Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. At Italian Soul we have a few fundamental principles that we follow:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of our site.

Italian Soul operates It is Italian Soul’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating the website.


Information contained about ancestors of the villages of Apella and Taponecco listed and recorded in Souls of Lunigiana are information gained and researched by Italian Soul, legally through various public domains including,, and public governmental organisations including the Commune of Licciana Nardi, Massa-Carrara, Toscana, Italia and various other archival institutions in the province of Massa-Carrara. All information is public governmental record (e.g. births, deaths, marriages). Other information is gathered through personal and family contributions. Contributors whom have granted permission for their names to be published are thanked on the official Italian Soul Contributors page.

Living (Private) People

The names of living relatives mentioned as children on an ancestor’s page are private unless otherwise requested to be public by that person’s written permission. If a person wishes to contact and/or find out the names of a private living person, the person should contact Italian Soul directly and make a request, giving an explanation of themselves and why they would like to get in contact with the private living person. Italian Soul would then manage the following steps, asking permission from that private living person.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Italian Soul collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Italian Soul’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Italian Soul’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Italian Soul may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Italian Soul also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on our blogs. Italian Soul only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Italian Soul’s website choose to interact with Italian Soul in ways that require Italian Soul to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Italian Soul gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who comment on our blog to provide a username and email address. Those who wish to receive Italian Soul updates via email, we collect their emails. In each case, Italian Soul collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Italian Soul. Italian Soul does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

Italian Soul may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Italian Soul may monitor the most popular page on the site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. Italian Soul may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Italian Soul does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Italian Soul discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Italian Soul’s behalf or to provide services available at Italian Soul’s website, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Italian Soul’s website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Italian Soul will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Italian Soul discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Italian Soul believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Italian Soul, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Italian Soul website and have supplied your email address, Italian Soul may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Italian Soul and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Italian Soul takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Italian Soul uses cookies to help Italian Soul identify and track visitors, their usage of Italian Soul website, and their website access preferences. Italian Soul visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Italian Soul’s website, with the drawback that certain features of Italian Soul’s website may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If Italian Soul, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Italian Soul goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Italian Soul may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.


Advertising is NOT allowed on Italian Soul out of respect for the content and its viewers. We hope the site can remain online without ads.

However, if amended for monetary reasons, Ads appearing on any of our website may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Italian Soul and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.


Comments and other content submitted to Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Italian Soul may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Italian Soul’s sole discretion. Italian Soul encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

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