Privacy Policy


This Online Privacy Statement describes how we treat user data collected during your visit to the MAC site. The MAC site is mac-usa.org, and includes all web pages whose domain name contains mac-usa.org. This is not the online privacy statement for other MAC websites that don’t contain these domain names unless those websites link directly to this Online Privacy Statement.  Neither is it the online privacy statement for other websites (e.g. blogs or social networking sites) where MAC has a presence, such as MAC page on Facebook or Twitter. Finally, this is not the online privacy statement for the websites of any MAC  affiliate organization. In all of those cases, site-specific privacy terms apply, and are posted accordingly.

Privacy and the Internet

The Internet, generally speaking, is not a private place. As you visit websites, use search engines, and conduct business on the Internet, many different companies and organizations are gathering information about your online behavior by tracking your searches, visits, and transactions, and then by matching that data with other information about you.

The MAC takes many steps to protect your privacy when you visit the MAC website. In order to advance our advocacy and outreach programs and provide a feature-rich experience, we do allow some tracking to take place. How and when we do so is explained below.

Our Collection and Use of Information About You

Passively Collected Data

Like most websites, we may automatically receive and record information in our server logs from your browser when you visit mac-usa.org. The information that we collect with these automated methods may include your IP address, cookie information, browser type, system type, and the referring URL.

We use this type of information to measure and improve the performance of our site.  On occasion we also access this type of information to investigate or maintain the stability and security of our site.

Voluntarily Submitted Data

Certain pages on the MAC site may invite you to share personally identifying information, such as your name, address, email address, or telephone number.  Sharing that information will allow you to make a donation, join our email list, sign a petition, or participate in other similar online activities.

We may use that voluntarily submitted data to:

Fulfill your orders or transactions.

Contact you about other MAC activities or news, or about opportunities to support the MAC projects.

In the case of blog comments, post your comment and, if given, your name.

When We May Share Your Information With Other Organizations

When we give you an opportunity to voluntarily submit information about yourself, we may give you the option of indicating that you permit us to share that data with other parties such as coalition partners or specific legislators. We will not share your data with such parties unless you have indicated that you permit us to do so.

Our Email List

If you sign up for our email list, we may collect data by using an embedded image to track whether you open our email and by using a URL that enables us to identify that you have taken an action, such as clicking a link in an email or signing an online petition.

This allows us to build a more effective advocacy program, to inform you about the MAC issues you care about most, and to make it simpler for you to sign petitions and fill out surveys.

Our Use of Cookies

We use cookies to improve website performance, to remember user preferences and settings, and to collect analytic data. By “cookies” we mean small text files placed on to your computer by websites you visit. “Cookies” may also refer to local storage, which is a mechanism similar to cookies where the information is stored within your web browser.” We use cookies as follows:

Website Performance

Website performance cookies allow the MAC to improve the visitor experience by making the website easier to use. For example, they may enable us to:

Determine how often and where you see our “latest news” alerts or promotions.

Save you time when filling out a form by populating it with information you provided in previous visits.

Registration

If you are visiting our website as a registered user — for example, when you manage your subscriptions for our email lists — we place cookies in your browser that allow our website to recognize that you are logged in.

Analytics

We use analytics tools that place cookies, in order to give us a better understanding of how people engage with our website.  That in turn allows us to gauge the current performance of Website features, and to develop better content. Analytics cookies provide us with information like:

How many individual visitors we have

How many visitors are new or returning

How often visitors come to the website

What content they’ve visited

How visitors interact with particular pages or content

In addition, if you click on a link in an email we send to you — for example, to sign a petition — a cookie may be generated that enables us to identify that you have signed the petition.

Security Measures and Data Transmission

We have taken physical, electronic, and managerial measures to safeguard the information we collect. We work to ensure data accuracy and protect against unauthorized access to, and improper use of, information we collect online.

Information that can be readily linked to you personally, such as your name and address, is stored on secure servers and is not publicly accessible (unless, as discussed above, you have chosen to have us disclose information about you when you have signed a petition or submitted a blog comment). Additionally, all data transmitted to and from our website, including credit card numbers, are encrypted using industry standard measures to provide an additional level of security.

Procedure When We Update This Statement

Our privacy statement may change from time to time. We will post privacy statement changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice on our website. We will also keep prior versions of the Online Privacy Statement available for your review in this section.

If you wish to withdraw or change personal information you shared with us previously or adjust personal preferences — such as your preferences regarding email lists — you may contact us to update our records. You have the following options to do this:

 

Send e-mail to: contact@mac-usa.org

Send mail to our address: 175 McClellan Hwy Boston, MA 02128.