Effective Date: September 19, 2012
Welcome to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ("SJC") website. Your privacy is one of our top priorities. The following policy applies only to the use of the SJC website. As you navigate the website, you may see links that, when clicked, will take you to websites external to the SJC. These websites, including those operated by other state courts and agencies, have individual privacy policies tailored to the interactions available through each site. We strongly suggest that you read the privacy policies for each website that you visit, and any external site that you visit through a link appearing at this site.
A Privacy Partnership
Your privacy with respect to the use of the SJC website results from a partnership between the SJC and you, the user. At this website, we attempt to protect your privacy to the maximum extent possible. However, we cannot ensure absolute privacy. This policy informs you of the information that we collect from you at this site, what we do with it and to whom it may be disseminated. Based on this information, you can make an informed decision about your use of this site. You can maximize the benefits of your privacy partnership with the SJC by making informed decisions 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 but not limited to your name, address, e-mail address, Social Security number or any combination of information that could be used to identify you.
Information Voluntarily Provided by You
This site collects voluntary information from you by means of surveys, e-mails or forms submitted through the website. All such information, including comments and e-mails sent by you to this site, will contain personally identifiable information.
Information Automatically Collected and Stored by this Site
This website employs the use of "Persistent Cookies." The purpose of these Persistent Cookies is to collect and aggregate data regarding the site's visitor activity in order for the SJC Website Administrator to continuously evaluate and improve its website services. You may elect to disable the Persistent Cookies. Please be advised that disabling the Persistent Cookies may affect your ability to view or interact with this website.
This site does collect and store your "Internet Protocol ('IP') address," (which does not identify you as an individual) indefinitely, 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 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.
Dissemination of Your Personally Identifiable Information
We do not sell any personally identifiable information collected through this website or submitted to the SJC in conjunction with using functions on the website, 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 website, its dissemination is governed by the Supreme Judicial Court Order Regarding the Protection of Personal Information and other applicable laws and regulations.
The information that you voluntarily submit will be disclosed only to the SJC and Commonwealth employees or officials, or those under contract with the Commonwealth, with a "need to know" for purposes of fulfilling their job responsibilities. The information will be used for such purposes as: answering your questions; responding to any requests for assistance; generating summary statistics about usage; aiding in the planning, design and development of the SJC website; and fulfilling the court's legal obligations. We will collect and aggregate the information you provide through surveys and through the website's collection of non-personally identifying analytics data for the purpose of improving this website by making it more responsive to customer needs. Where appropriate, we may provide the information you submitted voluntarily through an e-mail 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 communication.
Because information sent to the SJC is not encrypted, you should not send messages containing information that you consider highly sensitive to this website. We use standard security measures to ensure that information provided by you, including your personally identifiable information, is not lost, misused, altered, or unintentionally destroyed. We also use software 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 usage habits.
For questions about your privacy while using this website, please contact David Lucal, Chief Information Technology Officer, David.Lucal@sjc.state.ma.us.
Although you can prevent websites 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 websites.
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.