Legal & Privacy

Privacy Notices About Chesapeake Network

It is the express purpose of the Chesapeake Network (Network) to help you network with your peers by making it easier for you to locate and contact others working to restore the Chesapeake Bay – and by making it easier for them to locate you.

We have established this Privacy Policy to explain how what data collected by the WordPress software platform that powers the Chesapeake Network, and how the sponsors of the Chesapeake Network will us it. From time to time, we will update this Privacy Policy and will do our best to keep you abreast of these changes by posting a notice on the online community.

By registering on the online community, you agree (1) to comply with the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy, and (2) that the Network may process (i.e., collect, use, etc.) your Personal information as described in this Privacy Policy or the Terms of Service.

Once you sign into the Chesapeake Network, you are not anonymous to the WordPress system that powers it. The Chesapeake Network automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser, including your IP address, cookie information, and the page you request.

Users should be aware that other websites visited before entering the Network might place personally identifiable information within a User’s URL during a visit to their website and the Network has no control over such websites. Accordingly, some of this information may be logged by a subsequent website that collects URL information.

When registering with the Network, you provide personal information about your role and focus in the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as create a password, provide an email address, and optionally a photo.

To reduce third party email harvesting and spam, the Network offers email masking and relay when Users choose to communicate with other. We also encourage Users to choose an email address where they will be comfortable receiving email responses from other users if they choose, at their sole discretion, to post their email address publicly in the community.

Because you may voluntarily disclose any personal information in these public areas, you should be careful about the information you choose to disclose. the Network does not control that disclosure, and is not liable in any way for anyone’s use or misuse of the information in the disclosure. In other words, use caution and judgment here.

You can decline to share personal information with us by not registering with the Network. Further, you may opt to remove any personal information from our active database by canceling your account and asking the Chief Administrator to delete your information.

The Network does not intentionally gather Personal information about visitors who are under the age of 13.

How the Network Uses Personally Identifiable Information

We will send you administrative messages, and email updates regarding your account or the online community generally. In some cases, we may also send you messages about events and opportunities of interest to the conservation community. You may opt out of receiving messages by canceling your CWN User account.

Cookies

WordPress, which powers the Network, uses cookie, IP address, and URL information to improve the quality of its servers, and to provide enhanced features to Users, where available. WordPress uses cookies to save IDs, session validators, and other relevant information on Users’ browsers and hard drives.

WordPress uses IP Addresses also help us to diagnose problems with its server, to administer the online community, and to otherwise provide the Network service to its users. IP addresses may be disclosed to a third party if we believe in good faith that the law or legal process requires it, or to protect the rights or property of the Network, its Users or the general public.

The Network may disclose Personal information if required by a subpoena or other judicial or administrative order, where required by law, or, at our sole discretion, where we deem necessary to protect the safety of any individual or the general public or to prevent violation of our Terms of Service or the rights of the Networkor any third party.

Disclosures

Network Service Providers

The Network may need to provide your Personal information to third parties to deliver specific services to you (such as event registration or credit card payment processing). These third parties are required not to disclose your Personal information and not to use your Personal information other than to provide the services requested by the Network.

The Network uses industry standard security measures to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. Although we make good faith efforts to store the information collected by the Network in a secure operating environment that is not available to the public, the Network cannot guarantee complete security. Further, while we work hard to ensure the integrity and security of our network and systems, we cannot guarantee that our security measures will prevent third-party “hackers” from illegally obtaining this information. The Network does not assume any liability to third parties whose information may be included in your Address Book.

Updating or Removing User Information

Users may, at any time, choose to correct or update the information they have submitted to the Network, by going to their account. Users may remove their User information from the Network’s live database by canceling their account. Even if you update or remove your information from our live database, however, your Personal information may be retained in our backup files and archives.

No Spam Policy

Our No Spam Policy and Terms of Service prohibit all Users from engaging in any activity involving the sending of email in violation of applicable law. Violations of these policies may result in immediate termination of service and legal action against any spammers.

Any unauthorized use of the Network computer systems is a violation of the Terms of Service and certain federal and state laws. Such violations may subject the sender and his or her agents to civil and criminal penalties.

Revisions to This Policy

The Network reserves the right to revise, amend, or modify this policy and our other policies and agreements at any time and in any manner. Notice of any revision, amendment, or modification will be posted on the Network, and a User’s continued use of the Network will signify agreement to such changes.

USE OF THE CHESAPEAKE NETWORK SERVICE SIGNIFIES YOUR AGREEMENT TO THE PRIVACY POLICY

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Copyright and Use of Materials

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Links to other Web Sites

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