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This policy covers personally identifiable information collected or stored by landmarkbaptist.us on its servers.

Any registered user may edit the publicly editable pages of these sites.

By doing this, editors create a published document, and a public record

of every word added, subtracted, or changed.

This is a public act, and editors are identified publicly as the author of such changes.

All contributions made to a Project, and all publicly available information about those contributions,

are irrevocably licensed and may be freely copied, quoted, reused and adapted

by third parties with few restrictions.

In general, this Policy only applies to private information stored or held by the landmarkbaptist.us which is not publicly available.

Interactions with the Projects not covered by this Policy include,

but are not limited to, aspects of browsing and editing pages,

use of the wiki "email user" function, subscribing and posting to landmarkbaptist.us hosted email lists,

These interactions may reveal a contributor's IP address, and possibly other personal information, indiscriminately to the general public,

or to specific groups of volunteers acting independently of the landmarkbaptist.us.

Users may also interact with one another outside of landmarkbaptist.us sites,

via email, IRC or other chat, or independent websites,

and should assess the risks involved, and their personal need for privacy,

before using these methods of communication.

User accounts and authorship

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.

landmarkbaptist.us does not guarantee that a username will be changed on request.

Purpose of the collection of private information

landmarkbaptist.us 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 enhance the public accountability of the projects.

landmarkbaptist.us recognizes that any system that is open enough to allow the greatest possible participation of the general public

will also be vulnerable to certain kinds of abuse and counterproductive behavior.

landmarkbaptist.us and the project communities have established a number of mechanisms to prevent or remedy abusive activities.

For example, when investigating abuse on a project, including the suspected use of malicious “sockpuppets” (duplicate accounts),

vandalism, harassment of other users, or disruptive behavior, the IP addresses of users (derived either from those logs or from records in the database)

may be used to identify the source(s) of the abusive behavior.

This information may be shared by users with administrative authority

who are charged by their communities with protecting the projects.

To provide site statistics. landmarkbaptist.us 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.

When a visitor requests or reads a page, or sends email to a landmarkbaptist.us server,

no more information is collected than is typically collected by web sites.

landmarkbaptist.us may keep raw logs of such transactions,

but these will not be published or used to track legitimate users.

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.

It may be possible for a third party to identify the author from this IP address in conjunction with other information available.

Logging in with a registered username allows for better preservation of privacy.

Cookies

The sites set a temporary session cookie on a visitor's computer whenever a Project page is visited.

Readers who do not intend to log in or edit may deny this cookie;

it will be deleted at the end of the browser's session.

More cookies may be set when one logs in to maintain logged-in status.

If one saves a user name or password in one's browser, that information will be saved for up to 30 days,

and this information will be resent to the server on every visit to the same Project.

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.

Page history

Edits or other contributions to a Project on its articles, user pages and talk pages are generally retained forever.

Removing text from a project does not permanently delete it.

Normally, in projects, 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 landmarkbaptist.us servers,

but aside from the rare circumstance when landmarkbaptist.us 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 projects

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 projects

Edits to Project pages are identified with the username or network IP address of the editor,

and editing history is aggregated by author in a contribution list.

Such information will be available permanently on the projects.

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.

IP address information, and its connection to any usernames that share it,

may be released under certain circumstances (see below).

Editors using a company mail server from home or telecommuting over a DSL or cable Internet connection,

are likely to be easy to identify by their IP address; in which case it may be easy to cross-identify all contributions to various Projects made by that IP.

Using a username is a better way of preserving privacy in this situation.

Unlogged-in registered users and unregistered users:

Editors who have not logged in may be identified by network IP address.

Depending on one's connection, this IP address may be traceable to a large Internet service provider or more specifically to a school,

place of business or home.

It may be possible to use this information in combination with other information, including editing style and preferences,

to identify an author completely.

An IP address or user may be blocked at any time without notice.

Discussions

On wiki discussion pages:

Any editable page can theoretically be the location of a discussion.

In general, discussions on landmarkbaptist.us projects occur on user talk pages (associated with particular users),

on article talk pages (associated with particular articles) or in pages specially designated to function as forums.

Privacy expectations apply to discussion pages in the same way as they do elsewhere.

Via email:

The email address put into one's user preferences may be used by landmarkbaptist.us for communication.

Users whose accounts do not have a valid email address will not be able to reset their password if it is lost.

In such a situation, however, users may be able to contact one of the landmarkbaptist.us server administrators to enter a new e-mail address.

On mailing lists:

The email addresses used to subscribe and post to Project mailing lists are exposed to other subscribers.

The list archives of most such mailing lists are public, and searches of public archives may be performed on the Web.

Subscribers' addresses may also be quoted in other users' messages.

These email addresses and any messages sent to a mailing list may be archived and may remain available to the public permanently.

On IRC:

IRC channels are not officially part of the landmarkbaptist.us.

Access:

Projects are primarily run by volunteer contributors.

Some dedicated users are chosen by the community to be given privileged access.

Other users who may have access to private identifiable information include, but are not limited to, the CheckUser and Oversight functions,

users elected by project communities to serve as stewards or Arbitrators, landmarkbaptist.us employees, trustees, appointees, and contractors

and agents employed by landmarkbaptist.us, and developers and others with high levels of server access.

Sharing information with other privileged users is not considered "distribution."

Release: Policy on Release of Data

It is the policy of landmarkbaptist.us 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 landmarkbaptist.us 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 landmarkbaptist.us, its users or the public.


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, landmarkbaptist.us 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, landmarkbaptist.us 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 user preferences.

landmarkbaptist.us cannot advise a user receiving such a notification regarding the law or an appropriate response to a subpoena.

landmarkbaptist.us 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 landmarkbaptist.us receives a court-filed motion to quash or otherwise limit the subpoena as a result of action by a user or their lawyer,

landmarkbaptist.us will not disclose the requested information until landmarkbaptist.us receives an order from the court to do so.

If an affected registered user does not provide a valid email address, landmarkbaptist.us 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

landmarkbaptist.us believes that maintaining and preserving the privacy of user data is an important value.

This Privacy Policy, together with other policies, resolutions, and actions by landmarkbaptist.us,

represents a committed effort to safeguard the security of the limited user information that is collected and retained on our servers.

Nevertheless, landmarkbaptist.us 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, landmarkbaptist.us can make no guarantee against unauthorized access to information

provided in the course of participating landmarkbaptist.us or related communities.

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