Privacy Statements, Copyrights, Disclaimers and Other Legal Stuff
I am committed to individual privacy.
Although I have not applied for membership in the TRUSTe organization (they want $300 per year, even for sites like mine which are not primarily commercial), I have used their privacy statement as a model for my privacy statement.
I have created a COPPA Privacy Disclosure page (which I call COPPA Cabana) to provide the notices required by COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) related to information practices of this site regarding personal information and privacy of children. This page also provides background and impact information regarding COPPA and links to other articles and resources for COPPA.
On Wednesday, 26.Jul.2000, Senators Spence Abraham, John McCain and John Kerry introduced the Consumer Internet Privacy enhancement Act (CIPEA). This proposed legislation never made it into the law. But I used the law as a model to construct a privacy statement which would comply. I did it as an exercise in learning more about privacy principles.
I have created a CIPEAprivacy disclosure page (which I call CIPEATone) to clarify the the notices proposed by CIPEA(Consumer Internet Privacy enhancement Act). All of the disclosures on the CIPEATone page are functional duplicates of disclosures on my privacy page, but they have been "organized" according to the structure of CIPEA. This page also provides background and impact information regarding CIPEA and links to other articles and resources for CIPEA.
OECD Privacy Guidelines
A long, long time ago, on 23.Sep.1980, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, (OECD), issued Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data.
(Did you notice that date? 1980!! Privacy issues are not new.)
Recently OECD created the OECD Privacy Statement Generator to help organizations create privacy statements to post on websites.
All of the disclosures on the OECD Privacy-D page are functional duplicates of disclosures on my privacy page, but they have been "organized" according to the structure of the OECD Privacy Principles. This page also provides background and impact information regarding the OECD Privacy Guidelines links to other resources for the OECD Privacy Guidelines.
Please reference this author and this site for all information you use.
Creative Commons License
except as otherwise noted, original content of this website and my email/ezine lists (e.g., Snippets and TestZine) is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Obviously, this does not apply to content which I do not own or which I have licensed from someone else, including:
Use of Other Material
This site has attempted to comply with both the letter and the spirit of copyright law and creators rights. Material has been used only if it is reasonably believed that the material is within the public domain or that such use constitutes "Fair Use" as permitted by the law or if explicit permission is obtained.
Some material on this site is partly based on internet postings of material reasonably believed to be anonymous and/or public domain material. Such material is identified on each page affected. The particular version on this site was edited, adapted and supplemented, and is Copyright © 1997-2014, by James S. Huggins. Feel free to copy and circulate this material. When you do, please credit this author and reference this website (www.JamesSHuggins.com).
Some material on this site is partly based on copyrighted material excerpted across the internet. This material is copyright by the original author. Such material, and the respective copyright and other attribution, is identified on each page affected. These excerpts have been made, and offered to you without fee or payment, for research and educational purposes, in accordance with Fair Use provisions of U. S. copyright law and guidelines from the Newsletter Publishers Association. Additional material added to these excerpts is Copyright © 1997-2014, by James S. Huggins. If you reference this material, please reference both the original site as well as this author and this website (www.JamesSHuggins.com).
No graphics have been copied from other sources except
Some links on this site are links to a mirror copy of another page on the internet. These links are identified by a special link bullet consisting of three red diamonds pointing right to left. This other page is copyright by the original author. This mirror copy has been made, and offered to you without fee or payment, for research and educational purposes, in accordance with Fair Use provisions of U. S. copyright law and guidelines from the Newsletter Publishers Association. This mirror copy has been made because the original is now unavailable for some reason. If you reference this material, please reference both the original site as well as this author and this website (www.JamesSHuggins.com).
Notifications of Misuse of Copyrighted Material
If, despite my best efforts, I have misused copyrighted material, please notify me, James S. Huggins, as soon as possible at a my "rights issues" email address created just for that purpose.
Also, I've created a special, DMCA page to tell you exactly what to do.
Copyright Membership Organizations
For more information on organizations that promote respect for copyright, see my Memberships Page.
For specific credits on the use of other material, including information about the common sources of free stock graphics I use, see my Credits page.
I do not condone, support, endorse or encourage mice juggling. Thought you'd want to know that.
Not Legal Advice
I am not a lawyer. I do not play one on TV. While this website provides general information about legal topics, neither the articles nor the links at this web site are legal advice. Using this website or sending me email does not create an attorney-client relationship. I provide all my information on an 'as-is' basis. I make makes no warranties regarding the information provided on this website, and explicitly disclaim liability for damages resulting from its use.
Because the law changes quickly, this material may be out of date by the time you read it. The laws of the different States are not the same and this information might not apply to your circumstances. Do not take legal action on the basis of what you read here, without consulting your own lawyer.
Not Medical Advice
I am not a licensed or trained health care provider. I'm just a guy who cares (bunches) about Multiple Sclerosis and who spends too much time on the net. I provide the medical information on this website for educational and informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for a health care provider's care and consultation. Please consult your health care provider about any opinions or recommendations with respect to your own symptoms and conditions. Any treatment or nutritional product mentioned on this site is not intended or claimed to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please advise me of any errors or omissions you detect. I receive no funds from any medical products companies. And, I fully disclose all other product affiliations on this page.
I validate parking with a purchase.
List Best Practices
The organization known as MAPS (Mail Abuse Prevention System) publishes a list it calls "Basic Mailing List Management Principles for Preventing Abuse".
I call these "Best Practices".
Because I believe in these best practices and follow them, I document them on this page.
Individuals and organizations wishing to use contents from this site should email me at my permissions address and provide complete information on the proposed use.
I am conscious of accessibility issues on the internet and attempt to ensure that my site is accessible to all people. As accessibility standards continue to evolve, I continue to monitor them and to work to comply with such standards.
I personally raised this accessibility issue with Yahoo! WebRing even before the system was introduced in September of 2000. I raised it repeatedly after the new system was introduced.
I regretted this limitation and continued to work toward a resolution.
The WebRing.com System
On 12.Oct.2001, Yahoo! announced that it will no longer operate the Yahoo! WebRing system. The system was "spun off" and will operate separately from Yahoo!. (See my page The end of Yahoo! WebRing for the latest information.)
I am not, in any way, responsible for the content of outside links. Some people seem to have a hard time understanding that.
I don't necessarily endorse the organizations or websites linked from these pages, nor do I prescreen or monitor these sites. You must evaluate, and bear the risks associated with, the accuracy, completeness and usefulness of any content on the sites. Engage in commerce online at your own risk. Engage in commerce period at your own risk. Become engaged at your own risk.
Whenever I provide a link to an affiliate program that pays me, I attempt to also provide an alternate link which omits the referral information. These alternate links will not result in payment to me. If you object to affiliate programs, you can use these alternate links to buy and I won't get any money.
The reasons I do this are simple. First, my site is not primarily a commercial site. It is not about making money. Affiliate payments are nice, but if they all went away, I'd still have my site. Second, I link to some affiliate sites because they are good, not because I'd get paid. Getting a small dividend is an extra; it is not the motivation. Third, I link to other affiliate sites (those with which I do not have personal buying experience), because my research indicates that they might be of interest to my visitors and that they offer a quality product or service.
For all of these reasons I fully disclose my affiliate relationship and offer a choice. I let the buyer choose to support my site because they like my site, instead of forcing them to support my site because my relationship with the vendor is secret. My site is not about advertising and making money. Never has been. Never will be.
In addition, if you experience anything negative, in any way, about any affiliate I have, I want to know about it. Please email me and tell me all the details. I am proud of the affiliates I have and like to monitor them to ensure that they remain appropriate for listing on my website. Because making money is not the primary reason for their listing, I will not hesitate to remove any affiliate program that does not meet my personal standards. I appreciate your help in monitoring their performance.
To see a complete list of my affiliate programs, go to my Affiliates page.
Clubs, Groups, Webrings & Other Associations
This site participates in a variety of clubs, groups, webrings and other associations. The disclaimers about links in general (those paragraphs right above this one) certainly apply.
But just to be safe, let me say them again.
Belonging to a club, group, webring or other association neither expresses nor implies agreement with all, most or even some of that association's principles, policies or practices.
Stuff You Send Me
I don't claim ownership of the materials you provide me: stuff like email and posts in my guestbooks. However, by submitting it to me, you are granting me, my affiliates and any necessary sublicensees, permission to use your submission in connection with the operation of our internet businesses. This includes the license rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate and reformat your submission; to publish your name in connection with your submission; and the right to sublicense such rights to any supplier of these services.
Site Rating Systems
I have strongly mixed feelings about the use of rating systems instead of parental supervision and monitoring. My opinions are not clearly formed. While I work on these opinions, I've chosen to go ahead and list my site as being family safe, child safe, etc.
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