Privacy & the GDPR

“Genealogy Certification” respects your privacy and recognizes the importance of your personal information. We are committed to protecting your information through our compliance with this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy describes our practices in connection with information we may collect through your use of our website (our ‘Site’). By using our Site, you consent to our collection and use of the information described in this Privacy Policy.

You might have some questions.

Why are you doing this?

On 25 May 2018, the European Union put into effect the requirements for a privacy policy called General Data Protection Regulations or GDPR. Although this blog is a very small “fish” in a very big “pond,” we felt it reasonable to describe to you our use of your information. While the GDPR applies to our European readers, we think it is good practice for all to recognize what we use of your information and how we use it.

For a description of what the GCPR is see The Legal Genealogist:
https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2018/05/21/the-gdpr-you-me/
and
Abundant Genealogisthttps://abundantgenealogy.com/what-is-gdpr-and-why-does-it-matter-for-genealogy-and-family-history/

At Genealogy Certification: My Personal Journey (“the website”), we have two principles that we follow when it comes to your privacy:

• We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it.
• We don’t share your personal information with anyone except in accordance with law.

We can state those principles clearly, because we do not carry advertising on this site, except when WordPress adds it. Those ads and your click-throughs fall under the policy of WordPress, its parent company and any of its affiliates. We urge you to read their Terms of Service at: https://en.wordpress.com/tos.

“Genealogy Certification” uses the free version of WordPress, and, therefore, we do not have an the ability to add a click agreement to their principles/policies, and so our low-tech solution is this:

  1. Opt-in: by using this site you are agreeing to the use of your cookies in a manner described below.
  2. Opt-out: you can refuse to supply personally-identifying information by unsubscribing.

What are Cookies?

Cookies are small programs stored on your computer, which may be used by WordPress, the blog service provider, to enable certain privacy and log-in capabilities. You have the ability to delete cookie files from your computer at any time or avoid cookies by configuring your browser to reject them or to notify you when a cookie is being placed on your computer.

What information do you collect?

Jill Morelli is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We only have access to personally-identifying information if you voluntarily give it to us directly or by using email.

We collect information when you make a comment, subscribe to receive blog posts by email, surf the website, or when we use certain other site features in the following ways:

• To keep the website secure.
• To improve user experience.
• To improve the website.
• To respond to your requests.

We don’t and won’t sell or rent your information to anyone, and we won’t share any of your information with any third party unless required by law–which is highly unlikely.

WordPress also aggregate data about visitors (browser type, language preference, referring site, date and time of visit and the like), through services like WordPress that track this information for us, and retain it in log form. This information isn’t linked to anything personally identifiable, but we don’t sell or rent any of it to anyone either.

How do you protect my information?

The website is scanned on a regular basis for security holes and known vulnerabilities in order to make your visit to our site as safe as possible, but it is not perfect.

Do I have rights to my information?

International privacy rules give you rights over personally-identifying information collected for website purposes, including the right to withdraw any consent previously given; the right to review data that’s been collected; the right to correct or update your data; the right to have any portable information transferred to another data controller; and the right to have any personally-identifying information erased.

What if I click on a link that you have provided?

This website, through its many blog posts, has a lot of links to other websites. We’re not responsible for their content or their privacy practices.  We’re also not responsible if any content from this website is republished elsewhere without our permission.

Will these Privacy Policies ever change?

This Privacy Policy may change from time to time in the website’s sole discretion. Your use of the website after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

The Site and I, personally, shall have no liability to you under this Policy, it being acknowledged and agreed that the Site is provided solely for your convenience.

What if I need more information?

I first urge you to read the blogs I noted above. If you need more information or have questions about this privacy policy, please contact me by email, jkmorelli@gmail.com.

If you wish to unsubscribe, do not hesitate to do so. That function is totally in your control.

Happy Hunting!

Much of this blog post utilized the privacy statements of others including The Legal Genealogist, GEDmatch and WordPress.  I am indebted to all of you for your leadership.

Jill Morelli, CG
Updated: 22 May 2018

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