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.
Here is a summary list of my privacy practices for TestZine (and for Every Ezine I manage):
Information Collected for TestZine
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
More Pages About TestZine
All About TestZine,
This page tells about my
test ezine which I created to let me test my ezine processing system.
Subscribe to TestZine:
Like it says, go here to subscribe.
Unsubscribe from TestZine:
I'd hate to lose you, but if you need to unsubscribe, this page will take care of that.
Previous Issues of TestZine:
This page links to the archive of TestZine issues.
History of Changes to TestZine:
Describes the history of TestZine,
with emphasis on the technical changes I've made since starting it, including
Gammadyne, adding double-opt-in and complying with CAN-SPAM.
Other ezines I Offer
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List Management Information
Best Practices of Email, Ezine and List Management: The organization known as MAPS (Mail Abuse Prevention System) once published a list it called "Basic Mailing List Management Principles for Preventing Abuse". I used this list as the starting point to create my own "Best Practices" which I follow in managing my lists. ««»»
List Email Headers: An explanation of the RFC standard headers which should be used on emails for lists and ezines. Also identifies the supplementary user-defined fields I use on my ezines, as well as RFC standard email addresses ezine publishers should implement. ««»»
Gammadyne Mailer: I use the Gammadyne Mailer for all my ezines. This page provides more information about that use, including summary information about the data I keep, the functions I've custom programmed and how to access my TestZine if you want to try it out. ««»»
CAN-SPAM Is Stupid: A personal rant about the U. S. federal law known as known as CAN-SPAM. While it is supposedly designed to help eliminate email spam, I think the law is stupid. The article also provides links to CAN-SPAM resources. ««»»
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.
COPPA - Child Privacy Info
In order to subscribe to any of my ezines and mailing lists you must give me your email address (duh!). A federal law called COPPA (the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998) considers this "personal information". and imposes lots of conditions. So, I am posting this notice on this page to comply with that law.
Rather than attempt to obtain parental permission and maintain the wazillions of records required by COPPA, I just don't collect personal data from anyone under 13. If I somehow discover that someone under 13 has subscribed, I unsubscribe that person.
For more information on COPPA (the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998) and this site's COPPA Child Privacy Notice, click here or on the "COPPA Child Privacy" button on the right.
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