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At Houstory Publishing we have a few fundamental principles:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)

  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.

  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.

  • While using our online products or services, we aim to make it as simple as possible for you to control what’s visible to the public, kept private, and permanently deleted.

Below is our privacy policy which incorporates these goals. If you do not agree with this policy, please do not use any Houstory website, online service, or product.

If you have questions about accessing or correcting your personal data please contact us.

Houstory Publishing, LLC (“Houstory”) operates several websites including, and It is Houstory’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors
Like most website operators, Houstory 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. Houstory’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Houstory’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Houstory may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website. Houstory also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on Houstory sites. Houstory only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to Houstory’s websites choose to interact with Houstory in ways that require Houstory to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Houstory gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we require users who sign up for our free online forums, blog, e-mail notifications, newsletter, podcasts, etc., to provide a username and/or email address password. Those who engage in commercial transactions with Houstory, including our online registry service, may be asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Houstory collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Houstory. Houstory does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics and Non-Identifying Information
Houstory may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Houstory may monitor the most popular registries on the site or use spam screened by a spam filtering to help identify spam. Houstory may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Houstory does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described in this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Services governing the Houstory products you use.

Additionally, Houstory may, at times, temporarily check non-identifying information about the devices you use to access Houstory’s sites and services solely for the prevention of fraud and/or authentication purposes. This is a bit like our policy on Cookies (see below), but includes things that may not be stored on your machine, and may not be in an individually retrievable form. For example, a digital hash based on the components of your computer could be compared against the hash generated at another point to verify that your login isn’t being “spoofed” by a third party. (This isn’t a guarantee that we’ll do this at any given time—just be aware that this type of information may, at times, be used for this purpose.)

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
Houstory 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 Houstory’s behalf or to provide services available at Houstory’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 Houstory’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Houstory 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, Houstory discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Houstory believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Houstory, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a Houstory website and have supplied your email address, Houstory 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 Houstory and our products. We primarily use our various social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter) and blogs to communicate this type of information, so — unless you have specifically signed up for our e-mail newsletters — we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support 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. Houstory takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

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. Houstory uses cookies to help Houstory identify and track visitors, their usage of Houstory website, and their website access preferences. Houstory visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Houstory’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Houstory’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

While Houstory’s services are intended to reach a broad audience, Houstory does not knowingly collect any personal information from children. When users identify themselves as under 13, Houstory will either block such users from its services or obtain consent from the parents of such users for the collection, use, or sharing of their child’s personal information.

Note that granting consent for a minor to use our services places them under the terms of this privacy policy and the terms of use applicable to the service for which consent is granted. To grant, revoke, or change consent choices already made, or to request the editing or deletion of personal information collected from minors after consent is given, please contact Houstory’s privacy administrator at admin "at"

Business Transfers
If Houstory, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Houstory 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 Houstory may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Houstory and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Comments and Content Posted to Third-Party Sites
Comments and other content submitted to our blog, social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter and other third-party services are not saved on our servers and may not be subject to our control.

Privacy Policy Changes
Although most changes are likely to be minor, Houstory may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Houstory’s sole discretion. Houstory encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

This policy was last modified on June 1, 2012.