Updated July 26, 2016
The personal information – First Name, E-mail Address, and Country - collected at the site via the Contact Forms is merely to aid in being able to respond to your requests and questions. I, in no way, use this information to be given to outside or third parties. Likewise, including your Street Address, City, State/Province, and Zip/Postal Code are purely optional if you do not feel comfortable submitting this information.
To tell you a little about the General Forms used on the site, they are used in place of the site’s e-mail address so as to protect myself from SPAM and any other online threats. Like you, I certainly do not want this garbage coming into my inbox and the forms are in place to prevent such from occurring. When you send me a message on the form the IP address is tracked and included with it. Your IP address may change each time you visit the site, or it may be the same, depending on whether you access the site through an always-on type of Internet connection or through a dial-up connection. Your IP address does not disclose or collect any personal information. All of this information is only entered into the site’s database where it is used to generate overall reports on the visitors who come to the site.
Via the Traffic Analysis Software on the site, a tiny file known as a "cookie" is placed on your computer's hard drive. A cookie simply allows me to see if you have visited American Rails and nothing more. Cookies contain no personally identifiable information that would allow me to track or identify you. Cookies also cannot be used for anything such as reading information off of your hard drive or retrieving such from any other cookies created by other sites. Cookies are used in this manner only to help me understand how visitors use the site as well as helping to continually improve American-Rails.com. If you would like you are welcome to refuse to accept cookies by following the procedures specific to your web browser. Although, by doing so, you may find that your browser reacts a bit oddly when visiting not only American-Rails.com, but other web sites as well.
Also of note regarding cookies is their use by Google, Inc. on the site. Some Google services are used on American-Rails.com and beginning April, 2009 the company began employing a new service called interest-based advertising. In a nutshell the new program simply places a cookie (specifically known as a "DoubleClick cookie") on your computer to determine your interests as you visit various websites and surf the web. Then, the Google advertisements you see here on American-Rails.com are meant to be more in tune with your interests, whatever they may be.
I do understand that some may find such services invasive so if you would rather not have these cookies tracked on your computer please click here to visit Google's Ads Preferences page to opt out of the interest-based advertising program. Also, for more information about Google's use of the DoubleClick cookie and how ads appear on your computer please click here to visit the company's Advertising and Privacy page. Similar to Google's contextual ads are those from Media.net which appear on most pages at the website. These normally show related ads to the content of each page and if you have any questions about them please click here. Additionally, there are image/graphic ads you will see displayed from Amazon.com and Index Exchange.
If you have any similar concerns or questions about their advertising please contact them. Finally, a product from a company called Insticator is featured at the bottom of most pages. This gaming app runs quizzes related to trains and railroads, which also features two display ads. If you might have any questions about their products please contact them. Please note!: American-Rails.com cannot directly control any advertisements displayed on the website from these services. If you have any possible questions or concerns about a particular advertisement please contact the appropriate company listed above.
Lastly, if you have any questions concerning your privacy here on the website please feel free to contact me by clicking here. As always your interest in American-Rails.com is greatly appreciated and I hope that you will come back to visit often because there is always new stuff being added! Take care and best regards,
~ Adam Burns