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Privacy Policy

Let me say this plainly. I do not spam. Period.

And, I do not sell, lend or release your subscription information to anyone for any reason.

Well, that may be just a bit overstated.

Physical torture would probably get your information from me. I'm not very good with pain. And federal court orders enforced by sunglass wearing men-in-black would probably get your information as well.

But short of a few extreme, bizarre story-book exceptions like that, I do not release your subscription information to anyone for any reason.

My Privacy Policy: Site Summary

Here is a summary list of my privacy practices for HEFS Bulletin (and for every ezine I manage):

  1. I do not sell, lend or release your subscription information to anyone for any reason.
     
  2. I use "confirmed opt-in" ("double opt-in") for my list. Not only do you need to request to be on my list, you need to confirm your request.
     
  3. Every issue of my ezine includes simple but complete unsubscribe instructions.
     
  4. I provide alternative ways to contact me for subscription problems, including other email addresses, phone and fax.
     
  5. I remove bouncing addresses from my list.
     
  6. I only use the names on my list for the stated purpose: to receive my ezine.
     
  7. I do not "acquire" names for my ezine list. That is, I don't purchase names from other people and just add them, nor do I rent names and solicit for subscriptions.
     
  8. I'm very upfront about the frequency of mailings: it is irregular. As I need to. As I feel like it. When I'm in the mood.
     
  9. Subscribing to one ezine won't get you added to any other list I run.
     
  10. I do not spam. Ever. Period.

My Use of Gammadyne Mailer

I began using the Gammadyne Mailer to manage and broadcast my ezines in late 2002. It is possible to use it very simply, almost out of the box. But it also features a very complete internal programming language to let you do just about anything you want. And, it keeps all the information on my PC in an Access database, where I know the information is secure and under my control.

It is screaming software. I strongly recommend Gammadyne Mailer.

PS: You can test drive my implementation of the Gammadyne Mailer just to see how it works. I created an ezine named TestZine to let me test my programming. You can test it too. Subscribe and receive a "sample issue". You can even try out some of the tests I perform, like submitting a subscription request twice in a row, or subscribing when I'm already subscribed or unsubscribing when I'm not subscribed, just to see how it handles these "special conditions". Just go to my TestZine page.

Disclosure: I participate in the Gammadyne affiliate program. Click here to link without crediting my referral account.

Information Collected for My Ezines

When you join any of my email/ezine lists (e.g., TestZine and TestZine and HEFS Bulletin), I keep your email address (because it really wouldn't make much sense to have an email/ezine list if I didn't keep your email address).

And I keep information necessary to provide an audit trail in order to comply with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.

Here is a list of Subscription Information that I keep for all email/ezine lists I host on my site using the Gammadyne Mailer system:

Personal and Status Information

Current Issue Information

Subscription Process Information

Unsubscription Process Information

Pending Confirmation Information

Miscellaneous Information

NB: I am able to keep this information because the Gammadyne Mailer lets me customize the database and program special functions.

The Long Version of My Privacy Policy

What you read above is the short version of my privacy policy.

I have a much longer, more legalistic version.

In fact, I have several of them:

General Privacy Page

The general privacy page provides an overview of all of my privacy policies. Although it is lengthy and thorough, I still think it is easy to read. You might even find a bit of humor if you look for it.

It also provides links to my specific privacy pages including:

OECD Privacy Statement

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.

I have created an OECD Privacy Disclosure page (which I call OECD Privacy-D) to stipulate how this site complies with the seven privacy principles.

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.

CIPEATone

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.

COPPA Cabana

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.


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