📄 EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

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📄 EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The GDPR is Europe's framework for data protection laws. The legislation is designed to "harmonise" data privacy laws across Europe as well as give greater protection and rights to individuals.

To comply with the EU GDPR you need to be made aware of the following:

The Caretakers' Forum does hold some personal data which could be used to identify you. This includes email addresses and a users ip address. The sole purpose of this is:

• to manage any registered account that you hold with us;
• to verify your identity;
• to improve the functionality of the forum and to give users a better experience.

In addition to the above, The Caretakers' Forum will also store all of the IP address that you use to post with.

Your email and ip address is shared with CleanTalk to protect users from spam and inappropriate content. Your IP address is used by CleanTalk to check your country of origin. Only UK based users are permitted to register for the forum.

Depending on your preferences, The Caretakers' Forum may send you emails to the email address that you used when you registered or you have subsequently changed, but you are able to change these preferences from your User Control Panel (UCP) at any time should you wish to stop receiving them.

The personal details that you gave us when you signed up will be used solely for the purposes of The Caretakers' Forum board functionality. They will not be used for anything else and neither will they be passed on to any third party without your explicit consent.

The only other information about you is what you decide to post on the forum, whereupon it is considered to be “publicly available” as it will have been indexed by search engines as well as on-line archive sites.

User controls include:

• You have the ability to see any personal information held about them in the 'User Control Panel' at any time.
• Within your account, you have the option to opt-in or opt-out of automatically generated emails.
• You can see all posts where you may have entered personal data which has become “publicly available” by clicking on the 'Your Post' link in the forum links menu.
• You can request that your account is deleted, all your posts are deleted and any personal information is removed by sending the administrator a Private Message (PM) or by making a request via email (Please allow 24 hours).

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, so please guard it carefully and under no circumstance will anyone at The Caretakers' Forum, 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 forum software. This process will ask you to submit your user name and your email, then the forum software will generate a new password to reclaim your account.

All communication to and from the forum is secure and encrypted using SSL certificated https:// (port 443) using Comodo TLS 1.2, AES with 256 bit encryption (High); ECDH with 256 bit exchange.

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Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click on "remember me" when logging on, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies will not collect information that identifies you, but will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use The Caretakers Website Forum, or a user’s general location.

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