During registration of an account, a user is required to provide account authentication and contact information. RVF uses this information to authenticate the user's login session and to maintain contact with the user as is necessary pursuant to the site Terms of Service. In some instances, registrations may require further information including the user's name and telephone number for verification purposes.
Every registered RVF user has a public profile on the RVF website which contains their username, date and time of registration, date and time of the user's last visit to the RVF website, and information regarding the user's posts. Additionally, the user may optionally fill out the profile with information such as an avatar (picture), a signature, gender, location, and birthdate. All content submitted by user to their profile is publicly accessible on the Internet.
The RVF website also has an "invisibility" feature which hides a user's current online status and activity. If a registered user disables this feature, other visitors to the RVF website can see whether or not the user is currently online and what part of the website they are currently browsing.
Every post on the RVF website is public and accessible on the Internet. If a message is submitted by the user with personal information, said information will be published and may be archived at other third party sites and search engines.
Every private message on the RVF website is only delivered to the recipients that the user selects. However, the recipient may copy or relay that information to a third party, which is outside of the control of RVF. Content sent via the private messaging function should not be considered secure or confidential.
Cookies are small amounts of data stored on a user's computer which contain information about that user. RVF may use session cookies and persistent cookies to provide various features of the site. Session cookies are removed upon the user closing the web browser; persistent cookies remain on the computer for an extended period of time and can be removed manually by the user through methods provided by the web browser software.
The use of persistent cookies allows users to access the site without needing to repeatedly enter login credentials. If a user rejects the cookie, most features of the site will still function, but the user may need to enter their password numerous times when accessing the site.
RVF's website uses logging features which may include date/time stamps, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser types and versions, system platform type and versions, Internet Service Provider (ISP) information, referring sites, and other similar technical information. This information may be linked to your account and thereby linked to other personally identifiable information, and is used for account, website, and server troubleshooting and security purposes.
Communications from RogueValleyForum.com
Upon account registration, RVF may send user email messages to verify contact information and to welcome them to the site. Additionally, RVF may send user email messages regarding the user's account or regarding site service interruptions or announcements. User may not opt out of these messages, which are not promotional in nature, while account is active.
Additionally, registered users may receive email messages from other forum users or notifications of site activity (such as new posts in subscribed threads or new private messages). User may opt out of these messages by changing preferences in their User Control Panel.
Personally Identifiable Information Disclosure
RVF does not share personally identifying information about users with any third parties except to provide services as requested by our users, when such action is necessary to comply with a valid legal process served on RVF, or when we believe in good faith that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of RVF and its staff, third parties, or the public at large.
RVF takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying information.
Aggregate Information Disclosure
RVF may share aggregated demographic information with partners or advertisers. None of this information is ever linked to any personally identifiable information.
Ads appearing on our site may be delivered to Users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile non-personally identifying information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. Please be aware that these sites may have their own privacy policies, and RVF is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites.
The RVF website may contain links or inline references to other sites. Please be aware that these sites may have their own privacy policies, and RVF is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites.
In accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, RVF never collects or maintains information from those we know are under 13 years of age, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.
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This document was last updated on October 22, 2011