What you won’t find here: a “no-privacy” policy.
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Jurisdiction and covenant
This site does not control the behavior or policies of third-party websites that may be reached via external links on our pages. Use such links at your own risk, with the understanding that this site shall be indemnified and held harmless in the event of any harm to your computer or other problems encountered in using sites to which we link. We also advise reading the privacy policies, terms of service and other legal notices that may appear on such sites, which may differ from our own, and familiarize yourself with what you are expected to know in using such sites; we cannot, however, guarantee that such sites will post, observe and follow any such policies.
Information collected by this site
Information, in this context, falls into two categories: personally identifying and otherwise. This applies as much on the internet as anywhere else, although the architecture of the internet makes the problem of controlling the dissemination of such information more critical there than elsewhere.
Personally identifiable information (PII)
At present, we collect only one form of PII: your email address, and that only if you communicate with us via our Contact Us page. Even there, you have the option to supply any address you like; you may even enter a false address, although this will make it impossible for us to reply.
Through our webhost, we collect IP numbers on all visitors. Under certain conditions, and with the cooperation of a visitor's internet service provider (ISP), this information can be used to identify an individual visitor.
Barring legal compulsion, we will never release this information to any third party without your consent. Internally, we may use it to block access to our site by violators of our Terms of Service, or to restrict such violators from posting comments.
Along with IP numbers, our web host's visitor statistics service also compiles the following data on all visitors:
- Time, day and date of visit (aggregate)
- Nation of location of visitor’s ISP server (aggregate)
- Internet service provider (ISP), where known (individual)
- Number of pages viewed, hits and bandwidth (individual; tied to each ISP)
- Duration of visit (aggregate)
- File types visited or downloaded (aggregate)
- Number of visitors to each page visited (aggregate)
- Operating system (aggregate)
- Web browser (aggregate)
- Referrer (page containing link visitor followed to site; aggregate)
- Key words/phrases used in search engine to bring visitors to site (aggregate)
This is a non-commercial, not-for-profit, advertising-free website. (Look over the pages. Do you see any ads?) Our only source of funds, other than from the pockets of our staff, is voluntary donations from our visitors. We have no ties to any commercial enterprise, nor are we either affiliates or sponsors of any commercial site.
For this reason, we collect a minimum of potential PII, and no more statistical information than is typically provided by web hosts’ built-in statistical services, most of which is collected in the aggregate and not tied to any individual visitor or ISP. We have no reason to release any of this information to any third party not already privy to it by virtue of standing upstream from us in the statistical data collection process, and we will not disclose any information about our visitors (PII or not) to any third party except as compelled by a court order or equivalent legal duress.