Last Updated: September 9, 2007
The policies below are applicable to the website that is accessible by the domain names historycommons.org, historycommons.net, grassrootsoversight.org, grassrootsoversight.net, historycommons.org, and historycommons.net (“Website”), produced and maintained by
the Center for Grassroots Oversight (collectively “the Center” or “we”, “us”, or “our”). We have established
Website, why we gather your information, what we use your personal information for, when we might disclose your personal information, and how you can manage
your personal information.
By visiting our Website, you are accepting the practices
without notice. Your continued use of our Website following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes.
If you don't find your concern addressed here, feel free to email us through the Contact
What Information Do We Collect?
The Center strives to ask only for the minimal amount of information
required to provide the Website and Services. As a result, the answer to this question depends almost entirely on how you choose to
make use of our Website.
You can access our Website and most of the Content provided therein without
providing any information at all. In certain circumstances, the Center may collect certain information that identifies you, such as your name, address,
email address or credit card information, as well as other individually-identifiable
information that you provide to us or that we collect (“Personal Information”).
The Center collects such Personal Information from you only during (i) new user registration, (ii) submission of timeline entries, (iii) when you register
for email mailing lists, and (iv) during donations or purchases, which are handled through PayPal®, Yahoo! Store, or Groundspring. In order to submit a timeline
entry or to post in the forum area, registration is required.
Registered users who have the roles of project managers, contenteditors, or copyeditors
will need to submit their names in addition to the other Personal Information requested during registration. People who volunteer to
assist us with specific projects and tasks, such as managing and tracking projects, must register in the Volunteer section of the
website and provide their name and email address. Volunteers also have the option of providing their phone number, fax number, address,
and a website address.
Through your use of the Website, the Center may also gather certain information
that does not identify you individually (“Anonymous Information”). Generally, this information is collected through "traffic data" and
users logged in to the Website.
User Names and Contact Information
User names may be displayed on the website in the following circumstances. Users who have registered on the Website are able to look at special
views of the timelines that display a "history" link above each timeline entry. Clicking on the "history" link
displays a list of past versions of that particular timeline entry. Next to each version is the user name—i.e., the name that the user submitted when he or she registered on
the Website—of the person who submitted it.
The user names of users who submit events that are approved are displayed on the site home page (index.jsp) and all the project home pages (project.jsp[...]) in the "Recently Added Events" lists. Each of the recently approved submitted events in these lists includes the user name of the user who submitted the event. When that user has a website, the user's user name may be hyperlinked to that site.
In addition, users who post in the Forum area may, at their option, allow for other Forum participants to send a private email message to
them directly. However, the recipient user's email address will not be visible to the email sender from the Website.
Other features may be added to the site that also display a user's user name.
The Center collects email addresses of all users who subscribe
to our email updates, make donations, or purchase items from historycommonsstore.org. This information is not shared with any third parties
for any purposes. We may, from time to time, send registered users emails regarding
upgrades to the Website, announcements about updates to timelines, guidelines on writing timeline entries, and the like. Anyone who wishes not to receive
any future emails from us can, at any time, click on the “Unsubscribe”
link located at the bottom of each email from the Center.
Policies for Children Under 13
We do not knowingly collect any information from persons under the age of 13. If we learn that any persons under the age of 13 have
provided information about themselves, the information will be deleted. Our Website is designed for adults. Our Website is not
intentionally targeted to children under the age of 13. Children under the age of 13 should not use our Website without obtaining
prior parental consent.
"Cookies" are pieces of information that a website transfers to your computer's hard disk for record-keeping purposes. "Cookies” make
web-surfing easier for you by saving your passwords while you're at our Website. The use of "Cookies" is standard in the Internet industry, and many
major websites use them to provide useful features for their users. "Cookies"
in and of themselves do not personally identify users, although they do identify a user's computer. Our website never uses “Cookies” to retrieve
information from your computer that was not originally sent in a “Cookie.”
through “Cookies” with any third parties whatsoever. We do not use “Cookies” to identify specific individuals.
How Do We Use the Information?
about your individual visits to our Website or your Personal Information that you may give us or we may collect to any organization not affiliated with the
Center. If the Center proposes to permit such use of your Personal Information, you will be provided an opportunity to instruct the Center not to allow such
The Center may use your Personal Information to track your compliance with
the Website's rules and regulations, or for editorial and feedback purposes.
Use of Anonymous Information
Anonymous Information helps us determine how people use
parts of the Website so we can improve our Website and ensure that it is as appealing as we can make it for as many people as possible. We may also use
or share Anonymous Information (or other information, other than Personal Information)
in any manner that we deem appropriate or necessary.
Third-Party Agents & Transactional Partners
We occasionally have third-party agents perform functions on our behalf or we partner with another company who provides services within
our Website, such as credit card processing of donations and purchases made on the Website. For example, the Center uses PayPal® to process financial
transactions on the Website, and during those transactions you are transacting directly with our partner. These entities have access to the Personal Information
of yours needed to perform their functions, and are contractually obligated to maintain the confidentiality and security of that Personal Information.
They are restricted from using or altering this data in any way other than to provide the requested services to the Website. When you are on our agent's
The Center may also disclose Personal Information if required to
do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to (a) conform to applicable law or comply with legal
process served on the Center or the Website; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of the Center, the Website or the users of the
Center, and (c) act under emergency circumstances to protect the personal safety of the Center, the users of the Website or the
Links to Other Websites
or companies' websites to which we link. These links include links from sponsors,
partners, and websites with goals similar to ours and these websites are beyond our control. These other sites may send their own Cookies to you, collect your
data or solicit your personal information. Always be aware of where you end up. We are not responsible for the actions and privacy policies of third parties
and other websites. We encourage you to read the posted privacy statement and user terms and conditions whenever interacting with any other website.
We exercise great care in providing secure transmission of your
information from your PC to our servers. Personal Information collected by the Center is stored in secure operating environments
that are not available to the public. Only those employees who need access to your Personal Information in order to do their jobs are
allowed access. Any employee who violates our privacy and/or security policies is subject to disciplinary action, including possible
termination and civil and/or criminal prosecution.
While we make reasonable efforts to safeguard your Personal Information
once we receive it, no transmission of data over the Internet or any other public network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a
result, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or information we transmit to you from our
Website, and you do so at your own risk.
Public Areas and Forums
remember that any information you share in public areas, such as the Forums or in timeline submissions, becomes public, and therefore this
any Personal Information that you expect to keep private.
Our Website is published in the United States. U.S. law shall govern in any and all disputes, including privacy or defamation
issues or otherwise.
The Center may change its ownership or corporate organization while providing
the Website and services. As a result, please be aware that the Center may transfer your information to another organization or company that is affiliated
As we continue to develop our Website, we may add new services and
those changes prominently so that you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information and whether
Opt-Out and Correction Procedures
You always may opt-out of receiving future email messages and announcements. The Center provides you with the opportunity to
opt-out of receiving our communications in every email we send.
To remove your Personal Information from our database, correct
or update Personal Information that you have previously provided to us, and/or not to receive future communications, send email through the Contact
Page on the Website indicating the information that you wish to be corrected,
updated, or removed, or your request not to be sent future communications from the Center.
Please email us through the Contact Page any questions you have regarding this statement.
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