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Official Disclaimers, Terms of Use, Security and Privacy Notices


Thank you for visiting our website (the “Site”) and reading this Privacy Policy. This Policy explains what we do with data collected as a result of your visit to and use of this Site.  It also describes certain laws that apply to personally identifiable information that you might provide in the course of navigating and using this Site. Personally identifiable information is information about a natural person that is personally identifiable, such as your name, address, email address, or phone number.

By accessing and using this Site, you are accepting and agreeing to be legally bound by this Privacy Policy and thus are expressly consenting to our collection, storage, use, transfer, and disclosure of your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy. It is important to read this Privacy Policy carefully.

Collection of Your Information

We may collect and store the following personal information through your use of this Site:

  • Information submitted as part of the team or applicant registration process;
  • Correspondence through the Site, and correspondence sent to us;
  • Computer sign-on data, statistics on page views, and traffic to and from the Site;
  • Other information, including IP address and standard web log information; and
  • Information from third parties.

Other than the types of personal information described in this Section, we do not collect, and do not desire to receive, any additional personal information from visitors to the Site.

Use of Your Information

Our primary purpose in collecting personal information is to provide for the Site and conduct MDEQ’s Beach Outfalls Challenge and provide you with a smooth, efficient, and customized Site experience. You agree that we may use your personal information to:

  • Provide for the Site;
  • Conduct MDEQ’s Beach Outfalls Challenge;
  • Resolve disputes and troubleshoot problems;
  • Prevent potentially prohibited or illegal activities; and
  • Customize, measure, and improve our services and the Site’s content and layout.

Public Access to Information

In the State of Mississippi, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by state government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public’s right to access public records that serve various needs including the privacy of individuals. Exceptions are provided by both state and federal laws.  As a public agency, our information is governed by Mississippi’s Public Records Act, Miss Code Ann. §§ 25-61-1 et seq.

Information you send us may become a public record, and it may be subject to public inspection and copying if not otherwise protected by federal or state law.  If a public records request is made for any information provided to MDEQ pursuant to this Site and designated by you in writing as trade secrets or other confidential information, MDEQ shall following provisions of Miss. Code Ann. §§ 25-61-9 and 79-23-1 before disclosing such information. MDEQ shall not be liable for disclosure of information required by court order or required by law.

In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Policy and the Public Records Act or other law governing MDEQ’s disclosure of records, the Public Records Act or other applicable law will control.

Disclosure of Your Information

We may disclose personal information to respond to legal requirements; enforce our policies, including this Privacy Policy or any applicable rules of the Beach Outfalls Challenge; to detect, prevent, or otherwise address technical issues; respond to claims that content violates the rights of others; or protect anyone’s rights, property, or safety.

We may also share your personal information with (i) service providers under contract who help with our business operations or (ii) law enforcement or other governmental officials, in response to a verified request relating to a criminal investigation or alleged illegal activity.

We may also share or disclose non-private information or other non-personally identifying information with people and entities that we do business with.

Team and Design Challenge Names and Logos

This Site may contain text, artwork, photos or other content that is copyrighted or otherwise protected by MDEQ and other third parties.  Use of team names and logos, as well as the official Beach Outfalls Challenge name and logo, are governed by the applicable rules of the Beach Outfalls Challenge.  Teams should ensure that any logo created by them is not already registered, otherwise trademarked or prohibited from use. MDEQ is not responsible for a team’s use of any logo that is registered or otherwise protected from use.  Teams may use the Beach Outfalls Challenge name and logo on their informational materials, including this Site, only in the manner prescribed by the Branding and Logo Usage Guidelines made part of the Beach Outfalls Challenge rules.

Third Parties

This Privacy Policy addresses only the use and disclosure of information the Site collects from you. It does not apply to the practices of third parties that we do not own, control, employ, or manage, including, but not limited to, any third-party websites, services, applications, or businesses (“Third Party Services”). If you disclose your information to others, different rules may apply to their use or disclosure of the information you disclose to them. Because the Site does not control the privacy policies of third parties, you acknowledge that if you provide information to those third parties, that information will be subject to the privacy policies of those third parties, which may be different from this Privacy Policy. We are not responsible for the content or privacy policies of Third Party Services, and we encourage you to ask questions before you disclose your personal information to others.


We are very sensitive to children’s privacy issues. We encourage parents and guardians to supervise their children’s online activities and consider using parental control tools available from online services and software manufacturers. These tools can prevent children from disclosing their name, address, and other personal information online without parental consent.


We use “cookies” (small files placed on your hard drive) on certain pages of the Site to help analyze our web page flow, customize our services, measure Site and promotional effectiveness, and promote trust and safety. We may set and access cookies on your computer. All users can access and delete cookies through their web browser settings.

A few important things you should know about cookies are that:

  • We offer certain features that are only available through the use of cookies;
  • We use cookies to help identify you;
  • Most cookies are “session cookies,” meaning that they are automatically deleted from your hard drive at the end of a session;
  • You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, although doing so may interfere with your use of the Site; and
  • Other companies’ use of their cookies is subject to their own privacy policies, not this Privacy Policy. Other companies do not have access to our cookies.


This Site is provided on an “as-is” basis without any warranty of any kind.  Neither the State of Mississippi, MDEQ, nor any agency, officer, or employee of the State of Mississippi or MDEQ warrants the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published on this Site, nor endorses any content, viewpoints, products, or services linked from this Site, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information. Portions of such information or this Site may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity who relies on any information obtained from this Site does so at their own risk.

This Site contains links to other websites. These include links to web sites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private businesses, including but not limited to the websites of our vendors. When you follow a link to another site, you are no longer on our Site and this Privacy Policy will not apply– you will be subject to the privacy policy of that new site.

Reference in this Site to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Mississippi, MDEQ, or its officers, employees or agents.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

We may amend this Privacy Policy at any time without notice by posting the amended terms on the Site. All amended terms automatically take effect after they are initially posted on the Site unless a change in any applicable law requires immediate amendment. Use of information we collect is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time such information is collected.

Governing Law

Any and all disputes arising out of or relating to the terms of this Privacy Policy shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the State of Mississippi and the federal laws of the United States as they apply to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within Mississippi, without regard to conflict of law provisions.  You agree that any claim or dispute you may have against MDEQ arising out of or related to this Privacy Policy or the use of this Site must be resolved by courts located in Hinds County, Mississippi. By accessing this Site, you agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts located within Hinds County, Mississippi for the purpose of litigating all such claims or disputes.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Privacy Policy, you may contact us via our Contact link on this Site.