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Absolute Write Privacy Policy

Last update: July 1, 2013

Absolute Write takes online privacy very seriously. We actively protect the privacy of users of Absolutewrite.com and the Absolute Write Forums.

The short version is:

  • We don't sell or share members' or users' email addresses.
  • We don't share your personal identifiable information without a court order.
  • We don't track your activity on other servers.

Terms of Service

The Absolute Write Forum Rules and The Newbie Guide to Absolute Write serve as our terms of service.

Ways We Protect Member Privacy

Non Personal Identifiable Information

Non personal identifiable information is information that, without additional information, cannot be directly associated with a specific person. "Personally Identifying Information" is information like a name or email address that can be directly associated with a specific person. Like most Websites and forums, Absolute Write automatically collects certain kinds of data from users of the Website via the nature of the Web and Web browsers. This is non personal identifying information of the sort that Web browsers, depending on their settings, may make available. That information includes the user's Internet Protocol (IP) address, operating system and browser type, and the URLs of the Web pages the user views right before arriving at, while navigating, and immediately after leaving the Website and / forums.

By registering with or using the Absolute Write Website or Forums, you consent to the use and disclosure of your personally identifying information as described in this "collection, use and disclosure of personally-identifying information" section.

Online Postings

Certain personally identifying information collected from users is disclosed as a matter of course as a result of those users' use of the Website. We provide areas on our Website, such as forums, where members can post questions, comments and other information relating to your activities on the Website, and the comments and articles on the Absolute Write WordPress blog. Such postings are governed by our Terms of Use.

In addition, such public postings may appear on other websites when searches are executed on the subject of your posting. Also, whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information on publicly-viewable web pages, that information will be publicly available and can be collected and used by others. For example, if you post your email address, you may receive unsolicited messages. We cannot control who reads your posting or what other users may do with the information you voluntarily post, especially on public areas of the Website and Forums. We encourage you to exercise discretion and caution with respect to your personal information.

USERS ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY LOSS OF PRIVACY OR OTHER HARM RESULTING FROM THEIR VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION.

COPPA

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA") protects the online privacy of children under 13 years of age. We do not knowingly permit the registration of anyone under 13. We do not knowingly collect or maintain personal information from anyone under the age of 13. Any person who provides personal information through the Website represents to us that he or she is 13 years of age or older. If we learn that personal information has been collected from a user under 13 years of age on or through the Website, then we will take the appropriate steps to cause this information to be deleted. If you are the parent or legal guardian of a child under 13 who has become a member of the Website or has otherwise transferred personal information to the Website, please contact Absolute Write using our contact information below to have that child's account terminated.

Absolute Write may disclose Personally-Identifying Information under the following circumstances:

When we believe disclosure is appropriate in connection with efforts to investigate, prevent, or take other action regarding illegal activity, suspected fraud or other wrongdoing; to protect and defend the rights, property or safety of our community, our users and members, our staff and volunteers, or others; to comply with applicable law or cooperate with law enforcement; or to enforce our Terms of Use or other agreements or policies, in response to a subpoena or similar investigative demand, a court order, or a request for cooperation from a law enforcement or other government agency; to establish or exercise our legal rights; to defend against legal claims; or as otherwise required by law. In such cases, we may raise or waive any legal objection or right available to us.

Absolute Write Cookies

  • Absolute Write uses cookies (tiny Web browser files) to track members' log in status and activity on the AbsoluteWrite forums via the forum software vBulletin.
  • The Absolute blog uses cookies via WordPress to track comments from subscribers and blog contributors and commenters.
  • We do not use cookie data for marketing purposes. We do not track member activity offsite.
  • You are free to disable or delete cookies at any time, but be warned that the site may not operate properly if you are not logged in and accepting cookies.

Third-Party Cookies

We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit the Absolute Write forums or Website. These companies may use information that does not include specific identifiable information about you (that is, is information that, without the aid of additional information, cannot be directly associated with a specific person) in connection to your visits to this and other websites via Web browser cookies in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.

You may choose to block third-party cookies via your Web browser's settings.

Some advertisers using Google to place ads contract with Google to track user data. You may opt out of Google tracking here. Many network web-based advertisers use Networkedadvertising.orgs opt-out advertising service; you may use the link above to opt out of their tracking. Note that both the Google opt-out and the Networkedadvertising opt-out services are tied to browser cookies.

Contact

You may contact the forum owner MacAllister Stone via the contact us form or via mail:


Absolute Write
Address: 8911 Vernon Road
PMB #165
Lake Stevens WA 98258

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