We respect the privacy and security of your personal information and of any content that you submit to this site. Here you can read the details of how we ensure that your data remain safe.
Please note that this is not a legal document, but a statement of our policy and working practise on privacy & security.
Site Members & Visitors
It's important to understand the distinction between members of and visitors to the site. Members are people who have registered for an account and have logged in. Visitors are people who use the site without logging in. A registered member who has not logged in is still considered to be a visitor.
There are differences in what members and visitors can do with the site, some of which are summarised below:
- Can view most of the content on the site, the main exceptions being the administrative areas.
- Have the ability to submit material, such as comments on articles and on the message board.
- Have access to facilities such as the chat room, contacts exchange and events information.
- Viewing is restricted to public areas only.
- May not submit material anywhere.
- Have no access to members' facilities, except for some public information.
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Your personal information is stored in a profile, which is kept in our database. This includes things like your names, log-in password, e-mail address, web site address and personal description. It also includes your preference settings, such as which of your details are visible to other members and your options for receiving e-mails we occasionally send out.
If you are logged in then you can view and edit your profile by clicking here. Note that unregistered visitors do not have profiles.
Who has access to your profile?
By default, only you can see the information in your profile, such as your real names and e-mail address. When you create an account, the only publicly visible information in your profile will be your display name.
If you wish, you can make some of your profile publicly visible, but this is entirely up to you.
Under normal circumstances, only you have access to view and edit your profile. Should repair or maintenance be required, then a site administrator can also access your profile, with the exception of your password, as mentioned below. We won't share any of your personal information, including your e-mail address, with anyone else without your explicit permission. Any bulletins we send out by e-mail to multiple recipients will either be done one-at-a-time, or by using the blind carbon copy (BCC) feature, so that no one else will see your e-mail address.
You should never disclose your password to anyone else. Passwords are not stored in clear text, but are encrypted in the database, so not even site administrators can obtain anyone's password. For this reason, if you forget your password then it must be reset and a new one generated, since the original cannot be recovered.
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There are many types of content on the site, that can be submitted by many different contributors. See the directories for more information, but here are some examples:
PagesPublic pages can be viewed by anyone but only submitted and edited by members who have the appropriate privileges. Members-only pages can be viewed by any logged in member, but not by visitors.
Articles (posts)The same rules apply as for pages.
Comments (including the message board)Only logged in members can view comments and submit new ones, for articles and pages where comments are enabled and not otherwise restricted.
Chat RoomThe chat room uses a third-party plug-in that utilises fairly old, non-secure, communications technology (IRC). For this reason it should be considered to be public and is accessible by anyone with an internet connection who happens to point their browser in the right direction. Please take note of this when using the chat room.
A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded onto your computer or mobile device when you access certain websites. Cookies allow a website to recognise your device. For more information see www.allaboutcookies.org.
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Is anything unclear or incorrect with our privacy & security policy? Do you think there should be anything added to it? If so, then please leave a comment below or on our feedback page.