Privacy Policy

Welcome to the Town of Bowdoin’s official municipal website. Individuals who visit the Bowdoin website are important to us. Because visitors to our website are important, we do not capture personal information about them without their permission. We endeavor to collect only the minimum amount of information needed to meet the purposes for which the website was created.

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE

All information collected on the Town of Bowdoin website will be treated the same as any written communication and is subject to the confidentiality and public disclosure provisions of 1 MRSA Chapter 13.

PRIVACY STATEMENT

We may collect some or all of the following information about visitors who view or download information from our websites:

Personal Information:

Identifiable Personal Information is information about a natural person that is readily identifiable to that specific individual which may include:

  • Name,
  • Street address,
  • Email address,
  • Telephone number and/or
  • any combination of data that could be used to identify you such as your date of birth, zip code, etc

Personally identifiable information will not be collected unless you voluntarily send an e-mail message, fill out and send an online form, or fill out personal information and send in a survey.

We will not release or share information that is not required by 1 MRSA Chapter 13.

Your choice not to participate in these activities will not impair your ability to access certain information; however, it may impair your ability to use some of the services offered on this website.

Statistical Information:

We may collect some or all of the following information about visitors who view or download information from our website:

Information Definition
Date Date the visit occurred.
Time Time the visit occurred
Client IP Unique Internet Protocol (IP) address recorded is normally that of the visitor’s Internet service provider, e.g., aol.com if the visitor connects from an America Online account.
Server IP Unique Internet Protocol (IP) address of the State of Maine web server accessed.
HTTP Status Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) error code, E.g., “404 Requested Page Not Found.”
HTTP Request URL Identifies the web page or file requested by the website visitor.
Bytes Sent Amount of data sent from the web server to website visitor during that connection.
Bytes Received Amount of data sent from website visitor to the web server.
User Agent Type of web browser or other client software that made request to the web server.
Referrer Uniform Resource Locator (URL) that referred to the requested file.
Protocol Version Version of HTTP used by the visitor’s web browser software.

The information we collect is used to improve the content of our web services and help us understand how people are using our services. We analyze our website logs to continually improve the value of the materials available on our site. The information in our website logs is not personally identifiable, and we make no attempt to link it with the individuals that browse our website.

E-mail:

E-mail messages, sent to any Town of Bowdoin address, will be treated according to rules from the State of Maine Archives and the Maine Department of the Secretary of State. E-mail messages sent to any Town of Bowdoin address, will be treated the same as any other written communication. They may be subject to public inspection or legal disclosure and may be saved for a period of time before they are destroyed. E-mail or other information requests sent to the Bowdoin website may be maintained in order to respond to the request, forward that request to the appropriate department, or to provide the web designer with valuable feedback to assist in improving the site. E-mail addresses obtained as a result of a request to the Bowdoin site will not be retained, and therefore won’t be sold or given to private companies for marketing purposes.

Cookies:

Cookies are small text files that a web server may ask your web browser to store, and send back to the web server when needed. Cookies may be used to store a transaction identifier or other information a user may provide.

We may use cookies in order to track visits to Bowdoin’s website. The “Help” portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies or how to disable cookies altogether.

Notice of Changes:

We will post any substantive changes in this Privacy Statement at least fifteen (15) days prior to the change taking effect. Any information collected under this current statement will remain bound by the terms of this Privacy Statement. After the changes take effect, all new information collected, if any, will be subject to the revised Privacy Statement.

Copyright Statement:

Unless a copyright is indicated, information on the Bowdoin website is in the public domain and may be reproduced, published or otherwise used with the Town of Bowdoin’s permission. We request only that the Town of Bowdoin be cited as the source of the information and that any photo credits, graphics or byline be similarly credited to the photographer, author or Town of Bowdoin, as appropriate.

Information Disclaimer:

The Town of Bowdoin has made reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy of the information provided in this website. However, due to the possibility of unauthorized access to this site, data transmission errors, changes to source material made since the last update to the site, or other human or mechanical errors, the information contained on this website should not be deemed reliable for legal purposes.

Neither the Town of Bowdoin, nor any department, officer, or employee of the Town of Bowdoin, warrants the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published on the Bowdoin website, nor endorses any products or services linked from this system, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information. Portions of the information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at his or her own risk. Please contact the appropriate department to verify the accuracy of the information.

Various websites may be linked through the Bowdoin website. Visitors to those sites are advised to check the privacy statements of those sites and be cautious about providing personally identifiable information without a clear understanding of how the information will be used.

Contact information:

To offer comments about the Town of Bowdoin website or about information presented in this Privacy Statement, contact John Lewis, Website Manager at [email protected], call (207) 353-6949 or write: Town of Bowdoin, 23 Cornish Drive, Bowdoin, ME 04287