Privacy Policy & Cookies

~ARPagans.com and ArkansasPagans.com Strict Privacy Policy

Unlike other social networking sites, Arkansas Pagans (arpagans.com and arkansaspagans.com, abbreviated here as ARP) strictly protects your privacy.  Your personal information is never revealed, shared, sold, traded or otherwise disclosed to anyone.  Not to third parties, not to someone offering money, not to the neighbor across the fence. No one.

All information about your real name, location, gender, age, address, billing information, etc. is kept strictly confidential.  You have the option to show a few of these such as your country or gender in your profile, but you must specifically enter these into your public profile options as they will not be shown otherwise.

Your information is not tracked or shared with anyone.  Of course, if you share information on the Resources page, your information becomes available to other members of ARP and potentially the public.  This is what the Resources page is for, and creating a post there is entirely voluntary.

~Cookies?  Are they Yummy?

ARP uses several tools to help understand how you use the site to make it better for you.  These tools use ‘cookies’, which are very small text files placed on your computer.  These cookies collect standard internet log information such as your browser and IP address.  This is required so we know which menu options and areas of the site you can access.  The use of cookies allow ARP to maintain your privacy, only allowing you and other Members to access the private membership areas of the site.

On our administrator end, we only see a summary of all users and visitors, with pie charts of which browsers are used most often, and screen resolutions and other very general data.  This helps us find out if we need to make the site more accessible for mobile devices or different browsers.

Cookies are not dangerous, the are simply a small pieces of text. They are not computer programs, and they can’t be executed as code. Also, they cannot be used to disseminate viruses.  Cookies can be stored on your computer, but they cannot access the hard drive – so a cookie can’t read other information saved on the hard drive, or get a user’s e-mail address etc.

A server cannot set a cookie for a domain that it is not a member of. In spite of this, users quite often find in their computer files cookies from web sites that they have never visited. These cookies are usually set by companies that sell internet advertising on behalf of other web sites. Therefore it may be possible that users’ information is passed to third party web sites without the users’ knowledge or consent, such as information on surfing habits. This is the most common reason for people rejecting or fearing cookies.  ARP will not pass your information on to a third party, or to anyone for that matter.  What happens at ARP stays at ARP.

In 2019 – 2020 we may allow Google Analytics to access website visitor statistics in order to verify visitors for Sponsors and VIP Supporters in the Resource listings.  Because these members contribute financially to post listings and thereby keep the site going, it is nice to be able to give them some 3rd party, unbiased stats on their listings.  Google Analytics is a fairly trusted utility and in the future you may see that they also set a cookie for ARP.  At this time, they do not collect overly intrusive or private data, but we monitor them closely and will remove Google Analytics if they slow down the site or collect more data than they need.  We have worked with Google for many years and their Analytics track record is excellent.

Subscriptions and Email

Note that Members must keep a working email address on file at ARP for password recovery and to comply with the site Terms.  Please be sure to mark email from Admin@ARPagans.com and Ads@ARPagans.com as “safe” and check your spam or trash folder to make sure email from the ARP administrator is not being directed to the wrong folders of your inbox.  Once a year an email is sent to verify that your address is working.  If there is no response from this email within 30 days, I’ll send you one more email.  If that message bounces, your account may be deleted.

It is rare that you will receive email from ARPagans unless you subscribe to a newsletter (we don’t have one yet but may in the future and you may be invited to sign up), or have opted to be notified when you receive a message from any listings you create in the Resources.

Again, your private information such as your email address, IP, location, address, gender, name and everything else is kept private.  Only your public Username is viewable by the public, and any information you voluntarily enter into your profile or Resourse listings.

For more information about cookies, please visit aboutcookies.org.  If you have any questions, contact us through the link at the bottom of every page (About & Contact).

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