- What data do we collect?
- How do we collect your data?
- How will we use your data?
- How do we store your data?
- What are your data protection rights?
- What are cookies?
- What types of cookies do we use?
- How to manage your cookies
- Privacy policies of other websites
- How to contact us
- How to contact the appropriate authorities
Computer Forums collects the following data:
- Personal identification information (Optional name, username, email address, IP address)
- Any other personal identification information that you post either publically or via private message such as personal website URLs or social media pages
You directly provide Computer Forums with most of the data we collect. We collect data and process data when you:
- Register for an account
- Voluntarily post on our forums
- Use or view our website via your browser’s cookies.
Computer Forums may also receive your data indirectly from the following sources:
- Facebook, should you choose to sign up or log in with Facebook account
- Twitter, should you choose to sign up or log in with your Twitter account
- Google, should you choose to sign up or log in with your Google account
The data we exchange with these third parties is strictly limited to what is required to provide sign up and log in functionality, and you may be subject to their own privacy policies should you wish to use this optional website functionality.
For analytical purposes, to be able to understand how visitors find and use our website we use a service called Plausible. Data is sent directly from our web server to theirs. No personally identifable data is neither recorded or available to us from this service. General infomation such as browsers, operating system, countries and referring websites and search engine queries is recorded.
Computer Forums collects your data so that we can:
- Notify you of new posts or replies to posts
- Send optional forum updates
We do not share any data with any third parties other than those mentioned in this document.
Computer Forums securely stores your data on our secure web server which is located in the United States.
Computer Forums will keep your data for as long as you have an account registered with us. Should you choose to no longer have an account at our site, any personal data is anonymised. This data may briefly continue to exist in our off site backups, stored in the USA and the United Kingdom, until it is rotated out from backups.
Data backups are not routinely accessed and are maintained soley in the event of failure of our main web server. They are stored in a secure and encrypted form.
We do not undertake any marketing activities using your personal data. We may occasionally send you highlights of the latest activity on the forum. These are optional and can be opted out of at any time using the link in the email.
Computer Forums would like to make sure you are fully aware of all of your data protection rights. Every user is entitled to the following:
The right to access – You have the right to request Computer Forums for copies of your personal data. We may charge you a small fee for this service however we endeavour to keep this either low cost or completely free of charge where posssible.
The right to rectification – You have the right to request that Computer Forums correct any information you believe is inaccurate. You also have the right to request Computer Forums to complete the information you believe is incomplete.
The right to erasure – You have the right to request that Computer Forums erase your personal data, under certain conditions.
The right to restrict processing – You have the right to request that Computer Forums restrict the processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.
The right to object to processing – You have the right to object to Computer Forums’ processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.
The right to data portability – You have the right to request that Computer Forums transfer the data that we have collected to another organization, or directly to you, under certain conditions.
If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us at:
Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard Internet log information and visitor behavior information. When you visit our websites, we may collect information from you automatically through cookies or similar technology
For further information, visit allaboutcookies.org.
- Keeping you signed in
- Optionally allow you to sign in using 3rd party accounts such as Google or Facebook
There are a number of different types of cookies, however, our website uses:
Functionality – Computer Forums uses these cookies so that we recognize you on our website and remember your previously selected preferences. These could include what language you prefer and location you are in. For this purpose only first-party cookies are set.
You can set your browser not to accept cookies, and the above website tells you how to remove cookies from your browser. However, some of our website features may not function as a result.
Should you wish to report a complaint or if you feel that Computer Forums has not addressed your concern in a satisfactory manner, you may contact the Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK or your local data protection authority for advice.