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MASSACHUSETTS UNCLAIMED PROPERTY WEB SITE
PRIVACY POLICY

(Last Updated August 18, 2003)
Welcome to the web site of the Massachusetts Unclaimed Property Division a department of the Massachusetts State Treasurer & Receiver General. Your privacy is one of our top priorities. The following policy applies only to the use of the Unclaimed Property web site. Other web sites operated by the Massachusetts State Treasury or other state agencies have different policies. We strongly suggest that you read the privacy policies for each web site that you visit.

A Privacy Partnership. Your privacy with respect to the use of this web site results from a partnership between the Commonwealth and you, the user. At this web site, we attempt to protect your privacy to the maximum extent possible. However, because some of the information that we receive through this web site is subject to 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. This policy is meant to inform you of how we utilize this information, specifically detailing what we do with the information you provide, to whom it may be disseminated and how you can access it. Based on this information, you can make an informed choice about your use of this site. You can maximize the benefits of your privacy partnership with the Commonwealth by making informed choices 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, 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 in different ways including e-mails, claim submissions and information you provide, e.g. your fax number, e-mail address or information we require to complete an authorized transaction.

Information Automatically Collected and Stored. Session cookies are specifically used on this web site-- these are cookies created by the web site that exist only as long as you visit this web site. They are not stored permanently on your computer. Cookies are a small piece of data stored locally by your browser that saves information and helps identify you to web sites upon subsequent visits. We will not attempt to match any personally identifiable information that you provide, unless required by law.

Dissemination of Your Personally Identifiable Information. We do not sell any personally identifiable information collected through this web site. The information that you voluntarily submit will be disclosed to our employees or officials for the purposes of fulfilling their job responsibilities. However, once you voluntarily submit personally identifiable information to us, its dissemination is governed by the Public Records Law, the Fair Information Practices Act (Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 66A), Executive Order 412, and other applicable laws and regulations. Therefore, part or all of the information you provide may be subject to a public records request and furnished to a member of the public.

We retain information we collect under some of our programs for an indefinite period to help us provide you with notifications of our newer programs, and future events. We will only use the information to answer your questions, respond to any requests for assistance, and fulfill the Commonwealth's legal obligations. When appropriate, we may provide the information you submitted to the person or company that is the subject of your inquiry. In addition, we may provide the information submitted to the government agency responsible for the matters referred to in your communication.

Minors. This web site does not seek to collect information from individuals under the age of 18. Individuals under the age of 18 should receive permission from their parent or legal guardian before providing any information.

Third Party Web Sites.
This site may provide links to other Internet sites controlled by third parties not affiliated with the Massachusetts State Treasury or the Unclaimed Property Division. These sites may have privacy statements that differ from this privacy statement. You should review the privacy statement of any third party web site that you access from this site.

The inclusion of links from this site to others does not imply any endorsement by the Massachusetts State Treasury or the Unclaimed Property Division of any product, service or vendor. Any mention of products, services or vendors is for informational purposes only.

Your Access and Opportunity to Correct. The Public Records Law and the Fair Information Practices Act provide you certain rights to obtain information about yourself that we maintain. To learn more about the circumstances, under which this information can be accessed and corrected, please click on the above references to these laws.

Security. The Unclaimed Property Division is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. We use procedural and technical safeguards to protect your personal information against loss or theft as well as unauthorized access. We use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to protect the transmission of your information to us.
This technology encrypts the information you provide, such as your social security number, making it virtually impossible for anyone other than Unclaimed Property Personnel to read it. Servers that store personally identifiable information are in a secure environment, in a locked facility. The Unclaimed Property Division is currently the only department of the Massachusetts State Treasury that utilizes this technology.

Although the Massachusetts State Treasury and the Unclaimed Property Division has taken steps to ensure that your personal information is secure, we cannot guarantee that the information you provide will not be intercepted by others and decrypted. We are not liable for a breach of security that occurs for reasons outside of our control.

Policy changes. The information contained within this privacy policy may expand or change over time without notice. Please check back periodically for updates. We will post substantive changes to this policy at least 30 days before they take effect. Any information we collect under the current privacy policy will remain subject to the terms of this policy. After any changes take effect, all new information we collect, if any, will be subject to the new policy.

Contact Information. For questions about your privacy while using this Web site, please contact webmaster@tre.state.ma.us.

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