Updated 1 January 2022
I recognise that your privacy is important. This document outlines the types of personal information I receive and collect when you use Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com and IrishGenealogyNews.com, as well as some of the steps I take to safeguard information. This will help you make an informed decision about sharing personal information with me.
As the sole manager of Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com and IrishGenealogyNews.com (referred to collectively below as IGT.com) I strive to maintain the highest standards of decency, fairness and integrity in all my operations. Likewise, I am committed to protecting your data and privacy.
Cookies and web beacons are small chunks of data created by a web server.
They arrive via your web browser (ex. Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc) and are stored on your computer.
Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences. They prevent you having to re-enter your information on certain website from scratch each time you visit that site.
Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com and IrishGenealogyNews.com use information from Google Analytics to track the number of visits to the websites, browsers and operating systems.
A cookie only gives me the data you choose to share with me. NO personally identifiable information is obtained from these cookies.
I use the information that Google Analytics generates relating to my websites to create reports about the use of the sites. These reports allow me to update the sites and improve your usage of them.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the websites (see further down).
If you do not wish your data to be collected via Google Analytics, you can install its opt-out browser extension or add-on.
I use third-party advertising companies to serve ads on my websites. These
you've seen an advertisement. We share this information with these companies,
but do not provide them with any personally identifiable information for cookie
or web beacon use, so they cannot personally identify you with that information
from our websites.
You may opt out of personalized ads for over 125 different ad networks. Click here to do that.
an affiliate commission for some, but not all, of the products/services mentioned or promoted on Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com and IrishGenealogyNews.com. This commission is small, but helps to offset some of the costs of managing, hosting and updating two large sites. It also helps me to pay for the subscriptions to some of the major family history databases (I do not receive free access from any of the database suppliers; I pay the same rates as every other customer).
When I mention these products/services or include a relevant advert of a product/service, I do so only if I have used their product/service and am comfortable to recommend their product/service to other researchers.
Examples of browsers are Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer.
Most browsers allow you to choose how cookies are handled by your device via your browser settings. Browsers mentioned above allow you:
accept all cookies
b) to notify you when a cookie is issued
c) to not receive cookies at any time
Taking this action should not cause a problem with the continued use of my site. Consult the Help section of your browser for guidance on how to refuse all cookies or to notify you when a cookie is requested.
Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com and IrishGenealogyNews.com may collect and use your personal information for the following purposes:
Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com and IrishGenealogyNews.com may collect personally identifiable information from you in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when you visit my site or fill out the contact form.
You can always refuse to supply personally identifiable information and visit my sites anonymously. However, it may prevent you from engaging in certain site-related activities.
If I make material changes in the collection of personally identifiable information, I will inform you by placing a notice on my sites. I will use personal information received from you for internal purposes only and will not sell it or provide it to third parties.
I also collect each visitor's IP address, which helps us combat spam and fraud. I do not use IP addresses for any other purpose.
Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com and IrishGenealogyNews.com contains links to other websites that may be of interest to you. However, once you have used them to leave my sites, I do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, I cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information you provide while visiting such sites. These sites are not governed by this privacy statement. Always exercise caution by reviewing the privacy statement of the website in question before continuing to use it.
California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), enacted in 2018, creates new consumer rights relating to the access to, deletion of, and sharing of personal information that is collected by businesses.
We have not sold any personal information in the previous 12 months (nor since 2008 when this website launched).
I may collect non-personally identifiable information about you whenever you interact with my sites. Non-personally identifiable information may include the browser name, the type of computer and technical information about your method of connecting to my sites, such as the operating system and the Internet service provider you used, and other similar information.
My websites are directed to adults. They are not directed to children under the age of 16. I operate my sites in compliance with current regulations. Anyone under the age of 16 must provide parental consent to use these sites. I do not knowingly collect or use personally identifiable information from anyone under 16 years of age.
If I sell one of my sites (Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com and IrishGenealogyNews.com), the information I have obtained from you through your voluntary participation in that site may transfer to the new owner as a part of the sale so that the service provided to you may continue. In that event, you will receive notice through my site of that change in control and practices, and I will make reasonable efforts to ensure that the purchaser honours any opt-out requests you might make.
Personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information collected by this site is stored on the host's servers. That host is SiteSell Inc, located at 1000 Saint-Jean Boulevard, Suite 702, Pointe-Claire, QC H9R 5P1 Canada.
Irish-Genealogy-Toolkit.com uses only one third-party service – ejunkie. This is to enable
payments for and delivery of my own e-products. See 'Personally Identifiable Information' above for a link to ejunkie's
You can also request to edit or delete any of your information from the servers by clicking on this link.
I will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless required by law to do so.