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Privacy Policy

Genealogy (Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 23 Jan. 2017. Dictionary.com)

  1. a record or account of the ancestry and descent of a person, family, group, etc.
  2. the study of family ancestries and histories.
  3. descent from an original form or progenitor; lineage; ancestry.
Personal genealogy data is included on this website. This data includes individual's names, date/location of birth, marriage and death. It may also include photos/documents, family histories, or family stories. This data is published here, and on other websites, to support research by other genealogists.

Therefore, as a genealogist, I may have collected much personal information on you and your family from a variety of sources. The privacy of this information is very important to me and I assure you there is a strong privacy policy in place for the Rintoul/Bowman Family website.

Most of us would prefer not to have to worry about our personal data. However, in this day and age, it is a very real concern, and we must use caution to prevent misuse of information. Identity theft and credit fraud are the worst problems. There is concern that information distributed to distant relatives or put on a genealogy website makes it easier for unscrupulous individuals to commit invasions of privacy or other frauds. For this reason, many efforts have been made to secure pieces of information that could be used in such a fraudulent manner.

This site, and the following Privacy Policy, distinguish between "living" and "non-living" individuals. Further detail is provided in this Privacy Policy, but in high level, this means:

  • Living:
    • Definition: We have no death date on file, and the individual was born 100 years or less before the present date.
    • Privacy: All data on "living" individuals is suppressed for the general public. Users must be registered as family members to view any data on "living" individuals.
  • Non-Living:
    • Definition: A death date is on file, or the individual can be considered "non-living" if the date of birth is over 100 years before the present date.
    • Privacy: Data on "non-living" individuals is provided for public consumption, though certain photos/documents, family histories, or family stories will not be fully accessible. Users must be registered as familiy members to view all data on "non-living" individuals.

Names and Relationships

Many genealogy programs can suppress the names of living individuals and substitute "living" or "still living". This website suppresses the names of living individuals, substituting "Living" in place of a "living" individuals full name for the general public. If you are aware that someone is living and their full name is shown here, please let me know, so that I may quickly remedy the situation.

Note: Only individuals who have registered with our website and are logged in to the site will be able to view information on living individuals. This access will sometimes be restricted to only their branch of their family.

Photographs

Photographs of living individuals are considered personal data and are completely suppressed for the general public. At this time, no exceptions will be made. Photographs of non-living individuals are also suppressed for the general public in their original form, however smaller versions of these photos may be viewed.

Any legitimate objection to the display of any photograph on this site, for living or non-living relatives, will result in the timely removal of the photograph from the site until such objection can be addressed.

Personal Data Suppression

To ensure the privacy of "living" individuals, our genealogy website always suppresses their personal data from viewing by the general public. Personal data includes, but is not limited to, birth/marriage dates/locations, photographs, notes, and biographies.

Personal Data Access

Personal data access is restricted to registered family members who must login to access the normally suppressed personal data of living individuals. At the discretion of the site owner, access may be restricted to their own family branch only. By registering for access, you are indicating your agreement with our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. When registering for your user account, you must indicate how you are related to an individual already in our database.

If you are not related, you will not normally be granted a user account unless a very special reason is identified. In this case, a temporary or time-limited account can be made available.

Your access may, in some circumstances, be restricted to:

  • You (the registered user) and your spouse (but not your spouse's family).
  • Your descendants and their spouses.
  • Your parents and grandparents.
  • Your uncles/aunts and their spouses.
  • Your 1st cousins and their spouses (but not their children).
  • Your siblings and their spouses.
  • Your nephews/nieces and their spouses (but not their children).

Note: If any family branch individual does not want their suppressed personal data accessed, the security design allows a "lock" to be put on their data. This does, however, preclude registration of that individual.

Personal Data Security

Personal information collected by me in trust (email/street addresses, phone numbers, etc.). as a result of an application for membership, or a suggestion/comment, will not be divulged to any person or entity for any purpose whatsoever unless we are legally bound to prevent or detect a crime. You should be aware, however, that much of this information is already in the public domain and may be readily available to others using internet search engines (e.g., Yahoo People Search, Google.com, Birthday.com).

This website reports on user activity via Google Analytics. Data collected is for purposes of evaluating server loads, and determining ways to improve the website, and will not be divulged to any person or entity for any purpose whatsoever. Data collected includes, but is not limited to, general location, referral data, browser type, and in the case of registered users, your User ID unique only to this website. Many websites use this same technology to analyze their traffic. If, for any reason, you are not comfortable with this collection of data, you may either discontinue viewing this site immediately, or you may opt-out of tracking by installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. Opting out of tracking will prevent Google Analytics tracking on this, and all other websites.

Terms of Use

Any use of this website constitutes your acceptance of all terms and conditions listed below and your acknowledgement that you have read, understand, and agree with the Privacy Policy, License and Disclaimer.

  1. You agree that your access to this website may be interrupted or suspended at any time, for any reason, for no reason, or as a result of system failure, maintenance, repairs, or other circumstances.
  2. You agree not to attempt to access the resources—including, but not limited to, the computer systems—that support the Rintoul/Bowman Family website.
  3. You agree not to post on, transmit to, or retrieve from this website any material that is threatening, defamatory, obscene, offensive, discriminatory, inflammatory, criminal, in breach of confidence or privacy, or in violation of a third party's rights.
  4. You agree not to transmit, retrieve, or post information that is technically harmful including, but not limited to, computer viruses, logic bombs, trojan horses, worms, harmful components, corrupted data, malicious software or any other data that might constitute a risk to this site, it's users, or the Rintoul/Bowman Family database.
  5. You understand that any breach of these Terms of Use, may result in the suspension of your account and/or the termination of your ability to use this site. Moreover, you agree that the owner of the Rintoul/Bowman Family website has right to take any other actions necessary to protect this site, the database, and the resources that support them.

License

General Data

The Rintoul/Bowman Family website is made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA) license. Consistent with that license, the manner of attribution shall be the preservation all source citations relevant to the database or any part.

In other words you are free, and even encouraged, to verify any fact—obtain for yourself the material of any source—and if you do you are under no obligation to cite this database. However, if you choose instead to build upon this work, you must abide by the requirements of the Creative Commons license and these instructions regarding attribution.

Photographs

Photos published on this site are part of the personal family collections of the Rintoul's and Bowman's, or have been contributed by generous third parties (collectively 'the owners'). The owners retain all rights associated with their photos. Consequently, these photos may not be copied, distributed, re-distributed, incorporated in whole or in part in other works, nor aggregated with other works without the permission of the owners.

Disclaimer

ALTHOUGH THE OWNERS MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ENSURE THE ACCURACY, INTEGRITY, AND AVAILABILITY OF THE RINTOUL/BOWMAN WEBSITE, THE DATABASE AND SITE ARE MADE AVAILABLE **AS IS**. WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATION OF WARRANTY, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO THE DATABASE AND SITE, THEIR AVAILABILITY, THEIR FUNCTION, OR THEIR FITNESS FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE. THEREFORE, THE OWNERS SHALL NOT BE HELD LIABLE TO ANY PERSON OR ENTITY FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED, OR ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED, BY THE USE, OR INABILITY TO USE, THIS SITE AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN.