What Information Do We Collect?
In general, you can visit this website without identifying who you are or revealing any information about yourself. Information collected online can generally be categorized as anonymous or personally identifiable. Anonymous information is information that cannot be connected to the identity of a specific individual. Personally identifiable information and data (“Personal Information”) is information that specifically identifies a particular user, such as name, address, or phone number. An example of anonymous information is the fact that, while this website may record the number of visits to a particular page that occur in a given period of time, it does not necessarily tell us the names or other identifying information of every visitor. Some users of this website will choose not to provide any Personal Information; therefore, those individuals are anonymous to us, and any data collected about their use of this website is anonymous information.
How We Collect Information
Third parties who provide advertising and related services may give us your Personal Information, including analytics providers and advertising networks. When you contact us, participate in chats with us via the website, or respond to surveys, questionnaires, or applications we make available, or if you email us, you are voluntarily releasing information to us. You may decide not to volunteer information, but this may limit the functionality of this website.
We automatically collect Personal Information when you interact with this website. We collect information about your devices and browsing actions and interests by using cookies and similar technologies, as described in more detail below. We do not collect names, addresses, or other identifying contact information, unless they are voluntarily provided by us via the contact information on the site.
You may delete cookies that are already on your computer, and stop cookies from being accepted in the future, by referring to your manufacturer’s instructions by clicking “Help” in your browser menu. All browser settings are slightly different, so to manage cookies, you should refer to the relevant settings within your browser. If you would like to obtain more detailed information about types of cookies, how they are used, and how you can manage your cookie preferences you may want to visit: www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
Use of Google Services
Links to External Websites
How Do We Use Information We Collect?
We use the information that we collect to operate and maintain the website, to provide services to you, and to send you marketing communications. We may also use the information to provide you with certain communication, such as product and service announcements and administrative messages. We may also monitor and analyze data trends and usage. This is described further below.
When you visit our website, we collect certain technical and routing information about your computer. For example, we log environmental variables such as browser type, operating system and CPU speed, and the Internet Protocol (IP) address of your originating Internet Service Provider, to try to bring you the best possible service. We use your IP address to track your use of the website, including pages visited and the time spent on each page. We collect this information and use it to measure the use of this website and to improve its content and performance. To the extent we share such information with third parties, it is not traceable to any particular user and will not be used to contact you.
Some of our services may require you to provide us with Personal Information, which may include your direct identifiers, such as name, birth date, email address, or telephone number.
We collect Personal Information only for providing the services and content you request, improving products and services, sending you surveys, contacting you to offer additional services, and notifying you of new products and any other changes to our website or services that may affect you. When you submit Personal Information to us, you understand that you are agreeing to allow us to access, store, and use that information for those purposes.
We will not sell or give any Personal Information to any third parties without your consent. We don’t disclose Personal Information except for legal obligations, determinations of the potential for harm, or in the instance that our company merges with another company.
Purposes and Legal Basis for Processing Personal Information Regarding European Union Residents
|Legal Basis for Processing
|Contact information, including name, address, email address and telephone number
|This processing is necessary to provide you with the content and services you request, and in performance of a contract, and for the legitimate purpose of administering the website, for marketing purposes, and for communicating with users.
|Technical information including your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website address
|We use this information for the legitimate purpose of authenticating subscribers and customers, optimizing website performance, tailoring the website to each user, monitoring and resolving issues, marketing purposes, communicating with users, and for the detection and prevention of fraud.
For European Union residents, the following table provides information required by the GDPR relating to our use of your Personal Information.
Personal information collected through the MEC website may be used from time to time by outside auditors, consultants, and others hired by MEC to assist in carrying out financial, management, and other activities. MEC directs recipients to agree to safeguard personal information, to use it only as authorized by MEC, and to return or destroy it when no longer required.
We may be legally required to disclose or share your personal information without your consent in some circumstances, for example, to comply with a court order or law enforcement. We may also share your information when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights or property, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government agency, law enforcement, judicial or public authority, or other legal request, or to comply with the law.
We may also share your information with our lawyers and other professional advisors, and third party providers of services such as cloud storage, customer relationship management systems, and others who need your information to provide services to us (or on our behalf).
How We Protect Your Information
We are concerned with protecting your privacy and data, but we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us. MEC maintains its website and its information with technical, administrative, and physical safeguards to protect us against loss, unauthorized access, destruction, misuse, modification, and improper disclosure. MEC is committed to maintaining accurate, timely, relevant, and appropriate information about our users. No computer system can ever be fully protected against every possible hazard. MEC provides industry-standard security to protect against foreseeable hazards.
E-mail sent to MEC through this website or otherwise is not necessarily secure against interception. If your communication contains personal information that you consider sensitive, you may not want to use e-mail. Our website does use industry-standard encryption to protect communications.
However, no method of transmission over the internet is 100% secure. We do not guarantee that unauthorized, inadvertent disclosure will never occur or that our information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by any breach of any of our industry standard physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.
Your Personal Information is stored on servers that are operated and maintained by us and by third parties under contract with us. We retain this information for the duration of your business relationship with us, and for a period of time thereafter to allow members to recover accounts if they decide to renew, to analyze the information for our own operations, and for historical and archiving services. For more information on where and how long your Personal Information is stored, and for more information on your rights of erasure and portability, please contact us at email@example.com.
Rights under the GDPR
Under the GDPR, EU-based visitors and members have the right to request from us access to Personal Information we share about you, to amend (or rectify) the Personal Information, to restrict or suspend our processing of the Personal Information, to erase the Personal Information, and to receive a copy of the Personal Information in a structured commonly used, and machine-readable format (data portability). If you wish to invoke a right under the GDPR, you may contact us using the contact details below. Please use the subject line “GDPR Query” in the subject line. Please include in your email a sufficiently detailed description of the GDPR right with which you seek assistance. We may need to contact you for further information, and we reserve the right to charge a fee for certain requests. We will notify you if your request has been granted or declined, or if exemptions apply. You have the right to make privacy complaints directly to a supervisory authority in your country.
If you have provided consent for the processing of your Personal Information, you may have the right (under certain circumstances) to withdraw that consent at any time, which will not affect the lawfulness of the processing before your consent was withdrawn.
You have the right to request to see a copy of the Personal Information we hold about you and to request corrections or deletions of the information that is no longer required.
In some circumstances you may have the right to object to the processing of your Personal Information, to request it is erased where it is no longer required for the stated purposes, or that inaccurate information about you is corrected.
To exercise these rights, please use the contact details below. To consent or withdraw your consent, you can use the “Privacy” pop-up on the website to manage your consent preferences.
Under California Civil Code Section 1798.83, if you are a California resident and your business relationship with us is primarily for personal, family, or household purposes, you may request certain data regarding our disclosure, if any, of Personal Information to third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an email to us using the contact details below with “Request for California Privacy Information” in the subject line. You may make such a request once per calendar year. If applicable, we will provide you, by email, a list of the categories of Personal Information disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes during the immediately preceding calendar year, along with the third parties’ names and addresses.
If you are a California resident under the age of 18, and a registered user of this website, California Business and Professions Code Section 22581 permits you to request and obtain removal of content or information you have publicly posted. To make such a request, please send an email with a detailed description of the specific content or information using the contact details below with “Request for Removal California Privacy Information” in the subject line. Please be aware that such a request does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of the content or information you have posted and that there may be circumstances in which the law does not require or allow removal even if requested.
We do not knowingly collect information from children under 14 years of age, without insisting that they seek prior parental consent if required by applicable law. We will only use or disclose Personal Information about a child to the extent permitted by law, to seek parental consent pursuant to local law and regulations, or to protect a child.
If you have any questions relating to this form or the way we are planning to use your information you may send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or send regular mail to: Vice President of Member Services and Marketing, Midwest Energy & Communications, 60590 Decatur Road, Cassopolis, MI 49031.