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Massachusetts Export Center
Welcome to the Massachusetts Export Center's website.
applies only to the use of the Massachusetts Export Center's website; other
websites operated by state agencies have different policies. We strongly suggest that you
read the privacy policies for each Commonwealth 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 this
results from a partnership between the Commonwealth and you, the user. At this
we attempt to protect your privacy to the maximum extent possible. However, because some
of the information that we receive through this website is subject to 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 Commonwealth 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, phone number, e-mail address, or any
combination of information that could be used to identify you.
Information Voluntarily Provided by You.
This site collects voluntary information through the e-mails and online forms that you send through this site. E-mails
sent by you to this site will contain personally identifiable information.
Information Automatically Collected and Stored by this Site. This site does not
collect "cookies", but 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 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. However, once you
voluntarily submit personally identifiable information to us through an e-mail, its
dissemination is governed by the Public
Records Law, the Fair
Information Practices Act (Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 66A),
Executive Order 412, 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.
In addition, the information that you voluntarily submit will be disclosed only to
Commonwealth employees or officials with a "need to know" for purposes of
fulfilling their job responsibilities. They will only use the information to answer your
questions, respond to any requests for assistance, and fulfill the Commonwealth's legal
obligations. Where appropriate, we may provide the information submitted by you 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.
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 this site does not encrypt incoming e-mail, you should not
send information that you consider highly sensitive through this website. We use standard
security measures to ensure that your personally identifiable information is not lost,
misused, altered, or unintentionally destroyed. We also use software programs 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.
Special Protections Against Misuse Of Personally Identifiable Information Within
Commonwealth Offices. In 1999, then-Acting Governor Swift issued Executive Order 412, which
enhanced the privacy protection given to any information about you as a named individual
held by the Executive Department of state government. Executive Order 412 limits
the collection and dissemination of personally identifiable information within the
Executive Department. This site complies with Executive Order 412, so all
of the personally identifiable information that you submit to this site is given the
privacy protections set forth in Executive Order 412.
Policy changes. We will post changes to this policy at least 30 days before they
subject to the terms of this policy. After any changes take effect, all new information we
collect, if any, will be subject to the new policy.
Contact Information. For questions about your privacy while using this
please contact Paula Murphy at email@example.com.
Cookies are files that a
website can place on
your computer. A cookie file contains unique information that a website 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
A cookie file allows the website to recognize you as you click through pages on the site
your preferences, and to record your browsing behavior on the Web. 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
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.
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