January 10, 2007
MWCOG wants to assure you that it respects your privacy and the confidentiality of your personal information. That is why MWCOG collects only the information that is needed to serve you and administer our programs. MWCOG follows the principles outlined below. The effective date of this Policy is January 10, 2007.
1. Personally Identifiable Information
This Policy is intended to cover personally identifiable information (“PII”). PII includes information such as your first or last name, your home or e-mail address, and your telephone number. Generally, MWCOG only obtains your PII when you register for our meetings, publications, make a purchase from MWCOG online, or when you send comments to MWCOG through the use of one of our comment forms.
3. Use of Information
If you chose to engage in certain activities on this site, such as ordering publications or products, registering for services, registering for meetings, entering contests, or sending comments, MWCOG may ask you to provide PII by filling out and submitting an online form. These activities, are completely optional for you to engage in, however, MWCOG may ask that you provide information, such as your first and last name, home or business mailing address (including ZIP code), e-mail address, employer name, job title and department, telephone and facsimile numbers, as well as some other personal information that may be used for verification (i.e. birth-place, eye color, etc). Some of the information that MWCOG asks you to provide is identified as mandatory and some as voluntary. If you choose to not provide the mandatory information with respect to a particular activity, you will not be able to engage in that activity.
MWCOG collects PII information in order to deliver the products, information, and services you request easily and efficiently and to administer MWCOG’s programs. The privacy of your PII is a serious matter. MWCOG will not sell or distribute your personal information outside of MWCOG’s member agencies unless it is otherwise posted on the relevant online questionnaire.
When requesting credit card information, MWCOG uses secure sockets layers (SSL) encryption to protect the transmission of the information you submit, through secure online forms.
If you send MWCOG an e-mail, you should know that e-mail is not necessarily secure against interception. So if your communication includes sensitive information and you would prefer not to use one of our online forms, contact us by postal mail or telephone rather than e-mail.
7. Notice of Changes to this Policy
8. Notice to Parents
Parents or guardians: MWCOG wants to assist you in guarding your children’s privacy. MWCOG encourages you to discuss safe and responsible use of personal information while using the Internet. You can find more information on this subject at http://www.americalinksup.org/ furthermore, under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, (http://www.ftc.gov/ogc/coppa1.htm) no Web site operator can require, as a condition of participation in an activity, that a child under the age of 13 disclose more information than is reasonably necessary. MWCOG abides by this requirement.
For more information about our privacy practices, please contact us any time. Or write to us at:
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
Office of Public Affairs
777 N. Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002