Mission Statement

BatesCentral.com is a personal family website created for the enjoyment of all of our family and friends. We are committed to Internet privacy and have created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. BatesCentral.com does not sell, lend nor distribute any information gathered to any third party.

The following discloses our information gathering practices for BatesCentral.com.

Information Collection and Use

BatesCentral.com does not collect any personal information about the visitors to this website without their knowledge. In order to be on our mailing list, we do require you to give us your e-mail address. We will never misuse the information you provide us, either by selling it, trading it, giving it away or using it to contact you without your permission. BatesCentral.com is not responsible for any third parties that may collect information about our visitors (like: Network Solutions, our Domain Name Host or Apple Computers, our Website Host, etc.).

BatesCentral does use a third party to collect statistical information about visitors to the site. Bravenet.com provides site visit statistics purely for private use. The type of information that is collected is: IP Address (to calculate number of unique visits per day), the date and time of the visit, the visitor's OS, the visitor's browser, etc. For a detailed list of the information that is collected, please send an e-mail to BatesCentral.com requesting the information.

Visitor locations and the "hit map" are collected via the HitsMap project, sponsored by the Knowledge Media Institute and The Open University. All information used to create the map is in the public domain. Moe information can be found at: http://kmi.open.ac.uk/projects/hitmaps/index.html

No personal information collected will be sold or given out by BatesCentral.com to any third parties.

Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online - for example through e-mail, discussion lists, or elsewhere - that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.

Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your personal information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you're online.

External Links

This site contains links to other sites. BatesCentral.com is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites. We have made every effort to screen all external links content to make sure it is suitable for all ages, but websites may change without notice. When visiting such sites, we urge you to be an informed surfer and use caution when providing any personal data. Please check with those sites to determine their privacy policy.

If you have found an external link to be inappropriate, please inform admin@batescentral.com and every effort will be made to correct the situation.

BatesCentral.com Mailing List

BatesCentral uses a free service from Dreamhost.com to manage its e-mail distribution list. BatesCentral will at no time give this information out to a third party. By subscribing to the mailing list, you agree to receive our notifications from BatesCentral.com. You may unsubscribe from our list at any time.

You have the following options for removing your information from the database in order not to receive future communications from the BatesCentral.com mailing list.

  1. You can unsubscribe from our mailing list by following the instructions contained at the bottom of the e-mails.
  2. You can e-mail admin@batescentral.com and ask to be removed.
Public Forum (Article Comments)

BatesCentral.com uses HaloScan.com for providing a way for visitors to post comments on particular articles. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information.

BatesCentral.com reserves the right to edit out or delete material that it deems objectionable, inappropriate or offensive. To that end, all comments containing profanity, advertising or non-BatesCentral related remarks will be deleted.

Your Consent To This Agreement

By using our website, you consent to the collection and use of information by BatesCentral as specified above. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.

Contacting the Web Site

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this website, you can contact:

Bill Bates

This Privacy statement was created on June 6, 2001 and last modified on March 4, 2005.