Rest assured, your registration information will never be shared with anyone else. The email address you submit when you register with the forum is not visible to other members and not disclosed to any third parties. So long as you don't make it public by including it within a forum post it should remain safe. The only exception to this is for spammers. See below. Most information you submit to the forum is stored in the database and could be visible to the website administrators via direct interrogation of the database. Passwords are encrypted in the database so nobody can see those. Administrators and moderators can see your registration details and some elements of log file information. The private section of the forum is visible to all members but is not visible to people who have not registered to use the forum. It is possible that internet robots could register on the forum and see the private section of the forum.
We do not sell advertising space, the forum is advert free.
Like most website servers we use log files. These files record IP address, high level operating system and browser details, and if you followed a link to this website sometimes they tell us where that link was from. The data is used to record website traffic and occasionally to help diagnose problems reported by visitors. There is no mechanism to remove the trace of your visits from the log files, partly because it's impossible to tell which logs are from you and which are from someone else with the same internet service provider.
Spammers aren't presumably interested in meadows but just want to post spam; we may share your registration email address, IP address and username with an anti-spam database to help other forums reduce their spam registrations.
This policy explains in detail how “The More Meadows Forum” along with its affiliated companies (hereinafter “we”, “us”, “our”, “The More Meadows Forum”, “https://forum.moremeadows.org.uk”) 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, by browsing “The More Meadows Forum” 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 within “The More Meadows Forum” 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 whilst browsing “The More Meadows Forum”, 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 “The More Meadows Forum” (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 “The More Meadows Forum” 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 “The More Meadows Forum” during the registration process is either mandatory or optional, at the discretion of “The More Meadows Forum”. 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 at “The More Meadows Forum”, so please guard it carefully and under no circumstance will anyone affiliated with “The More Meadows 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 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.