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Privacy & Usage Policy

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

When you visit our website to browse, read pages, submit forms, or download information, we automatically collect and store the following information:

  • The Internet domain and IP address from which you access our portal;
  • The date and time you access our site;
  • The pages you visit;
  • If you linked to this website from another website, the address of that website;
  • IP addresses, which are numbers automatically assigned to a computer when using the Internet;
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access the site;
  • The search terms used to get to the website and those used in the site's search engine;
  • The dates and times users access the site;
  • The type of device used to access the site;
  • How often users visit the site;
  • The pages users visit within the site; and
  • The links made to other websites through this site.

The State of North Carolina uses this information to help make the NC 100 Mile Challenge site more useful to visitors, to learn about the number of visitors to the site and the types of technology visitors use.

The State uses Google Analytics measurement software to collect the information listed above. The data are automatically sent to Google's system and the system immediately aggregates the data. Neither Google nor the State ever have access to the specifics of your particular site visits. The staff can only see the aggregate data from all users for a particular time period.

The State gathers this information to improve our websites and has chosen to not share the aggregate data with Google. We may use the aggregated data to share with out partners and contractors to help improve visitor experiences.

From time to time, NC 100 Mile Challenge may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website. In the event you believe that your personally identifiable information has been properly disclosed, please notify nc100miles@ncparks.gov.

Website Security

For website 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. Use of this site constitutes consent to such monitoring. Unauthorized attempts to upload information and/or change information on this website are strictly prohibited and subject to legal action, including, but not limited to, actions, punishment or remedies permitted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Visitors who register an account with the NC 100 Mile Challenge may be required to provide personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that is gathered depends on the nature of the interaction with the website. For example, visitors who register for an account are asked to provide their first and last name, email address, mailing address, gender and age range. Optional information, such as their home county, Twitter handle, marital status, whether they have children, hobbies, how many days a week they exercise and why they are taking the NC 100 Mile Challenge, may also be collected if provided by the user. Those who subscribe to email subscriptions, log activity records, or other transactions, may be asked to provide additional information required to process those transactions. If you are a registered user of NC 100 Mile Challenge and have supplied your email address, NC 100 Mile Challenge may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, and update you on upcoming events and promotions, including information related to North Carolina state parks. 

Public Disclosure

Government records in North Carolina generally are public in nature. The public policy of the State of North Carolina as established by the General Assembly is to "provide that, as a general rule, the public would have liberal access to public records."

The North Carolina Public Records Law states that public records "shall mean all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, photographs, films, sound recordings, magnetic or other tapes, electronic data-processing records, artifacts, or other documentary material, regardless of physical form or charateristics, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance in connection with the transaction of public business by any agency of North Carolina or its subdivisions." For information to be confidential, a specific provision must be made in the law.

If you send us a request (for example, through a support email or through one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your question or to help us support other users. NC 100 Mile Challenge takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized distribution, publication, access, use, alteration or destruction of personally-identifying information.

Email

If you email us and include personal information, we may use that information in responding to your request. Email is not necessarily secure or confidential. Send only the information that is necessary for us to answer your question or process your request. The email is subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law.

Cookies

A persisent cookie is generally defined as a piece of data that is stored on the user's hard drive. Persisent cookies are employed only when selected by the user and are only used to save the user's login information on their hard drive for easier login at a later time. No data is stored or transmitted to our website from these cookies. Otherwise, persisent cookies are not used on our website or in our web applications.

Temporary or session cookies are used on all NC.gov website page. These cookies are stored in memory and are only available during an active browser session. Session cookies are also used by some of the applications deployed on our website to temporarily save information entered by a user as long as the user's browser is open. These cookies do not collect personal information on users, and they are erased as soon as you close your web browser. No personally identifiable information about you is maintained as a result of a temporary or session cookie.

You can configure your web browser to accept or decline cookies, or to alert you when cookies are in use. You do not have to accept cookies from us, but if you choose not to, some of the functions on our site may not be available to you.

Interaction with Children Online

The State is committed to the protection of children's online privacy. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) governs information gathered online from or about children under the age of 13 from commercial websites. Verifiable consent from a child's parent or guardian is required before collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from a child under age 13. Though COPPA is not applicable to state government websites, if a State agency website intends to collect information from children under 13 years old, information specifying what the collected information will be used for, who will see it, and how long it will be kept will be provided by the specific web page that collects information about the child.

In the event that a State agency website does receive an online communication clearly indicating that it has been submitted by a child age 13 or younger, under no circumstances will any personal information be published on the website, be used for a purpose not intended by its sender or shared with third parties before obtaining parental consent. At any time, a parent may ask to review their child's information, delete it or ask that it not be used in the future by sending an email through our Contact Us page.

Links to Other sites

Our site provides links to other websites. The privacy policies described here do not necessarily apply to any external sites. Read the privacy policies of other sites you visit. Be informed. You are the person best qualified to protect your own privacy.

Group Disclaimer

All Groups and User Accounts are reviewed by "Site Administrators" to maintain the integrity of the NC 100 Mile Challenge and may be subject to:

  1. Approval or denial of an account or group for any reason.
  2. Approval or denial of any entries submitted by an account or group participants.
  3. Suspension or termination of user account access and group account access.

Users can elect to leave the group at any time and still participate in the NC 100 Mile Challenge as an individual. "Groups" are a voluntary featured and are managed by independent users of the site (referred to as the "Group Owner.") All accounts and related activities associated with the group may be visible by said Group Owner(s) and other user accounts associated with the group. Admittance into a private group is at the sole discretion of the Group Owner(s) and is not administered by the Site Administrator. A user's first and last initial and county of residence will be publicly visible in any public or private group(s) they have elected to join.

Disclaimer

All information provided in this website is believed to be accurate and reliable; however, the State of North Carolina assumes no responsibility for the use of this information.