◆ 1. Collection of data
Registration for an account on this site requires only a valid e-mail address, a user name that is not already in use, your date of birth and the country you are from. You are not required to provide any other information if you do not want to.
Please be aware that the user name you choose, the e-mail address you provide and any other information you enter may render you personally identifiable, and may possibly be displayed on this site intentionally (depending on choices you make during the registration process, or depending on the way in which the site is configured) or unintentionally (subsequent to a successful act of intrusion by a third party).
As on many sites, the site operator may also automatically receive general information that is contained in server log files, such as your IP address, and cookie information, together with the additional information that can be deduced from those items (such as country, location, dates and times of visits, pages visited, etc.).
Server and site logs may be purged at regular time intervals, but past records may still exist in back-ups of the site data storage system or server file system.
By registering for a user account on this site, you agree that you accept the site operator's policy with regard to retention or non-retention of log records, and you agree that this policy may change at any time, with or without notice.
Please note that advertisements may also gather information via cookies. Information about the serving of advertising on this site (if it is indeed the site operator's policy to display advertising) is provided below.
◆ 2. Use of data
Data may be used to customize and improve your user experience on this site. We may use your personal information for the following:
a. administer our website and business;
b. personalizing our website for you;
c. enabling your use of the services available on our website;
d. sending you email notifications that you have specifically requested;
e. sending you our email newsletter, if you have requested it (you can inform us at any time if you no longer require the newsletter);
f. providing third parties with statistical information about our users (but those third parties will not be able to identify any individual user from that information);
g. dealing with inquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to our website;
h. keeping our website secure and prevent fraud;
i. verifying compliance with the terms and conditions governing the use of our website (including monitoring private messages sent through our website private messaging service); and other uses.
If you submit personal information for publication on our website, we will publish and otherwise use that information in accordance with the license you grant to us. Your privacy settings can be used to limit the publication of your information on our website and can be adjusted using privacy controls on the website.
◆ 3. Disclosing personal information
We may disclose your personal information to any of our employees, officers, insurers, professional advisers, agents, suppliers, or subcontractors as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.
We may disclose your personal information to any member of our group of companies (this means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company, and all its subsidiaries) as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.
Efforts will be made to prevent your data being made available to third parties, except in the following circumstances:
b. if your consent is obtained, such as when you choose to opt-in or opt-out for the sharing of data;
c. if a service provided on the site requires interaction with a third party, or is provided by a third party, such as an application service provider;
d. if an obligation arises from legal action or law enforcement;
e. if this site is purchased by a third party, in which case that third party will be able to use the data in the same manner as set out in this policy.
In the event you choose to use links displayed on this site to visit other sites, you are advised to read the privacy policies published on those sites.
◆ 4. International data transfers
Information that we collect may be stored, processed in, and transferred between any of the countries in which we operate in order to enable us to use the information in accordance with this policy.
Information that we collect may be transferred to the following countries which do not have data protection laws equivalent to those in force in the European Economic Area: the United States of America, Russia, Japan, China, and India.
Personal information that you publish on our website or submit for publication on our website may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others.
You expressly agree to the transfers of personal information described in this Section 4.
◆ 5. Security of your personal information
We will take reasonable technical and organizational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse, or alteration of your personal information.
We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure (password- and firewall-protected) servers.
All electronic financial transactions entered into through our website will be protected by encryption technology.
You acknowledge that the transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet. You are responsible for keeping the password you use for accessing our website confidential; we will not ask you for your password (except when you log in to our website or request a change to be made to your account).
◆ 6. Cookies
However, advertisements may be displayed on the site and, if so, may also set and access cookies on your computer; such cookies are subject to the privacy policies of the parties providing the advertisement. Cookies set by outside advertising providers often use non-personally-identifiable or anonymous codes to obtain information about your visits to a site that displays their advertising, in order to tailor the advertising you see. This practice is known as 'behavioral advertising'. You can usefully visit the Network Advertising Initiative site if you want to find out more information about behavioral advertising, and to learn about your options in this respect.
By using this site and by allowing your browser software to accept cookies, you grant the site operator permission to use the technical data contained in the cookies generated by the site for the purpose of managing your sessions on the site, and for enhancing the ergonomics of your visits.
Note that most browsers provide the possibility of disabling cookies. While you are free to make this choice, blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites. If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.
◆ 8. Advertising
By registering for a user account on this site, you agree that you accept the site operator's policy with regard to advertising and whether or not advertising is served on the site, and you agree that this policy may change at any time, with or without notice.
However, if you see content on this site that you feel is offensive or inappropriate, please contact the site administrator.
◆ 9. Minors
The site operator might not allow people to register for a user account on the site if they are below a certain age. For more information, please read the information displayed during the account registration process.
◆ 10. Editing or deleting your personal information
During the user account registration process, you are invited to enter personal information. After logging into the site, you have the possibility at any time of amending or deleting your personal information. You can do this by visiting your user account panel, which can provide means for managing many aspects of your membership of this site.
◆ 11. Retaining personal information
11.1. Account deletion at your request
You can request that your user account be deleted: please contact the site administrator to request a manual user account deletion.
After an account deletion, all personal information items contained in your user account profile will have been deleted from the site's data storage system, and from the server's file system. Even so, that information will still be held in any back-up taken from the site's data storage system or the server's file system.
In addition, content or other data that you may have provided, and that do not fall within the scope of personal information items stored within your user account profile, may remain on the site even after your user account is deleted. Possible examples of this are articles and other content published in the site's pages, comments you have added to articles, and messages you have posted in forums (if such exist on the site). Your user name may continue to be associated with these items as attribution. Your user name (user ID) and/or email address may enter a block list to prevent future registry of this website. However, any information that would previously have been displayable by another user by viewing your account profile will no longer be available.
Also, if the site has a private messaging system, all messages that were previously stored in your private messaging mailbox will have been deleted. However, deletion of your account does not include deletion of messages from you that have been received by other registered users of the site.
You should remember that deletion of a user account on this site will not include deletion of information held by providers of outside services availed via this site.
Furthermore, deletion of your account on this site will not include deletion of information that might have been stored in server logs and site logs about your visits to this site (IP address, times and dates, pages visited, etc.). The extent and lifetime of information stored in logs depend on the policies of the site operator and server operator.
11.2. Account closure and deletion by the site operator
A closed account will normally be deleted, provided no illicit or illegal usage of that account is suspected. However, by using this site, you agree that the site operator has sole discretion in account closure and deletion decisions, without incurring any liability towards you. The user name (user ID) and/or email address may enter a block list to prevent future registry of this website.
In addition, you should be aware that the site operator can be legally compelled not to delete your user account by local or national authorities if suspected illegal or illicit usage is involved.
a. the posting of an announcement on the site;
c. an e-mail message sent to the e-mail address you provide as part of your user account information or through the private messaging system on our website.
◆ 13. Your rights
You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you; the provision of such information will be subject to the following:
a. proof of ownership of your email address.
b. the supply of appropriate evidence of your personal identity. For this purpose, we will usually accept a photocopy of your passport certified by a notary plus an original copy of a utility bill showing your current address.
We may withhold personal information that you request to the extent permitted by law.
You may instruct us at any time not to process your personal information for marketing purposes.
In practice, you will usually either expressly agree in advance to our use of your personal information for marketing purposes, or we will provide you with an opportunity to opt out of the use of your personal information for marketing purposes.
◆ 14. NO GUARANTEES