Thank you for visiting a website published and managed by Maryland Environmental Service. This statement applies specifically to this website as well as all social media and other websites associated with MES. This statement has been adopted from the Privacy and Security Statement written by the State of Maryland Department of Information Technology.

When you browse these websites, read pages, or download information, certain information about your visit is automatically gathered and stored. This information does not identify you personally, and includes the following:

  • The Internet domain and the IP address (the number automatically assigned to your computer when surfing the Web) from which you access the site
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access the site
  • The date and time you access a site
  • The page(s) you visit
  • The address from which you linked to our website.
This information is used to make these websites more useful to visitors, to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record identifying information about individuals and their visits.

If you send us e-mail, we use the information you send us to respond to your inquiry, just as we do with written correspondence. E-mail correspondence, like mailed correspondence, may become a public record. As a public record, your correspondence could be disclosed to other parties upon their request, in accordance with Maryland's public records law.

It is our policy to preserve the privacy of personal records and to protect confidential or privileged information. Such information will be disclosed publicly only as required by the Public Information Act or as necessary or permissible to carry out official duties. Under State law, these policies do not apply to information gathered for certain specified purposes, such as the investigation of a possible violation of the law. If you have any questions about these privacy policies, please contact the Director of Communications.

Changes to our websites may necessitate changes to our privacy statement. The information contained in this privacy statement applies only to and any social media or other websites associated with Maryland Environmental Service.

To ensure that is secure and remains available to all users, MES 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 other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under State and Federal laws that protect fraud and abuse of computer systems.