PRIVACY

Public and User Privacy Policy

Purpose:

The purpose of this policy is to establish privacy guidelines for the information Erie MetroParks collects on its website.

Scope:

Board of Park Commissioners, all Erie MetroParks employees, including exempt and non-exempt; full-time, part-time, interns and seasonal staff.

Objective:

To protect personal information of Erie MetroParks’ users by not disclosing, misusing, selling, distributing, or sharing private information without user consent or permission, in compliance with federal law.

Definitions:

IP address: a unique string of numbers separated by periods that identifies each computer using the Internet Protocol to communicate over a network.

URL:
is one type of Uniform Resource Identifier (URI); the generic term for all types of names and addresses that refer to objects on the World Wide Web. The term “Web address” is a synonym for a URL that uses the HTTP or HTTPS protocol.

Related Policies:

3.4 Process for Public Information, Community Relations, Marketing; 3.5 Management Information Systems, 3.5.1 Application of Technology

Policy:

Erie MetroParks shall protect public and user privacy in compliance with the federal laws, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM).

Procedures:

Erie MetroParks is committed to protecting public and user privacy by creating a safe and secure online environment for anyone who visits and uses our website and the reservation system on our site or in house.

Erie MetroParks collects personal information from our visitors only on a voluntary basis. We do not require this information for customers to obtain access to our website. However, in order to register for some of the programs offered on the Erie MetroParks website, a person may have to provide personal information such as name, address, phone number and email so that Erie MetroParks may contact the person for program confirmation, as well as process credit card information to complete a financial transaction relating to a program or service.

Occasionally, Erie MetroParks may also ask for personal information (such as age, ZIP code or which parks a person visits) for our own internal marketing use. This information also is provided solely on a voluntary basis. Erie MetroParks assures those providing such information that we will maintain his or her privacy and will not sell, rent or share this information with third parties. In compliance with the CAN SPAM Act, only those people who ask to be added to our e-newsletter list or who ask for information from us will receive emails from Erie MetroParks. We also offer an “unsubscribe” feature that allows a person to discontinue email communications from Erie MetroParks’ e-newsletter at any time.

Regarding personal identifying information pertaining to a child (age 12 and under) collected on its website, pursuant to COPPA, Erie MetroParks shall retain such personal information for only as long as is reasonably necessary to fulfill the purpose for which the information was collected.  Erie MetroParks then shall delete such information using reasonable measures to protect against unauthorized access to, or use of, the information.

Erie MetroParks posts its privacy policy on its website.

General statistical information and data about our website and its visitors, such as IP addresses (Internet provider), browser type, domain names, access times, duration of visit, referring URL (web address), operating system platform, timestamp and exit page information are gathered for statistical purposes only, as part of our confidential website analysis. None of this data is personally identifiable.Erie Metro Parks will not reveal or use a website visitor’s name, address or any other personal data for anything other than our internal use, unless required to do so by law.

Approved By:

Executive Director – 10/3/2016

Erie MetroParks Employee Guide Board Approved:  10/17/2016