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This policy covers personally identifiable information collected or stored by the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (henceforth called, "ISOGG") on its servers in relation to the viewer ("user") of ISOGG websites. ISOGG collects and retains the least amount of personally identifiable information needed to fulfill a good user experience when viewing ISOGG web content.

Cookies

To understand what cookies are and do while web browsing, see allaboutcookies.org for detailed information. The following are cookies you will encounter on the ISOGG wiki.

Google Analytics
This website uses Google Analytic's cookies to track a user's page views and other non identifiable information using a script ( ga.js ) provided by Google. The information provided to ISOGG by Google Analytics helps ISOGG track popular pages, device types used to view content including screen resolutions and the OS (operating system). This helps ISOGG provide a better user experience, make improvements, and identify problems browsing on this site. Please see Google's Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites page for more detailed information.
Social Sharing
This website also uses AddThis for social interactions. Cookies set and read by social sites you are logged into are not under the control of ISOGG. Please refer to the individual websites of the services you use to control them.
Registered Users (required)
A cookie will be set when one logs in to maintain a "logged-in" status. If one saves a user name or password in one's browser, that information may be saved for up to 90 days if that option is selected, and this information will be resent to the server on every visit to the ISOGG wiki. Contributors using a public machine who do not wish to show their username to future users of the machine should clear these cookies after use.

The public and collaborative nature of the ISOGG Wiki

All ISOGG content found on this wiki are collaboratively developed by ISOGG members using the MediaWiki software. Anyone with Internet access (and not otherwise restricted from doing so) may view pages of this website with or without logging in as a registered user.

User accounts and authorship

ISOGG requires editors to register as a member then apply separately for a user account on this wiki. Users that do register are identified by their chosen username. Users select a password, which is confidential and used to verify the integrity of their account. Except insofar as it may be required by law, no person should disclose, or knowingly expose, either user passwords and/or cookies generated to identify a user. Once created, user accounts will not be removed. It may be possible for a username to be changed. ISOGG does not guarantee that a username will be changed on request.

Purpose of the collection of private information

ISOGG limits the collection of personally identifiable user data to purposes which serve the well-being of its projects, including but not limited to the following:

  • To provide site statistics. ISOGG statistically samples raw log data from users' visits. These logs are used to produce the site statistics pages; the raw log data is not made public.
  • To solve technical problems. Log data may be examined by developers in the course of solving technical problems and in tracking down badly-behaved web spiders that overwhelm the site.

IP and other technical information

When a page is edited by a logged-in editor, the server confidentially stores related IP information for a limited period of time. This information is automatically deleted after a set period. Logging in with a registered username allows for better preservation of privacy.

Page history

Edits or other contributions to ISOGG articles, user pages and talk pages are generally retained forever in database history. Removing text from a page does not permanently delete it from the history of the page. Normally, anyone can look at a previous version of an article and see what was there. Even if an article is "deleted", a user entrusted with higher level of access may still see what was removed from public view. Information can be permanently deleted by individuals with access to ISOGG's servers, but aside from the rare circumstance when ISOGG is required to delete editing-history material in response to a court order or equivalent legal process, there is no guarantee any permanent deletion will happen.

User contribution

User contributions are also aggregated and publicly available. User contributions are aggregated according to their registration and login status. Data on user contributions, such as the times at which users edited and the number of edits they have made, are publicly available via user contributions lists, and in aggregated forms published by other users.

Reading

No more information on users and other visitors reading pages is collected than is typically collected in server logs by web sites. Aside from the above raw log data collected for general purposes, page visits do not expose a visitor's identity publicly. Sampled raw log data may include the IP address of any user, but it is not reproduced publicly.

Editing

Edits to ISOGG article pages are identified with the username of the editor, and editing history is aggregated by author in a contribution list. Such information will be available permanently on this wiki.

Logged in registered users
Logged in users do not expose their IP address to the public except in cases of abuse, including vandalism of a wiki page by the user or by another user with the same IP address. A user's IP address is stored on the wiki servers for a period of time, during which it can be seen by server administrators and by users who have been granted CheckUser access.
Discussions

Edits to ISOGG article discussion pages are identified with the username of the editor, and editing history is aggregated by author in a contribution list. Such information will be available permanently on this wiki.

Logged in registered users
Logged in users do not expose their IP address to the public except in cases of abuse, including vandalism of a wiki page by the user or by another user with the same IP address. A user's IP address is stored on the wiki servers for a period of time, during which it can be seen by server administrators and by users who have been granted CheckUser access.

Access to and release of personally identifiable information

Access
ISOGG is run by volunteer contributors. Some dedicated users are chosen by the community to be given privileged access. User access levels to ISOGG are determined by the user's presence in various 'user groups'. User group rights and group members are reachable in every project from the Special:ListGroupRights page.
Only users who have access to the CheckUser and Oversight functions of the ISOGG wiki.
Sharing information with other privileged users is not considered "distribution."
Release — Policy on Release of Data
It is the policy of ISOGG that personally identifiable data collected in the server logs, or through records in the database via the CheckUser feature, or through other non-publicly-available methods, may be released by ISOGG volunteers or staff, in any of the following situations:
  1. In response to a valid subpoena or other compulsory request from law enforcement,
  2. With permission of the affected user,
  3. When necessary for investigation of abuse complaints,
  4. Where the information pertains to page views generated by a spider or bot and its dissemination is necessary to illustrate or resolve technical issues,
  5. Where the user has been vandalizing articles or persistently behaving in a disruptive way, data may be released to a service provider, carrier, or other third-party entity to assist in the targeting of IP blocks, or to assist in the formulation of a complaint to relevant Internet Service Providers,
  6. Where it is reasonably necessary to protect the rights, property or safety of ISOGG, its users or the public.
Except as described above, ISOGG policy does not permit distribution of personally identifiable information under any circumstances.
Third-party access and notifying registered users when receiving legal process
As a general principle, the access to, and retention of, personally identifiable data in all projects should be minimal and should be used only internally to serve the well-being of the projects. Occasionally, however, ISOGG may receive a subpoena or other compulsory request from a law-enforcement agency or a court or equivalent government body that requests the disclosure of information about a registered user, and may be compelled by law to comply with the request. In the event of such a legally compulsory request, ISOGG will attempt to notify the affected user within three business days after the arrival of such subpoena by sending a notice by email to the email address (if any) that the affected user has listed in his or her user preferences.
ISOGG cannot advise a user receiving such a notification regarding the law or an appropriate response to a subpoena. ISOGG does note, however, that such users may have the legal right to resist or limit that information in court by filing a motion to quash the subpoena. Users who wish to oppose a subpoena or other compulsory request should seek legal advice concerning applicable rights and procedures that may be available.
If ISOGG receives a court-filed motion to quash or otherwise limit the subpoena as a result of action by a user or their lawyer, ISOGG will not disclose the requested information until ISOGG receives an order from the court to do so.
Registered users are not required to provide an email address. However, when an affected registered user does not provide an email address, ISOGG will not be able to notify the affected user in private email messages when it receives requests from law enforcement to disclose personally identifiable information about the user.

Disclaimer

ISOGG believes that maintaining and preserving the privacy of user data is an important value. This Privacy & cookie policy, together with other policies, resolutions, and actions by ISOGG, represents a committed effort to safeguard the security of the limited user information that is collected and retained on our servers. Nevertheless, ISOGG cannot guarantee that user information will remain private. We acknowledge that, in spite of our committed effort to protect private user information, determined individuals may still develop data-mining and other methods to uncover such information and disclose it. For this reason, ISOGG can make no guarantee against unauthorized access to information provided in the course of participating to the ISOGG wiki.