Site Policy

Site Policy

At AA Kingston, we respect your privacy and anonymity.

Purpose 
To serve the fellowship of AA members, and those wishing to learn about AA. 
This site is intended to provide general information regarding Alcoholics Anonymous and to facilitate face-to-face contact between AA members and those wishing to learn about the AA program of recovery from alcoholism.
The purpose of this Web site is:

• To serve the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous in the Kingston, Ontario, Canada region.
• To serve as a resource for AA members, those seeking help from AA, professionals working with alcoholics, the media, and the public at large.
• To provide accurate and consistent information about Alcoholics Anonymous.
• To provide information about services coordinated by AA Kingston (Area 83, District 36) groups and committees.
• To encourage participation of AA members, groups and committees in AA services and activities.

No affiliation between this site and any outside enterprise will be permitted. Only events directly related to Alcoholics Anonymous will be considered for posting.

This site is neither affiliated with nor endorsed by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Privacy
Our Privacy is Your Privacy. 
• We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. 
• We don’t store personal information unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.
• Alcoholics Anonymous protocol is to never use or divulge the surnames of website visitors or AA members. We follow this protocol to respect AA members anonymity and yours. 
We serve cookies at area AA meetings and on this website. 
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. AA Kingston uses cookies to help us identify and track visitors, their usage of this website, and their website access preferences. Visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using this website, with the drawback that certain features of AA Kingston's website may not function properly without the aid of cookies.
Protection 
Guarding Anonymity Online 
AA Kingston makes every effort to protect the anonymity of visitors and those engaged in AA service work on this website. Acceptance of AA service positions acknowledges that we may sacrifice some privacy in service. Please respect the confidentiality of any contact information on this site.

Your privacy is of the utmost concern to us. In the spirit of anonymity, and the spirit of the program in general, we neither gather nor divulge any personal information from anyone using this site. While we do our best to protect all personal information, we ask that you consider your privacy needs if submitting personal information.
AA Guidelines Internet MG-18
(Rev. 11/14) 
• Modern communication in AA is flowing from one alcoholic to another in ways that are high-tech, relatively open-ended and evolving quickly.
Protecting anonymity is a major concern for members, who are accessing the Internet in ever-growing numbers.
• When we use digital media, we are responsible for our own anonymity and that of others. When we post, text, or blog, we should assume that we are publishing at the public level. When we break our anonymity in these forums, we may inadvertently break the anonymity of others.
• Refer to the PDF document AA Guidelines - Internet MG-18 for full details.
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Understanding Anonymity 
It is clear that AA anonymity serves two different yet equally vital functions:
At the personal level, anonymity provides protection for all members from identification as alcoholics, a safeguard often of special importance to newcomers.
At the public level of press, radio, TV, films and other media technologies such as the
Internet, anonymity stresses the equality in the fellowship of all members.
• Refer to the PDF brochure Understanding Anonymity for full details.
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Public Media 
Request for Continued Cooperation 
From time to time we write our public media friends to thank them for helping us observe our long-standing tradition of anonymity for members of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Please read our Note of Thanks and Request for Continued Cooperation.
Note of Thanks

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