Privacy statement

The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to wacities.org and governs data collection and usage. By using the AWC website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your personal information

AWC collects personally identifiable information, such as your email address, name, home or work address or telephone number. AWC also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as, but not limited to, your zip code, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by AWC. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used by AWC for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of wacities.org.

Non-AWC websites

AWC encourages you to review the privacy statements of websites you choose to link to from AWC so that you can understand how those websites collect, use and share your information. AWC is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on websites outside of AWC and any corresponding proprietary websites.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through AWC’s social media channels, this information may be collected and used by others.

Use of your personal information

AWC collects and uses your personal information to operate wacities.org and deliver the services you have requested. AWC also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from AWC and its affiliates. AWC may also contact you via email outreach to conduct research and gather feedback about the value of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

AWC does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. AWC may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (email, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party.

AWC may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except as pre-determined and agreed upon by AWC.

AWC keeps track of the websites and pages our customers visit within AWC in order to determine what AWC services are the most valuable. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within AWC to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

AWC will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on AWC or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of AWC; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of wacities.org, or the public.

Cookies

AWC does not require you to register or furnish any personal information as a condition of using wacities.org. However, some products, services, or content may be unavailable to you if you choose not to provide requested information.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer or other device when websites are loaded in a browser. AWC uses cookies to provide you with a better experience, and to facilitate the use of certain functions. AWC does not process this information to identify individual users or to match it with further data on an individual user.

Cookies are stored on your individual device and you have full control over their use. You may deactivate or restrict the transmission of cookies by changing the settings of your web browser. Cookies that are already stored may be deleted at any time. Visiting wacities.org with cookies deactivated may impair some of the website’s functions.

How we use cookies

We use cookies for a number of different purposes. Some cookies are necessary for technical reasons and to maintain and improve the functionality of wacities.org. Other cookies enable a personalized experience for both visitors and registered users. Some of these cookies may be set when a page is loaded, or when a visitor takes a particular action (clicking a link, for example).

Many of the cookies we use are only set if you are registered (so you don’t have to log in every time, for example), while others are set whenever you visit one of our websites, irrespective of whether you have an account.

Cookies we use:

  • Account related cookies: If you create an account with us then we will use cookies for the management of the signup process and general administration. These cookies will usually be deleted when you log out, however in some cases they may remain afterwards to remember your site preferences when logged out.
  • Login related cookies: We use cookies when you are logged in so that you are recognized as being logged in. This prevents you from having to log in every single time you visit a new page. These cookies are typically removed or cleared when you log out to ensure that you can only access restricted features and areas when logged in.
  • Forms related cookies: When you submit data to through a form, cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.
  • Analytics related cookies: This site uses certain third-party cookies. These are trusted analytics solutions that help us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content.

Managing cookies

You can stop cookies from being downloaded to your device from wacities.org at any time by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. Most browsers will tell you how to change your browser settings to notify you when a cookie is being set or updated, or to restrict or block certain types or all cookies. Consult the "Help" section of your browser for more information.

If you make updates to your browser or device settings or use an online link to opt out of cookies, those updates apply to the device where you made the changes. Please note that by disabling or blocking any or all cookies, some features of wacities.org may not operate as intended.

Security of your personal information

AWC secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. AWC secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other websites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Changes to this statement

AWC will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. AWC encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how the AWC is protecting your information.

Contact information

AWC welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that AWC has not adhered to this Statement, please contact us at webmaster@awcnet.org. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.

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