Information Collected and Stored Automatically
MLD’s website automatically collects some technical information from you when you visit the site in order to give you the best possible experience. MLD uses web measurement technology (Google Analytics) to automatically track how visitors interact with MLD including where they came from, what they did on the site, and whether they completed any pre-determined tasks while on the site. Aggregate data is used to help MLD improve our user interface and diversify our content offerings to meet the needs of our customers, track operational problems, prevent fraud and improve the effectiveness, security, and integrity of the site. This information does not identify you personally and data is only retained in accordance with MLD’s retention policy. For each page that you visit, we collect and store the following technical information:
- Date and time of access
- URL address of the MLD page visited
- Internet domain and IP address from which our website was accessed
- Type of browser and operating system used to access our site
- URL address of the referring page
- File size of the webpage visited
This information is only used to help make the site more useful for you. With this data we learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We never track or record information about individuals and their visits and we do not share this data with anyone outside the SBA unless necessary for law enforcement purposes.
There are two types of cookies. A session cookie is a line of text that is stored temporarily in your web browser’s memory cache, and will expire when the browser is closed. A session cookie is not placed on any hard drive, and it is destroyed as soon as you close your browser. A persistent cookie is saved to a file on your hard drive and is accessed whenever you re-visit the website that put it there. This lets that website remember what you were interested in the last time you visited.
We use persistent cookies to enable Google Analytics to differentiate between new and returning MLD site visitors. Persistent cookies remain on your computer between visits to MLD until they expire.
MLD may use third party services to enhance its distribution of data and information (e.g. videos) through links from the MLD website. A persistent cookie may be set by such a third party provider when you click on the provider’s link in order to access MLD data (e.g. play a video).
By default, persistent cookies and web measurement technologies are automatically used when you visit MLD’s website. Nevertheless, if you decide to disable or remove cookies from your browser, you will continue to have access to all information and resources publicly-available on MLD’ website.
Because we care about the safety and privacy of children online, we comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). COPPA and its accompanying regulations protect the privacy of children using the Internet. SBA.gov does not knowingly contact or collect personal information from children under 13. MLD is not intended to solicit information of any kind from children under 13.
It is possible that by fraud or deception we may receive information pertaining to children under 13. If we are notified of this, as soon as we verify the information, we will immediately obtain parental consent or otherwise delete the information from our servers.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs commercial software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.
Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no attempts are made to identify individual users and their usage habits. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.
Social Media and Third Party Websites
MLD uses some social media tools and websites to interact with its customers and resource partners. Social media websites are used to publicize MLD programs and services and engage with members of the public. MLD does not use third party websites to solicit and collect personal information from individuals. Any personal information collected by a third party website will not be transmitted to MLD unless required for law enforcement purposes or as otherwise permitted by law. MLD’s privacy and other web policies do not apply to these third party sites and we encourage you to read the policies of the third party site when deciding whether to use it. The official MLD social media sites are listed below.
Links to Other Sites / Affiliate Links
This website uses Affiliate links in many of the posts. Affiliate links are links to products for sale on another site. Jen of MLD receives a small commission when these items are purchased, but at no additional cost to you.