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.
Disclosure of Your Information
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.
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:
- 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
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.
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.