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Ontario Mennonite, Amish, and Brethren in Christ family history.

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This is the privacy policy for Ezra Eby Revived! (http://www.ezraeby.com). This policy (effective from March 22, 2006) was last updated June 20, 2011. This policy explains what information we collect and what we do with it.

Ezra Eby Revived! is a database of information for genealogical research. On this site we collect 4 types of information:

  1. Non-identifiable computer information
  2. Identifiable genealogical information
  3. Identifiable information obtained from submissions
  4. Identifiable information obtained from patrons seeking access to portions of database information.

We do not collect any identifiable information that does not pertain to genealogical research (e.g. government issued numbers, bank information, etc.)

We do not disclose any information to any third parties (a group or individual who is not engaged in genealogical research). For example, we do not sell lists of email addresses of patrons or submitters.

1. Non-identifiable computer information
Non-identifiable information does not identify you. In accessing the internet, computers transmit and receive information that identifies them, but not you (e.g. the IP address that you are using). Also, your computer transmits other data (known as "environment variables") that is collected and logged by our server (e.g. the operating system and browser version you are using). We analyze the logs to determine problem or performance issues with the site.

2. Identifiable genealogical information
We collect information (names, vital statistics, etc.) on persons for the sole purpose of inclusion in our databases, for the purpose of genealogical research. We obtain information from published materials and family submission. This information is detailed, but does not include information like government issued numbers, banking information, etc. Being sensitive to living individuals, certain information is omitted from public view. This site maintains a security feature where an individual must register, and be approved, to be able to view certain information.

3. Identifiable information obtained from submissions
Identifiable information may identify an individual. We collect information on persons who submit information to this site: the submitter's name is identified as a "source", and other information is maintained in our office alone for the purpose of contacting the submitter to verify information submitted.

4. Identifiable information obtained from patrons seeking access to portions of database information.
Identifiable information may identify an individual. We collect information on persons who register, such as name, address, phone number, etc. This information is maintained in our office alone for the purpose of identifying patrons, in the event that there is a breach of security (e.g. a patron uses information obtained from the database to contact a living individual for the purpose of soliciting). On report that a patron used information obtained from the database for improper use, the patron will be removed immediately, and identifiable information on the patron will be disclosed to the appropriate authority.

Cookies
Cookies are small data files used by your web browser, stored on your hard drive. Cookies do not identify you to us, but identify us to you. Every browser has the ability to stop the use of cookies. Cookies are used on this site for the purpose of storing your browsing preferences, including "session information" (required for secure login).

Privacy, Law and Genealogy
"This idea that one's name, address, phone number, and vitals fall into the area of privacy laws is a common misconception by many people. In reality, the facts of your existence are a matter of public record in most instances." 1 Actually, an Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled that Internet users Have “No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy”. 2

The "Canadian Bill of Rights", the Privacy Act and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) do not guarantee what you may consider "privacy". In fact, PIPEDA provides an exemption for genealogy research.

"But I'm concerned about identity theft!" There has never been a proven case of identity theft due to genealogy. There simply isn't enough detail. There is so much public information about people: Your name, address and phone number are published in a telephone book. Have you ever been in Family Court for child support, or Superior Court for a divorce? All those court documents with pertinent and juicy details are "public record". Most banks don't use your mother's maiden name for a security question any more. Google your name and see what there is to see.

  1. Crowe, Elizabeth. Genealogy Online. 8th ed. N.p.: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media, 2008. 94. Print.
  2. Prof. Cyberlaw. "Canada: Internet Users Have “No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy”." Cyberlaw 101. N.p., 18 Feb. 2009. Web. 24 Feb. 2011. http://cyberlaw101.wordpress.com/2009/02/18/canada-internet-users-have-no-reasonable-expectation-of-privacy.

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