Privacy Policy:

Fife Family History Society (“FifeFHS“) operates and may operate other websites. It is FifeFHS’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, FifeFHS collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. FifeFHS’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how FifeFHS’s visitors use its website. From time to time, FifeFHS may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

FifeFHS also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on blogs/sites. FifeFHS only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog/site where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to FifeFHS’s websites choose to interact with FifeFHS in ways that require FifeFHS to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that FifeFHS gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up at to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with FifeFHS are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, FifeFHS collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with FifeFHS. FifeFHS does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

FifeFHS may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. FifeFHS may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, FifeFHS does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

FifeFHS discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on FifeFHS’s behalf or to provide services available at FifeFHS’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using FifeFHS’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. FifeFHS will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, FifeFHS discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when FifeFHS believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of FifeFHS, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an FifeFHS website and have supplied your email address, FifeFHS may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with FifeFHS and our products. If you send us a request (for example via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. FifeFHS takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

FifeFHS stores and processes personal data electronically on the legal basis of contractual necessity. To become a member of FifeFHS you will provide us with some personal information including your email address and your name. If you choose to receive the Journal by post you must provide us with a postal address. This additional information is stored separately in a cloud storage system.

When logged in, you can both see and edit your personal information by visiting your profile page.

You can see your membership data by visiting

To correct any information that you cannot edit directly, please contact us by email or write to us.

If you have given us your email address we may use it to contact you on the basis of ‘legitimate interest.’ We do not give or sell data to third parties.

If your membership is current we will continue to send you the FifeFHS Journals and Newsletters. The lawful basis upon which we send you these communications is contractual necessity. Occasionally we may send you invitations to events and announcements. Our basis for these communications is consent.

If your membership has lapsed your details are retained in our database. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, you will be able to log in and revive your membership without starting a new account. Secondly, if you have contributed to our online message boards in the past your posts remain associated with your user name. We will not send you journals, newsletters, invitations or announcements. We may occasionally send you emails on the lawful basis of legitimate interest about changes in our policies.

If you have made an online purchase from our shop we will have stored data sufficient to fulfil the order(s) and the information stored may include your IP address when making digital purchases or a delivery address for books and CDs sent by post. All payment transactions are handled by PayPal. No credit or debit card information is collected, processed or stored by our servers.

Our websites have SSL certificates. All data is encrypted before being sent between your browser and our server.

Donations Button

No information about the transaction is stored or processed by this website when you use the PayPal donation button. Some personally identifying data you have shared with PayPal in order to process your payment may be made available to FifeFHS by PayPal.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. FifeFHS uses cookies to help FifeFHS identify and track visitors, their usage of FifeFHS website, and their website access preferences. FifeFHS visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using FifeFHS’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of FifeFHS’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If FifeFHS, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that FifeFHS goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of FifeFHS may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.


The FifeFHS websites do not currently display advertising.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, FifeFHS may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in FifeFHS’s sole discretion. FifeFHS encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a account, you might also receive an alert informing you of these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.