Privacy

Individuals’ privacy is important to Montessori Education Centers Associated. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information policy and practices. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available throughout the setonmontessori.org web site. Our privacy and public records obligations are governed solely by applicable Illinois statutes and by any applicable U.S. federal laws..

Notice About the Information We Collect

This notice applies to all information collected by or submitted to official MECA web sites. The following information explains the Internet privacy policy and practices that MECA has adopted for its official web sites. In legal terms, it shall not be construed as a contractual promise, and MECA reserves the right to amend it at any time without notice.

When you access our web pages, the client information and the essential and nonessential technical information listed below is automatically collected — we refer to those categories collectively as “access” information. No other information is collected through our official web sites except when you deliberately decide to send it to us (for example, by clicking on a link to send us an e-mail). The information you might choose to send us is listed below as “optional information.”

Automatically Collected Access Information:

  • Client information: the Internet domain and Internet address of the computer you are using.
  • Essential technical information: identification of the page or service you are requesting, type of browser and operating system you are using; and the date and time of access.
  • Nonessential technical information: the Internet address of the web site from which you linked directly to our web site, and the “cookie information” described below.

Optional information: When you send MECA an e-mail, we collect your name, e-mail address, and the content of your e-mail. When you complete an online form, we collect all the data you choose to fill in or confirm, including credit or debit card information if you are ordering a product or making a payment, as well as information about other people if you are should you choose to provide it.

MECA may use web traffic analysis tools to analyze patterns of use on the setonmontessori.org web site. These tools do not create individual profiles for visitors and only collects aggregate data.

The Way We Use Information

Client information is used to route the requested web page to your computer for viewing. In theory, the requested web page and the routing information could be discerned by other entities involved in transmitting the requested page to you. We do not control the privacy practices of those entities. Essential and nonessential technical information helps us respond to your request in an appropriate format [or in a personalized manner] and helps us plan web site improvements. Optional information enables us to provide services or information tailored more specifically to your needs or to forward your message or inquiry to another entity that is better able to do so, and also allows us to plan web site improvements.

We may use non-identifying and aggregate information to better design our web site. For example, we may report that X number of individuals visited a certain area on our web site, or that Y number of men and Z number of women filled out our registration form, but we would not disclose anything that could be used to identify those individuals.

We may keep client information from our systems indefinitely after the web page is transmitted, but we do not try to obtain any information to link it to the individuals who browse our web site. However, on rare occasions when a “hacker” attempts to breach computer security, logs of access information are retained to permit a security investigation and in such cases may be forwarded together with any other relevant information in our possession to law enforcement agencies.

Under the US Freedom of Information Act, any records in our possession at the time of a Freedom of Information Request might be subject to being inspected by or disclosed to members of the public for any purpose they may desire. As indicated above, client information may be retained after transmission of the requested web page and might be available for inspection.

We use the information you provide about yourself when placing an order or request only to complete that order or request. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order or request. Similarly, we use the information you provide about someone else when placing an order or request only to complete that order or request. Again, we do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order or request. Information you provide may be used for internal MECA purposes.

We generally use return e-mail addresses only to answer the e-mail we receive. Such addresses are generally not used for any other purpose and by MECA and state policy are not shared with outside parties.

Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without a clear notice on the particular site and without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

Use of Cookies

Montessori Education Centers Associated web sites use “cookies.” Often a cookie enables the MECA web site to tailor what you see according to the way you entered the site (i.e., if you entered by pushing a button identifying yourself as a student, your subsequent views of information might be tailored for student audiences).

Providing Information is Your Choice

There is no legal requirement for you to provide any information at our web site. However, our web site will not work without routing information and the essential technical information. Failure of your browser to provide nonessential technical information will not prevent your use of our web site but may prevent certain features from working. For any optional information that is requested at the web site, failure to provide the requested information will mean that the particular feature or service associated with that part of the web page may not be available to you.

Our Commitment To Data Security

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online, consistent with the policies of MECA and with the laws and regulations of the State of Illinois.

Questions Regarding Your Privacy

For further information regarding your privacy, contact:
Stephen J. Snyder
Privacy Information
Address: 5728 Virginia Avenue, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
Telephone: (630) 655-1066
Facsimile: (630) 654-0182
Email: copyright@setonmontessori.org (preferred)

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