Privacy Policy:

The Texas Southwest Council, Boy Scouts of America is committed to respecting and protecting the personal privacy of its members and those who visit its web site. It is our policy to acquire personal information from users only by overt and voluntary means, only when it is in the interest of the user to provide it, and to utilize this information only for the purpose it was provided.

The information that follows explains the kinds of information the Texas Southwest Council web site collects, how it is used, the conditions under which it is made available to third parties, how information is maintained, and our compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

NOTE: This privacy policy applies to all Texas Southwest Council, BSA domains . This privacy policy does not apply to any unit web site or any other external web site linked from our web site, as their content is not controlled by the Texas Southwest Council, BSA. Please contact the administrator of any unit, or other Scouting-oriented web site for information about their own privacy policies and the information they collect about their site visitors.

What information does this site collect?

This site collects anonymous data that is not indicative of and cannot be traced to an individual without the cooperation of their Internet Service Provider. This data includes information about the user's remote IP address, referral data (which page "linked" to the present request), and the browser software's user-agent string. This information is accepted passively from the HTTP headers that are sent from the user when requesting any file from the server. Other anonymous data entered by the user may be collected in a common repository, including terms entered into the search engine, ZIP codes entered into the council locator, etc.

Personally identifiable data is collected only by means of form interfaces on the site, into which the user must voluntarily enter the information requested. This information is requested only when it is necessary to accomplish the overt purpose indicated by the interface containing the form that requests it. Such for interfaces require only the information reasonably necessary to accomplish the overt purpose indicated on the interface.

No attempt is made to covertly or "quietly" collect personally identifiable information, nor are cookies or any other tracking technology used for the purpose of coordinating information that a user may opt to enter in various interfaces on the site.

What organization is collecting the information?

Information entered by site visitors is retrieved directly by the Texas Southwest Council, BSA: 104 W. River Drive PO Box 1584 San Angelo, TX 76902-1584 telephone (325) 655-7107

How does the Texas Southwest Council, BSA use the information it collects?

The anonymous information collected is used to monitor the usage of this web site and the interests of those who use it. Data such as the volume of traffic to the server, the number of visitors a certain section of the site receives each month are analyzed to derive general statistics about the site's reach and the audience's usage patterns.

Personally identifiable information is used only for the express purpose for which it was submitted. For example, if a user enters their information to register for an event, the information will be used only for the purpose of registering that unit or person(s) for that event.

With whom does the Texas Southwest Council, BSA share the information that is collected?

The BSA does not share personally identifiable information about its web site visitors with anyone.

Reports, statistics, and other analyses of aggregate anonymous information may be shared within the organization or provided to third parties at the sole discretion of the Texas Southwest Council, BSA. This information does not include any personally identifiable information.

Exception: the Texas Southwest Council, BSA reserves the right to use all information at its disposal and to share this information with ISPs and other third parties as necessary to investigate any incident of misuse or abuse of its site, server, or information systems.

How does the Texas Southwest Council, BSA maintain the information it collects?

In most cases, personally identifiable information is not maintained. Once it has been used for its intended purpose, it is deleted. Because of the brevity of this interval, no mechanism is provided to enable users to alter or delete information they have submitted.

How does the Texas Southwest Council, BSA comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998?

The Texas Southwest Council, BSA does not use its web site to collect any personally identifiable information from children under 13 years of age. Any interface that requests personally identifiable information that appears on an interface that can be expected to be viewed by children under 13 years of age is accompanied by a notice that submissions cannot be accepted from users under 13 years of age. Where "age" or "date of birth" is requested, no information will be stored or transmitted unless the response indicates that the user is 13 years of age or older.

Providing personal information is never a prerequisite for accessing any of the content or resources on this web site. Specifically, refusal to provide personal information via a web interface will never result in a user being denied access to any on-line content or resource he would be able to access were the information submitted.

Links to Other Sites:

This web site provides links to websites that are not under the control of the Texas Southwest Council, BSA.  If you visit one of these sites, you should review its privacy policy and terms of use.  If you find any inappropriate links, please inform the council as soon as possible.  We are not responsible for the actions or policies of other companies' and organizations’ web sites.

Policy Modifications and Deviations

Changes to this privacy policy will be posted to this website at least ten (10) days prior to any change going into effect.  Please check back periodically to ensure that you have the current information on our policies.  Regardless of a change in our policies, those changes will not be made effective retroactively to effect your prior visits.  However, any changes appearing here will effect any information collected from you after their effective date.

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