By: Shawn J. Gossman (Owner, WeatherBB.com)
Does Privacy Matter to You?
2.Phase Two – Information you collect should be the topic of your next section. Include all information registration/profile/login/surveys/etc. collects and what the information is used for. Include that you will never buy, sell, trade or share information to unauthorized persons or parties. Include that if you are required by law, you will share information in cooperation with the legal system and its officers but express what would be required to do that.
3.Phase Three – Explain that your forum collects cookies and that they must be enabled in a member’s browser in order for the community to work for them. Express that you also collect statistical data such as browser information, referrals, OS information, etc. which is used for statistics, research and development. If you have advertising, you may want to throw in that some information is used to customize your advertising methods to an individual.
4.Phase Four – Please be sure to explain you stand on COPPA and children using your forum. Please research the Child Privacy Protection Act if you plan to allow those that are under the age of 13 on your forum. If you don’t and something related to this goes wrong you can be charged with endangering a child and that can bring you fines and even jail time.
5.Phase Five – Write a section about the deletion of usernames, posts and other content and your rules on this sort of thing. If you do not delete username but are willing to change the name, be sure to include this in your privacy statement. You should also include information about how members can control their privacy on your forum whether it be by hiding profile/DOB information to ignoring people in the forum and in their PM. Provide and email or contact method for further assistance in privacy matters.
6.Phase Six – Explain where information is stored (i.e. Country) and hoe secure you community is and how private, private information will stay.
7.Phase Seven – Explain what members need to do to contact you about this policy and/or report violations. Provide reasonable contact information, forums and/or email addresses.
1.COPPA - Children's Online Privacy Protection - COPPA Compliance