Research Library and Museum
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Privacy Policy

Who we are

We are the Wyoming County Historical Society (WCHS) in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, USA, a non-profit educational and historic preservation organization. Our Website address is: https://pawchs.org. Contact information is on the sidebar and you may use our contact form, too.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Contact forms

If you use our contact form, you are required to provide your name and email address, which we use to reply to your request. You can choose not to provide us with certain information, but then you may not be able to take advantage of some of the Website’s features.

Collection of non-personal information

When you visit the Website, our servers automatically record information that your browser sends. This data may include information such as your computer’s IP address, browser type and version, operating system type and version, language preferences or the webpage you were visiting before you came to our Website, pages of our Website that you visit, the time spent on those pages, information you search for on our Website, access times and dates, and other statistics.

Billing and payments

We use third-party payment processors to assist us in processing your payment information securely. Such third party processors’ use of your Personal Information is governed by their respective privacy policies which may or may not contain privacy protections as protective as this Privacy Policy. We suggest that you review their respective privacy policies.

Children

We do not knowingly collect any personal information from children under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, please do not submit any personal information through our Website or Service. We encourage parents and legal guardians to monitor their children’s Internet use and to help enforce this Policy by instructing their children never to provide personal information through our Website or Service without their permission. If you have reason to believe that a child under the age of 13 has provided personal information to us through our Website or Service, please contact us.

Cookies

A “cookie” is a small text file that is placed in your browser and allows WCHS to recognize when you visit this site. Cookies themselves do not contain any personal information, and WCHS does not use cookies to collect personal information. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. You have control over the cookies that are stored on your own computer by your web browser software.

Cookies may also be used by 3rd party content providers such as news feeds. We include a cookie notice on this site and you have the choice to agree to the use of cookies or to not use this site.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our Website. We may use cookies to collect, store, and track information for statistical purposes to operate our Website and provide services.

You have the ability to accept cookies on this Website or to not visit our site. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the features of the Website and our services.

If you leave a comment or fill out one of our forms, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address, and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

Comments

When visitors leave comments on this Website, we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help detect and control spam.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the Website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the Website can download and extract any location data from images on the Website.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this Website may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Use of collected information

Any of the information we collect from you may be used to: improve our Website; improve member services and respond to queries and emails of our members and visitors; process transactions; send notification emails such as updates, etc; run and operate our Website and provide services. Non-personal information collected is used only to identify potential cases of abuse and establish statistical information regarding Website traffic and usage. This statistical information is not otherwise aggregated in such a way that would identify any particular user of the system.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

If you send us information via a form on this Website, we will keep that data as long as we need to complete the service. That data may be stored on the Website hosting server indefinitely.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, have used a form on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we store your data

Most data is stored on the hosting server for this Website, which is protected by excellent security software and measures taken by the hosting company to keep data safe. Data is also kept on the society’s PCs which are protected by security software and accessed only by qualified employees and volunteers.

Information security

We maintain reasonable administrative, technical, and physical safeguards in an effort to protect against unauthorized access, use, modification, and disclosure of personal information in its control and custody. However, no data transmission over the Internet or wireless network can be guaranteed. Therefore, while we strive to protect your personal information, you acknowledge that (i) there are security and privacy limitations of the Internet which are beyond our control; (ii) the security, integrity, and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between you and our Website cannot be guaranteed; and (iii) any such information and data may be viewed or tampered with in transit by a third party, despite best efforts.

Data Breach

In the event we become aware that the security of the Website has been compromised or user’s Personal Information has been disclosed to unrelated third parties as a result of external activity, including, but not limited to, security attacks or fraud, we reserve the right to take reasonably appropriate measures, including, but not limited to, investigation and reporting, as well as notification to and cooperation with law enforcement authorities. In the event of a data breach, we will make reasonable efforts to notify affected individuals if we believe that there is a reasonable risk of harm to the user as a result of the breach or if notice is otherwise required by law. When we do, we will post a notice on the Website and send you an email.

Changes and amendments

We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy relating to the Website or our services at any time, effective upon posting of an updated version of this privacy policy on the Website. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page. Continued use of the Website after any such changes shall constitute your consent to such changes.

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If you have any questions about our use of data, please contact us. Keep in mind that you will be providing data when using our contact form, sending email, or calling on the phone.

Updated: 17 May 2018