This page explains how we use information collected from users of the Billiards Forum and it's services.
Types of Information
"Personal information" is any information that we could use to identify an individual. It does not include personal information that is encoded or anonymized, or publicly available information that has not been combined with non-public information.
"Sensitive personal information" is information that meets the "personal information" criteria and also a) reveals race, ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, or b) concerns health or sex life, information about social security benefits, or information on criminal or administrative proceedings other than in the context of pending legal proceedings.
How We Collect Information
We collect information two ways:
- Information we get from your use of the network
- Information you provide to us directly.
Information we get from your use of the network is primarily non-personally- identifying information of the sort that web browsers, servers, and services like Google Analytics* typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the time of each visit. Other non-identifying information that we might have access to includes how you use the service (e.g., your search queries, click path, etc), your approximate location, cookies, etc.
We collect this non-personally identifying information in order to better understand how visitors use the site and services and where possible, to improve the user experience. For example, we may monitor the most common questions on The Billiards Forum to help identify popular cue sport topics. In some cases, we may publicly display information that is not personally identifying in the aggregate, (e.g. by publishing an article on the most popular brand of pool tables) or may provide it to third parties.
When you use The Billiards Forum, we also collect potentially personally identifying information in the form of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. We handle and disclose these addresses in the same way we handle other potentially personally identifying information as described below.
Information you provide to us directly. Certain visitors to The Billiards Forum choose to interact with it in ways that may require them to provide us with personally identifying information. The amount and type of information that is provided depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask users who sign up for an account on The Billiards Forum to provide a username and email address. We only collect as much information as is necessary or appropriate given the type of interaction. We do not disclose personally identifying information other than as described below. You can always refuse to supply personally identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent you from engaging in certain activities on the site.
If you send us a request, such as emailing us with a question or for support, we reserve the right to publish it, absent any personally identifying information, in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or help other users.
The Billiards Forum is hosted in the United States and Administered from Canada.If you are outside the United States and/or Canada, you should know that any personally identifiable information you enter into The Billiards Forum will be transferred out of your country and into the United States (for hosting) and Canada (for administration and back up), and possibly to other countries. By using The Billiards Forum, you consent to such transfer, and are representing that you have the right to transfer such information outside your country.
We do not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. If you believe that a child has provided us with personally identifiable information without the consent of his or her parent or guardian, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we become aware that a child under age 13 has provided us with personally identifiable information, we'll delete it as soon as is reasonably possible.
Information You Choose to Display Publicly on The Billiards Forum
Some users may elect to publicly post personally identifying or sensitive information about themselves in their normal use of The Billiards Forum website or services. This could occur through use of the optional user profile fields, the posting of comments, questions, or answers. Information like that, which is voluntarily posted in publicly visible parts of The Billiards Forum, is considered to be public, even if it would otherwise be considered to be personally identifying or sensitive. As such, it is not subject to the protocols listed below, because we don't control it; the user does. Additionally, voluntarily publicizing such information means that you lose any privacy rights you might normally have with regards to that information.
Information You Give to Other People
This Policy only applies to information collected by The Billiards Forum. It does not apply to the practices of companies that we don't own or control, or employees that we don't manage. The Billiards Forum contains links to third party websites, and any information you provide to those sites will be covered by any privacy policies they may have. Please be sure to read the privacy policies of any third-party sites you visit. It is those sites' responsibility to protect any information you give them, so we can't be held liable for the wrongful use of your personally identifying information by those third-party sites.
How We Use the Information We Collect
We'll notify you before we use the information for something other than the purpose for which it was originally collected. If anything in this policy seems unclear, please don't hesitate to contact us, so we can address your question and possibly clarify this document.
Here are some of the ways we may use personal information you provide us:
- To allow you to register for an account profile or other services on The Billiards Forum, and to administer and process those registrations
- To communicate with you about products, services and related issues
- To evaluate the quality of products and services, and to enhance your experience on The Billiards Forum
- To maintain and administer The Billiards Forum and comply with our legal or internal obligations and policies
- We may share information with governmental agencies or other companies assisting us in fraud prevention or investigation. We may do so when: (A) permitted or required by law; or, (B) trying to protect against or prevent actual or potential fraud or unauthorized transactions; or, (C) investigating fraud which has already taken place.
- To transfer information to others as described in this policy or to satisfy our legal, regulatory, compliance, or auditing requirements
Choice. Choice is all about making sure you have the ability to control how we share your personal information with others. We almost never share any of your personal information with non-agent third parties. We won't share your personal information with non-agent third parties unless we are required to do so by law, or if we believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect our property, rights or those of third parties or the public at large. It is possible that we may, on occasion, buy or sell assets from or to other companies. If that should occur, user information is typically one of the assets that get transferred. Similarly, if The Billiards Forum or most of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that we go out of business or enter bankruptcy, user information could be transferred or acquired. You should be aware that such events can occur, and that if it does, the buyer may continue to use your personal and non-personal information, but only as set forth in this policy. Other than in these rare circumstances, The Billiards Forum will not rent or sell potentially personally identifying information to anyone.
The Billiards Forum does not collect or share sensitive information with a non-agent third party, but if such a day should come, we will first give you the opportunity to explicitly consent to such disclosure or to any use of the information for a purpose other than the one for which it was originally collected or previously authorized.
If you are a registered user of The Billiards Forum and have supplied your email address, we 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 the website. We generally use The Billiards Forum website to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of communication to a minimum. If we do send you information that you did not expressly request, we will provide you with a way to request that you don't get any similar notices, such as a method to opt-out or unsubscribe.
Onward Transfer. Prior to providing agents with any personal information, we will obtain assurances that they will safeguard it in accordance with this policy. Examples of assurances that may be provided include a commitment that they will handle in the information in accordance with this policy. In the unlikely event that we should discover that an agent is using personal information in way that conflicts with this policy, we will take all reasonable steps to stop them immediately.
Security. All records containing personal or financial information are considered to be our property and are afforded confidential treatment at all times. We work hard to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of personal or financial information.
Data Integrity. In addition to assuring you that we will protect your personal information, we also want to make sure that it is reliable, accurate, and up-to-date. In order to do that, we provide:
Access. Upon request, we will provide you with reasonable access to the personal information we collect about you. You will have the opportunity to correct, update, modify or delete this information by contacting us directly. Please note that some information may remain in our records even after you request deletion of your information as permitted by the Safe Harbor Principles. Additionally, there may be limits to the amount of information we can practically provide. For example, we may limit an individual's access to personal information where the burden or expense of providing access would be disproportionate to the risks to the individual's privacy or where doing so would violate the rights of others.
Third Party Ad Networks
How we use Google Analytics
- the originating IP address
- the date and time of the request
- the type of browser and device used
- the page(s) visited
- websites that referred you to our service
The use of these tools does not allow us or our analytics service providers to identify individuals. None of your personal, account, or form(s) information is sent to, or stored by Google.
You can opt-out of Google Analytics activity by setting your browser to notify you when a cookie is sent and block Google Analytics cookies if desired. Please consult your browser’s Help Menu for instructions. Visiting The Billiards Forum with Google Analytics cookies disabled will have no significant impact on your browsing experience.
Google currently offers a free Google Analytics opt-out tool for most modern versions of Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox and Opera.
How to Contact The Billiards Forum
* Google Analytics is a registered trademark of Google, Inc.
- Author: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)
- Published: 1/1/2006 11:00:22 AM
- Last Updated: 4/21/2018 10:34:21 AM
- Last Updated By: billiardsforum