This website is maintained by the marketing and Communications Departments of Spurwink for the primary purpose of providing information to individuals, families, providers and mental health & special education professionals. 

SPURWINK SERVICE'S COMMITMENT TO PRIVACY

The privacy of visitors to our Web site is very important to Spurwink Services. Spurwink has adopted this policy to inform visitors about the agency’s data collection practices — both when a visitor voluntarily enters and transmits information to Spurwink and when data are collected automatically by systems used by Spurwink.

INFORMATION SPURWINK SERVICES COLLECTS FROM WEB SITE VISITORS

Spurwink collects personally identifiable information at various points on Web sites/pages. Personally identifiable information (PII) are data which contain personal information that can be associated with or traced back to an individual Web site/page visitor. This includes, for instance, a visitor's name, address, and phone number. If applicable, PII also includes a credit card number and expiration date.

Information that is not PII is often referred to as "aggregate information." This includes a user's Internet Protocol (IP) address, Web site/page traffic and other statistics, and demographic data. Most aggregate information is collected automatically.

Spurwink Services automatically collects and/or tracks the following information from visitors or individuals who communicate with the agency’s  users via e-mail:

  • e-mail address;
  • home server domain name and IP address;
  • information knowingly provided by visitors by using online registration forms, e-mail, and surveys; and
  • information regarding where, when, and how often a visitor visits Spurwink Web sites/pages.

In addition, when a visitor uses the Spurwink search engine, systems may record information about the search. This information is collected and analyzed by authorized system administrators to:

  • evaluate Web site navigation and accessibility;
  • verify the accuracy and relevance of searches;
  • solve technical issues;
  • calculate usage statistics; and/or

THE WAY SPURWINK SERVICES USES INFORMATION COLLECTED

Information collected by Spurwink Services "PII and/or aggregate data" may be used by Spurwink for:

  • educational and/or research purposes;
  • editorial and feedback purposes;
  • promotional and recruiting purposes, including soliciting financial contributions and contacting prospective students;
  • statistical analysis of a visitor's online behavior for Web site development;
  • content improvement;
  • analysis of the number of Web site/page "hits;" and
  • Web site/page content and layout customization.

Names, postal and e-mail addresses, and phone numbers provided by visitors via online forms may added to Spurwink’s database(s). This information may be used for correspondence or other uses consistent with Spurwink’s business practices and/or academic mission. Spurwink may also use such information to provide users with information concerning events and other community activities and services.

DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL DATA TO THIRD PARTIES

Spurwink Services occasionally retains the services of third parties to process information, financial transactions, or other purposes approved by members of Spurwink’s senior management.

SPURWINK’S COMMITMENT TO DATA SECURITY

To restrict unauthorized access and to enhance data integrity and accuracy, Spurwink Services implements physical, electronic, and administrative security policies and procedures intended to safeguard information the agency collects and/or stores online. However, Spurwink cannot assure or warrant absolute effectiveness of the security measures implemented by the agency.

SPURWINK’S COMMITMENT TO CHILDREN'S PRIVACY

In most cases, Spurwink Services neither collects nor attempts to collect PII from children known to be under the age of thirteen (13). However, Spurwink cannot always determine if a visitor is a child. In general, the subject matter provided on the Agency’s Web site is not directed toward children under the age of thirteen (13).

SPURWINK SERVICES’ RIGHT TO CONTACT WEB SITE VISITORS

Spurwink Services reserves the right to contact Web site visitors for legitimate purposes relevant to Spurwink transactions, surveys, statistical purposes, and/or other reasons approved by the Agency’s administration. Such contact, if any, will be minimal and will be consistent with Spurwink’s business practices and/or mission.

SPURWINK’S RIGHT TO CHANGE THIS POLICY

Spurwink Services reserves the right to change this policy at any time. Visitors will not be notified of any changes made to this policy. Changes to the Web Site Privacy Policy are effective upon posting to this Web site address.

HOW TO CONTACT SPURWINK SERVICES REGARDING THIS POLICY

To Opt Out of receiving future services or information from Spurwink, or for questions concerning this policy, please communicate in writing to:

Spurwink Services
899 Riverside Street
Portland, ME 04103