Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, Disclaimer

Terms of Service and Disclaimer

Last Updated: December 10, 2018

This website, including all portions thereof and images therein (unless stated otherwise), are the sole property of The Shapell Manuscript Foundation (“Foundation”), and are protected by copyright laws and all other applicable laws protecting intellectual property. No republication, retransmission, and/or reproduction of all or part of any materials found or other use may be made of any part of this website for any purpose without the express written consent of the Foundation.  All other rights are reserved.

Foundation maintains the website for your personal entertainment and information. Please feel free to browse it. Please read the following Terms of Service carefully before using the website. By using this website you indicate your consent to these Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms, please log off the Site. Foundation may at any time revise the following Terms of Service by updating this posting. You are bound by any such revisions and should therefore periodically visit this page to review the current Terms of Service to which you are bound.

Any names, logos, trademarks, and service marks of the Foundation appearing on this website may not be used in any advertising or publicity, or otherwise to indicate sponsorship of or affiliation with any product or service, without the Foundation’s prior express written permission.

The Foundation uses its best efforts to provide current, complete and accurate information on this website. If you find errors or omissions, please notify us and we will promptly endeavor to make appropriate corrections. Similarly, the Foundation uses its best efforts to provide correct copyright and other intellectual property attribution. If you believe that the Foundation has incorrectly provided such attribution or has inadvertently omitted attribution, the Foundation will endeavor to promptly correct same upon notice to the Foundation.  The Foundation, together with its directors, officers, agents, employees and any other persons providing services to the Foundation, assume no responsibility or liability for, and give no warranties, guarantees, or undertakings concerning the information provided on this website, including but not limited to whether it is accurate, current, or complete, or suitable or fit for any intended purpose, and specifically disclaim any liability whatsoever arising from any such errors or omissions.

The research, opinions and conclusions contained in the website are those of the Foundation unless stated otherwise.  You may disagree with some or all of the research, opinions and/or conclusions including methodology and use of source materials.  The Foundation believes that such disagreements, from mild to extraordinarily strong, should be part and parcel of the educational experience.  The Foundation does not wish nor intend to offend anyone or be provocative in any manner; the Foundation’s goal is to share wisdom, educate and create an enjoyable learning experience.  If you are offended by anything presented, such offense is purely unintentional, and the Foundation, together with its directors, officers, agents, employees and any other persons providing services to the Foundation shall neither be responsible nor liable to anyone for any offense taken or hurt feelings or any other claims arising therefrom.

For purposes of historical accuracy, this website uses primary-source historical documents unedited in form or content.  Some of these documents may contain words or express thoughts that you may find offensive.  The Foundation, together with its directors, officers, agents, employees and any other persons providing services to the Foundation shall neither be responsible nor liable to anyone for any offense taken or hurt feelings or any claims arising from the viewing of such documents.

Nothing on this website is intended to provide legal, medical or any other advice of any professional nature.  If you need such advice, it is suggested that you contact a qualified specialist.

While this website may include links providing direct access to other Internet sites, the Foundation, together with its directors, officers, agents, employees, and any other persons providing services to the Foundation, make no warranties whatever and takes no responsibility for the content or information contained on those other sites, and does not exert any editorial or other control over those other sites. All such links provided on this website are intended solely for the convenience of visitors to this website and do not represent any endorsement, advertisement or sponsorship of linked sites or any products or services offered through such sites.

The Foundation does not knowingly exploit viruses, spyware, adware or other malicious code or software vis-à-vis this website.  The Foundation, together with its directors, officers, agents, employees and any other persons providing services to the Foundation, shall not be responsible or liable for any computer system damage or other problems arising out of the use of the website including viruses, spyware, adware or other malicious code or software, or any damage to your computer system which may arise after accessing this website.

The Foundation reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to limit or deny access to those who violate any of these terms or misuse the content of this website.

In the event of any claim for damages, the entire liability of the Foundation together with its directors, officers, agents, employees, and any other persons providing services to the Foundation, shall be no greater than the monetary sum you paid to access this website.

Everything contained on this website is AS IS, WHERE IS, without any warranty.  As a whole, the Foundation, together with its directors, officers, agents, employees, and any other persons providing services to the Foundation, expressly disclaim all liability and responsibility for any claims, damages, or injuries, whether direct or indirect, including consequential damages, of any nature whatsoever arising in any way, shape or form out of your access or use of this website, and you expressly assume the risk of any such damages or injury.  If you cannot, or do not agree, to abide by these terms, then you should not visit this website.


We use reasonable precautions to protect our users’ personal information and to store it securely.

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your personal information. We offer the use of a secure server; all information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.

In addition, access to all of our users’ information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information. Finally, the servers on which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.

Privacy Policy

This policy was last updated on December, 10, 2018.

By using our site, you consent to our Privacy Policy. Changes to our Privacy Policy will be posted on this page.

This website is operated by Shapell Manuscript Foundation, (referred to herein as “we“ or “us“). Shapell Manuscript Foundation is responsible for your personal information. For more information about Shapell Manuscript Foundation, please see shapell.org or contact us using the contact details listed below. We are sensitive to privacy issues on the Internet and believe it is important you know how we treat the information about you that we receive via this website (the “Site“).

We recommend that you read this Privacy Notice in full to ensure you are fully informed.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyze web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes, and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences. We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyze data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Information We May Collect

When you visit the Site, our servers capture the IP addresses, domain names and network identifiers of our users. In some countries, including those in the European Economic Area, this information may be considered personally identifiable information under applicable data protection laws. This information is aggregated to measure the number of visits, average time spent on the Site, pages viewed, and other similar usage information. We use this information to measure the use of our Site and to improve the content of our Site.

E-mail addresses and other personally identifiable information such as first and last name, home or other physical address, telephone number and other similar information are known only when voluntarily provided by a visitor for registration of product purchase, newsletters and communications, sweepstakes, contests or other participation of visitors in any available online interactive activities. 

Use and Sharing of Information Collected

Unless otherwise disclosed during its collection, personally identifiable information that may be collected in connection with visitors to this Site is retained by us. We do not sell, transfer or otherwise disclose this personally identifiable information out side our company, except as disclosed below or where disclosure is required by law.


We may use the personal information you provide for any of the following purposes: (1) to understand the use of our Site and make improvements; (2) to respond to specific requests from visitors; (3) to obtain parental consent from visitors under 16 years of age (or the applicable age of majority if higher in a particular jurisdiction), where necessary; (4) to provide any necessary notices to our visitors or their parent or guardians, where necessary; (5) to protect the security or integrity of our Site when necessary; (6) to send you notices and solicitations regarding the Site andour products ;(10) in general to promote and market our products to you.

We also may share personal information with third parties for the following purposes:

  • to provide us with services in connection with the purposes listed above, such as website hosting, professional services (including information technology services and related infrastructure), customer service, shipping of items you order, operating this Site, auditing and other similar services necessary to the operation of the Site and services you request. In such cases, the information will be shared for the purpose stated and not for independent use by the service provider.
  • in connection with an actual or potential corporate reorganization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer or other disposition of all or any portion of our business, assets or stock.
  • to any competent law enforcement body, regulatory, government agency, court or other third party where we believe disclosure is necessary (i) as a matter of applicable law or regulation, (ii) to exercise, establish or defend our legal rights, or (iii) to protect your vital interests or those of any other person; and
  • to any other person with your consent to the disclosure.

Legal basis for processing personal information

Our legal basis for collecting and using the personal information described above will depend on the personal information concerned and the specific context in which we collect it.

However, we will normally collect personal information from you only (i) where we need the personal information to enter into or perform a contract with you, for example when you purchase our products, (ii) where the processing is in our legitimate interests and not overridden by your rights, for example to tailor our marketing and information sent to you, or (iii) where we have your consent to do so. In some cases, we may also have a legal obligation to collect personal information from you or may otherwise need the personal information to protect your vital interests or those of another person.

If we ask you to provide personal information to comply with a legal requirement or to perform a contract with you, we will make this clear at the relevant time and advise you whether the provision of your personal information is mandatory or not (as well as of the possible consequences if you do not provide your personal information).

If we collect and use your personal information in reliance on our legitimate interests (or those of any third party), these interests will generally relate to: operating our platform and communicating with you as necessary to provide our services to you, responding to your queries, improving our platform, undertaking marketing, or for the purposes of detecting or preventing illegal activities. We may have other legitimate interests and if appropriate we will make clear to you at the relevant time what those legitimate interests are.

In the case of any sensitive information which we collect from you, such as information about your family we will seek your explicit consent to process this information.

If you have questions about or need further information concerning the legal basis on which we collect and use your personal information, please contact us using the contact details provided below.


It is our policy that visitors to our Site who are under the age of 18 (or applicable age of majority if higher in a particular jurisdiction) should not post on or provide information to our Site without the consent of their parents. You should supervise the online activities of your children, and consider the use of parental control tools available from online services and software providers that help provide a kid-friendly Internet environment. The Site is not intended for children under the age of 13. We will not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. If we learn that we have obtained any personally identifiable information about a child under age 13, we will delete that information.

Cookies, web beacons, and online advertising

A technology called “cookies” may be used to provide you with tailored information. A “cookie” is a tiny element of data that a Website can send to your browser, which may then be stored in your browser so we can recognize you when you return. Further information about how we use cookies and similar tracking technology can be found in our Cookie Notice.

Social Network Access

If you sign in or link to the Site through any social networking service, such as Facebook and other services, any information you supply (or have supplied) to us becomes subject to the Privacy Notice of that social network/service. We do not control, and are not responsible for, the privacy practices of such networks or services. You should consult the Privacy Notice of such networks/services.


This Site has technical and organisational security measures in place. Some of the measures we use in different circumstances are encryption, secured entry points to our servers, vulnerability scanning, penetration testing and monitoring, and training for our personnel to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. However, no system is perfect or can guarantee that unauthorized access or theft of information will not occur.

International data transfers

Your personal information may be transferred to, and processed in, countries other than the country in which you are resident. These countries may have data protection laws that are different to the laws of your country.

Specifically, Microsoft hosts our Site servers, which may be hosted in different countries depending on the Site you use. Our company and third party service providers and partners also operate around the world. This means that when we collect your personal information we may process it in various countries.

However, we have taken safeguards to require that your personal information will remain protected in accordance with this Privacy Notice. These include implementing the European Commission’s Standard Contractual Clauses for transfers of personal information between our group companies. We have also implemented safeguards with our third party service providers and partners. Further details and copies of the standard contractual clauses can be provided upon request.

Data retention

We retain personal information we collect from you where we have an ongoing legitimate business need to do so for example, to provide you with a service you have requested, to retain your information for future marketing purposes or to comply with applicable legal, tax or accounting requirements.

When we have no ongoing legitimate business need to process your personal information, we will either delete or anonymise it or, if this is not possible (for example, because your personal information has been stored in backup archives), then we will securely store your personal information and isolate it from any further processing until deletion is possible.

Third-Party Sites

This Site may contain links to other sites of third parties. We are not responsible for the content of those websites or the privacy practices of those other sites or sites that they, in turn, may link to.

Your data protection rights

If you are a resident of the European Economic Area, or in certain other situations, you have the following data protection rights, which you can exercise by contacting us using the details below:

  • The right to access, correct, update or request deletion of your personal information.
  • The right to object to processing of your personal information, ask us to restrict processing of your personal information or request portability of your personal information.
  • The right to opt-out of marketing communications we send you at any time. You can exercise this right by clicking on the “unsubscribe” or “opt-out” link in the marketing e-mails we send you. Alternatively, you can indicate your marketing preferences for email, phone and postal marketing during registration or at any time by contacting us using the contact details provided below.
  • The right, if we have collected and processed your personal information with your consent, to withdraw your consent at any time. Withdrawing your consent will not affect the lawfulness of any processing we conducted prior to your withdrawal, nor will it affect processing of your personal information conducted in reliance on lawful processing grounds other than consent.

We respond to all requests we receive from individuals wishing to exercise their data protection rights in accordance with applicable data protection laws.

You also have the right to complain to a data protection authority about our collection and use of your personal information. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority.

Changes and Updates

We may revise this Privacy Notice from time to time. When we update our Privacy Notice, we will take appropriate measures to inform you, consistent with the significance of the changes we make. If you do not agree with the policy, you should cease use of the Site immediately. You can see when this Privacy Notice was last updated by checking the “last updated” date displayed at the top of this Privacy Notice.

If you have any questions or concerns about our use of your personal information, please contact us by sending an email to dataprivacy@shapell.org