Your privacy is critically important to us. At Forum Communications Company we have a few fundamental principles:
• We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it.
• We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
• We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.
• In our blogging products, we aim to make it as simple as possible for you to control what’s visible to the public, seen by search engines, kept private, and permanently deleted.
If you have questions about accessing or correcting your personal data please contact our support team.
Forum Communications Company operates several websites including areavoices.com. It is Forum Communications Company’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.
Like most website operators, Forum Communications Company collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Forum Communications Company’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Forum Communications Company’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Forum Communications Company may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Forum Communications Company also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on AreaVoices.com blogs. Forum Communications Company only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to Forum Communications Company’s websites choose to interact with Forum Communications Company in ways that require Forum Communications Company to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Forum Communications Company gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a blog at AreaVoices.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Forum Communications Company – by agreeing to receive email marketing, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Forum Communications Company collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Forum Communications Company. Forum Communications Company does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Forum Communications Company may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Forum Communications Company may monitor the most popular blogs on the AreaVoices.com site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. Forum Communications Company may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Forum Communications Company does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
Forum Communications Company discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Forum Communications Company’s behalf or to provide services available at Forum Communications Company’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Forum Communications Company’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Forum Communications Company will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Forum Communications Company discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when Forum Communications Company believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Forum Communications Company, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Forum Communications Company website and have supplied your email address, Forum Communications Company may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Forum Communications Company and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Forum Communications Company takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
Comments and other content submitted to the Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.
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