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    AFAOA Privacy Policy


    Who We Are

    The Austin Families Association, forerunner of the Austin Families Association of America (AFAOA), was founded by siblings Edith Austin Moore and Henry Warner Austin in 1942. AFAOA is a private, non-commercial genealogy group whose mission is to research and preserve genealogical data relating to all Austin family lines who came to America, and to make that information freely available to interested researchers.


    Our Databases

    The data in our databases were initially compiled manually and published in book form. In the 1990s volunteers entered as much data as possible into early versions of genealogy software; it has been transferred from program to program via GEDCOM since that time. We are currently using a software package known as the Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (TNG). TNG allows us to control access to our databases to prevent data-mining by web robots or "bots". We do not knowingly collect, display, or distribute genealogical information on living persons without that person's expressed consent. If you believe that data on a living person is being displayed, please contact the Webmaster.


    User Information We Collect

    We only ask for a user's name, email address, and password when registering on the site. (All other registration information--such as address--is optional.) We require a valid email address only to verify that a person (not a 'bot') is registering, and to notify users if we detect any potential data breach. Note that all passwords are "one-way encrypted"; the Webmaster cannot read anyone's password.

    We do no internet marketing other than being available via search engines. We do not routinely send newsletters to non-members. We don't give, sell, or rent email addresses or other member data to anyone.

    We do receive anonymized usage data from our Internet Service Provider (ISP), A2 Hosting. (See A2 Hosting's Privacy Policy.) We use that data only to monitor website traffic.




    AFAOA Cookie Policy


    Our databases are serviced by a software package known as The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (TNG). TNG uses both session cookies and persistent cookies. For a full explanation of TNG's use of cookies, please see the TNG Data Protection Policy. AFAOA makes no further use of TNG cookies.

    TNG provides a convenience feature called "Bookmarks", which allows the user to bookmark pages for future reference. These Bookmarks rely on persistent cookies. You may delete the cookies at any time, but will lose your bookmarks. Use of Bookmarks is entirely optional. AFAOA has no access to these cookies; they reside on your machine only. Bookmarks must be set separately on each browser you use.

    AFAOA does not use any third-party marketing or tracking cookies.



    This policy was last updated February 14, 2021.