Keep the Archive Alive!
The Internet Sacred Texts Archive is committed to
the privacy and anonymity of its viewers.
This page answers questions about
the level of privacy you can expect at our site.
Recent events on the web have created an atmosphere of paranoia
which can only be dispelled by factual information.
Viewers of this site are entitled to full disclosure
concerning exactly what information is
tracked here, what that information is used for, and
who it is shared with.
These policies are subject to change. If we change
them we will update this page.
Who runs this site?
Sacred-texts.com is owned, maintained and funded by
and is not sponsored by, or affiliated with,
any religious (or other) organization,
corporation or academic institution.
What information is collected by this site?
This site uses a standard web server provided by our ISP,
which monitors your IP address,
the page you were referred by, which pages you visit at the site,
the time you visited them, and other information about web traffic
at this site. The server also logs incorrect URLs sent by browsers,
which help us find broken links at the site. This information is made
available to sacred-texts in the form of log files, which
are deleted after an interval. These log files are not accessible via
an http address (i.e., cannot be viewed by third parties).
The log files are available for inspection only by
the proprietor of this site; in general we only view
a digest of the information once a day by an automatic email.
How is this information used?
The information is used to determine billing by our ISP; find
problems with the site; give us an idea of which parts of the site
are most heavily viewed so we can improve the site; and to track
search engine programs which index the site (robots).
What information is provided to third parties?
We do not sell or exchange any specific or general information
about our viewers with any third party. We do not attach any hidden
information to our pages to monitor your page views (cookies).
In some cases our pages contain an embedded view of a third party site
(frameset) or link to a third party site. These links are
labelled [external site]. Some of these sites collect additional
information about your page visits or set cookies in your browser,
We cannot be responsible for their privacy policies.
Some of the pages here have hidden indexing information embedded in them,
(META tags) for instance, the main index page.
This hidden information can be viewed in your browser
by selecting the menu items ‘View|Page Source’ (Netscape) or
‘View|Source’ (Internet Explorer).
This information is provided so that search engines can categorize
pages at this site.
It does not allow us or anyone else to track individual browsing behavior.
What information is provided to this site by third parties?
Sacred-texts has a standard affiliate account at Amazon.com, and
receives a percentage of sales from click-throughs from this site.
Income from the amazon.com affilate program is used
to defray costs of this site.
Amazon.com provides us with a list of specific books and other items purchased
by customers who visited amazon.com through links from our site.
Amazon.com does not disclose to us the name of the person who purchased
the item or any other personal information about them (e.g. credit cards,
home addresses, etc.). The information is used to improve our bookstore
and to audit our account at amazon.com.
Sacred-texts also has an account with Google AdSense.
Ads served by Google are clearly marked ‘Sponsored links.’
These ads appear on certain top level pages as well as on
search pages generated from searches from the ‘search’ boxes.
Google monitors the quantity of click-throughs on ads in order
to reimburse sacred-texts, and to bill the linked site.
Sacred-texts does not receive any information as to who
clicked on these ads, nor how much the linked site was compensated for
The only information we receive about AdSense click-throughs is the amount
of compensation to sacred-texts and the total number
of clickthroughs in a given calendar day.
Note that we have no control over which ads run on a particular page
and that the advertised sites have different privacy
policies which we are not responsible for.
About information not collected by this site.
We can’t monitor individuals’ browsing history (i.e.
how many times a particular viewer
comes back to the site); we don’t know your email
address or actual name (unless you provide this information by
sending us email); and rest assured that
we can’t track what you do with the information
provided here or what you think about it.