We take privacy seriously. When you visit our website, our servers collect some technical information about you (web browser type, IP address) and also track which pages you visit on our site. As long as you are not logged in,
this information is fairly anonymous and we will use it only to create anonymous statistics (which we may sell to third parties).
We may also provide the information collected about you if, in cases of fraud or other criminal activities,
we are subpoenaed to do so by competent legal authorities.
If you want to post comment to our blog platforum, you need to input some personal details and you will, of course,
leave some additional traces of your identity: contact details, log in, etc.
However, unless we are legally forced to do so,
we will not combine our server logs to create detailed tracking of your behavior or sessions on our website.
This website uses several cookies.
They store technical information that allows us to better interact with your browser and to identify you on subsequent visits to our site.
This website also uses Google Analytics to collect non- identifying and aggregate information to improve our website.
When you participate in comment discussions attached to blog posts, you are responsible for what you post.
Although we will not screen all contributed content, we reserve the right to remove anything we deem inappropriate,
without any possibility of recourse or redress on your part.
Be aware that some users will rely on the content of your posts.
You and not AAUAFORUM are responsible for your posts,
and you hereby fully indemnify us from any claim we might receive from third parties harmed by your content.
Our web service
We operate a web service that tries to determine the quality of messages posted to a website,
and particularly tries to determine whether these messages are to be considered as unsolicited messages (also called “spam”).
Nowadays, websites that allow visitors to contribute or post comments (such as blogs, discussion forums, wikis, etc.)
are flooded with inappropriate commercial messages that are distracting for all visitors, and are sometimes even highly illegal.
These commercial messages are often uploaded in an automatic way. Our service does removed irrelevant messages that are posted to the website.
How it works
When you post a message on a website that uses our service (called “the website” in the remainder of this text),
the website’s server will first send your message as well as some information about your identity
(such as your IP address, name or nickname, e-mail address and OpenID) to our server.
Our server will then compare your message and your identity details with all elements in
our database, and perform several complex statistical computations in order
to assess the quality of your message (e.g., spam, abuse, etc.).
If our server then determines that the content of your message is of insufficient quality or constitutes spam or abuse,
it will inform the website thereof.
The website server may then decide to reject your message,
or to provide you with an additional question to find out whether you are in fact a human being,
and not a machine trying to send out as much commercial communications as possible.
Also, in case the server is uncertain about the quality of the message,
it may forward your message to a human moderator who will assess the quality of your message and act accordingly.
Please note that it is sometimes possible that our moderators wrongfully determine the actual quality of the content of your message,
or wrongfully consider your message as spam or abuse.
What we store about you
We store all information provided to us by the website.
This will include, in particular, the following personal data about you
(to the extent effectively provided to us by the website):
the content of your message, your name or nickname, IP address, user ID, OpenID, e-mail address,
phone number, and the date and time you post a message. Your data is stored in our databases for as long as your comments,
messages on our website is still active.
How we use your personal data
We use your personal data to assess the quality of your message,
and to find out whether your message constitutes spam, by comparing your data with all other data of all other users in our databases.
Afterwards, we also use your personal data to make similar assessments for all other websites that use our service,
as the more information we store in our database, the better we can assess whether a message is genuine.
While we sometimes provide statistical information (trends, numbers, etc.)
generated from our databases to third parties, please rest assured that you cannot be identified on the basis of
this statistical information.
Note that we hate spam as much as you do in fact, our service is specifically targeted at removing spam.
So, we will never provide your email address to third parties, and we will never send any spam ourselves to you.
In most cases, we will not even be aware of your e- mail address.
Also note that we can provide access to your personal data in case of illegal or abusive use,
or in case we receive orders from a competent legal authority.
How we protect you
We are bound by the strict rules of European data protection legislation,
which prevents us from making unlawful use of your personal data. Please note that the website’s operator(s)
may be bound by other rules, depending on his jurisdiction.
You have the right to gain access to,
correct and/or remove all personal data we store about you on our servers.
All this is provided to you free of charge. In order to exercise your rights,
please contact us via our contact us page or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We treat all contact with us with utmost discretion so you are guaranteed your privacy
when you contact us but our discretion is subject to the dictate of the law.