Updated: 15 May 2018
At the Board for Certification of Genealogists (“the website”), we have three fundamental 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.
• To the extent consistent with our essential function as a certifying organization, we give you control over the personal information you provide to us and let you choose how and when it is used, shared, kept or deleted.
Information we collect for website purposes
The owner of the website (see the signature block below) 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 email. For example, if you comment on the SpringBoard blog, you’re asked to provide a name and email address. You also have to provide an email address to receive blog posts via email or use the contact form. If you purchase products such as an OnBoard subscription, you’re asked to provide a name, email or mailing address, credit card or other financial information. This is always on an opt-in basis: you’ll still be able to read the website content even if you decline to supply personally-identifying information.
Our use of your information
We use the information we collect when you purchase products, make a comment, subscribe to receive blog posts by email, use the contact forms, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:
• To process your orders or transactions.
• To improve user experience.
• To keep the website secure.
• 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 outside of our organization. (That includes our web hosting company, our eCommerce service WooCommerce and payment processor Stripe, and any web developer whose help we might need with a problem on the website. Our spam-blocking service, Akismet, gets temporary access to blog comments to prevent spam.) We will disclose personally-identifying information only if we’re required to do so by law; that hasn’t ever happened to date.
We also collect aggregate data about visitors (browser type, language preference, referring site, date and time of visit and the like), through services like Jetpack or 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.
Protecting your information
The website is scanned on a regular basis using plugins such as VaultPress and WordFence Security for security holes and known vulnerabilities in order to make your visit to our site as safe as possible.
All sensitive/credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
This website, through its blog posts and other content, has links to other websites. We’re not responsible for their content or their privacy practices. If you click through to another website, be sure to read its privacy policies before using that other website. We’re also not responsible if any content from this website is republished elsewhere without our permission.
• Help remember and process items in your shopping cart.
• Understand and save your preferences for future visits.
• Let you share blog posts with social networks like Facebook or Twitter.
• Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions.
You can change your browser settings to warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can turn off all cookies. That may impact some ways the site works for you (you can’t post a comment if you turn off cookies, for example), but you’ll still be able to read the website content.
Associates may choose to be included in a directory displayed to visitors to the website, and may limit the personal information displayed. At an associate’s request, any such information may be corrected or removed from the directory.
Information we collect for certification purposes
As a certifying organization, we collect personally-identifying information when you apply for certification. You may not apply for certification without providing information such as your name, email address, mailing address and the like. This information is retained permanently in the United States and used for certification purposes only.
As with all other personally-identifying information we collect, 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 outside of our organization. We will disclose personally-identifying information only with your consent or if we’re required to do so by law.
Your rights as to personally-identifying information collected for website purposes
Under the Privacy laws, you have a number of rights with respect to personally-identifying information that’s been collected for website purposes, which are:
Consent withdrawal: You’re entitled to withdraw any consent you’ve given in the past to the collection or processing of personally-identifying information for website purposes. You can do so at any time by contacting the Board by mail or email (see below).
Data review: You’re entitled to review personally-identifying information that’s been collected for website purposes. You can ask to see such information by contacting the Board by mail or email (see below).
Data correction: You’re entitled to correct and update personally-identifying information that’s been collected for website purposes. You can ask to have such information corrected or updated by contacting the Board by mail or email (see below).
Data portability: If any personally-identifying information that’s been collected for website purposes is portable, you’re entitled to ask us to transfer it to another data controller.
Data erasure: You’re entitled to have personally-identifying information that’s been collected for website purposes erased. You can ask to have such information by contacting the Board by mail or email (see below).
These rights do not apply in their entirety to persons who have begun or completed the certification process; such information is legally retained for the legitimate purposes of the certifying organization.
For more information
— Board for Certification of Genealogists
P.O. Box 14291
Washington, DC 20044
Updated: 15 May 2018