Data and Privacy Statement
- Anything you post in public can be read by other people, and, some of it, (anything that can be seen while you are logged out), search engines.
- Anything you post remains your copyright.
- We do not sell or give or share your data with anyone else, EXCEPT where, in our judgement, it's a law and order or personal safety matter. (If you stalk someone here, to the extent it becomes a police matter, the police are getting your activity log).
- We use the data you provide for site purposes only, and may use it in our other sites that follow this one. Site purposes include sending emails and newsletters.
We use offsite AES 256 bit keys using the Lockr.io system. Cache is disabled on all encrypted fields. This is enterprise class encryption.
Specific info :-
Your Registration email is stored encrypted. It is not available to any other member. This is why in your Account we ask you to supply a Public Email that members can contact you on.
Any documents you supply are encrypted as they upload, and deleted once reviewed.
The data we note and record from such documents is stored encrypted.
It is up to YOU to ensure that you only upload encrypted files.
A word about Private Message and Email Forwarding systems (and why we don't have it)
Those of you who started out with me back in 2006 will remember that there were "Contact" buttons for each member, that you could use to send an email to them. And then we had a Private Message system. And now, we don't.
Private Message : This involves storing the message in the system. For ever. In a way that any hacker can read. Given the nature of the messages on this system, that would perhaps be embarrassing for us all. It is not possible to store them encrypted because encrypted text cannot be searched*, (it's just decoded as needed), and users want messages to be searchable.
Email Forwarding : This would send the message, and in the FROM, would insert the email address you registered on the site with. Which is often a personal one not for adult use. Embarrassment can occur.
Also, we know from experience that this "mismatch between the actual mailserver - DFP - and named FROM - you" often results in messages getting dumped in spam, so they never get read by the intended recipient. So, basically, old school email forwarding is broken.
* A big company could write software to "decrypt all the text, search it, and re-encrypt", but we are not a big company. Also, you'd be amazed how few companies even encrypt anything. As can be seen from the regular occasions when a big company is in the news because of a data breach.