• Privacy Policy

    Family Tree Forum (or "Site") Privacy Policy

    We are committed to safeguarding your privacy online. This Privacy Policy applies to your information that we collect and receive on and through this Site; it does not apply to practices of businesses that we do not own or control or people we do not employ.

    By using this Site, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy. Please read it to understand how your Personally Identifiable Information ("PII") will be treated as you use this Site and its services. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices.

    This Site contains links to other websites. These include links to websites that we think may be of interest to you. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.

    What information do we collect
    When you enter Family Tree Forum, we collect your IP address and information from your browser which will typically include, but is not limited to
    • browser type
    • browser version
    • host operating system
    • browser language

    We use your IP address to gather broad demographic information from all visitors. You can browse portions of Family Tree Forum without giving us any additional information.

    When you register with Family Tree Forum you will be asked to provide a username, your date of birth and an email address.
    This information is only used in relation to the validation and administration of your account, and to provide you with communications from Family Tree Forum that you have elected to receive either during the registration process or during your use of the site.

    If you make any postings on our forums, or provide other content such as blogs, articles or via your profile, then this information will be stored on our databases for public viewing, and in such case, any Personally Identifiable Information you submit will be publicly available and can be read, collected and used by other users, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages.

    Information on visitors - Use of Cookies
    We may place "cookies" on your personal computer. "Cookies" are small identifiers sent from a website server and stored on your computer’s hard drive, similar to a license plate, that help us to recognize you if you visit this Site again.

    Cookies are not designed to be used to get data from your hard drive, your email or any other personal data about you. To protect your privacy, we do not use cookies to store or transmit any personal information about you on the Internet.

    Your ability to monitor and control cookies
    Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time.
    You can, should you choose, disable the cookies from your browser and delete all cookies currently stored on your computer.

    More information can be obtained on cookies by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/index.html

    Our use of your Personally Identifiable Information
    The information you provide to Family Tree Forum will be used for the following reasons:
    • to ensure that content from our site is presented to you in the most effective manner
    • to allow you to participate in our forums when you choose to do so; and
    • to notify you about changes to or other information about Family Tree Forum

    Disclosure of your Personally Identifiable Information
    We will not pass on your Personally Identifiable Information to third parties, except in accordance with this Privacy Policy. We do not share, sell, rent or trade PII with third parties for their promotional purposes.

    We reserve the right to disclose your Personally Identifiable Information, without prior notice to you, as required by law, or when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights or comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our website.
    In addition, we may share your Personally Identifiable Information when we believe it is necessary to protect our interests or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through Family Tree Forum or using the Family Tree Forum name, or to prevent imminent bodily harm.
    This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents or government agencies.
    Please be aware that Family Tree Forum may be required to disclose an individual’s Personally Identifiable Information in response to a lawful request by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.

    Our storage of your Personally Identifiable Information
    We will hold your Personally Identifiable Information on our systems for as long as you choose to remain a member.
    We undertake periodic reviews of all member accounts, and reserve the right to delete any account including its associated Personally Identifiable Information where there has been no activity for 5 years or more and that member has made no posts on our forums.

    Your Personally Identifiable Information will also be stored in our backup system which is kept in case of data loss. All data stored in our backup system is encrypted and held on servers within the EU.

    Advertising and links to other websites
    This site contains links to other sites. Family Tree Forum is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites. Therefore, if you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

    Family Tree Forum does not contain 3rd party advertising or sponsorship.

    Family Tree Forum is not intended for use by anyone under the age of 18.
    If we become aware of any member gaining access to our site by entering a false date of birth, Family Tree Forum reserve the right to terminate their membership without notice and take reasonable measures to prevent re-registration.

    Changes to this privacy policy
    We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently and at least each time you submit Personally Identifiable Information to Family Tree Forum.
    If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our homepage. The date of the most recent revisions will also appear on this page.
    Unless stated otherwise, our current privacy policy applies to all information that we have about you and your account.

    Contact us
    If you no longer want to be a member of Family Tree Forum and have all Personally Identifiable Information deleted from our site, please use one of the methods listed below.
    These contact methods can also be used to request a copy of the Personally Identifiable Information we hold, as well as raising any questions or concerns regarding this privacy policy.