Privacy Policy

Purpose

The goal of the Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) Online Privacy Policy is to outline the philosophy of MVF concerning the privacy of those who visit the MVF website. Specifically, the policy is intended to clarify how MVF utilizes information it gathers related to site users. Information you provide will be protected as described unless the specific web page says otherwise. Should this privacy policy be modified in the future, this web page will reflect the revised policy. 

Policy

It is not necessary to provide personal information to access many parts of the MVF website. However, some portions of the website require you to provide personal information to verify homeowner status. MVF will not sell or give away names, addresses or any information about its site users to any third parties. MVF will not otherwise release such information unless required by law. 

We respect the privacy and security of your personally identifiable information that we collect about you online. The following describes our privacy policy and practices with respect to that information. By your registration to use or use of the website, you consent to our collection and use of your personally identifiable information and other information online by us in the manner set forth in this Online Privacy Policy. 

Implementation 

MVF will implement this policy by placing the following statement in a prominent location on all MVF-owned websites.

Montgomery Village Foundation, Inc. Online Privacy Statement

Thank you for visiting one of Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF)’s websites. We respect your privacy, and we want you to know that during your visit to our site, you may be providing information to MVF in two ways:

  1.  Anonymous statistics collected as you browse the site, and 
  2. Personal information you knowingly give us.We want you to be aware of how we handle this information.

Anonymous Statistics

As you browse the site, MVF's computers collect information about your visit, not about you personally. Using server logs, we monitor anonymous statistics such as:

  • How many people visit our site 
  • Which pages people visit on our site 
  • Which browsers people use to visit our site 

We use these statistics to improve our website, monitor its performance and to make it easier for you and other visitors to use. None of this information is associated with you personally.Please note that you do not give us your identity by visiting our website; however, you do identify yourself by sending us e-mail (see Personal Information, below).

Personal Information

Within this website, you may be asked to give us personal information, such as when you ask a question via e-mail that requires a response, sign up for an online account or perform an e-commerce transaction. This information may include your name, age, address, phone number(s), e-mail address, credit card, or other personal information. 

Personally identifiable information about you is used to permit us to verify your identity as a person who is entitled to register to use and to continue to use the Services we provide to you through this website. When you register to use the website, we will ask for certain personally identifiable information to confirm your identity as a person authorized to use the Services. This information is required to be complete and accurate at the time it is given, and to be updated so that it is at all times accurate and complete, as a condition of your continued ability to use the Services.

You may give your credit card number to third party sites in order to pay your association assessments, register for classes or other services. Your credit card information is not retained by MVF. These sites should use encryption to protect your information.

Agents and contractors of MVF who have access to personally identifiable information are required to protect this information in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Policy by, for example, not using the information for any purpose other than to carry out the services they are performing for us.

We may disclose anonymous, aggregated user statistics to third parties for a variety of purposes. For example, we may disclose how many individuals visited certain areas of our website, or demographic information about our users (see “Anonymous Statistics”).

Use of Information

It is not necessary to provide personal information to access the website. In order to gain access to higher level and specific detail on the website, users will be authenticated through a process which requires them to provide personal information. We do not sell your personally identifiable information in the normal course of our business. We may disclose personally identifiable information to any third party if required to do so by law or regulation, or if we believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary to:

(a) comply with legal process;
(b) enforce the Terms of Service;
(c) respond to claims that any content of any portion of the website violated the rights of third parties; or
(d) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of us, other Users or the public.

Data Security

We have put in place safeguards to help prevent unauthorized access and maintain data security.

Updating Information

MVF maintains a database on each property in Montgomery Village, including personal information on each homeowner. The database is accessed for specific services found on the website. Authorized users may update personal information or inaccuracies by contacting MVF. Information will be changed after verification by MVF staff.

Children's Privacy

We believe that it is especially important to protect children's privacy online. This website may be searched or used by minors, but MVF will not knowingly collect any personal information from minors.

E-Commerce

To participate in any third party e-commerce transaction accessed on this website, it will be necessary for you to provide personal details, such as addresses, telephone numbers and credit card information. We will not knowingly sell or give away names, addresses or any information about our site users to any third parties. We will not otherwise release such information unless required by law. Security for these transactions is provided through private Internet Service Providers that specialize in secure electronic transactions. These providers use data encryption systems that converts data sent from your browser to an unreadable form while it is in transit to a secure server.

Advertising Disclaimer

While the advertisements on this site are brought to you by MVF, the advertisements are not an endorsement by MVF of any business or individual.

Internet Disclaimer

MVF assumes responsibility only for the information it provides on its website. As a convenience to you, there are links throughout this site that will allow you to leave MVF's site. You should be aware that any sites linked here are not under the control of MVF. As such, we can make no representation to you concerning the content of these sites, nor does the fact that MVF has provided a link to a site serve as an endorsement by MVF of any of these sites. You should also be aware that the privacy protections afforded by the MVF site may not be afforded by sites linked to MVF.

Cookies

To enhance your experience with our website, we may use “cookies.” Cookies are text files placed in your computer’s browser to store your preferences. We may use cookies to understand site usage and to improve the content and offerings on our site. You may adjust your browser to reject cookies from us or from any other website. Please consult the “Help” section of your browser for more information. However, certain areas of our site may be accessed only in conjunction with cookies or similar devices and you should be aware that disabling cookies or similar devices might prevent you from accessing some of our content.

Questions

If you have any questions about your privacy and the Montgomery Village Foundation, please e-mail us at webmaster@mvf.org, or call 301-948-0110. For more information general, visit the Federal Trade Commission website at www.ftc.gov.


Approved by MVF Board of Directors – May 25, 2000
Revised by MVF Board of Directors - February 22, 2001
Approved by MVF Board of Directors – March 24, 2005
Revised by MVF Board of Directors – September 27, 2012
Revised by MVF Board of Directors – September 24, 2015