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Privacy Policy

Privacy in Ruinz Online

Last revision: July 25, 2011

DragoonLagoon and Ruinz Online respect your privacy. This page is intended to explain what information is collected by the Ruinz Online website, how it is used, and what you can do to keep your personal information private. We will first explain in detail without the legal language, and follow with the phpBB default terms.

Please note that Ruinz Online, as a message board, contains many links to exterior websites. The terms of the privacy policy herein apply only to Ruinz Online. Check any third party site for their privacy policy.

You are also reminded that Ruinz is run as a hobbysite, formally by three people who do not as of date of writing profit from the site, and that our resources are fairly limited. We will do our best to protect your information, but we are not a huge company and there is only so much we can do.

What information is collected?
Ruinz has to gather a fair amount of information to run properly as a website. This information can be seperated into three categories:

ANONYMOUS INFORMATION

Anonymous information is information based on your use of the website. Information like your IP address, web browser and visited pages.


COOKIES

Like most internet sites, we use cookies. These are small files that your web browser stores on your computer to remember settings you have chosen for the website and/or your login information if you so choose.


MANDATORY PROFILE INFORMATION

If you have registered for Ruinz Online, you will have had to give certain information in order to sign up. This includes your loginname, username, password and e-mail address.


OPTIONAL INFORMATION

Most information added to the forum beyond your account username, loginname, password and e-mail adress is added at your own discretion. Contact information in your profile and any personal information posted on the Ruinz Online forum, chatroom, and other sections of the website falls into this category.



How do you use it?

Anonymous information and cookies are used to provide important functions for the website. Your IP address and cookies allow us to remember you if you had logged in, and assist in preventing abuse of the automatic functions in Ruinz.

Mandatory profile information is used to identify you to the community, contact you (should you choose to allow e-mails from the site) and create your account information.

Optional information is rarely formally used by the forum staff, and is usually provided by you, the user, to allow for third-party contact with other users (like sharing your address on a seperate website).

Any and all information you post on the website may be shared with authorities in the event of legal proceedings.


Who has access to this information?

Your anonymous information and loginname is visible only to the forum staff (Admins and Moderators). Your password is encrypted, and not visible even to the staff.

Your e-mail address may be publically visible or visible only to the forum staff, as per your choice in your control panel.

All other mandatory profile information and optional information is usually publically visible.


What can I do to keep my information private?

The first and best rule to keeping your information private is not to post it on the site! Ruinz has many of the features of a social network, and may be used as such- but when using any website it is important to remember that hackers are sometimes unstoppable. While of course some information is required, and some is harmless to share, please use your discretion before posting personal information anywhere on the internet.

Ruinz also offers multiple privacy options for various aspects of the website. These are all available for registered members through the control panel, and staff are happy to assist if you don't understand these options as they are presented.

Also, while your password is encrypted, it is not recommended to use the same password on multiple websites. A common hacker-tactic is to target a small website with generally weak security, steal account information, and test the same information on more powerfully protected websites like banking sites. Try a password system like http://www.passwordcard.org/ for help and more information.

Phpbb default terms (these are also applicable)

This policy explains in detail how “Ruinz Online” along with its affiliated companies (hereinafter “we”, “us”, “our”, “Ruinz Online”, “http://ruinz.dragoonlagoon.com”) and phpBB (hereinafter “they”, “them”, “their”, “phpBB software”, “www.phpbb.com”, “phpBB Group”, “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 “Ruinz Online” 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 “Ruinz Online” 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 “Ruinz Online”, 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 “Ruinz Online” (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 e-mail address (hereinafter “your e-mail”). Your information for your account at “Ruinz Online” is protected by data-protection laws applicable in the country that hosts us. Any information beyond your user name, your password, and your e-mail address required by “Ruinz Online” during the registration process is either mandatory or optional, at the discretion of “Ruinz Online”. 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 e-mails 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 “Ruinz Online”, so please guard it carefully and under no circumstance will anyone affiliated with “Ruinz Online”, 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 e-mail, then the phpBB software will generate a new password to reclaim your account.