it is your journey
it is confidential
it is safe and secure
no ongoing fees
it is family owned
A Footprint is a profile that will eventually tell your life story to your children and the future generations of your family.
Your Footprint is private. No other member will ever see what you are building. You have 100% control over who can see it, and when.
We do not store any of the billing information you provide. We don't even store your phone number.
It is FREE to become a member, and there are NO annual or recurring fees with our paid memberships.
Our commitment to superior customer service, and to providing a platform that is worthy of preserving your story, will always be our top priority.
|Membership Cost||100% FREE||$69.99
|Email & Live Chat Support|
|Other People In My Life|
|My Wishes For the Future|
|Upload Main Photos||add up to 15||add up to 50||add up to 100|
|Upload Videos||add up to 6||add up to 20|
|Upload Documents||add up to 5||add up to 20||add up to 40|
|Add Mini Footprints
|add up to 1||add up to 5||add up to 10|
|Years In Review|
|Life Changing Relationships|
|Messages To Family|
|Add Family Traditions|
|Life Lessons and Wisdom|
|Scrapbook Files and Pages|
|ONE-TIME PAYMENT||NO MONTHLY FEES||100% PRIVATE AND SECURE|
It is 100% FREE to join America's Footprints.
We offer a variety of other membership options at America's Footprints, starting with our First Steps membership and going all the way up to our Memoir level.
The higher paid memberships unlock more exciting features in your Footprint. But any and all costs are paid just once.
In other words, you will never have to pay another fee again, for life!
We believe everyone has a story that deserves to be remembered in their family's history. And unlike the others, we make it both possible...and affordable.
If you decide to purchase one of our premium Footprint memberships, you will never incur any monthly or annual renewal fees.
Additionally, we do not save any of the billing information you provide. We don't even store your phone number.
We understand the importance of sharing your Footprint with your family and friends only when the time is right.
That is why your Footprint is always 100% private. No one else will ever see what you are building until you are ready to share it with them.
You will always have complete control over who can see your Footprint, and when.
We are different than the rest. And here's why:
There are plenty of websites out there that claim to provide a 100% free service. But in reality, there is almost always a catch. For example, they may tease you with access to some of their basic tools just to entice you to sign up. After building so-called "trust", you will eventually want (and need) access to their advanced features. That's when they force you to pay a fee (monthly or annually) for continued use of their service.
In the end, this is one of the most affordable and worthwhile investments you can make.
2. What Personal Information Does AmericasFootprints.com® Collect From or About You?
We receive a number of different types of information about you. Here are examples of the type of personal information we request or collect or you provide.
2.1 Membership Information.
Membership information is the information that is required when you sign up to become a Member of the Website, payment information, and the information you choose to share when you use the Services.
2.1(a) Name, Contact Information and Payment Details.
When you sign up for Membership with AmericasFootprints.com, you are required to provide information such as your name, email address, birthday, and gender. In addition we will need to know your postal address and payment details to facilitate payment and fulfillment for any Membership subscription or purchases you may choose to make through the Website. We endeavor to maintain the accuracy of personal information and rely on you to ensure your personal information is complete and accurate.
2.1(b) Information You Choose to Share.
Your information also includes the information you choose to share on the AmericasFootprints.com Website, such as when you publish a Footprint, upload a photo, or send an email message to another Member through our Website. Please be aware that when you publish a Footprint, the information that you provide to us about yourself results in the creation of a profile about you. We will list you in our Member directory which means that other Members and the general public will be able to search for you by name.
2.1(c) Deleting Your Information. If you wish to request the removal of your Footprint or any other publicly viewable information about you from our directory, contact us [here]. Click here to read more about deleting your Footprint. To request that an unauthorized Footprint or any other information about you be deleted, please contact us to request removal.
2.2 Information Others Share About You.
By becoming a Member and publishing your online Footprint legacy you become part of an historical resource in which Members of the Website view the legacies written by our Members as they wish to be remembered. Although our website is publicly viewable, you control the visibility settings of your personal Footprint and can determine who will see it, and when. Your Footprint can not be viewed by anyone without the proper permission settings.
We receive and store information about you and your Footprint from your family members, friends, and other Members, such as when they send you an email message through your Footprint or if they are a Member, when they upload your contact information, post a photo of you, tag you in a photo, or provide text about you in their own Footprints or in a Family and Friends connection.
2.3 Other Information We Receive About You (Non-personal Information, "cookies", IP addresses and Tracking Technologies).
We also receive other types of information about you. We receive data about you whenever you use the Website or any Services, such as when you look at a Footprint, send or receive a message, search for a person or a Footprint, click on, view, access or otherwise interact with pages and links on the Website, or make purchases through the AmericasFootprints.com website.
When you post photos or videos on the Website, we may receive additional related data (or metadata), such as the time, date, and place you took the photo or video.
AmericasFootprints.com receives data from or about the computer, mobile phone, or other devices you use to access the Website and/or the Services. This may include network and communication information, such as your IP address or mobile phone number, and other information about things like your internet service, operating system, location, the type (including identifiers) of the device or browser you use, or the pages you visit. For example, we may get your GPS or other location information, or we could request device information to improve how our Services work on your equipment or device.
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 AmericasFootprints.com Services may not work correctly or at all if you set your browser not to accept cookies.
2.4 Children's Privacy. We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13. Any children's information we collect for Mini-Footprints will be provided directly by the parent or guardian and only with the prior express and informed consent of the child's parent or guardian in compliance with applicable law. We strongly recommend that minors under the age of 18 ask their parents for permission before sending any personal information to anyone over the Internet, and we encourage parents to teach their children about safe Internet use practices.
3. How Does AmericasFootprints.com Use Your Personal Information?
3.1 (a) To Provide the Services. We primarily use your personal information to provide you with relevant information such as appropriate search results, information about content releases or other Members' activity. AmericasFootprints.com may also use registration information to let you know about new features or other offers of interest from AmericasFootprints.com, or to address customer service needs and requests. We also use your data to fulfill the purposes for which you have provided the personal information, such as processing your Membership subscription, as well as to provide services and Website updates and newsletters..
3.2(b) To Verify your Identity. We use your personal information to verify and carry out financial transactions relating to your payments to us online.
3.2(c) For our Internal Business Purposes. We use your personal information for internal business purposes such as data analysis, doing research, evaluations, and tests 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. In addition, we may use both the personal information you provided and the information your web browser sends (see Section 2.3 above) in order to detect and/or users who appear to be causing harm to the Website.
3.2(d) To Communicate With You. AmericasFootprints.com may communicate with you to inform you of issues with your Membership or changes to AmericasFootprints.com or of any AmericasFootprints.com-related products and services. Our communication with you will generally be via email, but may be made via telephone or another method of communication in select circumstances.
3.2(e) To Display Advertisements on the Website. We do not provide advertisers with access to individual account information. AmericasFootprints.com does not sell, rent or otherwise distribute the personal information you provide us to these advertisers unless you have given us your consent to do so. AmericasFootprints.com strives to display relevant advertisements. To that end, we use aggregated demographic information, anonymized data compared to data from third parties, or the placement of cookies. In these ways, AmericasFootprints.com can display relevant ads to appropriate users either on our Website or on third party websites.
3.2(f) For Promotional Offers From Third Parties. You may choose to receive promotional offers from third parties trusted by AmericasFootprints.com. If you do not want to continue to receive such emails, you may opt out at any time by using the unsubscribe link listed in the e-mail, or by amending your 'e-mail preferences' in the 'My Account' section of our Website.
3.3 Transfer of Information. When you provide us with any personal information, that personal information may be transferred to and stored and processed in other countries which may provide a different level of protection for personal data than in your country of residence. By providing us with personal information, you specifically consent to the transfer, storage and processing of personal information.
4. Will AmericasFootprints.com Disclose any of Your Personal Information to Third Parties?
4.1 Limited Disclosure. AmericasFootprints.com will NOT disclose any of your personal information to third parties except in very limited circumstances.
4.3 Third Party Sites. Please note: If you click away from our Website to visit the site of any third party advertiser or sponsor, you may be asked for your payment card or other personal information in order to purchase or use products and services offered. These companies have their own privacy and data collection practices. We have no responsibility or liability for these independent policies. You should therefore review their privacy notices carefully if you have concerns about how your information may be used.
4.5 Legal Requirements. We may access and disclose your personal information, posts, email messages, Footprint, content, photographs, text, or other submissions to our Website if required by a subpoena or other judicial or administrative order or otherwise required by law. Additionally, we may disclose your personal information and other information where we, in good faith, deem it appropriate or necessary to prevent a violation of our other agreements; to take precautions against liability; to protect the rights, property, or safety of the Website, of any individual, or of the general public; to maintain and protect the security and integrity of our Services or infrastructure; to protect ourselves and our Services from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful uses; to investigate and defend ourselves against third party claims or allegations; or to assist government law enforcement agencies.
5. May You Refuse to Provide Personal Information to AmericasFootprints.com?
Visitors may access AmericasFootprints.com's free services by browsing the Website. To gain full access to the paid Membership Services and the ability to create a Footprint, a username, e-mail address, birth date, and appropriate billing information are required. The amount of other personal information you decide to submit to AmericasFootprints.com as a part of Footprint or in an email message about a Footprint is up to you but your experience using the Services is decreased if you choose to provide no additional information.
6. No Adjustable Privacy Settings.
AmericasFootprints.com provide you with specific options for controlling the privacy settings of your Footprint. Please be aware that any personal information you elect to publicaly share on our Website, via the privacy settings, may be visible to both registered Members and non-registered users of the Website. We recommend that you use caution when selected the desired privacy options, and that you avoid posting information in your Footprint that could cause harm or injury, or risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others.
Deleting or editing your Footprint. Any information or material that you have uploaded into your Footprint is controlled by you and can be edited, added to, or deleted by you at any time by logging into your account and using the Footprint Manager.
After you have passed on, your Footprint cannot be deleted or modified by anyone except AmericasFootprints.com personnel.
Deleting or editing information that others have posted about you or your Footprint. If this information is in the Footprint of another Member, you are not able to delete or edit this information. If applicable, you should contact them through the Website to try to resolve the issue between you. If you cannot resolve the issue yourself, then you should contact us [here].
For disputes or issues with other personal information on the site about you. You may contact us by clicking [here]. For your protection, we will only implement such requests with respect to the personal information associated with the particular email address that you use to send us your request, and we may need to verify your identity before considering your request.
Please note that where you or we delete content or your Footprint, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent any such copy has been shared with others or was copied or stored by other users. You will no longer be identified with that content. Additionally, we may retain certain information to prevent identity theft and other misconduct even if deletion has been requested. If you have given third party applications or websites access to your information, they may retain your information to the extent permitted under their terms of service or privacy policies but they will no longer be able to access the information through our platform after you disconnect from them.
Backup copies: Removed and deleted information may persist in backup copies for a reasonable time for our internal business purposes but will not be available to others.
Though we are under no obligation to monitor your Footprint or other content submissions, we reserve the right to do so at our sole discretion. We also reserve the right to block or remove any content we deem inappropriate, obscene, lewd, lascivious, violent, harassing, defamatory, libelous, tortious, illegal, threatening, or otherwise objectionable, regardless of whether it was intended to be private or public. Since we do not review all content submitted through every feature on every site, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to take protective measures in the event you provide content disclosing information about a person who is a victim of harm or abuse or is at risk of becoming a victim of harm or abuse. When we become aware of content that we consider to be offensive or that could compromise the privacy of your personal or confidential information or that of another person, we will make a good-faith effort to block or remove such content.
AmericasFootprints.com places great importance on the security of all personally identifiable information associated with our Members. We have security measures consistent with industry practices in place to attempt to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of Member data under our control. For example, our security and privacy practices are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary and only authorized personnel have access to you personal information. We use secure server software to encrypt financial information you input before it is sent to us. While we use commercially reasonable efforts to prevent it, we cannot, however, guarantee that loss, misuse, or alteration of data will not occur. It is also important for you to guard against unauthorized access to your passwords and the unauthorized use of your computer.
9. Contests, Surveys, & Promotions.
We may occasionally run contests, surveys, or other special promotions on our Websites in which we ask Members or visitors for personal information (like an e-mail address or name) or demographic information (like a zip code, age, or income level). We use this data to send users promotional material about our company or third parties we deal with. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you therefore have a choice whether or not to disclose this information. 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 by following the unsubscribe instructions in each promotional email, or simply decline to take part in the promotions.
Thank you for using these online legacy services provided by America's Footprints, L.L.C. (the "Services") offered on AmericasFootprints.com® (the "Website").
By using our Services, you are agreeing to these terms. Please read them carefully.
The AmericasFootprints.com® Services are offered free of charge to anyone interested in browsing the site at the introductory level and you agree to these terms by such use.
The complete AmericasFootprints.com® services that allow you to create your own online legacy are offered at several levels of membership ("Membership"). Additional terms and requirements apply to each level of Membership and are posted with the relevant level of Membership. Those additional terms become part of your agreement with us if you purchase that level of Membership.
1. Using the Services.
1.2 You must follow any policies made available to you within the Services. We may suspend or stop providing our Services to you if you do not comply with our terms or policies or if we are investigating suspected misconduct. Also, you agree to comply with all applicable laws in your use of our Services.
1.3 Members must be at least 18 years old. The Website and the Services are intended for adults. If a minor views the Website, the parent or guardian of that minor will be held responsible for the minor's actions.
2. Member Content
2.1 Your Responsibility for What You Upload. Some of our Services allow you to upload, submit, store, send, and receive content to build your Footprint. You are responsible for your uploaded content. The decision to upload information, text, photographs, video, images, and other content and materials (collectively, "Member Content") to the AmericasFootprints.com Website is your responsibility. All information that you post will become avaiable to Members (contigent upon the privacy settings you have selected) and the general public to search, view, or hear. Do not contribute any photographs, material, or personal information which you do not want to be viewed by others. You are responsible for the content you post. You agree that you will not use your Footprint to post family secrets, skeletons in the closet, inaccuracies, or other information that is likely to upset friends and family members. In the event another individual contact us with an issue about the content of your Footprint, with your permission we may provide your email address to such individual to contact you directly to resolve the issue.
The Footprint is intended to be a legacy that lives on after you pass. Once you are no longer living, an aggrieved individual will not be able to request you to modify your Footprint.
2.3 Your Ownership of Your Content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in uploaded Member Content. What belongs to you stays yours.
2.4 AmericasFootprints.com Content and Third Party Content.
Using our Services does not give you ownership of any intellectual property rights in our Services or content you access that does not belong to you. You may not use content from our Services unless you obtain permission from its owner or are otherwise permitted by law.
Our Services display content that belongs to third parties other than AmericasFootprints.com. This content is the sole responsibility of the entity that makes it available. We may review content to determine whether it is illegal or violates our policies, and we may remove or refuse to display content that we reasonably believe violates our policies or the law. But that does not necessarily mean that we review content, so please don't assume that we do.
2.5 Uploading your Member Content.
Do not upload any Member Content to our Services unless you have the necessary rights to grant us the license in Section 3 below.
2.5 (a) Right to Submit. By submitting Member Content to the AmericasFootprints.com site, you represent and warrant to AmericasFootprints.com that you have the legal right to contribute that Member Content and that the submission will not violate any third party's privacy rights, publicity rights, contract rights, copyrights, or other proprietary rights. By affirming your legal right to submit Member Content, you accept legal responsibility for our use of your Member Content. Upon the request of AmericasFootprints.com, you agree to provide any documentation, substantiation, and/or releases required to verify your compliance with this provision.
2.5 (b) Proprietary Rights. We are sensitive to the copyright and other intellectual property rights of others. Be aware that content, including photographs, stories, and personal experiences, even if submitted to a site to which you belong, remains the property of the creator or submitter. You should not reproduce it and post content that does not belong to you to the AmericasFootprints.com site unless you have the written permission of the owner. Photographs of living individuals, except your own minor children, must not be posted without their written consent. When creating an audio / voice recording, the personal content recorded should be your own, or if the creation of another, (for example a poem or article), used by written permission of the owner.
2.6 Our Rights Regarding Your Member Content.
Although we are not obligated to do so, we reserve the right to edit, delete, or restrict access to your Member Content for any or no reason.
In addition, the following terms apply:
(b) Accuracy of Member Content. You agree to provide true, accurate, and complete information. If any information you provide is, in our sole discretion, false or misleading, we shall have the right, but not the obligation, to take any remedial or preventative action we deem appropriate in our sole discretion, including restricting access and/or deleting or editing any of your Member Content.
3. License to Americas' Footprints - What AmericasFootprints.com can do with Member Content.
When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through our Services, you give us (and those we work with such as our affiliates and contractors) a worldwide, royalty-free, paid-up license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content ) for any and all purposes, in any and all manners, and in any and all forms of media that we, in our sole discretion, deem appropriate. This license includes the right to grant sublicenses through multiple tiers of distribution.
As part of this license, you give us permission to copy, publicly display, transmit, broadcast, and otherwise distribute your Member Content throughout the world, by any means we deem appropriate (electronic or otherwise, including the Internet). You also understand and agree that as part of this license, we have the right to create derivative works from your Member Content by combining all or a portion of it with that of other contributors or by otherwise modifying your Member Content.
The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This license is perpetual and continues even if you stop using our Services. Some Services may offer you ways to access and remove content that has been provided to that Service. Also, in some of our Services, there are terms or settings that narrow the scope of our use of the content submitted in those Services.
4. Member Restrictions on Use of the Services.
You agree that you will not:
4.1 Impersonate anyone else or otherwise misrepresent your identity or status.
4.2 Hold yourself out as an employee or representative of America's Footprints, LLC or any of its affiliates.
4.3 Stalk or harass or make persistent or regular contact with other users without their consent or encouragement or after any consent or encouragement has, expressly or impliedly, been withdrawn.
4.4 Restrict or inhibit any other person from using the Website or Services.
4.5 Use our Website or Services in any way that we believe, in our sole discretion, might result in harm to our name or reputation.
4.6 Use for any commercial purposes any portion of, use of or access to the Website.
4.7 Advertise or offer to sell products or services or solicit employees.
4.8 Send commercial emails, SPAM emails, unsolicited bulk mail or any other email which may be unwanted by a recipient.
4.9 Perform any activity that requires any form of payment from Members on any other area of AmericasFootprints.com.
4.10 Include links on our website or service to third party websites outside the America's Footprints, LLC website group.
5. Privacy and Personal Information.
5.2 Acknowledgement Regarding Personal Information. You acknowledge that your Footprint, including but not limited to any personal information such as your name, date of birth, address and other contact information, or work history you submit, will be publicly viewable. You hereby release AmericasFootprints.com from any and all claims, liens, demands, actions or suits in connection with the Member Content, including, without limitation, any and all liability for any use or nonuse of your Member Content, claims for defamation, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, emotional distress or economic loss.
5.3 Data Protection Laws. If you are located outside the United States, you consent to the processing in the United States of America of any personal data that you submit. You also agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of personal information to or from the United States of America and the country in which you reside.
5.4 Acknowledgement; Your Ability to Remove Member Content. You also acknowledge that any images or documents you upload become part of the collection hosted by AmericasFootprints.com, which is publicly viewable and accessible by anyone online. You will be able to remove Member Content you have contributed, but we are under no obligation to monitor or inhibit the use of contributed images or documents by others. You may withdraw any of your Member Content from our sites, but we shall not be required to remove links or references to withdrawn Member Content.
6. Payment Terms. Membership levels and available here [link to different Membership options). Payment terms are here [link to Payment section; page 9]. All fees are non-refundable once paid.
7. No Warranty.
The Services are provided "AS IS" and AmericasFootprints.com shall be neither responsible nor liable for errors or omissions in any content you may find on this site, nor for loss, damage, or corruption of Member Content that you submit. OTHER THAN AS EXPRESSLY SET OUT IN THESE TERMS OR ADDITIONAL TERMS, NEITHER AMERICASFOOTPRINTS.COM NOR ITS LICENSORS, SUPPLIERS, OR DISTRIBUTORS MAKE ANY SPECIFIC PROMISES ABOUT THE SERVICES. FOR EXAMPLE, WE DON'T MAKE ANY COMMITMENTS ABOUT THE CONTENT WITHIN THE SERVICES, THE SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS OF THE SERVICES, OR THEIR RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, OR ABILITY TO MEET YOUR NEEDS.
SOME JURISDICTIONS PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN WARRANTIES, LIKE THE IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, WE EXCLUDE ALL WARRANTIES.
9. Termination of Services.
You may de-activate your Membership account at anytime by following the instructions provided on our website. Doing so does not mean you get a refund of your Membership fees. It just disables your account and will prevent your Footprint from being seen publicly. Depending on the amount of time your account has been deactivated, you may be able to contact AmericasFootprints.com to re-activate your account.
You agree to hold harmless and indemnify AmericasFootprints.com and its affiliates, officers, agents, and employees from any claim, suit or action arising from or related to your use of the Services or violation of these terms, including any liability or expense arising from claims, losses, damages, suits, judgments, litigation costs and attorneys' fees.
11. Limitation of Liability.
IN ALL CASES, AMERICASFOOTPRINTS.COM, AND ITS LICENSORS, SUPPLIERS AND DISTRIBUTORS, WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE THAT IS NOT REASONABLY FORESEEABLE.
12. Waiver of Consequential Damages.
TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, AMERICASFOOTPRINTS.COM, AND ITS LICENSORS, SUPPLIERS AND DISTRIBUTORS, WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST PROFITS, LOST REVENUES, OR LOSS OF USE OR DATA, FINANCIAL LOSSES OR INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES.
We are not liable for any special or consequential damages resulting from your submission of Member Content, our refusal to accept your Member Content, or our deletion or modification of any of your Member Content.
We may modify these terms, our Policies, or any additional terms that apply to the Services to, for example, reflect changes to the law or changes to our Services. You should look at the terms regularly. We will post notice of updates to these terms on this page. We will also post notice of modified additional terms in the applicable Service. Changes will not apply retroactively and will become effective no sooner than fourteen days after they are posted. Changes addressing new functions for a Service or changes made for legal reasons, however, will be effective immediately. If you do not agree to the modified terms for a Service, you should discontinue your use of that Service.
If there is a conflict between these terms and any additional terms in the applicable Policy, the additional terms will control for that conflict.
These terms control the relationship between AmericasFootprints.com and you. They do not create any third party beneficiary rights.
If you do not comply with these terms, and we don't take action right away, this doesn't mean that we are giving up any rights that we may have (such as taking action in the future).
If it turns out that a particular term is not enforceable, this will not affect any other terms and they will continue to be part of our agreement.
You agree to comply with all applicable laws, including but not limited to all export control laws and regulations.
The laws of the State of Pennsylvania, U.S.A., excluding its conflict of laws rules, will apply to any disputes arising out of or relating to these terms or the Services. All claims arising out of or relating to these terms or the Services will be litigated exclusively in the federal or state courts of Monroe County, Pennsylvania, USA, and you and AmericasFootprints.com consent to personal jurisdiction in those courts.
For information about how to contact AmericasFootprints.com, click here.
Rules for Uploading Member Content to Build Your Footprint:
Please build a Footprint with photographs or other images of yourself and text that helps your family and friends come to know you better and to establish your online legacy for future generations.
Content such as vulgarity, nudity, and anything else that may be deemed inappropriate as described in this Content Submission Policy may be deleted. Any group shot that contains even one individual that violates any of the rules in this Policy is not allowed and is subject to deletion.
The following overall principles apply to photographs and other images and all other Member Content:
1. Appropriate Attire. Photographs and other images should reflect community standards of dress
No nudity or immodesty. Clothing should be zipped and buttoned properly.
No body shots without a head or face.
2. Relevant. Member Content should accurately support your legacy or a general family history purpose. You are responsible for the content you post. You agree that you will not use your Footprint to post family secrets, skeletons in the closet, inaccuracies, or other information that is likely to upset friends and family members. In the event another individual contacts us with an issue about the content of your Footprint, we will provide your email address to such individual to contact you directly to resolve the issue. The Footprint is intended to be a legacy that lives on after you pass, so once you are no longer living, an aggrieved individual will not be able to request you to modify your Footprint.
3. Noncommercial/No product or website endorsements. Member Content should not advertise or promote commercial products, services, or websites. Logos and wording on clothing or on billboards, trucks, etc. may be altered or removed if in violation of this Content Submission Policy.
4. Keep it kind, positive, and law abiding.
Content may not be racist, sexist, or discriminate. Content may not be obscene, indecent, defamatory, derogatory, fraudulent, degrading, abusive, hateful, false, misleading, inaccurate, untrue, malicious, offensive, harassing, threatening, or incites racial, religious or ethnic hatred.
By example, but not limitation:
Photographs and other content which include nudity, pornography, indecency, vulgarity, violence and/or any offensive subject matter.
No images of illegal acts, products, or services. This includes drugs.
No vulgarity or vulgar gestures.
No expressions of hatred or discrimination.
No images of violence and mutilation.
War, hunting, and fishing photos may be evaluated and may be altered or removed..
Photos with piercing and tattoos may be evaluated and may be altered or removed.
No sacred or other religious clothing is allowed if it is displayed in a way that desecrates an associated religious belief.
Any content that causes anyone alarm, annoyance, anxiety, embarrassment, offence or distress.
Any content that could prejudice any active legal proceedings of which you are aware; is unlawful or promotes or teaches unlawful activity.
4. Privacy and Rights of Others.
The following content is not allowed:
Any content which may violate the privacy or breach the confidentiality of other people, including members of your family. Our Services allows you to define specific privacy settings regarding Footprint availability and publicity. Please make use of these abilities and respect the privacy of others.
Any photos or email addresses of living individuals (other than your own), if done without their consent.
Any information relating to minors, which identifies them, their personal details or their address and other means of communication with them, without the direct consent of their parent or guardian.
Any content which does not belong to you or which you do not have a right to use.
5. Additional Restrictions.
No commercial photos. The only exceptions are:
You have legal rights to the photo.
The copyright has expired.
Photographs edited in such a way as to make them inaccurate, false, or misleading are not allowed.
Any computer virus or other malicious or harmful code.
POLICIES/PAGES FOR MEMBERSHIP LEVELS AND FEES
a) Random visitors to the site will be very limited in what you can do. You will see preview cards of other Footprints that show a few words and maybe a single image of someone. But that's it. In order to do ANYTHING else on the site, you must become a member and pay the membership fee.
The Services allow you to create a Footprint to leave a legacy behind (or you can use the Services to search for someone else's Footprint). Either way, you must first sign up and pay a membership fee for the Membership level you select. Remember this is a one-time only payment (not recurring or annual). But most important – the fee is not refundable.
Once you have paid the membership fee, you are granted access to create a Footprint for yourself and/or search the database of existing Footprints. A few email confirmations and a temporary login password are then sent to your email address (the login password can be updated anytime).
You cannot downgrade your membership. But you can upgrade to a higher level at anytime upon paying the difference for a higher membership.
a) Payment made be made via Credit Card or Paypal. Billing information (card/account numbers) is NOT stored. As soon as the transaction is complete, the billing information (credit card / paypal info) is deleted. The only content that may remain is the billing address you entered.
4. MINI FOOTPRINTS
You may create a mini-footprint only for a child for whom you are the parent or legal guardian. Upon the request of AmericasFootprints.com, you agree to furnish us with any documentation, substantiation and releases necessary and reasonably required to verify and substantiate your compliance with this provision. Failure to provide this information may result in removal of a Mini Footprint or futher action. Additional guidelines, rules, and limitations for Mini-Footprints are as follows:
Members can create mini-footprints for your children or any relative under the age of 18 (limited to nieces, nephews, and grandkids). AmericasFootprints.com reserves the right to request proof or official documentation legally claiming you as their relative
Mini Footprints are limited to children who are 17 years old or younger. Members cannot create a Mini Footprint for children who are 18 years or older.
You cannot begin creating a Mini Footprints until you have partially completed your Main Footprint.
The number of Mini Footprints you can create will depend on your Membership level.
Mini Footprints become part of your profile. They do not have a unique Footprint ID# or custom URL. They are only visible when someone visits your specific Footprint.
OTHER / ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES, RULES, AND LIMITATIONS FOR FOOTPRINT CONTENT
Do NOT upload documents that may threaten the security of your identity or the identity of others. For example:
Do not upload a copy of your birth certificate without first hiding, blocking, crossing-out, deleting, or otherwise protecting information that could be used to steal your identity
Do not upload a copy of your government-issued ID or passport
Do not upload a bill, bank statement, or credit card / statement
Do not upload files that contain account information and/or login and password credentials