Information Collected and Stored Automatically
When you browse these websites, read pages, or download information, certain information about your visit is automatically gathered and stored. This information does not identify you personally, and includes the following:
- The internet domain (example: aol.com) and the IP address (the number automatically assigned to your computer when surfing the Web) from which you access our portal;
- The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
- The date and time you access our site;
- The pages you visit;
- The address from which you linked to our website.
This information is used to make these websites more useful to visitors, to learn about the number of visitors to our site, and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record identifying information about individuals and their visits.
These websites use "temporary cookies" to track user navigation in order to make the portal experience more useful. A temporary cookie is erased when the user closes the Web browser. The "temporary cookie", also called a session cookie, is stored in temporary memory in the form of a text file on your computer, and is erased after the browser session is ended. No identifying user information is collected and stored on other computers anywhere. We store no personal information based on your visit to either web site.
If you send us e-mail, we use the information you send us to respond to your inquiry, just as we do with written correspondence. E-mail correspondence, like mailed correspondence, may become a public record. As a public record, your correspondence could be disclosed to other parties upon their request, in accordance with Maryland's public records law.
It is our policy to preserve the privacy of personal records and to protect confidential or privileged information. Such information will be disclosed publicly only as required by the Public Information Act or as necessary and permissible to carry out official duties. Under State law, these policies do not apply to information gathered for certain specified purposes, such as the investigation of a possible violation of law. If you have any questions about these privacy policies, please e-mail us.
Changes to our websites may necessitate changes to our privacy statement. Notification will be posted on the PLANNING.MARYLAND.GOV website in the "Announcements/News" Section. The information contained in this Privacy Statement applies only to PLANNING.MARYLAND.GOV and other State agency websites that have been authorized to link to this policy, and not to any linked sites or all websites maintained by Maryland State agencies. You should review the individual privacy statements at any linked site that you visit.