Other Sites Have Other Policies. For your convenience, WellesleyMA.gov contains hypertext or other links to external Internet sites that are not provided or maintained by the Town. Please note that the Town cannot guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of these external sites. In addition, the inclusion of links to non-governmental sites is not intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered, on these sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites.
Public Record and Copyright. All of the material posted on the Town's websites and accessible to the public without use of an authenticating and authorizing mechanism (such as a "PIN" or password) is public record. Most of the public record posted on Town of Wellesley Websites can be copied and used for any purpose. However, some of the public record posted on Town web sites is also copyrighted material.
The Town holds a copyright interest in most of the material posted on WellesleyMA.gov. With respect to material in which the Town holds the copyright, including the design, layout, and other features of WellesleyMA.gov, and most of the content on WellesleyMA.gov, the Town forbids any copying or use other than "fair use" under the Copyright Act. "Fair use" includes activities such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, research, and other related activities. In addition, please be advised that WellesleyMA.gov makes use of materials (including, but not limited to, photographs) in which third parties hold the copyright, which also cannot be copied or used for use other than "fair use" without permission of the copyright owner. If you want to make use other than "fair use" of any information on
this web site, you must seek permission directly from the Town by contacting sel@WellesleyMA.gov.
No warranty, endorsement or liability. The Town makes no warranty that the materials contained within WellesleyMA.gov are free from copyright claims, or other restrictions or limitations on free use or display. The Town disclaims any liability for the improper or incorrect use of information obtained from WellesleyMA.gov.
Your privacy is one of our top priorities. The following policy applies only to the use of the site. As you navigate the site, you will see links that, when clicked, will take you to other websites operated by Town departments. These websites may 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 Town government. We strongly suggest that you read the privacy policies for each Town website that you visit, and any external site that you visit through a link appearing at this site.
A Privacy Partnership.
Your privacy with respect to the use of WellesleyMA.gov results from a partnership between the Town and you, the user. At this website, we attempt to protect your privacy to the maximum extent possible. However, because some of the information that we receive through this website is subject to the Public Records Law, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 66, Section 10, we cannot ensure absolute privacy. Information that you provide to us through this site may be made available to members of the public under that law. This policy informs you of the information that we collect
from you at this site, what we do with it, to whom it may be disseminated, and how you can access it. Based on this information, you can make an informed decision about your use of this site. You can maximize the benefits of your privacy partnership with the Commonwealth by making informed decisions about whether to share personally identifiable information with us through this site.
Personally Identifiable Information.
We use the term "personally identifiable information" to mean any information that could reasonably be used to identify you, including your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, Social Security number, birth date, bank account information, credit card information, or any combination of information that could be used to identify you.
Information Voluntarily Provided by You.
This site collects voluntary information from you through e-mails and web forms, which could contain personally identifiable information.
Information Automatically Collected and Stored by this Site.
This site does collect and store your "Internet Protocol ("IP") address," (which does not identify you as an individual) indefinitely, as well as information about the date and time of your visit, whether a file you have requested exists, and how many "bytes" of information were transmitted to you over the Web from this site. We use your IP address to assess the frequency of visits to this site and the popularity of its various pages and functions. We will not attempt to match any personally identifiable information that you provide to us with your IP address, unless there are reasonable grounds to believe that doing so would provide information that is relevant and material to a criminal investigation.
Dissemination of Your Personally Identifiable Information.
We do not sell any personally identifiable information collected through this website or submitted to the Town in conjunction with using functions on the website, and there is no direct or online public access to the information. However, once you voluntarily submit personally identifiable information to us related to your use of the site, its dissemination is governed by the "Public Records Law" and other applicable laws and regulations. For this reason, part or all of the information you send us may be provided to a member of the public in response to a public
records request. There are pieces of information, such as credit card numbers, TIN, username, or password that are not considered public for the purposes of a public records request. For more information on types of data exempted from disclosure under the Public Records Law, please read the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Public Records Law.
In addition, the information that you voluntarily submit will be disclosed only to Town employees or officials, or those under contract with the Town, with a "need to know" for purposes of fulfilling their job responsibilities. The information will be used for such purposes as; answering your questions, responding to any requests for assistance; generating summary statistics about usage, auditing applications and detecting fraud, aiding in the planning, design and development of the WellesleyMA.gov site, and fulfilling the Town’s legal obligations.
Your Access and Opportunity to Correct.
The "Public Records Law" and other applicable laws and regulations provide you certain rights to get information about you that is in our records. To learn more about the circumstances under which you can get and correct this information, please click on the above references to these laws.
Because information sent to the Town is not encrypted, you should not send messages containing information that you consider highly sensitive to this 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.
For questions about your privacy while using this website, please contact the Town of Wellesley Selectmen’s Office, sel@WellesleyMA.gov.
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.