The Monterey Public Library is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the Monterey Public Library Web Site and governs data collection and usage. By using the Monterey Public Library Web Site, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your Personal Information

The Monterey Public Library Web Site collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. This information is solely used by the City to conduct its business and will not be sold, transferred or given to a third party, except as required under the Public Records Act or other applicable law. Providing this information is strictly voluntary. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Statement and the Public Records Act or other law governing the City's disclosure of records, the Public Records Act or other applicable law will control.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by the Monterey Public Library Web Site. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by the Monterey Public Library for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Monterey Public Library Web site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through the Monterey Public Library Web Site public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others.

The Monterey Public Library encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from the Monterey Public Library so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. The Monterey Public Library is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the Monterey Public Library Web Site and the Monterey Public Library family of Web sites.

Use of your Personal Information

The Monterey Public Library collects and uses your personal information to operate the Monterey Public Library Web Site and deliver the services you have requested. The Monterey Public Library also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other services available from the Monterey Public Library. The Monterey Public Library may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

The Monterey Public Library does not sell, rent or lease its user lists to third parties.

The Monterey Public Library keeps track of the Web sites and pages our citizens visit within the Monterey Public Library Web Site, in order to determine what Monterey Public Library services are the most popular.

The Monterey Public Library Web Site 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 Monterey Public Library or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of the Monterey Public Library; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the Monterey Public Library Web Site, or the public.

Use of Cookies

The Monterey Public Library Web site uses "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page 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 cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize Monterey Public Library pages, or register with Monterey Public Library Web Site or services, a cookie helps the Monterey Public Library Web Site to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same Monterey Public Library Web Site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Monterey Public Library Web Site 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 the interactive features of the Monterey Public Library services or Web sites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

The Monterey Public Library Web Site secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. The Monterey Public Library Web Site secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Changes to this Statement

The Monterey Public Library will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect City of Monterey and customer feedback. The Monterey Public Library encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how the Monterey Public Library is protecting your information.

Contact Information

The Monterey Public Library welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that the Monterey Public Library has not adhered to this Statement, please contact the Library Director at waite@monterey.org. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.