Friends of Maryland State Forests and Parks, Inc.
Dedicated to preserving, protecting, improving and expanding our Maryland State Parks.
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Privacy Policy

The Friends of Maryland State Parks (hereafter referred to as the “FOMSP”) is committed to protecting your privacy. This page is dedicated to answering basic questions about what personal information we gather about users of this website and how we use that information. If you have any further questions, please e-mail them to membership@friendsofmdparks.org.

What information do we collect on-line?

The FOMSP collects e-mail addresses and other personally identifiable information about visitors who voluntarily submit information. For example, the website uses forms for visitors to become members of the FOMSP or renew their memberships. Some of the advocacy functions of the FOMSP require it to collect personal information. The FOMSP uses this site to make these functions more effective and to provide participants with additional information significant to Maryland State Parks. All information is collected and stored in a manner appropriate to the nature of the data. We collect some or all of the following personal information: (a) name, (b) address, (c) FOMSP membership level, (d) amount of donation, (e) senior status, (f) waiver of membership benefits for tax purposes, (g) phone number, (h) e-mail address, (i) election to receive news and other notices by e-mail.Although the FOMSP receives IP addresses of visitors to this website through monitoring systems, it does not compile and retain records of the IP addresses of visitors to this website. Instead, the FOMSP collects information about traffic to its web-site, including such information as the number of visitors and the popularity of particular pages of the web-site.

With whom does the Friends of Maryland State Parks share the information that it gathers on-line?

The FOMSP shares the personal information that it gathers on-line with the following kinds of persons and organizations: (a) environmental groups and (b) other non-profits whose missions and constituencies are similar to those of the FOMSP. The organizations that receive personal information from the FOMSP may use the information for their direct marketing and fund-raising campaigns. Although the FOMSP does not sell personal information to credit card companies, it does provide personal information to credit companies in order to collect donations by persons who use credit cards to make donations.

How can people who provide personal information to the FOMSP direct the FOMSP not to share information with outside persons and organizations?

Persons who have provided personal information to the FOMSP may direct the FOMSP to withhold their personal information from outside organizations and persons through opt-out. Persons who use credit cards to donate to the FOMSP or use credit cards to pay their membership dues should note that the FOMSP must provide personal information to banks and credit card companies in order to collect the donations or dues. Therefore, persons who use credit cards to donate to the FOMSP or use credit cards to pay their membership dues can “opt-out” of all disclosures of their personal information except those that the FOMSP must make in order to collect donations and dues from banks and credit card companies.

How does the Friends of Maryland State Parks notify users of the web-sites when it updates its privacy policy?

The Friends of Maryland State Parks notifies users of updates to its privacy policy by stating the date of the most recent update at the bottom of this page.

When did the Friends of Maryland State Parks’ privacy policy go into effect?

The Friends of Maryland State Parks’ privacy policy went into effect before February 1, 2015.