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Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how we use and protect any information that you provide, whilst using our

forum. We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected.

Any information provided by you to us, by which you can be identified, will only be used in accordance

with this privacy policy.

 

User Registration

In order to comment on our forum, users need to register an account. The data will be stored on the web

server. We only collect as little information as necessary. The only personal data required is a correct and

permanently used email address. The address is necessary to verify the account and to regain access once

a user looses the password associated with the account. In addition, users are requested to add more

personal information, e.g. their real name, interests, gender, location and title. This can be changed or

removed at any time once registered by accessing your account settings.   

 

What information we collect

  • When using our forum, we require some of the following information:
  • Email address
  • Internet Protocol (IP) address
  • Geographical location
  • User Device information
  • Browser Information
  • Donation History (amount, user and date only)
  • Length of visit, page views, website navigation and any other related browsing activity

 

What we do with the information we collect

  • The information you provide to us is required for, but not limited to, the following reasons:
  • Internal record keeping
  • Access to our forum
  • Account management
  • Sending notices of relevant communications
  • To identify hacking attempts and similar issues

 

Access Logs and backups

The hosting provider logs any page view activity of users containing information like time, IP adddress,

the page being viewed, http status codes, referrer and user agent. This data is necessary to guarantee

that the service is running as expected and identify problems. The IP addresses in the access logs are

stored anonymously and  are removed completely after 30 days.

Error logs are removed after 30 days.  Backups are rotated every 7 days.

 

Security

We are committed to ensuring that any information you provide to us is secure. To prevent unauthorised

access or disclosure, we have put in place safeguards to secure the information we collect.

 

How we use cookies and IP addresses

We use small text files, called cookies, to store information in your web browser. The information stored

may include preferences, session identification, HTTP information, and IP address.

You can set your browser to not receive cookies, but this may degrade your ability to use our website.

The Cookies we use are as follows:

Session Cookies – we use these when you enter our forum and they remain in place whilst you are using

our forum. A session cookie is stored in temporary memory and is not normally retained after the browser

is closed. Session cookies do not collect information from a user’s computer.

User Cookies – these remember your choices when using our forum such as login details, what you have

viewed and other actions that you perform whilst visiting our forum. These cookies are retained after you

close your web browser.

Third Party Cookies – generally these are cookies deposited by other websites which may or may not be

affiliated with our forum.

These may be tracking, or analytical cookies related to: YouTube videos that you post or view and other

media types for videos or audio. IP addresses of computers used to visit our forum are stored in our

database. This includes when first registering for an account, managing your account details, writing a

private or public message or performing any other transaction which results in data being transferred to

or from your computer and the website in question. Your IP address is not visible to the public at any

time.

 

Links to other websites

Our forum may contain links to other websites. These websites may or may not be affiliated with our

website. We have no control over any external websites therefore clicking any link which results in you

visiting an external website will result in this privacy policy no longer applying and we cannot be held

responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites.

 

Third Party Advertisers

We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit the forum. Please note that

these companies may use information about your visit to the website in order to provide advertisements

about goods and services that may be of interest to you. In the course of serving advertisements to this

forum, these companies may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. If you would like more

information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these

companies, please visit http://networkadvertising.org/optout_nonppii.asp

 

Children’s Information

We are committed to protecting the privacy needs of children and we encourage parents and guardians to

take an active role in their children’s online activities. We do not target the forum to children less than 13

years of age or knowingly collect information from children under 13 years old.

 

Controlling your personal information

When using our forum, you may choose to limit public viewing of applicable personal information through

the settings located in your personal account. We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal

information to third parties unless we have your explicit permission or are required by law to do so. You

may request a copy of any information that we hold on you that could potential identify you as an

individual. You may also request that we delete all information that we hold on you should you wish to

close your account and no longer be a member of our forum. If you discover any of the information that

we hold for you is incorrect or incomplete, that you are unable to change yourself, please contact us as

soon as possible so the necessary changes can be made. A contact link is available at the bottom of every

page on this forum and you can also Personal Message an administrator using the forums internal

messaging system.

 

Opt Out

Administrator emails and forum system notifications can be opt in or opt out by adjusting your settings in

your account.

 

Third Party

 

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google utilizes the Data

collected to track and examine the use of this website, to prepare reports on its activities and share them

with other Google services.

Privacy Policy

 

Spam Defense

The IPS Spam Defense Service passes the email address and IP address of the registering member to the

service to determine the likelihood a registering account is a spam source.

Privacy Policy

 

reCAPTCHA V2

This site uses a CAPTCHA to ensure humans are performing certain actions. The CAPTCHA provider may

set a session cookie and get information about your internet browser and device accessing this website.

Privacy Policy

 

Contact Us

If you have any questions, comments, contact us using the contact us link at the bottom of the forum or

contact a forum admin.

 

Changes

This policy is effective from 10th August 2018 and replaces with immediate effect the Privacy Policy

published on 18thMay 2018. We may, from time to time, make changes to this Privacy Policy to reflect

any changes to our privacy practices in accordance with changes to legislation, best practice or forum

enhancements. We will let you know what these changes are by posting them to this page. Where the

changes are significant, we may also choose to get your consent to make these changes where required

by law. It is your responsibility as a user to make sure that you are aware of changes posted on this page,

by checking for any changes on a regular basis. Changes posted on this page will become effective as

soon as they are posted.

Effective as of: 10th August 2018

 
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