Privacy Policy

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (“MORPC,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) offers services, programs, projects, and initiatives that bring mid-Ohio communities of all sizes and interests together to collaborate on best practices and plan for the future of our growing region. We utilize a variety of online and electronic tools to carry out this mission.

This Privacy Policy (the “Policy”) is limited to your use of the particular websites, Internet-based portals, social networking communication platforms, mobile applications, and other online services to which this this Policy is expressly linked (collectively, the “Services”) and does not extend to those in which it is not expressly linked, including pages or online services operated by third parties.  Please refer to any separate website policies that may be linked to such other sites.

The Policy explains how we collect, use, and share Personal Information that you provide or that we collect in the course of providing the Services. Personal Information is information that specifically identifies a living individual. For example, Personal Information may include, your name, home address, e-mail address, phone number, social security number, and so on.

Policy Integration

This Privacy Policy is part of the Terms of Use that govern your use of the website and/or Services. A link to our Terms of Use is provided at the bottom of each page within this website and can also be found here:  .

This Privacy Policy incorporates our Cookie Notice, which is accessible from a notice presented to users of the website and/or Services and can be accessed here:

Information You Voluntarily Provide

MORPC collects Personal Information you and others voluntarily provide when you use the website. This could include information when you create an account, sign up for news alerts or newsletters, send forms to programs, or contact us with questions. There may also be optional functions of the website which you must provide Personal Information to use. The ways we will use such information will be provided on the page where you provide that information. Such optional services may include:

  • You opting in to location-based services
  • Use of integrated services with third parties (i.e. logging using credentials from a different platform, linking accounts from different platforms)
  • Forum subscriptions after you create a forum registration
  • Submitting general contact forms
  • Submitting inquiries in any form (i.e. e-mail, phone, mail, text message etc.)

When you provide us with Personal Information, you agree to provide accurate, complete and true information. You agree to not use a false or misleading name that you are not authorized to use.

In order to provide our Services and deliver products, we also need to collect and store Personal Information. The types of information we may collect from customers includes: names, addresses, usernames, email addresses, passwords, phone numbers, transactional information, or any other information you choose to provide in connection with the Services.

Information Your Web Browser Provides

When you visit the website, we automatically collect information provided by your web browser. This information includes, but is not limited to, your device’s IP address, the pages of the website you visit, the time that your device visited, the identity of your service provider, and the name and version of your operating system. This passively collected data is used to administer, operate, and improve the website and Services, and to provide individualized advertising to you. We may use IP addresses and device data to identify a user who is noncompliant with our Terms of Use, or to protect the site or other users.

We may also use information in the aggregate that has no personal identifying characteristics to understand aggregate user and customer behavior. Non-personally identifiable information is not treated the same as Personal Information and we may use and disclose such information for various purposes.

Cookies and Similar Technology

We use cookies and other technology to collect information, provide Services, and support features of the website. Please see our Cookie Notice, linked here: , which is fully incorporated with this Privacy Policy.

Please be aware that by using this website and our Services, you are also consenting to websites and other services provided by third parties to submit and store cookies on your device to passively collect information about your use of our website and Services or third party websites and services. We do not have control over the way third parties collect and use your information and such procedures are subject to their own privacy policies.

Information from Other Sources

We may receive information about you, including Personal Information, from third parties. We may combine this information with other Personal Information we maintain about you and such information will be handled under the terms of this Privacy Policy.


We use collected Personal Information to provide information and Services you request; to operate, improve, and maintain our website and Services; to prevent fraudulent use of our systems; to enforce our Terms of Use or comply with laws; to individually tailor advertising and other aspects of your experience; to maintain a record of how you use our platforms; for administrative purposes; and for any other purposes that we may disclose to you when we request Personal Information and your consent to use it.

We may also use Personal Information to send you commercial materials that we believe might match your interests.

We may use location or other information that you provide to better deliver personalized content to you.


We value your privacy and we will not disclose your Personal Information to third parties without your consent. There may be times when we need to share your Personal Information with third parties to provide you Services, for the proper functioning of website features, or to comply with the law. The occasions when we will share your Personal Information because of these reasons are explained below.

Service Providers

We use third parties to assist us with providing our Services (i.e., data storage and processing) and we may share your Personal Information with these third-party Service Providers to help us to serve you. We limit the amount and types of Personal Information we share with Service Providers to what they need to reasonably perform their functions. We also required Service Providers to comply with a privacy policy that is at least as restrictive as this Policy.

Business Transfers

We may disclose and transfer Personal Information to a third party in the event that a merger, acquisition, debt financing transaction, sale of our assets, other similar transaction, bankruptcy, insolvency, or receivership occurs.

Legal Protection

We may disclose Personal Information if we believe we must to comply with a law, or if disclosure is in our interest to protect property or other legal rights. This may include disclosing Personal Information to enforce contracts and agreements, to protect the rights or property of others, or to help protect the security of our Service and the information of other users.

Integrated Services

Our Services and website may allow you to integrate accounts with a third party service (for example: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.). When you elect to integrate your accounts, you are electing to share your Personal Information with the third party for this purpose. Any Personal Information disclosed to a third party providing an integrated service is outside of our control and is subject to that third party’s own terms and policies.

Location Information

We may share aggregate, non-personally identifiable location information with third parties to assist in understanding our user’s interests and usage of our website and Services.

Public Records Requests

Ohio public records law (Ohio Rev. Code Section 149.43) requires state agencies to disclose most documents and records, including electronic records. Therefore, information submitted through this website may be subject to disclosure pursuant to a public records request. Please be aware that for public records, Ohio law requires us to disclose the records despite requests to keep information confidential.



If we offer user accounts on our website platform, you may be able to log in, access some forms of Personal Information you have shared, and update this information in your account settings page. If you desire to update any Personal Information that you have shared with us that is not available for editing in your account settings, please contact us using the contact information at the end of this Policy.


If you receive marketing or commercial messages from us, you may unsubscribe by following the “Unsubscribe” link located in the email and following the instructions at the linked web page if such a link is provided. If you receive any other marketing communications from us (i.e. postal mail) or an unsubscribe link is not provided in the message, you may opt-out of receiving future communications from us by contacting us using the contact information at the end of this Policy.

If we offer user account functionality on the website, you may be able to view and modify how frequently you are contacted with promotional communications from us rather than opting-out completely.

Please note that if you choose to opt-out of receiving promotional communications, it may take us some time to complete your request and you may receive promotional communications during that period. Even if you elect to opt-out of promotional communications, we will still send administrative communications required for us to deliver our Services (i.e. receipts, tracking information, policy update notifications).

We employ appropriate technical and administrative security measures to protect any information we collect. However, no security measures are guaranteed to be completely effective and we cannot warrant the information you submit to us. Any information submitted to us is done at your own risk.

“Do Not Track” Disclosures

California and Delaware require websites accessible by users based in those states to indicate whether the website respects “Do Not Track” browser settings. We follow the standards explained in this Privacy Policy and do not interact with or implement “Do Not Track” requests.


Our Services and website are not directed at children under the age of 13, and we do not knowingly collect Personal Information from children under the age of 13 without obtaining parental consent. It is our procedure to promptly delete any Personal Information collected from a child under the age of 13 upon discovery of such a circumstance. If you believe that we may have collected Personal Information from a child under the age of 13, please contact us using the contact information at the end of this Policy and we will take appropriate steps to rectify this inadvertent collection.

California Residents

Pursuant to California Business and Professions Code Section 1798.83 (or such successor provision), as amended and supplemented, residents of California have the right to request from a business with whom the California resident has an established business relationship certain information with respect to the types of Personal Information the business shares with third parties for those third parties’ direct marketing purposes and the identities of the third parties with whom the business has shared such information during the immediately preceding calendar year.

In addition, an operator of a commercial website subject to California Business and Professions Code Section 22581 must allow California residents under age 18 who are registered users of online sites, services or applications to request and obtain removal of content or information they have publicly posted. If this applies to you and you wish to make such a request, your request should include a detailed description of the specific content or information to be removed. Please be aware that your request does not guarantee complete or comprehensive removal of content or information posted online and that the law may not permit or require removal in certain circumstances.

If you are a California resident, believe that one of the above code provisions applies to you, and would like to make such a request, please submit a written request using the contact information located at the end of this Privacy Policy.

International Compliance

The European Union (“EU”) General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) provides certain regulations for the processing of personal data of users who are located within the EU. The GDPR applies when an entity offers goods or services to a person located within the EU or monitors the behavior of a person if the behavior takes place in the EU.

We are an entity based in the United States that provides programs, projects, and initiatives to connect and improve communities in the mid-Ohio region. Although our website may be accessible in some locations outside of the United States, it is not our intention to offer Services to individuals located outside of the United States. Any information we collect will be stored and processed in the United States and if you are located outside of the United States, the laws of the United States may offer less protection that the laws of your place of residence. We will collect and maintain any Personal Information only as long as we need it for the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy. By providing your Personal Information to us through your use of the Services or Website, you agree to our transfer, storage, and processing procedures based in the United States. Also, we may transfer your data from the United States to other countries or regions in connection with storage or processing of data, fulfilling your requests, and providing Services. Please note that different regions and countries can have their own privacy and data security laws; some of which may be less protective of your Personal Information than the laws of your own region or country.

In the event that we offer Services subject to the GDPR, we will comply with your requests to: (1) access Personal Information we hold about you, (2) have inaccurate or unnecessary Personal Information rectified or deleted, or (3) stop using your Personal Information in a certain way. In the unlikely event your use of our Services or Website is subject to GDPR you would also have a right to lodge a complaint with your local EU regulator.

We reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time. We will notify you of material changes by posting a notice on the website and/or distributing an email (to users who have registered an email address) explaining any changes as required by law. The Privacy Policy will be updated on the website and the effective date can be found at the end of the Policy. Users are responsible for understanding and periodically reviewing the Privacy Policy to understand any changes that may impact them.

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