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Fair use exemptions are in place under all of these terms.

These terms may be changed at any time without notice.

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Forum Rules

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Argumentative Behavior: While disagreements, constructive criticism, and intellectual debates are welcome, a persistent pattern of argumentative behavior is not. Members who create conditions on the website that are unwelcoming and destructive are not permitted to use the website. This atmosphere of destructive activity is not consistent with the goals or objectives of the website and its services.

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What information do we collect?

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When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name or e-mail address. You may, however, visit our site anonymously.

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What do we use your information for?

Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:

• To personalize your experience
(your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs)

• To improve our website
(we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you)

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• To process transactions
Your information, whether public or private, will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever, without your consent, other than for the express purpose of delivering the purchased product or service requested.

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• To send periodic emails

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We use cookies to understand and save your preferences for future visits, keep track of advertisements and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our site visitors. These service providers are not permitted to use the information collected on our behalf except to help us conduct and improve our business.

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We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Third party links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance (COPPAC)

Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.

As part of the California Online Privacy Protection Act, all users of our site may make any changes to their information at any time by logging into their control panel and going to the 'Edit Profile' page.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance (COPPA)

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

PRISM and other Mass Surveillance Programs Controversies

We do not willfully or knowingly consent to cooperate, in any way, with any unauthorized, unconstitutional, or illegal data collection program or effort initiated by the force of government, in violation of the 4th amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

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By using our site, you consent to our online privacy statement and agree to hold harmless the owners and operators of this website for compiling the data you submit, in aggregate form. If you do not agree with this statement, any of the policies of rules declared here within, do not use the website.

Changes to our policies

If we decide to change these policies, we will update the modification date below.

This policy was last modified on:

6th of September, 2017 (Prominent Disclosure Statement for Google Play Mobile Users)
26th of November, 2013 (Creative Commons license updated from v3 to v4)
24th of August, 2013
28th of July, 2013
23rd of June, 2010

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