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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy
03 March 2015

The (the “Indus Library”) is committed to making its constantly growing collection of Web pages and other forms of digital content (the “Books”) freely available to researchers, historians, scholars, and others (“Researchers”) for purposes of benefit to the public. The Indus Library offers access to some of its Books mainly by allowing Researchers to access its Unix machines. This open approach is somewhat like the situation in a public library, where staff and patrons might see who else was in the library and a bit of what they were working on. When Researchers using the Books log on to the same Unix machine using different accounts, some sharing of information may take place. While the Indus Library endeavors to enforce its Terms of Use and maintain standard computer security, it is important for both those who visit the site (“Visitors”) and Researchers (collectively, “Users”) to be aware of the open nature of the Indus Library.

The Indus Library may make changes to this policy from time to time and will notify you of such changes by posting an updated date in the Terms, Privacy, and Copyright link at the bottom the home page of the Indus Library’s Web site (the “Site”). Your continued use of the Site and/or the Books constitutes your acceptance of any changes to the Privacy Policy concerning, but not limited to, both previously and prospectively collected information.

What Personal Information May the Indus Library Have on Its Computers and Systems?
Because the Indus Library uses standard Web logging in its Web servers, our Web server may automatically recognize the domain name of each Visitor, each Visitor’s IP address, what Web page the Visitor requests, and the time of the request, along with a variety of information supplied by the visitor’s browser. See and for information about the Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator browsers, and see for details about Web logs.

In addition, the Indus Library may collect the email addresses and messages of those who communicate with it via email or who enter email addresses in forms.

The Indus Library may collect personally identifying information when a Researcher registers for access to the Books, including the Researcher’s name, address, telephone number, and email address, and the Researcher’s proposal for using the Books.

The Indus Library may use “cookies” to track Users’ activities on the Site and in the Books. Cookies are small files that a server transfers to the hard drive of someone who visits a site and that the server can access when the person returns to the site.

The primary sources of content for the Books are publicly accessible Web pages that were collected and donated by third parties, but the Indus Library will expand on such sources through its own collection activities. For instructions on removing a particular set of pages currently included in the Books, please see our policies and procedures for page removal.

The communications between you and the Indus Library may pass through many machines, operating systems, programs, browsers, Web servers, networks, routers, Ethernet switches, Internet service providers, proxy servers, intranets, the public phone system, or other devices (collectively, “Devices”) on your premises, at the Indus Library, and in between. Some of these Devices create logs of activities that are recorded on computer systems.

What Might the Internet Indus Library Do With the Information on Its Computers?
The Indus Library has no present intention to charge for access to the Books. The Indus Library may transfer the information on its machines, including personally identifying information, into the Books. The Books are made available to researchers and may be made available on the Site, or provided to third parties, for any use, without limitation. For instance, parts of the Books are now in the Books of the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution.

Advances in data mining technology may make it possible to discover more personally identifiable information or profiles in the Books.

The Indus Library may disclose any information it collects from Users if the Indus Library believes in good faith that such action is reasonably necessary to enforce its Terms of Use or other policies, to comply with the law, to comply with legal process, to operate its systems properly, or to protect the rights or property of itself, its Users, or others.

It is possible that the computers at the Indus Library could become compromised by others and that the information on the Indus Library’s computers could be collected and disseminated without the knowledge or consent of the Indus Library. While the Indus Library endeavors to block “crackers” from breaking into its machines, the Indus Library is not responsible or liable for any such unauthorized uses of the Indus Library or its data.

How to Update Researcher Registration Information
Researchers can help the Indus Library maintain the accuracy of their information by notifying the Indus Library of any changes in their address, title, phone number, or email address. Contact the Indus Library by email at to see, update, or delete your information.