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Privacy Policy
Last Revised: June 27, 2018


This policy covers user privacy, system security, and Hurricane Watch Net information collection practices.

This website is provided as a public service by Hurricane Watch Net, Inc.

Information presented on this website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.  Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.

Site Management Data
Use of "cookies"
Consent to Voluntary Information Collection and Sharing
How e-mail is handled
How email distribution lists are handled
Links to Other Sites
How information is used
How long information is retained
Security of Data
Children's Policy
Privacy Act System of Records
Information Protection
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Site Management Data:

For each HTTP (which is what your Web browser generates when you request a page or part of a page from a Web site) request received, we collect and store only the following information:
  • the date and time
  • the originating IP address
  • the type of browser and operating system used (if provided by the browser)
  • the URL of the referring page (if provided by the browser)
  • the object requested
  • completion status of the request
  • pages visited
We use the information that we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different areas of our sites, and to help us make our sites more useful to visitors. This includes analyzing these logs periodically to determine the traffic through our servers, the number of pages served, and the level of demand for pages and topics of interest.  The logs may be preserved indefinitely and used at any time and in any way necessary to prevent security breaches and to ensure the integrity of the data on our servers.

The use of "cookies":

The Hurricane Watch Net does not use "persistent cookies" or other persistent tracking technology.

Consent to Voluntary Information Collection and Sharing:

All the information users submit to the Hurricane Watch Net is done on a voluntary basis.  When a user clicks the "Submit" button on any of the Web forms found on the Hurricane Watch Net site they are indicating voluntarily consent to the conditions outlined in this policy.  We do not collect personally identifiable information (e.g., name, address, phone number, e-mail address) unless you provide it.  In all cases, the information collected is used to respond to user inquiries or to provide services requested by our users.  Any information provided through one of our Web forms is removed from Web servers within seconds, increasing the protection for this information.

How e-mail is handled:

We use information you send us by e-mail only for the purpose for which it is submitted (e.g., to answer a question, to send information).  In addition, if you do choose to provide information, it is only used to respond to your request (e.g., addressing a package to send you pamphlets or booklets) or to provide a service you are requesting (e.g., email notifications).  Information we receive by e-mail is disclosed to the public only pursuant to the laws and policies governing the dissemination of information.  However, information submitted to the Hurricane Watch Net becomes a record and therefore might be subject to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Choice/Opt-Out:

Our site provides users the opportunity to subscribe to receive via email “Tropical Weather Information”.  Should one wish to opt-out of receiving emails, just click the link on any of our webpages, “Email Subscriptions” under ‘Weather’ and then follow the instructions found near the bottom of that pages.  If you have problems with this process, just send an email to webmaster@hwn.org stating your request.

Links to Other Sites:

The Hurricane Watch Net website may contain links to other websites or applications that are not owned or operated by us.  If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party’s website.  We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site and application you visit.

We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.

How information is used:

Information the Hurricane Watch Net collects is used for a variety of purposes (e.g., E-spotter forms, product user survey forms).  We make every effort to clearly disclose at the point of collection how information is used and allow our Web site visitor to determine whether they wish to provide the information.

How long information is retained:

We destroy the information we collect when the purpose for which it was provided has been fulfilled unless we are required to keep it longer by statute, policy or both.

Security of Data:

The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure.  While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Children's Privacy:

We do not knowingly collect or request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18.  If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your children has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us.  If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we will take steps to remove that information from our servers.

Privacy Act System of Records:

The Hurricane Watch Net does not maintain and retrieve information submitted to it based upon personal identifiers (name, email addresses, etc.).  Consequently, the Hurricane Watch Net Web site does not use or collect information for any Privacy Act System of Records.

Information Protection:

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.  If such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to appropriate law enforcement officials.  Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on this server are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act or other law.

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If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us: