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Privacy Policy

Posted on June 11th, 2008

John Hoyle, DBA Hoyle Consulting Services and The Small Web Master (Salem, Oregon, USA) the developer, manager, and owner of HoyleHistory.com, hereafter refered to as the Administrator, recognizes the confidentiality of information that may be disclosed by visitors to this website (HoyleHistory.com) whenever they register or make purchases from or through this website and is fully committed to protecting their privacy.

Information gathering and dissemination practices for this website.

Do we ask for personal information from our vistors and members?
Generally NO. If you wish to post or comment on this site, we will ask for your name, e-mail address, and other limited personal information in order to confirm that you are a live person. If you sign up as a member, submit a story or other documentation, or when you use features such as e-mail, contact forms, guest book or forum, we will ask for enough information in order to identify you as a legitimate contributor and to enable two-way communication with you.

If you should make a purchase of a book, service or other product from this site, we will generally refer your communication to a secure third party billing service (such as PayPal.com or Amazon.com) to process any purchases from us. To facilitate payment and fulfillment in connection with membership and other purchases from us, we will request that any personal credit card, debit card or other payment information be processed only through those or other verified and secure billing services.

As a rule, Hoyle Consulting Services and this website will not handle or process any purchases directly. You will be covered by the Privacy Policy and Terms Of Service (TOS) provisions and warranties of those third party sites. Exceptions to this rule will be clearly identified and provisions for your privacy and the security of all transactions will be strictly enforced.

If you choose to do so, you may share further information about yourself, your activity on the site, and your background and interests, with other members of the site. Examples would be postings, guest book and forum entries and other submissions (family stories, genealogy charts, news articles, etc.) The Administrator will, however, closely monitor any communications going through this site via email, guest book or forum entries, and signature files attached to submissions. The type and quantity of profile information you share in this way is entirely your choice. The Administrator reserves the right to monitor, edit, or delete any information that might jeapordize the safety and security of this site or the privacy rights of any members or contributors.

How will we use your personal information?
The primary use of your personal information, other than directly in connection with a purchase, is to be able to identify you as a legitimate contributor, critic, or communicator with this site.

We will also use the personal registration information you provide us to let you know about new features, article updates, or other offers of interest from us and also to address your customer service needs.

In distributing advertiser or sponsor messages, the advertiser is not given access to individual account information from us and we do not access any personal information you provide to them. We do not sell, rent or otherwise distribute your personal information to these or other advertisers for their use. Advertisers simply provide the advertising message which we then display to our visitors. If and when you click on a third party advertisement on this site, Hoyle Consulting Service does not retain any specific information about your IP address, your personal information, or other identifying data. All our server does is track the actual number of click-throughs in order to confirm that our software and server systems are working properly.

Will we disclose any of your personal information to third parties?
We will not disclose your personal information provided in connection with registration, submissions, or any purchases, except as described in this Privacy Statement or as may be required by law, or to protect our rights or property.

Information submitted by you online (such as information about products you purchase from us, your name, address, e-mail address) will not be shared with any companies with which we have a commercial relationship. We will not sell your personal information to advertising networks, email or joint venture advertisers, or any other third party advertising distribution service.

If there are circumstances where limited personal information may be disclosed, specific guidelines and disclosures will be described before any of your data is collected.

Under protection of confidentiality agreements, we may use third party processors in some cases to help us provide services and manage this websites and relationship with you. Third-party processors and providers will be given access only to that information needed to perform their support functions, and are prohibited from using it for other purposes.

What about purchases from our advertisers or other linked websites?
If you click away from HoyleHistory.com to visit a website of one of our advertisers or sponsors, you might be asked for credit card or other personal information in order to purchase or use products and services they are offering. These companies will have their own privacy policies, terms of service (TOS) and data collection procedures. We have no responsibility or liability for their independent policies. If you have concerns about how your information might be used by these third party websites, you should carefully review their posted privacy policies verycarefully before making a purchase or transacting any other business with them.

Do we use your information for direct mailings?
No. We will not send electronic mail or other mail to you without your specific permission, opt-in, or request. If you should receive what you believe to be an unauthorized mailing or communication from us, please send us an email or fill out one of our contact forms and we will remove your name from that mailing list.

Can you refuse to provide personal information to us?
Yes – and no. Visitors may access most of the pages on this website without registration or the submission of any personal information. To access members-only areas, to receive emails, newsletters or other electronic information from us, or to post comments, submit your own stories or genealogical data, then you must provide us with the requested personal information we request.

Do we use IP Addresses or cookies?
Our servers use your IP address to help diagnose problems and to administer our website. Your IP address is also used to gather broad demographic information such as geographic distribution of our visitors and the pages visited for system maintenance purposes.

How do we manage advertising on this site?
We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads on our behalf. These companies may employ cookies and other action tags to measure the delivery functions of their ads. Any information that these third parties collect via cookies and action tags is completely anonymous.

Hoyle Consulting Services and HoyleHistory.com do not use cookies to track our own visitors or subscribers. Subscribers to our RSS and email services may have cookies installed by those third party delivery services in order to properly maintain and update the information that they deliver.

Do we publish information about living persons on our website?
News articles, family stories and other posts contributed by our members to our guest book or forum pages and other community areas may include information on the living. We advise our members to be sensitive to their own and their family’s privacy issues, we do not have total control over the content of these posts. If such a post violates our Submission Guidelines, you may notify us and we will try to resolve any problems by notifying the submitter or editing/deleting the information as we see necessary.

We do not republish databases that contain published information on living persons such as white pages or people finder directories. In some cases we might provide a link to other resources for birth, death and marriage records for living individuals. Most of this type of information maintained within these databases has been gathered from public records released by governmental and other agencies, and is available elsewhere, often on the Internet.

If you have any question about our Privacy Policy and how it might affect you, please feel free to contact the webmaster / Administrator:

John Hoyle
Hoyle-Consulting Services
PO Box 4624
Salem, Oregon, USA


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