Users are not asked to provide personal information to visit the Township website, download Township publications, or use Township email communications. Personal information may be required in order to transact business with the Township. Information secured through connections to the Township website may be used to conduct statistical analyses of user activities, such as measuring interest in Township information and how it is provided. The Township may collect and store non-personal information including but not limited to:
- name of the domain from which you access the Internet
- type of browser and operating system used to access the site
- date and time you access the site
- page from which you came and the pages that you access
- your system’s IP address
Personally Identifiable Information We Collect Online
When you visit our website, we do not collect any personally identifiable information without your consent. If you are simply perusing our site and have not conducted any financial or other transactions on it, we collect no personally identifiable information from you. In order to make purchases of services on the Township’s Online Store, however, we require that you provide us with your name, address, phone, email address, credit card information and in some cases detailed information about participants signing up for programs. We use this information to complete and confirm all such transactions on our website. If you prefer not to provide your personally identifiable information online, but are still interested in receiving any information from us, you may address your inquiry to the Township Manager at 610-265-2600.
How We Protect Your Information
Upper Merion Township is dedicated to the security of your personally identifiable information, and we take every commercially reasonable precaution to maintain that protection. To prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, maintain data accuracy, and facilitate the appropriate use of information, we use physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to protect the personally identifiable information we collect online. Encryption tools are used when collecting or transferring sensitive information such as credit card numbers. Additional database content is protected either by means of a two key encryption algorithm or behind a firewall using security software.
Our Use of Your Personally Identifiable Information
Upper Merion Township does not rent, sell or otherwise share your personally identifiable information with any third party. Our primary use of the personal information you volunteer is to provide you services. We also may store and use your personal information for our own internal purposes as required to complete your transactions with us and to manage our website database information. We specifically reserve the right to access, monitor, and retrieve password-protected information to ensure your compliance with our website Terms and Conditions, and to comply with the law. Additionally, composite tracking information generated by cookies for traffic accounting and content analysis may be shared with third parties for the purpose of documenting site activity and other trends. We emphasize that the foregoing statistical information is not linked to any personal information and cannot identify any individual user of our website.
Our Retention of Your Personally Identifiable Information
Once you have provided personally identifiable information to us, we will store and maintain the information you have volunteered for so long as we are required by law unless and until you ask us to delete it from our database. Our retention of your data allows us to continue providing you with our website’s services without interruption.
We believe that choice is one of the most important privacy principles. You have the choice not to submit any personally identifiable information to us, although under such circumstances you would be unable to complete certain transactions on our website. You also may choose to submit only those mandatory fields of data absolutely required for completing any transactions on our website. Please note that you will not be able to opt out with regard to the collection and disclosure of aggregate information. Such information does not include anything personally identifiable, however, and simply reflects statistical analysis of various aspects of site usage.
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