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Privacy Policy

This project is committed to protecting your privacy and providing a safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to this website and governs data collection and usage. By using this site, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your Personal Information

This project may collect information such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address, and telephone numbers that you enter into contact forms. The project may also collect anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests, and favorites.

Some information about your computer hardware and software is automatically collected through the website. This information can include your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times, and referring website addresses. This information is used for the operation of the website and to provide statistics regarding site use.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through the project website, this information may be collected and used by others. While we will never sell or give away your information to an outside organization, comments made through this website may be part of the public record and therefore may be requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

We encourage you to review the privacy statements of websites you choose to link to from the project website, so that you can understand how those websites collect, use, and share your information. The project is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on websites outside of the project.

Use of your Personal Information

The project collects and uses your personal information to operate the project website. We may also use your personally identifiable information to inform you of upcoming events, developments in the project, and opportunities for you to voice your questions and concerns related to the project. We may also contact you via surveys, to conduct research about your opinion of current or upcoming public involvement opportunities.

We do not sell, rent, or lease our contact lists to third parties. We do not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

We keep track of the websites and pages our readers visit within project website, in order to determine what pages are the most popular. This data is used to strengthen the areas of little interest and to improve the overall look and usability of the website.

The project website 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 the project or the website; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of the project; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the project website, or the public.

Public Disclosure

All information collected at this site becomes a public record unless an exemption in law exists. ORS Chapter 192 contains the Oregon Public Records Law and other program specific ORS's and OAR's. In the State of Oregon, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by state government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public's right to access public records that serve various needs including the privacy of individuals. Both state and federal laws provide exceptions. We may request personally identifiable information from you in order to provide requested services, but such information is handled as it would be on an in-person visit to a governmental office.

Use of Cookies

The project website uses "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a webpage server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of a cookies is to save you time when you return to a specific page. For example, if you personalize any project pages, or register with the project website, a cookie helps the project website to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, and so on. When you return to the same website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the website features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience some of the interactive features of the website during your visit.

Changes to this Statement

We will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect project and public feedback. We encourage you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how the project is protecting your information.

Contact Information

We welcome your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that the project has not adhered to this Statement, please contact us. We will use reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.