The following definitions apply:
Personally Identifiable Information (PII) PII identifies or describes a person or can be directly linked to a specific individual. Examples of PII include but are not limited to, a person’s name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number.
Aggregate Data Aggregate Data is statistical information that is derived from collective data and relates to a group or category of persons from which PII has been removed. Aggregate Data is generally used by MTC for statistical analysis, reporting, improving the content of MTC’s web services, and helping MTC understand how people are using Website services. Aggregate Data may be shared with third parties and published in any publically-available media.
Collection of Personally Identifiable Information
The information MTC collects depends upon what the visitor does when visiting the Website. MTC collects PII from the visitor only if he or she volunteers to use a service and the collection of the information is necessary to deliver the specific service, such as to respond to the visitor’s questions or to provide written materials or program updates that the visitor has requested. In general, this information may include an individual’s name, address, phone number and email address.
How MTC Uses Personally Identifiable Information
MTC uses the PII provided in order to provide the visitor with the service(s) he or she has requested.
Third Parties With Whom MTC May Share Personally Identifiable Information
Comments and inquiries, which usually contain some PII such as name and email address, may be shared with third parties for review, comment, and/or action in order to appropriately respond to the specific concern.
Please note that, once provided, all comments and inquiries may be considered public records subject to public inspection. Comments relating to Plan Bay Area will be published on the Website and/or included in written or electronic format in any publically-available media.
In addition, PII may be disclosed to third parties, as required to comply with laws or legal processes served on one or more of the Agencies.
An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a unique string of numbers that is assigned to a visitor’s computer, router or mobile device by his or her internet service provider. When the visitor accesses the Website, agency servers collect the visitor’s device’s IP address, the time and date of the visit, and the pages he or she visits. This information is used to help diagnose and resolve system errors and to otherwise administer the Website. This information may be shared with third party service providers for these purposes.
Website Usage Metrics
The Website uses a third party traffic measurement service called Google Analytics to gather and compute website usage metrics. Google Analytics collects users’ IP addresses and the pages the users are visiting. Google Analytics may set a cookie that will enable it to function properly. To find out more about Google Analytics’ privacy principles, visit the Google Analytics Privacy and Security Page at https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en.
Servers are designed with a combination of software, hardware and/or physical security measures in place to prevent unauthorized access. This should not, however, be deemed in any way as warranting or guaranteeing the security of the information provided on the Website. In addition, there is a risk that unauthorized third parties may engage in illegal activity by such things as hacking into MTC’s security system or by intercepting transmissions of PII over the internet.
Updating Personally Identifiable Information
Visitors whose PII is included in the Plan Bay Area mailing list can review and update their PII at any time by emailing info@PlanBayArea.org or firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the MTC Public Information Officer at 415-778-6757.
Third-Party Websites and Applications
The Website may contain links to third-party websites operated by entities that may or may not be affiliated with MTC. These web links may be referenced within content, or placed beside the names or logos of the other entities. In addition, third-party websites may exist that reference the Website. MTC does not disclose PII to these third-party websites.
WARNING: Once a visitor enters external websites (whether through a service or content link or directly through a third-party website), the Agencies are not responsible for the privacy practices of those other websites. Please review all privacy policies of external websites you may visit from links on the Website before using or providing any information to such other websites.
If a visitor to the Website tells us that he or she is under the age of 13, MTC does not collect any PII from that person.