If you only read the Historic Places Database Web site, no more information is collected than is typically collected in server logs by web sites in general. If you contribute to the Historic Places Database, you are publishing every word you post publicly. If you write something, assume that it will be retained forever.
Simply visiting the web site does not expose your identity publicly. You are not required to register at this Web site in order to view data displayed on this Web site.
Your username and email address are the only personal information that is required in order to register and add content to the database. No other personal information is requested by the Historic Places Database. When you edit any page in the Historic Places Database, you are publishing a document. This is a public act, and you are identified publicly with that edit as its author. You will be identified by your user name. This may be your real name if you so choose, or you may choose to publish under a pseudonym, whatever user name you selected when you created your account.
As you browse the Historic Places Database site, cookies are placed on your computer's hard drive. (Cookies are small pieces of data that are sent to your browser from a Web server and stored on your hard drive for record keeping purposes.) In general, cookies can make the Web more useful by storing information about your preferences on a particular site. Cookies in and of themselves do not personally identify users, although they do identify a user's computer. If your browser is set to not accept cookies, you will not be able to log in and edit the Historic Places Database.
We store your email address and password information in an encrypted form. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account information and for restricting access to your computer or mobile device through which you access your Historic Places Database account. Users of public or shared computers or unprotected mobile devices should log out at the completion of each visit to the Historic Places Database Web site. Unfortunately, no security system can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Accordingly, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information and cannot assume liability for improper access to it. By using this Web site, or providing personal information to us through any means, you agree that we can communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy, and administrative issues relating to your use of this site.
Historic Places Database will not sell or share private information, such as email addresses, with third parties, unless it is required by law to release the information.The Historic Places Database Web site contains links to sites operated by third parties whose policies regarding the handling of personal information may differ from ours. The Historic Places Database cannot be responsible for the information handling practices of these other sites.