UK VoIP Forums - Privacy policy

The site admin takes your right to privacy seriously, and wants you to feel comfortable using UK VoIP Forums. This privacy policy deals with personally-identifiable information (referred to as "data" below) that may be collected by this site. This policy does not apply to other entities that are not owned or controlled by the site admin, nor to persons that are not employees or agents of the site admin, or that are not under the site admin’s control. Please take time to read this site’s terms of use.


COLLECTION OF DATA

Registration of a user account on this site requires only a valid e-mail address and a user name that has not been used already. You are not required to provide any other information if do not want to. Please be aware that the user name you choose, the e-mail address you provide and other information you provide may render you personally identifiable, and may possibly be displayed on UK VoIP Forums intentionally (depending on choices you make during the registration process, or on the way in which the site is configured) or unintentionally (such as, but not limited to, subsequent to a successful act of intrusion by a third party). As on many web sites, the site admin may also automatically receive general information that is contained in server log files, such as your IP address, and cookie information. Information about how advertising may be served on this site (if it is the site admin’s policy to display advertising) is set forth below.


USE OF DATA

Data may be used to customize and improve your user experience on this site. Efforts will be made to prevent your data being made available to third parties unless (i) provided for otherwise in this privacy policy; (ii) your consent is obtained, such as when you choose to opt-in or opt-out for the sharing of data; (iii) pursuant to legal action or law enforcement; (iv) it is found that your use of this site violates this policy, terms of service, or other usage guidelines, or if it is deemed reasonably necessary by the site admin to protect the site admin’s legal rights and or property; or (v) this site is purchased by a third party, in which case that third party will be able to use the data in the same manner as set forth in this Policy. In the event you choose to use links that appear on UK VoIP Forums to visit other web sites, you are advised to read the privacy policies that appear on those sites.


COOKIES

You should be aware that when you access or use our website, we may collect information from the devices you use to access or use our website by using “cookies”. If you’d like to learn how to manage these cookies and choose whether or not to receive information of different types, please see the section "Controlling My Cookies" below.


WHAT ARE COOKIES AND HOW DO THEY WORK?

Cookies are small bits of text that are downloaded to the devices you use to access online information. Your browser makes these cookies available every time you visit the website again, so it can recognise you and can then tailor what you see on your device.


WHAT DO YOU USE COOKIES FOR?

  • Cookies are an important part of the internet. They make using devices and accessing online information much smoother and affect lots of the useful features of websites. There are many different uses for cookies, but they fall into four main groups.

COOKIES THAT ARE NEEDED TO PROVIDE THE SERVICE YOU HAVE ASKED FOR

Some cookies are essential to help your devices download or stream the information, or so you can move around websites and use their features. Without these cookies, content, products or services you’ve asked for can’t be provided.

Here are some examples of essential cookies.

  • Positioning information on a smartphone screen, tablet device or other screen so that you can see the website and use its functionality.
  • Keeping you logged in during your visit or enabling you to stream content; without cookies you might have to log in on every website you visit or repeatedly adjust your volume and viewing settings.
  • When you add something to the online shopping basket, cookies make sure it’s still there when you get to the checkout.
  • Some are session cookies which make it possible to navigate through the website smoothly.

IMPROVING YOUR BROWSING EXPERIENCE

Cookies allow the application or website to remember choices you make, such as your language or region and they provide improved features.

Here are a few examples of just some of the ways that cookies are used to improve your experience on our applications and websites:

  • Remembering your preferences and settings, including marketing preferences, such as choosing whether you wish to receive marketing information.
  • Remembering if you’ve filled in a survey, so you’re not asked to do it again.
  • Remembering if you’ve been to the application or website before.
  • Restricting the number of times you’re shown a particular advertisement. This is sometimes called “frequency capping”.
  • Showing you information that’s relevant to content, products or services that you receive.
  • Giving you access to content provided by social-media sites like Facebook or Twitter.
  • Showing “related article” links that are relevant to the information you’re looking at.
  • Remembering an application or website you’ve entered, such as weather forecasts.

ANALYTICS

We like to keep track of what information and links are popular and which ones don’t get used so much, to help us keep our information relevant and up to date. It’s also very useful to be able to identify trends of how people navigate (find their way through) our information and when and where “error messages” may originate.

This group of cookies, often called “analytics cookies” are used to gather this information. The information collected is grouped with the information from everyone else’s cookies. We can then see the overall patterns of usage rather than any one person’s activity. Analytics cookies are used to improve how an application, a website and its pages work.

Our applications, web locations, websites and communications you get from us also contain small invisible images known as “web beacons” or “pixels”. These are used to count the number of times the page or email has been viewed and allows us to measure the effectiveness of the communication.


AFFILIATE COOKIES

We also use “affiliate” cookies. Some of our web based information will contain promotional links to other companies’ sites. If you follow one of these links and then register with or buy something from that other site, a cookie is used to tell the other site that you came from one of our sites. That other site may then pay us a small amount for the successful referral. For more information, see the Internet Advertising Bureau’s guide about how affiliate marketing works.


HOW WE SHOW ADVERTISING AND MARKETING THAT IS RELEVANT TO YOUR INTERESTS

We sell space on our website to advertisers. The resulting adverts often contain cookies. The advertiser uses the browsing information collected from these cookies to:

  • Restrict the number of times you see the same ad (frequency capping) and
  • Help show other advertisements that are relevant to you while you’re accessing our information. This information about your browsing activity may be grouped with information about what is being accessed by other users, into interest groups, and then used to show you advertisements based on those interests. This is often called online behavioural advertising (OBA). OBA is a way of using information about your web-browsing activity, collected by using cookies, to group you with other users into interest groups and show you advertisements based on those interests.

COOKIES EXPLAINED

  • Neither we, nor the companies who show advertisements on our sites sell personal data collected from cookies to any other organisations.

It’s easy to choose not to receive behavioural advertising and manage your cookies if you want to.


CONTROLLING MY COOKIES

Various browsers have different ways to let you delete cookies or limit the kinds of cookies that can be placed on your computer. When you choose your browser, you may want to consider which suits your privacy preferences best.

To check out the settings in a browser, use the “Help” tab or look under “Tools” for settings like “Options” or “Privacy.” From there, you may be able to delete cookies, or control when they can be placed. Some browsers allow add-on software tools to block, delete, or control cookies. And security software often includes options to make cookie control easier.

If you disable cookies entirely, you may limit your browsing experience. For example, you may need to enter information repeatedly, or you might not get personalized content or ads that are meaningful to you. However, most browsers’ settings will allow you to block third-party cookies without also disabling first-party cookies.


HOW CAN I SEE AND MANAGE MY COOKIES IN MY BROWSER?

Virtually all modern browsers allow you to see what cookies you’ve got, and to clear them individually or clear all of them. To find out how to do this go to aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.


HOW CAN I CHOOSE NOT TO RECEIVE ONLINE BEHAVIOURAL ADVERTISING AND OTHER TRACKING COOKIES?

In addition to the controls available on your computer, there are other ways of choosing not to receive Online Behavioural Advertising and other tracking cookies.

Please note that most of these choices work by setting a cookie that overrides the behavioural advertising cookie. If you clear all your cookies, you will also clear these opt-out cookies, therefore changing your preferences. In this instance you would need to choose again.

Organisations which provide more information on Online Behavioural Advertising:


EDITING OR DELETING YOUR ACCOUNT INFORMATION

This site provides you with the ability to edit the information in your user account that you provided during the registration process, by visiting the user control panel. You may request deletion of your user account by contacting the site admin. Content or other information that you may have provided, and that is not contained within your user account, such as posts that may appear within site forums, may continue to remain on the site at the site admin’s discretion, even though your user account is deleted. Please see the site’s Terms of Use for more information.


MINORS

People aged thirteen or younger are not allowed to become registered users of this site.


CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

Changes may be made to this privacy policy from time to time. You will be notified of substantial changes to this privacy policy either by through the posting of a prominent announcement on the site, and or by a message being sent to the e-mail address you have provided, which is contained in your user settings.


NO GUARANTEES

While this privacy policy states standards for maintenance of data, and while efforts will be made to meet the said standards, the site admin is not in a position to guarantee compliance with these standards. There may be factors beyond the site admin’s control that may result in disclosure of data. Consequently, the site admin offers no warranties or representations as regards maintenance or nondisclosure of data.


The privacy policy was last updated on 16 January 2015.


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