Terms, Conditions & Privacy Policy

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Who we are

Our website address is: http://www.GothicHillsCemetery.com
We sometimes use http://www.GothicHills.com to shorten links.
Our email addresses use the shorter @GothicHills.com domain.

Gothic Hills Cemetery is a free community home haunt operated by the Gothic Hills Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. Our mision includes collecting and distributing supplies to local outreach charities and mentoring local youth in production design. For more information about our status and mission, see our declarations page.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We make a point to collect very little personal data. We don’t like the idea of anyone using our own data against us, so we do our best to avoid that for you. At this time, the only personal data we collect is to allow you to use our website as intended. We do track clicks and data about site use, but not in any way that allows us to say “Joe Smith was on our donation page 34 times last month and then went to Netflix to watch…” or anything like that. Information that is available to us about your behavior is anonymous and is limited to information like: “A visitor (annonymously) came from your Facebook page to your Volunteer page.”

We do allow you to subscribe to a newsletter. When  you register for the website, donate, or otherwise give us your information, we will add it to our mailing list. You may unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the email you receive. We use MailChimp as our newsletter provider, and share your name and email address with them as a means to manage our newsletter functions. 


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

If you use a Gravatar profile image: An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms & newsletters

When you contact us by email or using our contact forms, you are providing us with your name and email address. We do collect this information, but only for the use that you intended, such as us replying to you. You may also share your email address with us via our newsletter sign up form. We will use this information, only how you intended us to, to contact you with news. You may unsubscribe from our newsletter at anytime using the link in each newsletter.

Registration & Cookies

We may allow you to sign up for an account on our website. When you do so, you’re sharing your information with us. This will allow you to interact with us and other guests, like leaving a comment or otherwise. If you leave a comment or other activity on our website, your activity saves your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment, and allows you to stay logged in between visits. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, products, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Affiliate Links

We may post affiliate links, or links to other websites which are designed to earn us a fee if you complete a transaction on those sites. We will do our best to make it clear where we post these links. Additionally, we use links to other sites for fundraising, recruitment or other administrative purposes. If you use these links, you likely are agreeing to these other website’s terms and privacy conditions.


Who we share your data with

We do not share personal visitor data from our website at this time, for commercial or analytical purposes. 

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service called Akismet. We use MailChimp as our newsletter provider, and share your name and email address with them as a means to manage our newsletter functions. 


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