Effective May 15, 2023. Last Revised June 25, 2023.
Who we are
Our website address is: https://internetforum.io.
- The website collects minimal information that can be used to identify users by default.
- Users can create multiple accounts, update information as they see fit, or ask the website to delete their information.
- Any data collected by the website is used primarily to provide its services, which are focused on allowing people to come together and form communities.
- Users can always ask the website for more information about how their data is used.
Account Creation and Information Sharing
You do not need to create an account to use Internet Forum.io. However, if you do create an account, you will be asked to provide a username and password. Your username will be public, but it does not have to be your real name. You may also choose to provide optional information, such as your interests, gender, age, location, or profile picture. This information is optional and can be removed at any time.
Internet Forum.io also stores your user account preferences and settings. We may ask for this information prior to you creating a username or account to help improve your experience exploring Internet Forums.
Creating an account on internet Forum.io is optional. If you choose to create an account, it will be associated with a username of your choice, which can be either provided by you or automatically generated. Your username is publicly displayed and does not have to be your real name. The requirement of a password will depend on whether you register using an email address or a Single Sign-On (SSO) feature like Apple or Google.
While using internet Forum.io, you have the option to provide additional information. This may include selecting your interests (such as history, nature, sports) to personalize your home feed or joining specific communities (e.g., internet Forum.io/technology). You can also provide optional details like a bio, gender, age, location, or profile picture. This information can be edited or removed at any time. We also store your user account preferences and settings. Prior to creating a username or account, we may request such information to enhance your browsing experience on internet Forum.io.
We collect the content you submit to the Services. This includes your posts, comments (including saved drafts), audio and video broadcasts, private messages, chats, modmail communications, reports, and other interactions with moderators and users. Your content may consist of text, links, images, GIFs, audio, and videos.
Actions on the Platform
We gather information about the actions you take while using the Services. This includes your interactions with content, such as voting, saving, hiding, and reporting. It also encompasses your engagements with other users, like following, friending, and blocking. Additionally, we collect data related to your involvement with communities, such as your subscriptions or moderator status.
If you make purchases of products or services from us (e.g., internet Forum.io Premium or internet Forum.io Points), we will collect specific information from you, such as your name, address, email address, phone number, and details about the purchased product or service. In certain cases, such as when purchasing an NFT or creating an internet Forum.io point, we may also collect public blockchain addresses. To handle payment information, internet Forum.io employs industry-standard payment processor services (e.g., Stripe) and does not store internet Forum.io private key information.
You have the option to provide additional information directly to us. For instance, we may collect information when you fill out a form, participate in internet Forum.io-sponsored activities or promotions, apply for a job, request customer support, or communicate with us in other ways.
User generated content data information
We collect the content that you post on our website and through our services. This includes your posts, comments, saved drafts, audio and video broadcasts, messages to other users (e.g., private messages, chats, and modmail), and reports and other communications with moderators and with us. Your content may include text, links, images, GIFs, audio, and videos.
We collect this content to provide you with the services that you have requested, such as allowing you to post and share content, communicate with other users, and participate in discussions. We also use this content to improve our services, such as by analyzing trends and patterns in the content that is being shared.
We may share your content with third-party companies that help us to provide our services, such as companies that host our website or that provide us with advertising services. We may also share your content if we are required to do so by law or if we believe that sharing is necessary to protect our rights or the rights of others.
You can control the content that you share with us by choosing what content you post and by using the privacy settings that we provide. You can also request that we delete your content by contacting us.
We appreciate your cooperation in helping us to create a safe and welcoming environment for all users.
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
Information Collected from Advertisers and Potential Advertisers
When you utilize internet Forum.io Ads, our self-serve advertising platform available at internet Forum.io, we gather additional information. To register for internet Forum Ads, you are required to provide your name, email address, and details regarding your company. If you make purchases of advertising services, you will need to provide transactional information as outlined earlier. Additionally, we may request supplementary documentation to verify your identity. During your use of internet Forum Ads, we may also record session replays of your visits. These replays serve purposes such as customer service, troubleshooting, and usability research.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Who we share your data with
If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.
Information Collected from Other Sources
We may obtain information about you from various sources, including other users and third parties, and combine it with the information we already have about you. This allows us to enhance our understanding of your preferences and interests. For instance, we might receive demographic or interest-related data about you from third parties, including advertisers who are interested in displaying targeted ads to you. We combine this information with the data you have provided to internet Forum.io, using a common account identifier such as a hashed email address or a mobile-device ID. You have control over how we utilize this information to personalize the Services for you. Visit the Safety & Privacy section of the User Settings menu in your account to manage these preferences. Detailed instructions can be found in the “Your Rights and Choices” section below.
If you grant authorization or link a third-party service (such as an unofficial mobile app client) to access your internet Forum.io account, we receive information about your usage of that service when it utilizes the authorization. This linkage may also prompt the other service to share information about your account with us. For example, if you sign in to internet Forum.io using a third-party identity provider, that provider may share your email address with us. To understand how information is shared with linked services, please refer to the “How Information About You Is Shared” section below.
Information Collected from Integrations
We may also receive information from third-party websites that integrate our Services, including our embeds and advertising technology. This information can include log and usage data as well as cookie information. For instance, if you visit a site that employs internet Forum.io embeds, we may receive details about the specific webpage you visited. Similarly, if an advertiser incorporates internet Forum.io’s ad technology, we may receive limited information about your activity on the advertiser’s site or app, such as whether you made a purchase. You have the ability to manage how we utilize this information to personalize the Services for you. Please refer to the “Your Choices – Controlling Advertising and Analytics” section below for more information.
Information Collected by Third Parties
We collaborate with service providers who perform audience measurement to gain insights into the demographic information of the internet Forum.io user population. These companies collect cookie information to recognize your device, allowing them to provide demographic data.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where your data is sent
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
Additional Information for EEA Users
Users in the European Economic Area (EEA) have certain rights regarding their personal data. These rights include the ability to request access to, rectification of, or erasure of their personal data, as well as data portability in certain cases. EEA users can also request restriction of processing, object to processing, and withdraw consent for processing if previously provided. These rights can be exercised as described in the “Your Rights and Choices” section above. If EEA users have concerns, they also have the right to lodge a complaint with their local supervisory authority.
As required by applicable law, we only collect and process information about individuals in the EEA when we have a legal basis to do so. The legal bases depend on the specific Services used and how they are used. We process your information based on the following legal bases:
- Your consent for specific purposes.
- The necessity to provide the Services, including operating them, providing customer support, ensuring safety and security, and personalizing features.
- Legitimate interests that are not overridden by your data protection interests, such as preventing fraud, maintaining network and information security, enforcing rules and policies, protecting legal rights and interests, conducting research and development, personalizing the Services, and promoting and marketing them.
- Compliance with our legal obligations.
International Data Transfers
internet Forum.io is based in the United Kingdom, and we process and store information on servers located in the UK. Depending on various factors, including user and service provider locations, we may also store information on servers and equipment in other countries. By accessing or using the Services or providing information to us, you consent to the processing, transfer, and storage of information in and to the UK and other countries. Please note that the rights you have under local law may not be the same as those in the UK.
When transferring personal data of EEA, UK, and/or Swiss users, we rely on mechanisms such as the Standard Contractual Clauses approved by the European Commission or other transfer mechanisms deemed adequate under applicable laws.
Additional Information for California Users
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) requires us to provide additional information to California residents. In the past 12 months, we collected the following categories of personal information from California residents, depending on the Services used:
- Identifiers such as internet Forum.io username, email address, IP address, and cookie information.
- Commercial information related to transactions undertaken with us.
- Internet or electronic network activity information, including user activity on our Services and limited information about activity on the services of advertisers using our advertising technology.
- Geolocation information based on IP address or specific location if authorized.
- Messages exchanged with other users, including private messages, chats, and modmail.
- Audiovisual information in pictures, audio, or video content submitted to internet Forum.io.
- Professional or employment-related information and demographic information if explicitly provided.
- Inferences made based on other collected data, such as content recommendations, advertising, and analytics.
California residents have additional CCPA rights, including the right to opt out of the sale or sharing of personal information, request access to and information about data practices, request deletion or correction of personal information, and not be discriminated against for exercising privacy rights. internet Forum.io does not sell or share personal information as defined by the CCPA, and sensitive personal information is only used or disclosed to provide the Services or as permitted by the CCPA.