Privacy Policy

Who I am

My website address is: http://ashton.rutland.vt.us. My name is Gerard Ashton, and my email address is ashton@ieee.org.

What personal data I collect and why I collect it


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

Comments are not visible until approved. Before approving a comment all personally identifiable information will be discarded from my records. Any comment will be deleted upon request. I will not keep information about who submitted a request, so will not be able to tell if the person requesting deletion is the same person who made the request.


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


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. This is a feature of the WordPress software that I do not desire, and I recommend that you do not click the box.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, 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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long I retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment is kept indefinitely.

What rights you have over your data

You retain copyright over your comments. By posting the comment you grant me a transferable worldwide perpetual copyright license to display the comment in the manner in which comments are typically displayed on websites, and to reformat the display as changes are made to the website software.

Data related to notary services

If you contact me by any method to request notary services, I will keep any data that Vermont law requires me to keep, as well as a notary journal described below. I will also keep the data necessary to perform the service and accounting data so that I can collect payment, and account to tax authorities concerning my business operations. Once the service has been completed and payment received, documents (other than my notary journals) that I am not required by law to keep, or that I do not need for accounting purposes, will be deleted. The purpose of keeping some data until payment is received is so that I may explain the reason for charges.

I will comply with all demands for information from any branch of government if the demand appears to be lawful.

In addition, as recommended by the Vermont Secretary of State, I maintain a paper notary journal. The journal lists the date of the service, a short description of the document, the physical location where the service was performed, the signer's name and address, the type of identification card presented, the expiration date of the identification card, the signer's signature, and a description of any unusual circumstances. The journal may be inspected by members of the public who visit me in person, in accordance with Vermont's public records law.

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