OSForums.net - Privacy policy

This policy explains in detail how OSForums along with its affiliated companies (hereinafter “we”, “us”, “our”, “OSForums.net”, “https://osforums.net”) and phpBB (hereinafter “they”, “them”, “their”, “phpBB software”, “www.phpbb.com”, “phpBB Limited”, “phpBB Teams”) use any information collected during any session of usage by you (hereinafter “your information”).

Your information is collected via two ways. Firstly, browsing OSForums will cause the phpBB software to create a number of cookies, which are small text files that are downloaded on to your computer’s web browser temporary files. The first two cookies just contain a user identifier (hereinafter “user-id”) and an anonymous session identifier (hereinafter “session-id”), automatically assigned to you by the phpBB software. A third cookie will be created once you have browsed topics on OSForums and is used to store which topics have been read, thereby improving your user experience.

We may also create cookies external to the phpBB software while browsing OSForums, though these are outside the scope of this document which is intended to only cover the pages created by the phpBB software. The second way in which we collect your information is by what you submit to us. This can be, and is not limited to: posting as an anonymous user (hereinafter “anonymous posts”), registering on OSForums (hereinafter “your account”) and posts submitted by you after registration and whilst logged in (hereinafter “your posts”).

Your account will at a bare minimum contain a uniquely identifiable name (hereinafter “your user name”), a personal password used for logging into your account (hereinafter “your password”) and a personal, valid email address (hereinafter “your email”). Your information for your account at OSForums is protected by data-protection laws applicable in the country that hosts us. Any information beyond your user name, your password, and your email address required by OSForums during the registration process is either mandatory or optional, at the discretion of OSForums. In all cases, you have the option of what information in your account is publicly displayed. Furthermore, within your account, you have the option to opt-in or opt-out of automatically generated emails from the phpBB software.

Your password is ciphered (a one-way hash) so that it is secure. However, it is recommended that you do not reuse the same password across a number of different websites. Your password is the means of accessing your account on OSForums so please guard it carefully and under no circumstance will anyone affiliated with OSForums, phpBB or another 3rd party, legitimately ask you for your password. Should you forget your password for your account, you can use the “I forgot my password” feature provided by the phpBB software. This process will ask you to submit your user name and your email, then the phpBB software will generate a new password to reclaim your account.

This site uses Google Analytics to keep track of website visitors, and stats about those visitors. These stats may include things such as the type of browser being used, the operating system being used, and what country the site is being accessed from. This information is collected by Google merely so that the Site Admin can understand where web traffic to this site is coming from, and what type of demographic is most interested in OSForums.

Refer to the Google Analytics Privacy Policy for more information (https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/) Want to opt-out of Google Analytics data collection? (https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout)

This site uses CloudFlare to better secure and optimize this website to create an overall better experience for users.

For more information about the types of data CloudFlare collects, refer to the CloudFlare Privacy Policy for more information (https://www.cloudflare.com/security-policy/)

This site uses Google AdSense to help pay for some of the operating costs. Currently, there is only one ad set to display at the bottom of the screen below the footer.

Refer to the Google AdSense Privacy Policy for more information (https://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads/)

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