Use of private information policy (GDPR)
Last updated: 24/05/2018
We respect the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and this policy explains how we collect and treat any information you give us. You won’t find any complicated legal terms or long passages of unreadable text. We’ve no desire to trick you into agreeing to something you might later regret.
Our policy covers
- Why we value your privacy
- How we collect information
- What information we hold
- Where we store your information
- What we use your information for
- Who’s responsible for your information at our company
- Who has access to information about you
- The steps we take to keep your information private
- How to complain
- Changes to the policy
Why we value your privacy
We value your privacy as much as we do our own, so we’re committed to keeping your personal information safe.
We’re uncomfortable with the information companies, governments, and other organisations keep on file, so we ask for only the bare minimum from our customers. We’ll never use your personal information for any reason other than why you gave it, and we’ll never give anyone access to it unless we’re forced to by law.
How we collect information
Whenever you request a page, your IP address, browser and version, operating system and the site you came from are stored in a log file. This information cannot be used to identify a specific individual. This information is only used for statistical purposes to help improve this site and provide accurate statistics to advertisers in the form of aggregated data.
Personal information is collected via our registration form.
There is a poll system on the homepage of website. By voting you are not disclosing any other information other then the answer to the question the poll asks. A vote cannot be traced to a specific individual, and hence your identity remains anonymous.
What information we hold
The following data is required on our registration form: Username, password, email address, first name, last name, and country of residence. There are other fields which enhance a user’s profile on the site, but they are optional.
Where we store your information
Your private data is stored on our server hosted in Germany provided by a company called Hetzner.
What we use your information for
If you opt in to our weekly email newsletter, you will receive a newsletter on Wednesday morning (GMT).
If you opt in to our email news alerts, you will receive an email every time a news article is published on the website.
Users have the option to unsubcribe from the emails above by visiting the Edit profile page or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the information collected during the registration process for the The Holmesdale Online is used to contact members in the event of a Forum rule violation. It can also be used to prevent banned users from re-registering under a different username.
Personal data collected from the registration process are not sold, or disclosed to a third party.
Who’s responsible for your information at our company
Our webmaster is responsible for the security of your information. You can contact him by email at email@example.com if you have any concerns about the information we store.
Who has access to information about you
When we store information in our own systems, only the people who need it have access. Our management team have access to everything you’ve provided, but individual employees have access to only what they need to do their job.
The steps we take to keep your information private
We restrict access to your private data to only to people who need it. We never use the same password twice.
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How to complain
We take complaints very seriously. If you’ve any reason to complain about the ways we handle your privacy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes to the policy
If we change the contents of this policy, those changes will become effective the moment we publish them on our website.