The PC Talk (PCT) Privacy and Information Sharing Policy
We at PC Talk respect the privacy of those that visit our website, any contact information that is submitted to us. We want you to be clear on how we are using information and the ways in which you can protect your privacy. If you have questions about our privacy policies and practices, please contact us at:
We do not collect Personally Identifiable Information and Data about users on the PC Talk website or the PC Talk forums, without your knowledge and action. The information collected via our registration page is limited to username and email. A username is required to log in for full access to the site. An email address is required because the forum software requires one if you forget your password. DO NOT use your real name as your username (in fact, it is suggested you use no information that will lead anyone directly to you as an individual). DO NOT use your email address as your username, as this will automatically get you banned for advertising. We do not allow emails as usernames because it is then too simple for spammers to sell such information to they valid email lists for spamming purposes.Use of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Data
It is our general policy not to make Personally Identifiable Information and Data available to anyone. We will never sell your email address or other personal information to other parties.
We do store emails that we receive on our server to retrieve lost passwords. If you would like your personal information deleted, you can contact us at the email address above.
ONLY in the event that you give your personal information in an email or other communication to us will we have any knowledge of who you are. If you choose to email us, we assure you that your name, email address, or other identifying information will be kept confidential. It should not, under any circumstances, be viewed by anyone other than the intended recipient(s).
However, all contents of any email becomes the property of the PC Talk website and may be published (without identifying information) if it is considered relevant. We will never reveal your identifying information in any case, UNLESS we are required by legal warrant or injunction, after due process, to share information in a criminal investigation.
Non-Personally Identifiable Information and Data
Non-Personally Identifiable Information is not limited information our server automatically collect on your use and/or actions on our website, such as page views on the website, cookies, and search terms that users enter into our search utility. In addition, when a visitor arrives at our site, the IP address is detected by the server. We do not use or collect your precise geographic location.
There is software on the server that this site resides on that monitor page views, bandwidth usage, and traffic use through the use of "Cookies". Only IF abuse of the site occurs are these viewed, or associated with an IP address. "Cookies", small text based files that hold forum statistics, are stored on your computer, if you allow it. Cookies give you the advantage of not having to login every time if you are using a secure computer, not have to wade through hundreds of posts just to find the ones you haven't read yet, and maintain your forum preferences.
Special Situation on Disclosure of your Data
Any and all content posted on the PC Talk Website and Forums (exclusive of Personally Identifiable Information) permanently becomes the sole and exclusive property of the PC Talk website. If content posted by any user contains your Personally Identifiable Information, please contact our admins at the address listed above, and we will endeavor to remove the Personally Identifiable Information.
Although you do have a level of anonymity on the internet, 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 unacceptable verbiage in their registration will have their application summarily deleted.
Use of this site or the associated forums constitutes your awareness and acceptance of this policy, and your agreement to abide by the Terms of Service.
This site may provide hyperlinks to offsite websites. The PC Talk website 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
To view our extended policy for parents and child users, please click here: PARENT NOTICE OF CHILD PRIVACY.