Terms and Conditions of Use
There are two cases of using the site that differ principally in connection with the privacy.
In the first case you simply visit the site. This does not expose your identity publicly (see however private logging below).
In the second case you make a change in the site, be it introducing new information or editing the information already existing in the site. This is a public act, and you are identified publicly with that change as its author. The information on the made change will be retained forever.
Identification of an author
To make any change in the site you have to log in. After you are logged in, 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.
Your IP address (a sequence of four letters determining address in the net) will not be available to the public except in cases of abuse, including vandalism of pages by you or by another user with the same IP address. In all cases, your IP address will be temporarily stored on the site servers. Your IP address, and its connection to any usernames that share it may be released under certain circumstances (see below).
Remember to log out or disconnect yourself after each session using a pseudonym on a shared computer, to avoid allowing others to use your identity.
JewAge will set a temporary session cookie (PHPSESSID) whenever you visit the site. If you do not intend to ever log in, you may deny this cookie, but you cannot log in without it. It will be deleted when you close your browser session.
More cookies may be set when you log in, to avoid typing in your user name (or optionally password) on your next visit. These last up to 30 days. You may clear these cookies after use if you are using a public machine and don't wish to expose your username to future users of the machine. (If so, clear the browser cache as well.)
User passwords are the only guarantee of the integrity of a user's edit history. All users are encouraged to select strong passwords and to never share them. Users should not expose their or other's passwords to public.
Every time you visit a web page, you send a lot of information to the web server. Most web servers routinely maintain access logs with a portion of this information, which can be used to get an overall picture of what pages are popular, what other sites link to this one, and what web browsers people are using. These logs are used to produce the site statistics pages; the raw log data is not made public, and is normally discarded after about two weeks.
Log data may be examined by developers in the course of solving technical problems and in tracking down badly-behaved web spiders. IP addresses of users, derived either from those logs or from records in the database are frequently used to correlate usernames and network addresses of edits in investigating abuse, including the suspected use of malicious "sockpuppets" (duplicate accounts), vandalism, harassment of other users, or disruption of the project.
Policy on release of data derived from page logs
It is the policy of JewAge that personally identifiable data collected in the server logs, or through records in the database via the CheckUser feature, may be released by the system administrators or users with CheckUser access, in the following situations:
- In response to a valid subpoena or other compulsory request from law enforcement
- With permission of the specific user
- To the chair of JewAge, his/her legal counsel, or his/her designee, when necessary for investigation of abuse complaints.
- Where the user has been vandalising articles or persistently behaving in a disruptive way, data may be released to assist in the targeting of IP blocks, or to assist in the formulation of a complaint to relevant Internet Service Providers
- Where it is reasonably necessary to protect the rights, property or safety of the JewAge, its users or the public.
JewAge policy does not permit public distribution of such information under any circumstances, except as described above.
Author rights: profiles
A system of author rights is introduced at the site, that gives special rights to the person who created the profile. This system does not include profiles of publically significant personalities (except for the situation where the profile is created by a close relative) that are considered “belonging to the society”. For all other profiles, the profile creator has the following exclusive rights:
- the permission to erase the profile
- the right to limit the access of other users to the profile (this includes both editing and reading the profile).
When creating the profile, the creator may choose one of the following ways of access limitation:
- the limitation “only for myself”
- the limitation “open for public”
Author rights: articles
While creating an article, its creator can choose one of the below author rights:
Firstly, author can choose between free copying of the article's content - according tot the GFDL license (public domain), or not - according to the private domain license. Secondly, author can choose to provide (or not) to other users an access to edit his article. In any case users have right to comment on the articles, that was published on the site.
Sharing information with third parties
- User's information, which has not been classified by user, is publicly available and can be used by a third side.
- The information, posted on JewAge by the site moderators, is publicly available and can be used by a third side.
- JewAge will not sell or share private information, such as email addresses, with third parties, unless you agree to release this information, or it is required by law to release the information.
Security of information
We strive to protect your information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. We use a variety of technical measures, policies, and procedures (including external protection by Incapsula company), designed to protect our systems and your personal information. Unfortunately, there's no such thing as completely secure data transmission or storage, so we can't guarantee that our security will not be breached (by technical measures or through violation of our policies and procedures). JewAge makes no guarantee against unauthorized access to any information you provide.
Also JewAge is performing daily backups to protect user information. Although we cannot guarantee the complete safety of your information.
You may provide your e-mail address in your Preferences and enable other logged-in users to send email to you through JewAge (you may exclude this possibility in the Preferences). Your address will not be revealed to them unless you respond, or possibly if the email bounces. The email address may be used by the JewAge to communicate with users on a wider scale.
If you do not provide an email address, you will not be able to reset your password if you forget it. However, you may contact one of the JewAge administrators to enter a new mail address in your preferences.
You can remove your email address from your preferences at any time to prevent it being used.
Deletion of content
Removing text from JewAge does not permanently delete it. If an article is "deleted", any user with "administrator" access can see what was deleted. Information can be permanently deleted by those people with access to the servers, but there is no guarantee this will happen except in response to legal action.
The Jewage website is thematic and includes only the content related to Jewish genealogy, the history of Jews and Jewish families. The website administration has the right to remove irrelevant content from the website.
JewAge makes no guarantee of validity
JewAge is a voluntary association of individuals and groups that restore together the history of the Jewish families. Besides, JewAge provides an arena for circulation of almost any information related to Jews and the Jewish people. The structure of the project allows anyone with an Internet connection to alter its content. Therefore, even though we make every effort to exclude untrue information, this cannot be done completely. In connection with the above, please be advised that nothing found here has necessarily been reviewed by people with the expertise required to provide you with complete, accurate or reliable information on any notion in JewAge. It should be understood that despite that JewAge contains a lot of useful and exact information, nevertheless JewAge can in no way guarantee the validity of the information found here.
Please take all steps necessary to ascertain that any information you receive from JewAge is correct and has been verified. Double-check information with independent sources. If an article contains dangerous, illegal or unethical information, remember that anyone can post this information on JewAge and the authors may not be qualified in the area in which the information is provided.
At the JewAge, we do our best to provide educational and informational content to a very wide audience, but your use of our services is at your sole risk. We provide these services on an "as is" and "as available" basis, and we expressly disclaim all express or implied warranties of all kinds, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. We make no warranty that our services will meet your requirements, be safe, secure, uninterrupted, timely, accurate, or error-free, or that your information will be secure.
Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through your use of our services is done at your own discretion and risk, and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material. You agree that we have no responsibility or liability for the deletion of, or the failure to store or to transmit, any content or communication maintained by the service. We retain the right to create limits on use and storage at our sole discretion at any time with or without notice.
Some states or jurisdictions do not allow the types of disclaimers in this section, so they may not apply to you either in part or in full depending on the law.
Disputes and Jurisdiction
You may find the contents of JewAge objectionable
JewAge has set the purpose of collecting a maximally complete history of the Jewish families. The site may contain information considered arguable or offensive by some readers. We will be glad if the readers will help us find the most objective and adequate way of stating the information.
JewAge may contain vague information that was not included in encyclopedias or similar books. The areas of knowledge addressed by JewAge, are inhomogeneous and they depend on the preferences of authors-volunteers. The readers should not judge the importance of that or another subject based on the fact of the subject appearance in JewAge, and they should not think that the subject is important simply because it is in JewAge.
Thank you for spending time to read this page. We wish you have only positive experiences from using JewAge.
Getting rid of unwanted personal information
We respect your right to consider the information about you published on the site as unwanted for any personal reason whatsoever. If this is the case, please, contact us and this information will be deleted.