Legal Information, Disclaimers and Policies

Privacy Statement

Personal financial information provided to the Office in connection with electronic or fax transactions is private and protected from disclosure by M.G.L. Chapter 4 Section 7 clause 26 (c) and the Fair Information Practices Act M.G.L. Chapter 66 A Section 2.  Protected information is used by state employees and agents only in the performance of their duties.  The state will not sell, share or rent personal financial information with two exceptions: The first is that we may employ a company to process credit card payments.  Second, such information may be released to comply with law, enforce our legal rights or protect the property or safety of our users or others.

You may contest the accuracy, pertinence, timeliness, relevance or dissemination of your personal financial information.  Such correction or amendment will be made unless the correction or amendment is disputed.  If such change is disputed, your correction or amendment will be noted and included with your personal financial information.  Finally, except as noted herein, personal financial information will not be made available in response to compulsory legal process unless you are notified of such demand in reasonable time to have the process quashed.

Security Statement

The SOC takes every precaution to protect our users' personal financial information.  When users submit such information via the website, your information is protected both online and off-line.

Sensitive payment information (such as credit card numbers) is encrypted and is protected with 128-bit encryption using SSL 3.0 during transmission to our server.  While on a secure page, such as our payment form, the lock icon at the bottom of Web browsers, such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer, becomes locked.

All of our employees must follow the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Policy on Computer Use.

To submit filings with the SOC over the Internet, for security reasons, you must use a browser that supports 128-bit encryption and is configured to enable Java related technologies (minimum versions: Netscape 4.08, MS Internet Explorer 4.01 and American Online 4.0),  These requirements ensure the safety of your information and allow us to provide a user friendly web site.

Accuracy Disclaimer

The information contained herein is provided as a public service. All critical information should be independently verified. The Commonwealth makes no representation or guarantee as to the correctness or suitability of the information provided or of any linked information. The information and/or services provided may change at any time without notice.

Misuse of Filing System Disclaimer

WARNING: By accessing this website, you consent to system monitoring for law enforcement and other purposes.Unauthorized use of or access to the site may subject you to criminal prosecution and penalties. Further, with regard to corporate filings, be advised that Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 156B § 68 makes it unlawful for anyone to knowingly make, execute, file or publish any report or statement required by law to be filed by a corporation in the Commonwealth.  Such action shall be punished by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) or by imprisonment for not more than three (3) years, or both.

Disclaimer of Products and Linked Sites

The Commonwealth, its employees and agents do not endorse, recommend, or favor any hypertext link, product, service or information presented, referenced or implied.

Liability Disclaimer

The Commonwealth, its employees, contractors, subcontractors or their employees do not make any warranty, express or implied, or assume any legal liability for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product or process disclosed or represent that its use would not infringe on privately-owned rights.