The following site policies apply to all content provided on the Mass HIway Website.
Welcome to Mass HIway Website (the “Mass HIway Website”). Your privacy is one of our top priorities. The following policy applies only to the use of the Mass HIway Website. As you navigate the Mass HIway Website, you will see links that, when clicked, will take you to other websites operated by state agencies (the “Other Commonwealth Websites”) or to other websites external to Massachusetts state government. The Other Commonwealth Websites have individual privacy policies tailored to the interactions available through each site. You may also see links that will take you to websites external to Massachusetts state government.
Because information sent to the Commonwealth is not encrypted, you should not send messages containing information that you consider highly sensitive to the Mass HIway Website. We use standard security measures to ensure that information provided by you, including your personally identifiable information, is not lost, misused, altered, or unintentionally destroyed. We also use software to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits.
Usage Data and Know Persistent Cookies
The Mass HIway Webite uses, or may use, the following tools (each a “Tool” and collectively, the “Tools”):
|Purpose||Collect information about use of the Mass HIway Website.|
|Data Collected||Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit the Mass HIway Website, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites they used prior to coming to the Mass HIway Website.|
|Express Opt Out||Not Available|
|Purpose||Display various Twitter feeds on the Mass HIway Website.|
|Data Collected||The Twitter widget uses Twitter’s persistent cookie(s) to allow you to retweet from and access other Twitter functions related to your account. Twitter accesses this cookie on every page where the Twitter widget is displayed. This could allow Twitter to determine which websites you have visited.|
|Express Opt Out||You are not required to log in to your Twitter account (if you have one) to use the Mass HIway Website.|
|Special Notes||Twitter may personalize your user experience on Twitter based on what pages you have visited that contain a Twitter widget.|
Links To Social Media Sites
Links to social media sites and certain links on the Mass HIway Website, whether integrated with Tools or otherwise, facilitate interaction with third-party social media sites. Accessing third-party social media functions, whether through a Tool or otherwise, may require you to log in to your social media provider, and that social media provider may plant a persistent cookie on your web browser to keep you logged in. Any interaction with any such social media provider, whether through a Tool or otherwise, is subject to such social media provider’s site policies, and such provider may plant one or more additional persistent cookies on your web browser as a result of your interaction with it.
- An “Internet Protocol Address” or “IP Address” is a series of numbers that identifies each computer and machine connected to the Internet. An IP address enables a server on a computer network to send you the file that you have requested on the Internet. The IP address disclosed to us may identify the computer from which you are accessing the Internet, or a server owned by your Internet Service Provider. Because it is machine-specific, rather than person-specific, an IP address is not, in and of itself, personally identifiable information.
- "Social Media" A social media website is a website or a social media application that is usually maintained by an individual and has regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. A social media identity is a specific user identity that has been registered on a third-party social media site and is associated with the Agency. Government social media sites or identities typically provide forums for commentary or news on topics related to the government agency that hosts the social media site or has secured the social media identity. A typical social media site (whether hosted by the Agency or a third party) combines text, images, and links to other websites including blogs, wikis, and other media related to the topic and enables readers to leave comments in an interactive format.
- “Weblog” or “Blog”. A weblog or blog is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Government blogs typically provide commentary and news on topics related to the government agency hosting the blog. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to the topic, and enables readers to leave comments in an interactive format.
- “Wiki”. A wiki is a website that uses collaboration software to enable the creation of several interlinked web pages. Many authors can contribute to the website and upload content to the site. Government wikis typically provide a venue for commentary and discussion regarding topics related to the government agency hosting the wiki. A typical wiki combines text, images, and links to other web pages outside the wiki also related to the topic and enables readers to leave comments in an interactive format.