Fold3 Privacy Statement

Last updated on August 18, 2011

Our Privacy Commitment

Fold3 is committed to helping you protect your privacy by providing you with an environment in which you have trust and confidence when you disclose and share your personally identifiable information ("Personal Information"). As part of our commitment to you, we have developed this Privacy Statement to describe how we gather and use the information we receive. Please review the information below to familiarize yourself with our policies. 


    By using this Website, you agree to the transfer, collection, processing, use, storage and disclosure of your Personal Information by  iArchives, Inc. (the Utah based corporation that owns and operates Fold3), its group companies, contracted third parties and agents (collectively 'Fold3, 'we', 'us' or 'our'), in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Statement.

    This Privacy Statement should be read in conjunction with the Fold3 Terms of Service. Capitalized terms in this Statement if not defined have the meaning given to them in the Terms of Service. 


    We will only collect information that we believe is necessary for our legitimate business interests, such as improving the functionality of our Website, marketing our products, meeting the needs of our customers and ensuring that confidential information remains appropriately protected. Additionally, we will maintain reasonable procedures to ensure that we protect the Personal Information in a manner consistent with this Privacy Statement.

    Here is a list of the types of Personal Information that we may collect:

    • Name, Contact Information & Payment Details: Fold3 and its agents receive and store personally identifiable information you provide to us or that is provided to us on your behalf. You submit Personal Information when you register to become a Member or an All-Access Member. Fold3 may acquire additional Personal Information and link it with your account when we process financial transactions on your behalf. Although Visitors are not required to submit any Personal Information in order to access the Website, Visitors who submit Personal Information are no longer anonymous. Personal Information collected by Fold3 may include any of the following: names, email addresses, home addresses, home phone numbers, credit card information, financial information, and other information that relates to an identified or identifiable natural person including age and gender. You may choose not to provide certain information, but such a choice may limit the features, products, and services available to you. Fold3 will treat all personally identifiable data as Personal Information and will not sell contact information or other data that can be traced back to specific users without their consent. 
    • Email Addresses & Correspondence: We respect your privacy and your time, so we will send you emails that we believe will be pertinent and interesting to you. If you do not wish to receive emails or other mail from us, you may change your email preference by accessing your Account Details, unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of each email we send to you, or you may send us an email to that effect at If you choose to correspond with us via email or other electronic means of communication, we may collect, store and process this information into a file specific to you. 
    • Your Background and Interests: As a member of Fold3, you can also choose to share further information about yourself, your background and interests with other members. The amount and type of profile information you share in this way is entirely your choice. Information about some of your activity on the Website, such as historical records you save, may also be shared with other members in order to help you connect with others researching similar topics. Access your Account Details for more information on how you can edit or control what you allow other members to see about you and your Website activity in Your Profile Page or other places on the Website.
    • Information about You and Others:  You may also provide us with additional personal information about yourself and others in the course of doing your or others' research on our Website, e.g., sharing a record with someone through our Service.
    • Your Opinions and Comments:  If you participate in discussions, or communications between us or between you and other members, we may collect, store and process this information into a file specific to you.
    • Your Use of the Website:  While you use our Website, we may collect information based on your interaction with our Website or from the devices or computers you use to access the Websites, including web log information, page views, IP addresses, geographic location (if detectable from a mobile device) all on an anonymous basis.   

    Subject to the restrictions described in this Privacy Statement and applicable law, we may use Personal Information for any reasonable purpose related to the business, including to communicate with you, to provide you with products and services, to respond to your requests, to update our product offerings, to improve the content and User experience on the Website, and to prepare demographic, benchmarking, advertising, marketing, and promotional studies. In particular we may use your Personal Information as follows:

    • To provide the Service: Our goal is to provide you with the most personalised, relevant, user-friendly experience possible. We primarily use of all your personal information to provide you with relevant information such as appropriate search results, information about content releases or other user's activity. Fold3 will also use Visitor information to let you know about new features or other offers of interest from Fold3, or to address customer service needs and requests.  In order to fulfil the purposes for which you have provided the personal information, such as processing your Membership. So that you get the most out of the Service and great functionality we will also use your personal information to provide product and Website updates and newsletters, for your Public Profile etc. See section below accessing your Account Details to learn how you can opt out or change your settings.
    • To verify your identity:  To verify and carry out financial transactions relating to payments you make online.
    • For internal business purposes: For internal business purposes, such as data analysis, carrying out internal research on how our Website is used, audits, developing new products and services, improving our services, identifying usage trends and determining the effectiveness of promotional campaigns
    • To send you emails: Fold3 may send electronic mail to you for the purpose of informing you of changes or additions to Fold3 or of any Fold3-related products and services. If you do not want to continue to receive such mailings, you may opt out at any time by using the unsubscribe link listed in the e-mail or by amending your 'Communication Settings' in the 'Your Account' section of our Website.
    • To distribute advertiser or sponsor messages: Fold3 does not sell, rent or otherwise distribute the Personal Information you provide us to advertisers unless you have given us your consent to do so.  Advertisers may request that their advertising message be shown to select types of users by using aggregated demographic information.  In this case, Fold3 then displays the ad to appropriate users based on the criteria specified in the order. In this context, we may work with third party service providers and advertisers who will arrange for targeted ad displays to you (which involves cookie placement — as discussed in more detail below). 
    • To showcase your contributions:  we often wish to highlight our Member's contributions to the Website and may include your contribution in a highlighted section of the Website.  When we do so, we will attribute your contribution and provide a link to Your Profile.     

    We may disclose Personal Information in limited situations to our affiliated companies, agents and contracted parties such as service providers for the purpose of processing such information on behalf of Fold3. iArchives is responsible for the management of the jointly used personal information.  In addition, as our business continues to evolve, in the event that Fold3 is acquired by or merged into a third-party entity, we reserve the right, in any of these circumstances, to transfer and assign the information we have collected from our Users, in whole or in part, as part of such merger, acquisition, sale or other change of control. In the event of bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or receivership, assignment for the benefit of creditors or any other equitable or legal action involving creditor's rights, we may not be able to control how your personal information is treated, transferred or used, and you hereby consent to such transfers. 

    We require where necessary that these parties process the information in compliance with our Privacy Statement. We use reasonable efforts to make sure such information is secure and to limit others' use of such information.  See "Data Security" section below for more information.  Despite the steps that we take, we cannot guarantee that in all instances Personal Information will not be disclosed. We reserve the right to disclose Personal Information under the following circumstances:

    • When required to do so by law or court order, or to comply with a discovery request, subpoena or search warrant. For example (and without limitation), we may disclose Personal Information in connection with investigations by law enforcement personnel or tax officials or in connection with inquiries by government administrative officials or regulators.
    • With your knowledge and/or any relevant consents.
    • When we conclude, in good faith, that disclosure is necessary to enforce our Terms of Service, to take precautions against liability, to investigate and defend ourselves against third-party claims or allegations, to protect the security or integrity of the Fold3 Website, and to protect the rights, property or safety of Fold3 and its Users or any other person. 

    Aggregate Information: Through our contracts with third-party service providers, we use technology that lets us know what type of browser you are using, the website from which you enter the Fold3 Website, and the pages you view as you visit Fold3. This technology helps us compile aggregated statistics about our Users and their use of the Fold3 Website. We use these statistics to improve the design and content of Fold3 and to prepare and deliver our marketing programs. We also aggregate Personal Information to provide non-personally identifiable information for sale to other businesses. This "Aggregate Information" does not contain any personally identifiable information and is used for demographic studies, benchmarking, and other advertising and marketing purposes. Aggregate Information cannot be traced back to specific users by third parties other than third parties who are acting as our agents, in which case those agents will have in place privacy policies that comply with the principles and objectives of this Privacy Statement. 

    "Cookies": Through our contracts with third-party service providers, we use technology such as "cookies" and "web beacons" on the Fold3 Website to help us analyze the use of our Website. "Cookies" are small files placed on your hard drive that allow us to monitor the web traffic patterns on our Website and to compile data for various reports. Cookies also allow your computer to remember certain information that you have already entered so that you do not have to reenter it. We use both "session" cookies and "persistent" cookies. Session cookies remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the Website. Persistent cookies remain in your cookie file for a much longer period of time, depending on the lifetime of the specific cookie. You may be able to configure your browser to accept or reject all or some cookies—you should check the "Help" menu on your browser to learn about setting your cookie preferences. However, some features on the Fold3 Website are only available through the use of cookies. We use web beacons—a small image that accesses our cookies—to tell us, for example, whether a User opened an email from us or opened an advertisement placed on our site. Please note that Fold3 allows third-party advertisers that are presenting advertisements on our pages to set and access their cookies on your computer. These advertisers may also use their own web beacons. The advertisers' use of cookies and web beacons is subject to their own privacy policies, not this Privacy Statement. 

    You can erase or block cookies from your computer if you want to (your help screen or manual should tell you how to do this), but certain Fold3 services may not work correctly or at all if you set your browser not to accept cookies.  To learn more about cookies, please click


    Because non-personal information does not personally identify you, we may use such non-personal information for any purpose.  In addition, we reserve the right to share such non-personal information, with other third parties, for any purpose.  In some instances, we may combine non-personal information with personal information (such as combining your name with your geographical location).  If we do combine any non-personal information with personal information, the combined information will be treated by us as personal information, as long as it is combined, and its use by us will be subject to this Privacy Statement.


    "IP Addresses" We have to use your IP address to deliver the Website and our service to you and to help diagnose problems with our server. Your IP address is also used to gather broad demographic information such as geographic distribution of our members.


    Fold3 obtains large collections of historical documents from various sources and converts the documents into a digital format so that Users may see a facsimile of the original. Fold3 and its affiliates and agents take reasonable steps to assure that the documents do not include sensitive, Personal Information about living individuals. If you believe that a document published by Fold3 violates your privacy rights, please contact us here and we will attempt to resolve the matter quickly.

    Fold3 also permits its Members and All-Access Members to post their own historical documents, to annotate historical documents and to post commentary on Memorial Pages and on historical documents. Although in our Terms of Service we prohibit Users from posting content that violates the privacy rights of others (see our Terms of Service) for more information), we do not edit or approve User Provided Content. It is possible that a Member or All-Access Member will post your private information. If you believe that a User has posted Personal Information about you that violate your rights please contact us here and we will attempt to resolve the matter quickly. 


    The Fold3 Website may contain links to other sites. When you click on one of those links, you are accessing a website that is not owned, operated, or controlled by Fold3 or any of its affiliates. The operator of such site may have its own privacy Statement (which we encourage you to read carefully), and that Statement will govern the collection and use of your data on that site. Fold3 does not share your Personal Information with these parties and is not responsible for their privacy practices.


    The Personal Information that you provide to us may be transferred across state or national borders for the purposes of data storage, consolidation, retrieval, analysis or the effective management of customer information. Before Fold3 begins to transfer Personal Information to any third party acting as our agent, we will confirm that they have adopted, are subject to, or are contractually obligated to comply with the principles and objectives of this Privacy Statement.


    To manage you privacy settings on Fold3 go to the Account Details section of the Website and review your Account Details.


    Fold3 will maintain procedures consistent with applicable law for individuals to gain access to their collected Personal Information and, when appropriate, correct or delete their Personal Information. Members and All-Access Members may update, correct or delete their profiles online. If you have other concerns about your Personal Information, you may email us at


    We will take reasonable precautions in line with industry practice to protect Personal Information from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. We use Secure Sockets Layer software, which encrypts information you submit so that it cannot be read during transmission. However, these measures, standing alone, are not sufficient to ensure the security of your Personal Information. It is also important for you to guard against unauthorized access to your passwords and the unauthorized use of your computer.


    We may occasionally run contests or other special promotions on our Websites in which we ask members or visitors for contact information (like an e-mail address) or demographic information (like a zip code, age, or income level). We use this data to send users promotional material about our company or our partners. The participant's contact information is also used to contact him or her when necessary and may be shared with other companies for promotional purposes, but only with your prior permission and under the terms and conditions specified when you take part in the promotion. At any time, you may opt-out of receiving future mailings of this kind, or simply decline to take part in the promotions. 


    We are committed to complying with all applicable laws and regulations governing the collection and use of Personal Information. From time to time, Fold3 will review its Personal Information collection, use, and disclosure practices in order to assure that we are complying with our Privacy Statement and all applicable laws and regulations. 

    Your use of the Fold3 Website and any dispute over privacy is subject to this Privacy Statement and our Terms of Service. If you have any concerns about the privacy or security of your Personal Information, please contact us at We will attempt to resolve your inquiry in a timely manner.


    From time to time, we may make changes to this Statement. If we make changes, we will post the new Privacy Statement on this page and indicate clearly the effective date of this Privacy Statement and the date on which this Privacy Statement was last updated.


    This Privacy Statement is effective immediately for all new Users on or after August 18, 2011 and as of September 19, 2011 for all Users already registered or a paying Member to the Website prior to August 18, 2011.  


    If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, please contact us at

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