Our Commitment to Privacy
Welcome to CambridgeUSA.org—the Official Tourism Web site for Cambridge, MA. This site is owned and operated by the Cambridge Office for Tourism (collectively referred to herein as “COFT,” “us” or “we”). Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our homepage and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested.
Our Collection and Use of Your Personally Identifiable Information
In general, we collect and use information about you where we reasonably believe it will help us administer our services generally, and improve our response to your requests for tourism and vacation information for the City. The information you give us also allows us to statistically analyze the usage of our Web site (also referred to herein as “Site”), improve our content and informational offerings, and customize our Site’s content, layout and services. Except as described herein, we do not sell, rent or otherwise share or disclose your private, personally identifiable information to third parties.
We specifically collect information from you at several different points, including but not limited to the following:
Information You Provide To Us
You provide information when you post and submit information through the sections that request information (such as the Contact Us, Newsletter Sign-up, or Pressroom sections), or when you participate in a contest or questionnaire. For example, you provide information when you ask a question, request the Visitor Guide, sign up for access to the Pressroom, complete a questionnaire or a contest entry form. When this information is submitted, your contact information is automatically added to our database of users. This database is used for correspondence that may be sent to you only from within the COFT organization or its designated fulfillment house. You may opt-out of inclusion in the database by sending us an opt-out request via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Automatic Information – URL and IP Addresses
Examples of the information we automatically collect and analyze include the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet; computer and connection information such as browser type and version, operating system, and platform; the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL) clickstream to, through, and from our Web site, including date, time and pages visited. This information is used to generate reports on Web site usage and visitors and DOES NOT include any personally identifiable information such as name or e-mail address.
COFT uses persistent cookies on its Site. A cookie is a text file placed on your hard drive (usually your browser) by a Web site. A persistent cookie will remain on your hard drive even after you leave the respective web site and close your browser. When you return to the same Web site that placed the cookie on your hard drive, the Web site may then access the cookie.
The information collected by COFT through these cookies is used strictly for statistical analysis of usage trends related to our Site. Cambridge Office for Tourism does not share, sell, transfer or provide any information collected through cookies to any third parties. Certain versions of browsers may allow parties other than COFT to access the cookie placed by COFT on your hard drive (usually your browser) when you visit the other parties’ respective Web sites. Consult your browser instructions for further details on this.
Most browsers allow you to be informed when a cookie is placed on your browser and give you the chance to accept or reject the cookie. Also, most browsers allow you to disable or delete cookies placed on your browser. Consult your browser instructions for further details on those processes. Please note that cookies are not needed to fully access and enjoy this Site.
Restrictions on Disclosing Information To Third Parties
Except as described herein, we do not sell, rent or otherwise share or disclose your private, personally identifiable information to third parties unless: (1) you request or authorize it; (2) the information is provided to help provide a service or complete a transaction with you; (3) the information is provided to comply with the law (for example, to comply with a search warrant, subpoena or court order), enforce an agreement we have with you, or to protect our rights, property or safety, or the rights, property or safety of our employees or others; (4) the information is provided to our agents, vendors or service providers who perform functions on our behalf (and who are all contractually bound to maintain the confidentiality of the information); (5) to address emergencies or acts of God; or (6) to address disputes, claims, or to persons holding a legal or beneficial interest. We may also gather aggregated data about our visitors and disclose the results of such aggregated (but not personally identifiable) information to our partners, service providers and/or other third parties for marketing or promotional purposes.
Links to Third Party Web Sites
COFT is also not responsible for the content or privacy policies of other Web sites to which it provides links. Please review the privacy policies and/or the terms and conditions of each of these additional linked Web sites before providing any personal information.
We are committed to providing a comprehensive Web site regarding Cambridge area events and attractions. However, we do not and will not link to sites with adult content.
Contests & Sweepstakes
Our Commitment To Children’s Privacy
Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we do not knowingly attempt to solicit or receive any information from children that we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.
Disclaimer and Release With Respect to Transactions Entered Into With Any Linked Site or Other Third Party
Any transaction that you enter into with any linked site, or other third party via or as a result of viewing our Web site is solely between you and such linked site or other third party. By using this Web site, you understand and agree that the Cambridge Office for Tourism has no responsibility for such transactions. You further agree that you will hold COFT harmless and not liable and release COFT from any and all suits and/or claims should you have any dispute over or problem with any such transaction. You are advised that if you use a credit card to complete a transaction with any linked site, or other third party, and you later have a problem or dispute with the goods or services purchased, you may have charge-back rights. For more information about charge-back rights, contact the financial institution that issued the credit card used for the transaction.
General Legal Notice and Disclaimer
References herein to any product or service offered by a linked site or other third party do not constitute or imply endorsement or recommendation by the COFT. While our office makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this Web site, COFT does not approve or certify such information nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, timeliness or correct sequencing of such information. Use of such information is voluntary and reliance on it should only be undertaken after an independent review of its applicability, accuracy, completeness, efficacy and timeliness with regard to the user’s specific needs and purposes. Cambridge Office for Tourism (including its employees and agents) is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, or reliance on the information available through this Web site. No approvals, recommendations, endorsements, guarantees or warranties, including, but not limited to, any express or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for any particular use or purpose of products or services named on this Internet site are made by COFT.