Notification of Changes


Information about Our Organization and Web Site

Modern information and communication technologies play a fundamental role in the activities of the Town of Upper Marlboro. We are committed to protecting your personal privacy and providing a safe and secure online experience. That is why the Town has created the strong privacy and safety protections described in this policy.

The Town is located in Prince George’s County, Maryland, USA. We are comprised of representatives elected or appointed by the citizens of the Town, approved volunteers, and persons hired by the Town to provide specific services. This privacy policy covers only the Town of Upper Marlboro domain www.UpperMarlboroMD.gov. Links to any external web service from this site are covered by the respective privacy policy of that service’s site.

Providing Users with Anonymous Access

You may access the Town’s Website and read Web pages without disclosing personally identifiable data.

Automatic Collection of Information

The Town logs general or anonymous data about all users of the Website using automated programs. We collect this information for the purpose of website administration, research, development, customer administration and marketing. The Town also links to information logged by external services, such as Internet and software Service Providers. This information includes but is not limited to:

• The Internet domain and IP address from which you access the Town Web site
• The type of browser and operating system reported by the browser you use to access the website
• The date, time, and duration of your visit
• The Web pages you view and how long you view them
• If you link to the Town’s Web site from another Web site, the address of that Web site (the referrer).
• If you search the Town Web site, the search words or phrases you use and the results of the search.
• Any information you voluntarily provided while accessing the Town’s Web services.

Use of Cookies

A user may always decline to have cookies installed on their browser device. Consult your Web browser or software for information on how to set various levels of security. If a user rejects a cookie, they may still use much of the Website, however, without a required cookie, the user may be unable to access certain areas or services of the Website.

Data Collection and Purpose Specification

The Town may require you to provide certain personal information to complete a specific transaction while using services on the Website. This information may be required in order to provide you with specific services, such as your E-mail address in order to post a message to a discussion board. You may choose not to provide this information, however, if you choose not to provide it, we will be unable to provide services that require that information, and you will have to complete your transaction either in person or by mail.
The Town does not collect personal information about users of the Website from external sources, such as public records or bodies, or private organizations, unless otherwise mentioned herein. We do not collect or use personal data for any purpose other than that indicated in this policy statement. If the Town wishes to use your personal data for new purposes, you are offered the means to consent to those purposes by writing to the Town Clerk, 14211 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.

Services and Links of the Town Web Site

The Town Web site may enable you to communicate with other users or to post information to be accessed by others, such as discussion boards or forums. When you do so, other users may collect your personal data. These boards and forums link to social network services. Upon submission of your comment, you are agreeing to that comment being subject to the privacy policy of those specific service providers. Currently these providers are Facebook and Twitter.

The Town Website allows you to choose to have the town newsletter delivered to you by email using an external service. By providing your email address for this purpose, you are agreeing to the privacy policy of Mailchimp.

Children’s Privacy

We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable data from children. The Town does not take specific steps to protect the privacy of children who disclose personally identifiable information other than to remove said data as described in this privacy policy. The Town does not provide information about personally identifiable data practices in relation to children on the home page, or on those pages on the Web site where personally identifiable data may be voluntarily collected.

Disclosure and User Choice

The Town will disclose personal data, if required by law.

The Town will not sell your personal data to any third-party organization.

The Town may disclose personal data to internal organizations or third parties in the employ of the Town for Town purposes only. These companies will not retain, share, store or use personal data for any secondary purpose. When we disclose your personal data for these purposes, you are provided with the means to opt-out of said disclosure by writing to the Town Clerk, Town Administrator, 14211 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772. Where the Town may disclose your information for purposes other than those mentioned, you are offered the opportunity to consent to such disclosure.

Confidentiality and Security

We do not offer the option of using a secure transmission method to send the Town personal data. Please do not post your name, contact details, credit card numbers, passwords or any other sensitive personal information.

The Town has implemented security policies, rules and technical measures to protect the personal data that the Town has under its control from unauthorized access, improper use, improper disclosure, unauthorized modification, unlawful destruction or accidental loss
All Town employees, volunteers, and data processors who have access to and are associated with the processing of personal data, are required to respect the confidentiality of personal data. The Town ensures that your personal data under our control will not be disclosed to State institutions and authorities, except if required by law or other regulation.

Every effort is made to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of information, the Town cannot completely assure that personal data that we collect will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this privacy policy. Inadvertent disclosures may result for example, when third parties successfully misrepresent their identities.

Services and Links through the Town Web Site

The Town Website may enable you to communicate with other users or to post information to be accessed by others, such as discussion boards. When you do so, other users may collect data that you provide during these activities.

The Town Website contains links to external sites. Please be aware that the Town is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. The Town encourages our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each website that collects personally identifiable information. The Town’s privacy policy applies solely to information collected by the Town’s website.

Access, Review, and Correction of Personally Identifiable Information

You can ask the Town whether we are keeping personal data about you by writing to the Town Clerk, 14211 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772. The Town will provide you with a readable copy of the personal data about you kept by the Town within 30 days upon receiving your letter, although we may require additional proof of your identity. The Town will provide the information without any charge.

You may challenge the data from your visits to the Website that the Town holds about you and, where appropriate, you may have these data:

• Erased
• Rectified or amended
• Completed

Under certain circumstances, the Town may reserve the right to refuse to provide users of the Website with a copy of their personal data, but you will be given reasons for any refusal. The Town allows you to challenge our decision to refuse to provide you with a copy of your personal data by writing to the Town Clerk, 14211 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.

Privacy Compliance

This privacy policy statement of the Town is in full compliance with applicable County, State, and Federal laws as of April 1, 2007.

Notification of Changes

If the Town decides to change this privacy policy, those changes will be posted on this Web page so that our Website users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

If at any point the Town decides to use your personal data in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, users will be notified by E-mail. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.