This Privacy Statement was last updated on April 10, 2009. If you have not reviewed it since that date, please do so. You will not receive any other notice of changes to this statement. This document may be updated at any time at the discretion of Southern Muse, editor.
The Southern Muse website and all related pages are not directed at children under the age of 18. If you are under 18, please do not provide any personal information to Southern Muse or its editor(s).
Southern Muse respects your privacy. We do not collect personally identifiable information without your express consent and approval. [IMPORTANT: GENEALOGY EXCLUSION/DISCLAIMER].
Generally, Southern Muse does not collect personal information at all, except as needed to complete a specific business transaction. Southern Muse is not a secure website and does not provide shopping carts. Instead, we use secure, reputable third-party vendors (such as PayPal or Google) to conduct such business. Read below for more information on privacy.
Southern Muse does not collect your credit-card information for any reason. Occasionally, Southern Muse does sell products or services such as artwork. In such cases, Southern Muse uses secure, reputable third-party websites, such as PayPal or Google, in order to complete the transaction. In such cases, Southern Muse will not have access to your credit-card information. However, Southern Muse may have access to other personally identifiable information, such as your name, address, email address, and/or phone number. We will use this information only as needed to complete the transaction, ship the product, and participate in any follow-up correspondence as appropriate. Southern Muse will not use your information to send unsolicited email correspondence. Southern Muse will not share your information with any third party; except with PayPal or Google, as appropriate, and then, only as needed to complete the business transaction. (See more, below, about third-party vendors.)
Southern Muse uses standard email accounts (hosted by Yahoo), not secure email. Standard email correspondence may be viewed by third parties. Users who wish to relay private information to Southern Muse or its editors are strongly encouraged to use the U.S. Postal Service to contact Southern Muse (More information about contacting Southern Muse.) If Southern Muse receives personally identifiable information through USPS, the information will only be used as needed to complete business transactions, such as shipping purchased products, as requested by the user. (EXCLUSION: SEE GENEALOGY SECTION.)
Privacy Regarding User Correspondence and Queries
GENERAL SITE QUERIES
Third Party Vendors
Southern Muse uses PayPal, a secure site, to complete business transactions as requested by you, the user, in a secure manner. When PayPal is used to complete a transaction, Southern Muse will not have access to the user's credit-card information. Southern Muse will have access to such personally identifiable information as is needed to complete the transaction and ship the product to the user. This may include name, address, telephone number, and email address. Southern Muse does not share this information with any third party (other than PayPal, as needed to complete the transaction). Southern Muse does not use this information to send unsolicited email to the user.
Southern Muse is hosted by Yahoo Webhosting. Like most Web servers on the Internet, Southern Muse (through Yahoo Webhosting) collects and stores within Web-access logs all of the information that your Web browser sends when it requests a Web page, including:
- the name, domain, and numerical internet address of the host computer (typically a computer belonging to your Internet Service Provider and not your personal computer) from which you access the Internet;
Southern Muse Postcards are delivered using forms created by a third-party vendor, Free CGI. Postcards are provided for the entertainment of you, the user. Southern Muse does not collect email addresses using the postcard tool. However, you, the user, should be aware that Free CGI is not a secure server! Free CGI simply offers free CGI code and other tools that allow webmasters to create postcards, forms, and other interactive materials for their website. When sending postcards, users are required to enter their own email address and the email address of the recipient. In this case, the third-party vendor, Free-CGI, may have access to any and all email addresses entered. Southern Muse has informally tested postcards and has not found Free CGI itself to be a SPAMMER. However, users who send postcards typically send such cards to multiple recipients or forward similar content to multiple users. As a result, postcard users may be subject to SPAM as a matter of course. For this reason, users are greatly encouraged to use disposable email addresses when sending postcards, jokes, and other correspondence intended for entertainment only. Users are also advised that some email recipients might regard postcards and other such entertaining correspondence as SPAM. Southern Muse encourages users to respect the wishes of friends and business contacts regarding the use of postcards. In any case, Southern Muse expressly forbids the use of postcards for the sending of commercial or intentional SPAM! Please use postcards sparingly for the entertainment of your friends.
Minors/Children Under the Age of Eighteen:
Southern Muse does not collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of eighteen (18). Minors are discouraged from sharing personally identifiable information of any kind with any website without consulting a parent or guardian. In regards to children under the age of thirteen (13), Southern Muse adheres to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.
Compliance with Laws and Law Enforcement:
Southern Muse cooperates with law enforcement officials or private parties to make the Internet to enforce and comply with the law, in order to make the Internet a safe place for business and correspondence. We may disclose any information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to respond to claims, legal process (including subpoenas), to protect the property and rights of Southern Muse or a third party, the safety of the public or any person, to prevent or stop any illegal, unethical, or legally actionable activity, or to comply with the law.