Public (Unregistered) Users
We will not capture data about public (unregistered) users of the Site, other than your IP address and session details such as pages viewed, refferer information and type of browser used. This information is automatically logged by the web server and will be used to evaluate the use and performance of the network.
To become a registered user of the Site (“User”), you must provide various contact and identity information and other personal information as indicated on the relevant forms. Where possible, we indicate which fields are required and which fields are optional. In addition, as you use the Site, you may from time to time enter or send to us personal information.
You have the option not to provide personal information by choosing not to become a User or by not using the particular feature of the Site for which the personal information is being collected. However, providing the personal information requested allows us to provide you with a safe, customised and easier service and experience.
Your Profile and Online Activity
The Site is a public forum. You should be aware that personal information (including your name, location, etc.) which you voluntarily include and transmit online may be viewed and used by others without any restrictions. We are unable to control such use of your information and, by using the Site, you acknowledge and accept that the information provided by you may be viewed and used by third parties for any number of purposes.
When you register on the Site, you create a profile (“Profile”) and privacy settings. Your User ID, but not your email address, will be visible to the public. All content you add to your Profile will be displayed on the Site and will be visible to the public. If you include personal information in your Profile, you should be aware that such information can be read, collected, or used by other Users, and could be used improperly and for purposes that you may not intend.
You may modify or remove any of the information in your Profile at any time by logging into your account and making the desired changes. For technical reasons, any modifications or deletions which you request may take a short period of time to take effect. If you change or delete any of your personal information, we will remove the old or deleted information from public view; however, we may keep such information archived.
Your Profile may also be indexed by search engine websites, such as Google, Bing or Yahoo, through the use of automated robots. These search engine robots will index the Site at various times over which we have no control. Any information gathered by the search engine’s robot will be searchable within the search engine’s website. If you update your Profile the changes may not be updated by the search engine until its robot indexes the Site again.
Use of Information
The personal information about you may be used for the following purposes:
· providing you with services offered by the Site;
· customising your experience;
· informing you about online and offline offers, services, events, products and updates;
· delivering information to you that may be relevant to your interests;
· troubleshooting problems;
· resolving service disputes;
· measuring interest in our products and services;
· detecting and protecting us against error, fraud and other criminal activity;
· providing you with system or administrative messages, and otherwise engaging in correspondence with us; and
· advertising and promotion of site content on social networks, websites and other media;
· for other purposes described at the time of collection.
Disclosure of Information
The following describes some of the ways that your information may be disclosed.
Public Areas of the Site. All of your activities in the public areas of the Site will be identifiable to your User ID, and other people can see your published content.
Anonymous Aggregated Data. We may aggregate and anonymise data and use and disclose such information for a variety of purposes, including to measure Site analytics.
Third Parties. We may from time to time use the services of third parties in the operation of the Site and may disclose personal information to them in the course of our use of their services. For example, we may use the services of third-party hosting companies to host the operation of the Site. This may involve the hosting of data, including personal information, on servers operated by those hosting companies. These entities may use your personal information in conjunction with the specific services they provide for us.
Obligatory Disclosure. We may disclose your personal information (a) to a relevant authority as part of an investigation to determine our compliance with any applicable law, rule, or regulation (including privacy laws, rules, and regulations), (b) in response to a court order or other lawful judicial or administrative proceedings, (c) as otherwise required under any applicable law, rule, or regulation, and (d) in good faith, to protect or defend our rights or property or those of other Users.
We aim to protect your personal information and uploaded content against unauthorised access, disclosure, inappropriate alteration and misuse. We make commercially reasonable efforts to ensure the security of your personal information and downloadable content on our system. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be absolutely secure. Therefore we make no warranties as to the security of any information or uploaded content that you submit to us electronically, which you do at your own risk.
Ownership, Copyright and Trademarks
In these Terms the content on the Site, including all information, data, logos, marks, designs, graphics, pictures, sound files, other files, and their selection and arrangement is collectively referred to as "Content". Content provided by Users is called "User Content". User Content is that User's property. Our only right to use User Content is the limited licences granted to us in these Terms. Other than User Content, all content in whatever form on the Site or used to create and operate the Site is the property of us or our licensors.
You are fully responsible for all User Content provided by you or through your account. We have no responsibility or liability for it, or for any loss or damage your User Content may cause to other people and by uploading such content you agree to indemnify us and any other User who downloads, streams or broadcasts the User Content in accordance with these Terms from and against all liability arising from such content and/or such download, streaming and/or broadcast. We retain the right (exercisable entirely in our discretion) to remove, screen or edit without notice any User Content that you post or store on the Site (including but not limited to User Content which we in our discretion consider to be of the type listed in Section 3 below), and we may do this at any time and for any reason.
You may click on the "Report copyright infringement link" under certain User Content to flag User Content that you consider to be in violation of these Terms or the rights of third parties. While we make reasonable efforts to review User Content flagged in this manner, we are under no obligation to remove the flagged User Content and in no way represent that we will remove or otherwise address flagged User Content. If your Content has been flagged and we consequently remove it from the Site, we may notify you by way of the email address registered to your account, but are not obliged to do so.
Use of the Site
The Site contains areas accessible to the public or registered Users in which you or third parties may post sound, photographs, messages, materials or other items (“Accessible Areas”). You are solely responsible for your use of such Accessible Areas and you agree to use them at your own risk. User Content submitted to any area of the Site accessible to other Users will be considered non-confidential. By using any Accessible Areas, you warrant and undertake to us that you will not post, upload to, transmit, distribute, store, create or otherwise publish through the Site any of the following:
· Content that is unlawful, libellous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, indecent, lewd, suggestive, harassing, racist, sexist, homophobic, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, inflammatory, fraudulent or otherwise objectionable;
· Content that would constitute, encourage or provide instructions for a criminal offence, violate the rights of any party, or that would otherwise create liability or violate any relevant law;
· Content that impersonates any person or entity or otherwise misrepresents your affiliation with a person or entity;
· Personal information of any third party, including, without limitation, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and credit card numbers, unless that third party has expressly consented to such use;
· Viruses, corrupted data or other harmful, disruptive or destructive files;
· Content that may infringe any intellectual property rights of any party;
· Unsolicited promotions, political campaigning, advertising or solicitations;
· Content that is unrelated to the topic of the Accessible Area(s) in which such content is posted; or
· Content that we in our sole discretion consider inappropriate.
We also automatically track certain information about you based upon your behaviour on our Site. We use this information to do internal research on our Users' demographics, interests, and behaviour to better understand, protect and serve you and our community. This information may include the URL that you just came from (whether this URL is on our Site or not), which URL you next go to (whether this URL is on our Site or not), your computer browser information, your IP address and your location.
Unless stated otherwise, this policy only applies to use and disclosure of personal information that we collect. To the extent that you disclose your information to other parties through the Site, different policies and/or rules may apply to their use, collection and disclosure of the personal information you disclose to them.
We use IP addresses to analyse trends, administer the Site and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.
We may send out newsletters, daily emails or alerts to those registered on the Site. We may also wish to provide you with information about special features of our Site or any other service or products we think may be of interest to you. This is an opt-in email option available on the Site. At any time you can alter your personal profile on the Site to disable any further emails.
From time to time the Site will request information from you via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you therefore have a choice whether or not to disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as postcode or age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use of and satisfaction with this site.
Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act)
We make every effort to ensure that our practices, procedures and systems comply with the relevant data protection legislation.
We shall only use your personal data in accordance with the legal requirements, principles and best practice recommendations of the Act, which grants you various rights in respect of the processing of your personal data.
For more details about your rights under the Act, the rules we have to adhere to in collecting and storing your information please visit http://www.dataprotection.gov.uk.
Updating/Removal of Personal Information
If any information regarding you requires to be corrected, updated or changed it is your responsibility to advise us of the required amendments.
If you inform us that you no longer desire our service, we shall correct, update or remove your personal data provided to us. Please note, an archive copy of any information provided to us may be retained by us for our records and for audit purposes. If you wish to have your personal information removed please email you username and registered email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Change of Control
In the event that we are the subject of a business transition such as a merger with another company, an acquisition by another company or sale of all or some of our assets, your information may be among the assets transferred.
If you have any questions about this policy, services or the Site or about how we use and process your personal information, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mailing email@example.com