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This policy statement describes how we collect information from you or about you, why we collect this information, how we will use or disclose this information about you, how you can update or delete personally identifieable information collected about you from our records.
Every time you access the Internet, your computer is assigned an IP (Internet Protocol) Address by your Internet service provider (ISP). IP addresses allow computers and servers to recognize and to communicate with each other. The nature of the Internet is such that it passively and automatically collects certain information about a user's traffic patterns, linked to their IP address. This is because IP addresses are automatically logged by web servers, including ours.
An IP address does not automatically identify you as an individual, but it may (with the cooperation of your ISP) be used to locate you or any other individual using the Web. For example, if law enforcement agencies needed to track a person involved in the commission of a crime, they could take the IP number of a computer that accessed a web site, determine which ISP owns that IP address and demand the identity of the individual using that IP address at that specific time. For that reason, IP addresses are considered personal information - they are (indirectly) an identifying number
To maintain your anonymity, we do not associate IP addresses with records containing your personal information. The only exception is our discussion forum software, which uses IP addresses to track groups of posts. For example, the software has the capability of showing us which discussion group posts were made from a particular IP address. This information is only accessible to forum adminstrators, not the general users of the site. We will only use IP address information to personally identify you when necessary to enforce our legal rights or when compelled to do so under force of law.
Our servers automatically log information about visits to our web site in the normal course of establishing and maintaining web connections. Server logs record statistical information such as visitors' IP addresses, type of operating systems, monitor resolution, type of browser, time and duration of their visit and which web pages were requested during that visit. These statistics are reported in aggregate form to us, and are used to improve our web site and ensure it provides the optimal web experience for visitors. For example, our server logs may tell us that nearly all people visiting our web site have monitor resolutions of 800x600 or higher. We can use that information to assist us in designing an appropriate screen size for our site.
We do not link this server log information to any other data in a way that would allow us to identify individual visitors. We may review server logs for security purposes, for example, to detect intrusions into our network. The possibility exists that server log data (which contains IP addresses) could be used to trace and identify individuals. Under such circumstances, raw server logs would be provided to the appropriate law enforcement or investigative bodies with the authority to investigat such breaches of security
Cookies are tiny text files that are placed on the hard drive of visitor's computer in a specific location designed to hold such files. These cookies automatically identify your specific browser to our server when you access our web site. These cookies do not allow us to personally identify you
Cookies are used to store information between visits. They are strictly a convenience that is used to enhance your browsing experience at our web site. For example, our web site allows users to save their forum login information if they prefer. A cookie stores that preference information so that login takes place automatically the next time that person visits the site.
A valid email address in required in order to sign up for our discussion forums. This is to prevent visitors from signing up under another person's name without their knowledge. You have the ability to use our discussion forums without publicly displaying this email address on any forum page.
We do not share our email addresses, member lists or any other registration or personal information with any other individual, group, company or organization. Information collected is used only within the context of operating our own web site.
People registering on this site and choosing to have their email address displayed should be aware that companies who send unsolicited commercial email (spam) utilize programs that automatically "crawl" the Web looking through the source code of pages for email addresses. These programs have the ability to retrieve those email addresses and store them in a database for use by the commercial email company. Thus, it may be possible for a site user who chooses to publicly display their email address to be placed on a mailing list without our knowledge and consent. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to prevent this type of activity from occurring.
Security of Email Transmissions
We cannot guarantee the security of email systems. This is not related to our system, it is simply the state of email technology currently in use. Email should not be used to transmit any information that requires any degree of privacy or confidentiality. For example, you should always submit credit card information via our secure e-commerce system, not by email.