Privacy Notice, Terms of Use and Disclaimers

www.townofmichianashores.org is a platform for online access provided by the Town of Michiana Shores, Indiana, as the Town's Official website.

INITIAL DISCLAIMERS and NOTICES

Information displayed on this site is not to be considered or used as an official record of the Town of Michiana Shores and may contain errors or omissions in and of data, content and posting. Accuracy of the information is not warranted and documents posted do not constitute Official records.

Access to the Town's website is available to the public via the Internet and at no direct cost. It is not intended for commercial use. The data and materials posted and contained herein are not to be used and may not be used for commercial purposes.

Much of the information contained and posted on this website may be or may quickly become outdated. Users are cautioned not to rely on the data and to independently verify the correctness or validity of information contained on or posted to this website. The Town accepts no liability of any sort resulting from reliance being placed upon outdated or invalid information contained on the website by any user or other person. Information, laws, rules, & regulations change frequently and from time to time. Information contained on the website is therefore made available without any express or implied representation or warranty whatsoever and the Town of Michiana Shores disclaims liability for any expenses incurred, or any damage, claims or cost sustained by users arising from use of the website or reliance being placed upon any information or representations contained on or posted to this website.

The information, images, data and materials available on the website, including pages and content, may not be altered or modified, and may not be copied or published or transmitted commercially in any manner, including for use for creative work or to sell or promote products or services.

Privacy Applicability

The Privacy Notice applicable to this site applies only to the Town of Michiana Shores (www.townofmichianashores.org and explains our practice concerning collection, use and disclosure of visitor information. Information from viewers of this site will be used only as outlined in this privacy notice.

The Town of Michiana Shores is not responsible for the content of other sites linked hereto or for the privacy practices of any website or link outside the scope of this notice, including, but not limited to the website provider and creator.

Changes

Because Internet technologies continue to evolve rapidly, the Town of Michiana Shores may make changes to this notice at any time. Any such changes will be consistent with our commitment to respecting visitor privacy and will be posted in a revised privacy notice. Because the operation of the Town government is our top priority, materials will not readily be updated although updating may be due or overdue. No representation or warranty is made regarding the speed or lack of speed or failure to update data, materials and postings.

Collection and Use

Passive / Automatic Collection

When you view pages on our site, the web server automatically collects certain technical information from your computer and about your connection including your IP address and the domain name from which you visit our site and user specific information on which pages are visited,

  • aggregate information on pages visited,
  • the referring website,
  • the date and time of your visit,
  • your browser type, and
  • your screen resolution.

Use of our website indicates consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of this information as described in this notice or as otherwise provided for by law.

This technical information is retained in detail; it may not have a current retention I deletion schedule.

Active/ Manual/ Voluntary Collection

Other than automatically collected technical information about your visit (described above, or cookies, described below), we may ask you to provide information voluntarily, such as through forms or other manual input - in order to make materials and services available to you, to maintain and manage our relationship with you, including providing associated services or to better understand and serve your needs . This information is generally retained as long as you continue to maintain a relationship with the Town. Your providing this information is wholly voluntary. However, not providing the requested information (or subsequently asking that the data be removed) may affect the Town' s ability to deliver the information or service for which the information is needed. Providing the requested information indicates your consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of this information as described in this notice. Information we may actively collect could include:

  • the email addresses of those who use the system, make submissions or make postings;
  • name
  • address
  • telephone number
  • information volunteered by the visitor, such as preferences, survey information, application information and submissions and / or site registrations.

Information Usage

This information is:

  • used to improve the content of the site;
  • used by us for contact purposes.

Information Used for Contact

If you supply your postal/ mailing address:

  • You will only receive information for which you provided us your address.
  • It may be forwarded onto another official or employee of the Town and onto others.

Information Sharing

We do not share any aggregate, non-personally identifiable information with other entities or organizations unless required by law.

We generally do not share any personally identifiable information with other entities or organizations, except with the Town's police service provider; with the Town's attorneys; to Federal, State, County or other law enforcement agencies, or when legally required to do so at the request of governmental authorities conducting an investigation, collecting information, to verify or enforce compliance with the policies governing our website or applicable laws or to protect against misuse or unauthorized use of the website.

We will share personally identifiable information as required by applicable laws.

Except as described above, we will not share personally identifiable information. We will not share this information for private commercial or business purposes and information from the site shall not be used for commercial or business purposes.

Except as provided in the Disclosure of Information section below, we do not attempt to use the technical information discussed in this section to identify individual visitors.

Cookies

A "cookie" is a small data file that is written to your hard drive that contains information about your visit to a web page. If you prefer not to receive cookies, you may configure your browser not to accept them at all, or to notify and require approval before accepting new cookies. Some web pages / sites may not function properly if the cookies are turned off, or you may have to provide the same information each time you visit those pages.

In order to customize the information and services offered to you, our site uses cookies to:

  • record session information

Children

This site is not directed to children under 13 years of age, does not provide materials or services intended for purchase or acquisition by children, and does not knowingly collect or store any personal information, even in the aggregate, about children under the age of 13. We encourage parents and teachers to be involved in children's Internet explorations. It is particularly important for parents to guide their children when they are asked to provide personal information online.

Use of Third Party Services

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies (described above) to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookies about your use of the website (including possibly your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google. For more information, please visit Google's Privacy Policy.

This website is served by JM2 Webdesigners from Valparaiso, Indiana. The Town disclaims knowledge of any analytics or use of information JM2 is able to view, collect or record.

The Town disclaims knowledge of any other analytics or other third party that may have access to information resulting from the operation of this website.

Updating Inaccurate Information

In some cases, we will grant visitors the ability to update or correct inaccuracies in the information that we maintain.

Visitors can inquire into having this information corrected by:

Contacting the Website Administrator.

Disclosure of Information

Other than sharing your information with JM2 or other appropriate personnel to ensure the quality, functionality, and security of our website, or manage your relationship with us, we will not disclose personally identifiable information about your use of the site except as already disclosed or under the following circumstances:

  • With your prior written (including email) consent
  • When we have given you notice that we will disclose information that you voluntarily provide
  • With the Town's provider of police services; the Town's attorneys; website operator; and with appropriate external parties, such as federal, state, county and other law enforcement agencies, in order to investigate and respond to suspected violations of law or Town policies, ordinances, resolutions or law. Any such disclosures shall comply with all applicable laws and policies.

Security

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of information technologies, no transmission of data over the Internet can be guaranteed to be completely secure. While we are committed to protecting the privacy of our visitors to the extent possible given our system and set up, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to the Town's website or website pages, and you do so at your own risk. However, once we receive your information, we will use reasonable safeguards consistent with the prevailing industry standards available to the Town through our provider and used by the Town and commensurate with the sensitivity of the data being stored to maintain the security of that information on our systems.

In addition, we will endeavor to comply with the applicable federal, state and local laws regarding the privacy and security of visitor information. At the same time, we must comply with state and local law regarding transparency, disclosure and access to public information.

We have only limited, standard security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of information that we have collected from you at our site.

Privacy Notice Changes

From time to time, the Town may use visitor information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our privacy notice. If you are concerned about how your information is used, you should check back at our website periodically.

Right to Control and Change Contents

The Town has the exclusive right to post data, content and materials and to refrain from posting data, content and materials and may, at its own discretion, omit posting complete data, content and materials and may discontinue, edit, delete or change any content or any aspect of the website at any time at the Town's sole discretion and without prior notice or liability.

Origination

The Town's website has been developed by JM2 Webdesigners of Valparaiso, Indiana under a contract and contract addendum, both of which were approved by the Town Council in 2017.

Contact Information

Website Administrator

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