Effective: July 11, 2014
Welcome to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development's (EOLWD's) website. Your privacy is one of our top priorities. The following policy applies only to the use of the EOLWD website and its reporting agencies. Other websites operated by other Massachusetts 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.
In particular, please note that, although EOLWD's blog appears to be part of this site, it is hosted by a third-party provider, Wordpress. EOLWD's blog at http://jobs.blog.state.ma.us/ is intended to facilitate an ongoing dialogue between the public and EOLWD. While we encourage your comments, ideas, and concerns, please note that when visiting the blog, you are subject to the terms and conditions of the third-party provider.
A Privacy Partnership.
Your privacy with respect to the use of this website results from a partnership between EOLWD and you, the user. At the EOLWD website, we attempt to protect your privacy to the maximum extent possible. However, because some of the information that we receive through the EOLWD website 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 the EOLWD website 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 the EOLWD website, 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 decision about your use of the EOLWD website. You can maximize the benefits of your privacy partnership with EOLWD by making informed decisions about whether to share personally identifiable information with us through the EOLWD website.
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, email 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.
The EOLWD website collects voluntary information from you through surveys, online forms, any emails sent to the EOLWD website, and comments posted on pages hosted by the EOLWD website (such as blogs or wikis). All such information, including comments and emails sent by you to the EOLWD website may contain personally identifiable information.
While the EOLWD website is intended as a medium for disseminating information from state agencies, if you need to contact a state agency that is part of the EOLWD website, you should use the contact information for that state agency posted on its website.
Information Automatically Collected and Stored by the EOLWD website.
The EOLWD website employs the use of "Persistent Cookies." The purpose of these Persistent Cookies is to collect and aggregate data regarding the EOLWD website’s visitor activity in order for EOLWD to continuously evaluate and improve its website services, including on the mass.gov Portal EOLWD website or affiliated websites such as our Jobs Blog hosted at http://jobs.blog.state.ma.us/ (collectively, the “Offerings”). 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 the EOLWD website.
The EOLWD website 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 the EOLWD website. We use your IP address to assess the frequency of visits to the EOLWD website 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. The one exception is that when you fill out information in a form on mass.gov, we do receive your IP address along with this submission. We do not use this form-related IP address information unless it may be relevant and material to a criminal investigation.
Usage Data and Known Persistent Cookies
The EOLWD website uses (or may use) the following tools (each a “Tool” and collectively, the “Tools”):
Tool Name: Google Analytics™
Purpose: Collect information about use of the EOLWD website
Data Collected: Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit the EOLWD website, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites they used prior to coming to the EOLWD website.
Express Opt Out: N/A
Special Notes: N/A
Tool Name: ForeSee™ provided by ForeSee Results
Purpose: ForeSee is a survey tool that collects voluntary information from you through surveys posted at the EOLWD website
Data Collected: Surveys may collect personally identifiable information you voluntarily submit, such as name, email address, or phone number, so that we may contact you for follow up to your question, concern, or recommendation
Express Opt Out: You can opt out of ForeSee collecting information via the survey by declining to participate in the survey when the invitation pops up on the EOLWD website. If you do opt out of completing the survey or you have completed a survey, ForeSee uses a persistent cookie so that it does not offer the survey to you again when you revisit the EOLWD website.
Tool Name: Twitter™ widget
Purpose: Display various Twitter feeds on the EOLWD website
Data Collected: The Twitter widget uses Twitter’s persistent cookie(s) to allow you to retweet from and access other Twitter functions related to your account. Twitter accesses this cookie on every page where the Twitter widget is displayed. This could allow Twitter to determine which websites you have visited.
Express Opt Out: 1) https://support.twitter.com/articles/20169421
2) You are not required to log in to your Twitter account (if you have one) to use the EOLWD website.
Special Notes: 1) Twitter may personalize your user experience on Twitter based on what pages you have visited that contain a Twitter widget.
Tool Name: Facebook™ “Like” widget
Purpose: Allows user to “Like” a web page and also displays whether user has already “Liked” the web page.
Data Collected: The Facebook widget uses Facebook’s persistent cookie(s) to determine whether you have “Liked” a page. Facebook accesses this cookie on every page where the Facebook “Like” widget is displayed. This could allow Facebook to determine which websites you have visited.
Express Opt Out: You are not required to log in to your Facebook account (if you have one) to use the mass.gov portal.
Additional General Information Related to Tools
Links to Social Media Sites
Certain links on mass.gov (whether integrated with Tools or otherwise) Tools facilitate interaction with third-party social media sites. Accessing third-party social media functions (whether through a Tool or otherwise) may require you to log in to your social media provider, and that social media provider may plant a persistent cookie on your web browser to keep you logged in. Any interaction with any such social media provider (whether through a Tool or otherwise) is subject to such social media provider’s site policies, and such provider may plant one or more additional persistent cookies on your web browser as a result of your interaction with it.
Online Forms on Mass.Gov
Dissemination of Your Personally Identifiable Information.
We do not sell any personally identifiable information collected through the EOLWD website or submitted to EOLWD in conjunction with using functions on the EOLWD 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 EOLWD website, its dissemination is governed by the “Public Records Law,” the “Fair Information Practices Act” (Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 66A), Executive Order 504 , 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, such as credit card numbers, TIN, username, or password 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 Public Records Law.
In addition, the information that you voluntarily submit will be disclosed only to 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, auditing applications and detecting fraud, aiding in the planning, design, and development of the EOLWD website, and fulfilling EOLWD's legal obligations.
We will collect and aggregate the information you provide through surveys and through the EOLWD website’s collection of non-personally identifying analytics data for purposes of market research to improve the Offerings by making them more responsive to customer needs. Where appropriate, we may provide the information you submitted voluntarily through an email 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.
EOLWD provides this website as a public service to provide immediate access to EOLWD information. While EOLWD makes every effort to keep the information on the site accurate, current, and reliable, we can make no guarantees about the accuracy, currency, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this website, including any links to other websites. As a result, EOLWD expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions of any kind. If information on this website differs from information on an official EOLWD notice and/or publication, the official notice and/or publication take precedence. EOLWD makes no warranty of any kind, implied, express, or statutory with regard to this website, including its links to other websites.
EOLWD provides links to other sites simply as a service and a convenience to its customers. Inclusion of links to any reference, referral service, or outside website, including job databases and their contents, or the use of any trade name or other business name is solely for the convenience of website visitors. It is not intended to reflect their importance and does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation of website content, viewpoint, policies, products, or services by EOLWD.
Databases accessible through EOLWD's JobQuest site may contain job listings in which applicants are instructed to apply directly to employers or private placement agencies. EOLWD is not responsible for any arrangements concerning employment interviews or terms of employment made directly between applicants and employers or placement agencies.
The contents and links on this website are subject to change without notice.
Because information sent to the Commonwealth is not encrypted, you should not send messages containing information that you consider highly sensitive to the EOLWD 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.
Special Protections Against Misuse Of Personally Identifiable Information Within Commonwealth Offices.
Executive Order 504 enhanced the privacy protection given to any information about you as a named individual held by the Executive Department of state government. Executive Order 504 limits the collection and dissemination of personally identifiable information within the Executive Department and requires Executive Department agencies to greatly enhance the security and integrity of such data. This website complies with Executive Order 504, so all of the personally identifiable information that you submit to the EOLWD website is given the privacy protections set forth in Executive Order 504.
For questions about your privacy while using the EOLWD website, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Social Media. A social media website is a website or a social media application that is usually maintained by an individual and has regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. A social media identity is a specific user identity that has been registered on a third party social media site and is associated with the Agency. Government social media sites or identities typically provide forums for commentary or news on topics related to the government agency that hosts the social media site or has secured the social media identity. A typical social media site (whether hosted by the Agency or a third party) combines text, images, and links to other websites including blogs, wikis, and other media related to the topic and enables readers to leave comments in an interactive format.
“Weblog” or “Blog”. A weblog or blog is a website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Government blogs typically provide commentary and news on topics related to the government agency hosting the blog. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, webpages, and other media related to the topic, and enables readers to leave comments in an interactive format.