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Privacy Statement of the Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library

 



Library records

Voluntarily submitted personal information
Referrals
Legislative confidentiality
Server log information
Cookies
Questions or comments

 

The Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library is committed to providing you with the legal and governmental information you need in a way that respects and protects your personal privacy choices and concerns. The following policy applies only to pages on the Library web site starting with the address "http://www.maine.gov/legis/lawlib/". Please note that our pages include links to research tools and resources not maintained by the Library. Users may want to check these sites individually for information on their respective privacy policies.

Library records
The Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library’s web site adheres to the same standard of privacy protection for its users as does the Library itself. A Maine statute makes information relating to the identity of a library user confidential. It also provides that library records may only be released with the express written permission of the patron involved or as the result of a court order (Maine Revised Statutes, Title 27, Section 121). The Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library is expressly included in this statute.

Voluntarily submitted personal information
When you make a request we ask that you voluntarily submit your name and contact information. Only the return e-mail address and a description of the information you need are required. The Library requests the additional contact information in the event we need to contact you for clarification during our research or if the email address or phone number is incorrect.

Your information request will be deleted from our e-mail box and shredded (if printed) according to the records management schedules established in cooperation with the Maine State Archives. We retain these records for a period of time in case we need to follow-up on the original request orWe may collect statistical information about the requests we receive, but no personally identifiable information is included.  If you borrow library materials we will ask for your address and telephone number to register you as a library user. This information will be used for making the loan and following up when the materials become due. 

Referrals
Occasionally we may find that a person outside the Library, generally a state government official, has the information you need or the knowledge and expertise to respond to your specific questions. In these cases we would provide you with instructions to contact that person directly if you choose to do so. The Library does not disclose any personal information to people outside the Library.

Legislative confidentiality
The Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library is a nonpartisan legislative staff office, and is covered by the Legislative Confidentiality Policy adopted by the Legislative Council. Under the terms of this policy, legislative requests for assistance or information are included in the statutory exception from public disclosure. Such requests are confidential, and no information concerning these requests will be disclosed without specific authorization from the person making the request. 

Server log information
The Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library web pages are hosted on a server maintained by InforMe. In order to monitor traffic patterns, the server collects information from visitors, including the date and time, IP address, referring locations, and browser types and pages used the most. Nothing in these statistics identifies the individuals who browse our website.

Cookies 
Cookies are small text files that a web server may ask your web browser to store, and to send back to the web server when needed. Cookies may be used to store a transaction identifier or other information a user may provide. The Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library does not use cookies at this time.

Questions or comments
If you have questions or comments relating to this privacy policy, you may contact:

John Barden, Director
Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library
43 State House Station Augusta, Maine 04333 
Tel. (207) 287-1600 



Updated 12/10/2013          Privacy Policy          Site Index