July 4th, 2014
Box Turtle Bulletin recognizes that issues surrounding sexuality are deeply personal for many readers, and for them privacy is of the utmost concern. We are committed to doing everything possible protect the privacy of our readers.
The terms “we” and “us” include not only myself, but anyone who acts on behalf of Box Turtle Bulletin, now or at any time in the future.
By “you”, we mean you, the reader, or anyone who reads, downloads from, or in any way uses anything that is found on Box Turtle Bulletin at any time in the past, present, or future.
By “communications”, we mean any form of contact that is made between you and Box Turtle Bulletin, including, but not limited to: E-mail, letters, postcards, photographs, faxes, phone messages or conversations, personal conversations, text messages (including instant messaging services), audio or video recordings or any other medium or mode of personal communications which exists now or in the future.
Protection of Personal Information
Box Turtle Bulletin does not collect any personal information without your direct knowledge and active participation. The only personal information that we may collect is whatever you voluntarily provide in your communications to us.
We will not provide any personal information to any other party for any reason. Also, we not publish addresses, phone numbers, E-mail addresses or any other personal information on our web site or in any other form.
Generally speaking however, we would only be interested in publishing your communications if your topic is of interest to our readers. But we will not include any personally sensitive information (for example, information related to your sexuality that is not already publicly known, etc. See “Sensitive Communications” in this Policy.). We will not publish your name unless we have your expressed written permission to do so.
Public Figures: Limited Right To Anonymity
Public figures are not necessarily entitled to the same guarantees of anonymity as private individuals. If you are a public figure (someone in the public eye or who voluntarily receives media attention, for example: a politician, entertainer, a web site author or activist), and you are writing to us to express an opinion or to provide information on an article we have published, we may decide, at our discretion, to publish parts or all of your letter or E-mail. We may include your name and title in the posting, but we will not publish your E-mail address, physical address, phone number or any other personal or contact information without your expressed written permission.
Generally speaking, we would only be interested in publishing your communications if your topic is of interest to our readers. We will not include any personally sensitive information (for example, information related to your sexuality that is not already publicly known, etc. See “Sensitive Communications” in this Policy.).
It is our intent that any communications that we receive in which someone asks for advice, information or references for resources will be held in the strictest confidence. Furthermore, all requests for privacy will he honored (except as noted in “Disclosure of Personal Information” in this Policy), provided the request is made concurrently with all communications you wish to be held in confidence.
It is your responsibility to request that your communications be held in confidence when you contact us. In the absense of an explicit request for confidence, we reserve the right to determine whether to hold your communications with us private. Should we publish or share all or parts of it, our decision to publish your name will be made on the basis stated elsewhere in this Policy (see “Private Individuals: Your Right to Remain Anonymous” and “Public Figures: Limited Right to Anonymity”).
We cannot be held responsible for discosure of information in the absence of a concurrent request for confidence. Should we decide to publish any portion of your communications with us, we cannot be held responsible for requests for confidence which you may try to make later.
Disclosure of Personal Information
Use of Visitor’s Statistics
The Box Turtle Bulletin web site, like nearly all web sites, collects what is called “anonymous information”. This information may include the visitor’s Internet Service Provider and I.P. address, the URL of the web page the visitor came from, the web pages the visitor viewed on this web site, the visitor’s browser type and resolution, and other technical information. This information is completely anonymous – in other words it cannot be used to trace or identify any individual visitor. It does not permit us to learn any personal information such as your name, the computer you use, your E-mail address or physical location.
We use this information to make sure Box Turtle Bulletin is working properly with no broken internal links. This information also helps us optimize the web site’s design for the different types of computers and browsers that our visitors use when visiting. We also use this information to determine which topics are of greater interest to our readers and how they found it.
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