The PC Talk (PCT) Privacy and Information Sharing Policy
I - The Information We Collect
Your private information is not a commodity for this site or anyone else to buy, sell, or trade. We have no interest in trying to find out who you are. However, the operation of any website requires the collection of certain Personally Identifiable Information (PII).
When you register, the only real, valid contact information you must provide is a working email address. This is because the forum software requires one if you forget your password. Though you are not required to use your real name (in fact, it is suggested you use no information that will lead anyone directly to you as an individual, including your real name), it is still required that you use some propriety when developing your profile. Everything must be at least PG rated as we have members of all ages on the forum. Anyone using inacceptable verbiage in their registration will have their application summarily deleted. Please do not use your email address as your username! If you do, you probably will find yourself denied access. We do not allow emails as usernames because it is then too simple for spammers to sell such information to their valid email lists for spamming purposes.
A user name and email address may also be requested when a user submits a form through the "help" features of the PhpBB website so that they may respond to the inquiry. The e-mail address is collected for the sole purpose of responding directly on a one-time basis to a specific inquiry.
For some of our online activities - such as polls, surveys, games or contests - we may ask users to provide information that is not personally identifiable, such as country of residence or a user’s favorite color. As a forum and fansite, we enable users to chat online through our website, at which time users, including child users, may reveal personally identifiable information. Preventative measures include live moderation. Our moderaters and administrators will remove any personally identifiable information we are aware of posted by child users. Nonetheless, if you use a Public Forum on this website, and disclose personally identifiable information, you should be aware that such information could be read, collected or used by other users. We strongly encourage you not to disclose personal information (such as real name, email address, telephone number, etc.) about the user or about any third party and are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit through the Public Forums.
Additionally, when visitors come to our site, we may passively collect certain non-personally identifiable computer information, such as the type of computer operating system (e.g., Windows 10 or Mac OS), the user's IP Address, the web browser (e.g., Firefox, Internet Explorer) being used, the frequency with which guests visit various parts of our sites, and information regarding the Internet service provider, in order to make our sites more interesting and useful to you and for various purposes related to our business. We or one of our contractors on our behalf may collect this non-personally identifiable information through the use of software technologies such as unique identifiers or "cookies." Cookies are small text files that the forum software places on visitors' computers to store their preferences. You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn on/off all cookies. You do this through your browser (such as Firefox or Internet Explorer) settings. Please note that most browsers are automatically set to accept cookies. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies. If you turn cookies off, you won't have access to many features that make your Web experience smoother, and some of our services may not function properly. There are cookies set by the server that this site resides on to monitor page views, bandwidth useage, and traffic use. Only IF abuse of the site occurs are these viewed, or associated with an IP address.
If personal information is not provided to us, then PCT may not be able to provide access to certain content and functionality on the PCT website, or to provide other information or services which may be requested.
II -How We Use, Disclose, and Store the Information We Collect
We may disclose information where we are required to do so by law, for example, in response to a court order or a subpoena, or where we disclose information to data processors who act on our behalf (service providers or other group companies who provide support for the operations of our website and who do not use or disclose the information for any other purpose). To the extent permitted by applicable law, we also may disclose PII in response to a law enforcement agency's or other public agency's (including schools or children services) request or if we feel that such disclosure may prevent the instigation of a crime, facilitate an investigation related to public safety or protect the safety of a child using our website, protect the security or integrity of our website, or enable us to take precautions against liability.
If we sell all or part of our business or make a sale or transfer of our assets or are otherwise involved in a merger or business transfer, we will not transfer any personal information to a third party as part of that transaction: Any such transaction will be limited to the Domain name and current site content including user postings, but exclusive of any member information.
III - Collection of Information for Third-Party Sites and Sponsors Administrators collect and maintain information from children through PCT and we comply with the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Questions about privacy policies and use of children’s information may be directed to:
IV - Security
The security of your personal information is important to us. We have in place appropriate electronic, and live moderation procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security, and correctly use the information we collect online.
V - Financial Information
At this time PCT does not require payment for any services or memberships. We do not, therefore, request any personal financial information.
Parents of child registrants will be notified of any changes in this or any other privacy issues.
VI - Access to Information, and Objection to Information Collection and Retention
Please contact us as provided in Section 8, if you would like to access the PII that we have collected online from you or your child, correct factual errors in such information, request to have this information deleted, or request that we no longer collect or maintain such information. The deletion of data may lead to a termination of the PCT account and/or membership.
Please be sure to include your email address and/or a telephone number where we can reach you. We will respond to access requests within 30 days. To protect you and your child's privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to help verify your identity before granting you access to the personal information that we collect and maintain about you or your child.
VIII - Contact Us
(If you are not 13 years of age or older, you must have your parent or guardian's permission to contact us.)
Please be assured that any personal information that you provide in communications to the above will not be used to send you promotional materials, unless you so request.
If you choose to email us, we assure you that your name, email address, or other identifying information will be kept confidential and will not, under any circumstances, be viewed by anyone other than the intended recipient(s). The contents of any emails become the property of PCT and may be published if it is considered relevant. No identifying information will be revealed, unless under legal injunction as specified in Section 2 of this policy.
IX - Effective Date
X - Disputes
If you believe that PCT has not responded to your inquiry or your inquiry has not been satisfactorily addressed, you may contact the United States Federal Trade Commission through its online consumer complaint form available here: FTC Complaint Assistance.
XI - Disclaimers
This site may provide hyperlinks to offsite websites. PC Talk is not responsible for the privacy policies or any other practices of these sites.
This site resides on iPowerweb.com as a "paid for" host of the PC Talk's domain name.
Their Privacy Statement Can Be Read Here