Last Modified February 21st 2006
PlusNet Usergroup (“PUG” or “We” or “Us”) have created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. The following discloses our information gathering, use and dissemination practices for this website. Please take a moment to review the terms of this privacy statement. By using this site, You agree to accept the terms of our privacy statement. If You do not agree to the terms of our privacy statement, please do not use this site. Unless stated otherwise, this privacy statement applies only to information collected on this site and does not apply to information that We may collect by other means.
Information We May Collect
You are not required to provide any personal information in order to obtain general access to this site. However, in order to access certain information, services or features contained on this site, We may require You to provide personal information such as Your name and e-mail address. For example, We will collect certain personal information if You join one of our message boards or contact Us via the “Contact Us” form or send Us an e-mail.
If You choose to post messages in our message boards, chat rooms or other message areas or leave feedback for other users, We may collect such information about You as You choose to disclose in such forums. Likewise, if other users or third parties send Us correspondence about Your activities or postings on our message boards or other areas of this site, We may collect such information into a file specific to You. PUG may keep a log of inactive account information for an indefinite period of time, at PUG’s discretion.
Disclosure of Personal Information
Please note that We will not share Your personal information (whether collected online or offline) with any third parties for their direct marketing purposes. Any information supplied to Us via the on-line “Contact Us” page, Private messages on the forums or via e-mail may be passed on to PlusNet for the purpose of progressing any problem or request You have made through Us.
Finally, We reserve the right to disclose visitor information in special cases when We have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) our rights or property, other visitors, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. This includes our right to exchange information with other organizations in order to protect against fraud. We also reserve the right to disclose visitor information when We believe in good faith that the law requires it.
Message Boards and Other Public Forums
This site makes chat rooms, forums, message boards, and/or news groups available to its users. Please keep in mind that whenever You give out personal information on a message board or other “public” forum, that information can be collected and used by people You don’t know. If You choose to voluntarily disclose information on a message board, chat room or other public forum on this site, this privacy statement will not cover such disclosure of information. We urge You to use caution when disclosing any personal information on these venues. For additional terms and rules regarding the use of our message boards, please see our message boards Terms of Membership.
Links to Other Sites
The message boards and other areas of this site contain links to other sites that take You outside this site. These outside sites are beyond our control. They may send their own cookies to visitors, collect data or solicit personal information. The privacy policies of these other sites may be significantly different from our privacy statement. We will not notify You when You are leaving our site and We are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of these other sites and cannot guarantee the security of any of Your personal information collected there.
From time to time, We may collect general, non-personal, statistical information about the use of this site, such as how many visitors visit a specific page on this site, how long they stay on that page, and which hyperlinks, if any, they “click” on. We collect this information through the use of technologies such as “cookies” and “IP addresses”, which are discussed in greater detail below. We collect this information in order to determine which areas of this site are most popular and to enhance this site for visitors. We may also group this and other information into aggregate visitor data in order to describe the use of this site in response to a government request. However, please be assured that this aggregate data will in no way personally identify You or any other visitors to this site.
IP Addresses and Cookies
In the course of using our site, We automatically track certain information about You. This information includes 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), what browser You are using, and Your IP address (which is a number that’s automatically assigned to Your computer whenever You are surfing the web). Many sites automatically collect this information. We use Your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer our site. Your IP address is used to help identify You. We reserve the right to use IP addresses to identify a visitor when We feel it is necessary to enforce compliance with this site’s policies or to protect our service or customers, this site, or others.
Guidence for Children Under 16
We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 16 on this site. If You are under the age of 16, please do not provide any personal information to Us. The only information We will have access to is that supplied upon registration. Whilst excessive and deliberately offensive language will not be tolerated and will be removed, the forums are not censored and may include language that some people, especially those under 16, may find offensive.
Changes to These Terms
The terms of this privacy statement may change from time to time. We will notify You of any material changes to this privacy statement by posting a notice on the homepage of this site, for a reasonable period of time after such changes are made, that this privacy statement has been updated, and by changing the “Last Modified” date at the top of this privacy statement. We encourage You to check this page periodically for any changes. Your continued use of this site following the posting of changes to these terms will mean You accept those changes.
This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. If You register for certain of our services, such as our message boards, You will be required to create an online account and choose a username and password that will protect Your online account information. Access to Your online account requires Your password. We recommend that You do not disclose Your username or password to any other person. All databases are secured behind a firewall. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while PUG strives to protect Your personal information and privacy, We cannot guarantee or warranty the security of any information You disclose or transmit to Us online and cannot be responsible for the theft, destruction, or inadvertent disclosure of Your personal information.