Privacy Policy -- information of whatever sort is subject to The Ralph Swentzell Institute standard privacy policy: ANY INFORMATION SUPPLIED TO US IS TREATED CONFIDENTIALLY AND WILL BE RELEASED TO NO ONE WITHOUT YOUR EXPRESS PERMISSION UNLESS ORDERED BY A COURT OF LAWFUL JURISDICTION OR OTHERWISE REQUIRED BY VALID LAW.   The only exception is that we reserve all rights to use or reprint e-mails (especially really dumb ones) however we want, but ONLY after they're altered to protect the sender's identity.   We do not use persistent "cookies" or tracking mechanisms that collect personally identifying information on our site. The only “cookie” we use is on our forum, and it expires after 1 hour of use on the forum. In addition: any monetary transactions for goods or services that The Ralph Swentzell Institute may develop, offer, or sell, will be handled by a trusted and secure 3rd party, e.g. PayPal.

DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, GIVE US ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION, E.G. CREDIT CARD NUMBERS, YOUR SSN, ETC. WE DON'T WANT IT AND YOU SHOULD NOT BE GIVING THAT INFORMATION TO STRANGERS ANYWAY! The only location where you will be asked to provide any personal information is on our forum, and 1. we will not share that information with anyone, 2. all information supplied is voluntary, 3. we will not ask for any information that, to the best of our knowledge, can be used to track you and your internet use, and the requisite information we ask for is very limited.

It’s often difficult to protect your privacy in the virtual world. Take every measure possible to stop spam, phishing, pharming, identity theft, scams and fraud. To help fight against malign virtual citizens, one great resource is The Antihubris.com Internet, E-Commerce & E-mail Safety Resource Center. There are also great resources at antiphishing.org; the Center for Democracy and Technology; the US Federal Trade Commission ("FTC"); and Wikipedia.

(a quick reminder to Mac, Linux, and other UNIX based system users: though your OS is virtually impenetrable from viruses, etc., you can still unknowingly pass malicious code to Windows users - so you should take the same precautions and get the same bomb-proof-as-possible anti-virus / spyware / adware, etc. software that PC users are so familiar with)