What we collect:
The Big Bang Theory Forums collects log files of visitors' activity on the site. These log files include your IP address, the time and date of your visit, technical data about the connection you make to the website and our server's response, the page or files you access on the site, the full address of a website which referred you here (including external websites; can also include search terms) where applicable, and technical information about your browser, operating system and any browser plugins. A log entry is recorded for every page you view, every file loaded by your browser, and every action which calls back to the server (eg. voting in a poll).
The Big Bang Theory Forums also collects personal information including your name, your email address, your password [secured to industry standards] to provide our forum service. The forum will also collect posts, comments, private messages and other forum information, tied to your user profile and your IP address.
What we do with your information:
Our log files are solely used to monitor traffic to this website and to maintain the server's security. We do not combine or use the log files in conjunction with any other data we, or any third-party, hold.
The personal information you provide to our forum will only be used for the purpose of running our community. We will not otherwise use or process this information to advertise or market services to you.
You may, in the process of using this site, elect to provide your information to third parties acting on our behalf. In all instances it will be made clear who is operating the service should you wish to consult their privacy policies.
Who we share it with:
We do not share our server log files with anybody outside of this website except where required by law. We do not share personal information collected by this forum with anybody outside of this website, except where required to by law.
The following companies are able to collect data through scripts on this website: Google Analytics, Google Adsense, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk. They may use information related to your visits to this and other participating sites to target advertising based on your interests ("behavioral advertising"). You can opt-out of behavioral advertising at the Network Advertising Initiative website. This will stop behavioral advertisement targeting by Google and other listed publishers. You may also opt-out of Google's program on their website.
Where the data is held:
All data submitted to this site is held on our server in the United States of America. Backups and copies of this data may exist elsewhere in other competent jurisdictions.
By using this site you consent for your data to be stored & processed in the United States of America, where the data protection laws may offer lesser protection than the laws of your country.
How long it's held for:
We keep no more than two months' log files on our server. This means that the log file for January will be deleted at the start of March, for example. Our forum system will store IP addresses with your content for 365 days before stripping that data.
The information you submit to this site [eg. your posts, your profile, your private messages] is not routinely deleted unless you request so. You may be able to delete posts or messages through the forum interface, but you can always contact us to have your data removed.
You have the right to request your account, along with all your posts and other data, be removed at any time. Please contact us or send a private message to the administrator, Tripper, if you want to request that your account be removed.
You also have the right to request a copy of the data we hold about your account. Please send a private message to the administrator, Tripper, if you would like to receive an export of your forum data.
Any questions or requests:
No part of this site is targeted at minors under the age of 13 years, we expressly prohibit use of this site by people under the age of 13 or those under the age of 18 without their guardian's consent.
This site complies with the United States COPPA and does not knowingly collect the personal information of minors under the age of 13yrs.