Privacy Policy

Privacy Statement

SNAP-Ed is committed to preserving and maintaining the privacy of visitors to its web site. The information below applies to the SNAP-Ed web site, a service of the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Because some of the information that we receive through this website may be subject to the Public Records Law, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 66, Section 10, we cannot ensure absolute privacy.

External Links

Some SNAP-Ed web pages may provide links to other Internet sites for the convenience of users. SNAP-Ed and UMass Medical School are not responsible for the availability or content of these external sites. Users cannot assume that the external sites will abide by the same Privacy Policy to which SNAP-Ed adheres. It is the responsibility of the user to examine the copyright and licensing restrictions of linked pages and to secure all necessary permissions.

Use of Cookies

When you access the SNAP-Ed Home Page (ma.healthyfoodsinasnap.org), and all pages within the site, signified as those pages beginning with the Web address ma.healthyfoodsinasnap.org, your visit is not tracked by individual name or any other identifiable mark

The SNAP-Ed web site uses technology which has the capacity to store first-party cookies. Unless programmed differently, a session cookie only lasts for the duration of users using the website and session cookies are normally deleted at the end of the session. These cookies are used to store information, such as what time the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before, and what site referred the visitor to the web page. Browsers do not share first-party cookies across domains.

Every computer and device connected to the Internet is assigned a unique number known as an Internet protocol (IP) address. Since these numbers are usually assigned in country-based blocks, an IP address can often be used to identify the country, state, and city from which a computer is connecting to the Internet. The SNAP-Ed site collects the IP address of website visitor in order to provide website owners a sense of where in the world their visitors come from. This method is known as IP geo-location.

SNAP-Ed does not report the actual IP address information to others unless required by law. Additionally, using a method known as IP masking, website owners that use similar technology have the option to only use a portion of the IP address, rather than the entire IP address, for gee-location.

Collection and Use of Your Personal Information

Some computer information and automatic and optional information is collected. Automatic information includes,

  • Client information the Internet domain and Internet address of the computer you are using.
  • Essential technical information identification of the page or service you are requesting, type of browser and operating system you are using, and the date and time of access.
  • Optional information is collected only if you choose to send it. For example, if you choose to complete an online form, this may include,

o    The time that you sent a message

o    Your name, phone number, and the content of your message.

We collect your personal information only if you provide it to us voluntarily through contact forms. Personal information is kept  confidential  and will not be disclosed to third parties except as may be required by law.

Security

All information provided to SNAP-Ed is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. We also protect account information by placing it on a

secure portion of the ma.healthyfoodsinasnap.org site that is accessible only by certain qualified employees of the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance and UMass Medical School.

Unfortunately, however, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. While we strive

to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information.

DTA is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. UMMS and DTA only accesses and/or collects personal information that you voluntarily give us. We will use your information to respond to you for the reason you contacted us. We will also send you emails customized to your needs based on the information that you provide to us. Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about special programs, upcoming events, new products or services, or changes to this Privacy Notice.

By using this site, you signify your consent to SNAP-Ed's online Privacy Statement. If you do not agree to this Privacy Statement, please do not use this site. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to update, change, modify, add, or remove portions of this privacy statement from time to time.

This website is not intended for use by minors. If you are under eighteen years of age, you may not use the services within this website and you should not provide information to SNAP-Ed without the supervision and consent of a parent or guardian.

Changes to Policy Statement

This SNAP-Ed Website Services Privacy Policy Statement has been developed with the recognition that Internet technologies are rapidly evolving and that underlying standard business models are still not well established. Accordingly, this statement is subject to change. Any such changes will be posted on this page.