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Privacy Policy: Your Privacy is Important to Us!

A Privacy Partnership.

Your privacy with respect to the use of this site results from a partnership between the Trial Court Law Libraries and you, the user. At this Web site, we attempt to protect your privacy to the maximum extent possible. However, because some of the information that we receive through this Web site is subject to the Public Records Law, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 66, Section 10, we cannot ensure absolute privacy. Information that you provide to us through this site may be made available to members of the public under that law. This policy informs you of the information that we collect from you at this site, what we do with it, to whom it may be disseminated, and how you can access it. Based on this information, you can make an informed choice about your use of this site. You can maximize the benefits of your privacy partnership with the Law Libraries by making informed choices about whether to share personally identifiable information with us through this site.

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, telephone number, e-mail address, Social Security number, birth date, bank account information, credit card information, or any combination of information that could be used to identify you.

Information Voluntarily Provided by You

This site collects voluntary information from you through two forms, Legal Reference and Document Delivery, and through any e-mails you choose to send to us.

Forms

This site collects voluntary information from you through forms posted at this Web site. Forms may collect personally identifiable information you voluntarily submit, such as name, e-mail address or phone number, so that we may contact you for follow up to your question. Once your question has been answered, the question is archived to aid us in developing we resources. A compilation of similar questions may be posted on our website in the form of Frequently Asked Questions, but will not contain any personally identifiable information.

E-mail

Any e-mail messages sent by you to this site will contain personally identifiable information such as your e-mail address and any other information you choose to give us to help us answer your inquiry. These messages are archived to aid us in developing web resources.

Information Automatically Collected and Stored by this Site

This Web site does not use "cookies".

This site does collect and store indefinitely your "Internet Protocol ("IP") address," (which does not identify you as an individual), as well as information about the date and time of your visit, whether a file you have requested exists, and how many "bytes" of information were transmitted to you over the Web from this site. We use your IP address to assess the frequency of visits to this site and the popularity of its various pages and functions. We do not attempt to match any personally identifiable information that you provide to us with your IP address.

Dissemination of Your Personally Identifiable Information

We do not sell any personally identifiable information collected through this Web site or submitted to us in conjunction with using functions on the Web site, and there is no direct or online public access to the information. However, once you voluntarily submit personally identifiable information to us related to your use of the Portal, its dissemination is governed by the "Public Records Law," the "Fair Information Practices Act" (Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 66A) and other applicable laws and regulations. For this reason, part or all of the information you send us may be provided to a member of the public in response to a public records request. There are pieces of information that are not considered public for the purposes of a public records request. For more information on types of data exempted from disclosure under the Public Records Law please read the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Guide to the Massachusetts Public Records Law. For specific information about the records created when you borrow a book, please see Confidentiality of Patron Records.

In addition, we sometimes answer your questions through the use of databases provided by outside vendors. In those instances, your e-mail address will be submitted through their database so that information can be sent directly to you. No other information is sent to these vendors.

Your Access and Opportunity to Correct

The "Public Records Law" and the "Fair Information Practices Act" provide you certain rights to get information about you that is in our records. To learn more about the circumstances under which you can get and correct this information, please click on the above references to these laws.

Security

Because information sent through our forms and e-mail is not encrypted, you should not send messages containing information that you consider highly sensitive to this Web site. Library staff makes no attempt to identify individual users or their usage habits.

Contact Information

For questions about your privacy while using this Web site, please contact Electronic Resources Librarian Meg Hayden at meg.hayden@gmail.com.

Definitions:

Cookies are files that a Web site can place on your computer. A cookie file contains unique information that a Web site can use to track such things as your password, lists of Web pages you have visited, and the date when you last looked at a specific Web page, or to identify your session at a particular Web site. A cookie file allows the Web site to recognize you as you click through pages on the site and when you later revisit the site. A Web site can use cookies to "remember" your preferences, and to record your browsing behavior on the Web. Although you can prevent Web sites from placing cookies on your computer by using your browser's preference menu, disabling cookies may affect your ability to view or interact with some Web sites.

An "Internet Protocol Address" or "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 the file that you have requested on 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. Because it is machine-specific, rather than person-specific, an IP address is not, in and of itself, personally identifiable information.