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Privacy policy

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union (EU) goes into effect on 25 May 2018.  Consequently, Website visitors may reasonably expect to find a policy statement that provides a clear understanding of how the Website owner acquires and uses personal information -- that is, in the terminology of the GDPR, information that is related to the identification of a data subject (a real person).  The text that follows on this page is that policy statement for the Website on which you, a visitor to this Website and the reader of this page, find it resident.

1.  This Website is owned and operated by a real person (Carl Scott Zimmerman, hereinafter referred to by the editorial "we"), not by any corporation, association, or other fictive entity.  It is operated as a public service, and as such it has no commercial function.  The owner is a citizen and resident of the United States of America (USA), and the computers used by the owner to maintain the content of this Website are located in the USA.

2.  We do not collect any personal information from or about visitors to this Website.  Therefore, we believe that the GDPR has little or no legal relevancy to the operation of this Website.

3.  While the Web hosting company that we utilize does collect the IP addresses of Website visitors as part of the normal process of hosting a Website (including statistical analysis of traffic), we do not use those IP addresses for any purpose, and we have no means of associating any IP address with a person (a data subject).  It is therefore impossible for us to identify any visitor, or the current location of any visitor.

4.  The purpose of this Website is to make certain kinds of information publicly available to any interested visitor.  This information has to do with publicly audible tower bells, and as such it includes contact information for persons who have publicly identifiable responsibilities related to those bells or to the institutions that own those bells.  We do not collect, maintain or use any other kind of personal information for such persons.  We do not "process" that contact information except as described in paragraph 6 below.

5.  We collect personal and non-personal information for use as described in paragraph 4 (above) from a variety of public and private sources not connected to this Website.  Public sources include books, magazines, news articles (in print or online), other Websites, etc.  Private sources include personal communications via email (either individually or on mail-lists), postal mail, telephone, etc.  While we may share this information publicly on this Website as described above, we do not share it in any other manner.

6.  The only use we make of the personal contact information that we publish (specified in paragraph 4 above) is to send a one-time email announcement that the Webpage on which that information appears has been added to or revised on our Website.  The intent of this announcement is to enable the person so identified to review the published information for accuracy, as well as to invite them to inform us of any corrections that ought to be made.  That includes removal from this Website of contact information that they wish to regard as private.  We will remove such information upon request.

7.  You can find out whether we publish any personal contact information about you by using our search page to search this Website for any occurrence of your last name.

8.  This Website does not presently use "cookies" in its operation, nor does it use any other kind of visitor tracking information except as implied by paragraph 3 above.

9.  For questions, comments or concerns regarding this policy in general, please use the email link at the bottom of this page.  For communication regarding one of our Webpages on which your personal information appears (or should appear), please use the email link at the bottom of that page, so that we will know exactly where your concern is focussed.

NOTE:  From at least as early as 2001, this Website had an announced privacy policy.  You can find its most recent version near the end of the page of Credits and Disclaimers, under the Privacy heading.

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This page was created on 2018/05/18 and last revised on 2019/05/28.

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