What information is collected at TheFutureGear?
At TheFutureGear, we collect information from individuals who choose to register on our site and actively participate in our forum by reading, writing, and evaluating the shared content.
During the registration process, we may ask for your name and email address. However, it is important to note that visiting our site is possible without registering. To ensure the validity of your email address, we will send you an email containing a unique link for verification. By clicking on that link, we can confirm that you have control over the provided email address.
When you are registered and actively posting on our platform, we keep a record of the IP address associated with the post’s origin. Additionally, we may retain server logs that include the IP address of every request made to our server. These measures are in place to ensure the security and integrity of our platform and its users.
What data might be gathered by our partners like Google?
At our website, we maintain a close partnership with Google and ensure compliance with their products and policies. This collaboration involves utilizing Google Analytics to track our web traffic and potentially utilizing Google Advertising through Google AdSense. To understand how Google handles data when users engage with their partners’ sites or apps, we encourage you to refer to their privacy policies and specifically the document on “How Google uses data when you use Google partners’ sites or apps.”
It’s important to note that this partnership may involve the placement and reading of cookies by third parties like Google on our users’ web browsers. Additionally, these third parties may utilize web beacons to collect information as a result of ad serving on our website.
Furthermore, we are committed to adhering to the EU User Consent Policy, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), particularly for our audience in Europe, the European Union (EU), and the European Economic Area (EEA). These regulations govern the protection of user data and ensure that appropriate consent is obtained when necessary.
Our dedication to compliance with these policies and regulations underscores our commitment to maintaining the privacy and data protection rights of our users, particularly those within the EU/EEA region.
Our adherence to Google’s and third-party advertisers’/partners’ policies
On our website, third-party vendors, including Google, utilize cookies to display advertisements based on a user’s previous visits to our site or other websites.
Through the use of advertising cookies, Google and its partners are able to serve ads to our users that are tailored to their interests and based on their interactions with our site and other sites across the Internet.
Users have the option to opt-out of personalized advertising by visiting the Ads Settings provided by Google. Alternatively, they can choose to opt-out of using cookies for personalized advertising by visiting www.aboutads.info, which allows them to manage their preferences regarding third-party vendors.
It is important to note that any content created by users on our platform must comply with both Google Publisher Content Policies and our own Terms of Service.
What do we do with your data?
The information we collect from you serves various purposes, and it may be used in the following ways:
- Personalization: The information allows us to personalize your experience on our website, ensuring that we can better cater to your individual needs and preferences.
- Site Improvement: We continuously strive to enhance our website based on the feedback and information we receive from our users. The data we collect helps our experts identify areas for improvement and implement changes to provide a better browsing experience.
- Customer Service: Your information enables us to effectively address your customer service requests and provide the necessary support. By understanding your needs, we can respond more efficiently and assist you in a timely manner.
- Periodic Emails: The email address you provide may be utilized to send you periodic notifications as per your request. These notifications may include updates or changes related to specific topics, responses to your inquiries, or any other requests or questions you have raised.
Please note that we prioritize the protection and confidentiality of your information. We do not disclose or sell your personal data to any third parties without your consent, unless required by law or for essential operational purposes.
How is your personal information safeguarded?
To ensure the safety and security of your personal information, we have implemented a range of security measures. These measures are designed to protect your data when you enter, submit, or access your personal information on our website.
What is our policy on data retention?
We are dedicated to making a sincere and diligent effort to adhere to the following practices regarding data retention:
- Server Logs: We will retain server logs, which include the IP address of all requests made to our server, for a period of no more than 90 days. This duration allows us to analyze and investigate any potential security or technical issues that may arise.
- Registered Users and Posts: For registered users and their associated posts, we will retain the IP addresses for a maximum of 5 years. This retention period ensures that we can maintain the integrity of our platform and address any potential misuse or violations of our terms of service.
By following these data retention practices, we aim to strike a balance between safeguarding user privacy and maintaining the necessary information to ensure the security and smooth operation of our website.
Do we employ cookies?
Absolutely. Cookies are small files that are transferred from a website or service provider to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser, given your consent. The primary function of these cookies is to enable the website to recognize your browser and, if applicable, associate it with your registered account.
In some cases, we may engage third-party service providers to assist us in gaining a better understanding of our site visitors. However, these service providers are strictly prohibited from using the information collected on our behalf for any other purposes apart from helping us conduct and improve our business.
By utilizing cookies, we aim to enhance your browsing experience, offer improved site features, and continually refine our services. However, you have the choice to manage and control cookies through your web browser settings. You can opt to accept or decline cookies, delete existing cookies, or configure your browser to notify you when a website attempts to place a cookie on your device.
It is important to note that by allowing cookies, you enable us to provide a more tailored and optimized user experience while ensuring that your privacy and data protection rights are respected.
Do we ever divulge information to third parties?
We are committed to safeguarding your personally identifiable information and prioritize your privacy. Therefore, we do not sell, trade, or transfer your personal information to outside parties without your consent.
However, there are certain trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or providing services to you. These parties have agreed to maintain the confidentiality of your information and are obligated to keep it secure. They are only authorized to use your personally identifiable information to the extent necessary to fulfill their designated tasks.
In certain circumstances, we may be required to release your information when we believe it is necessary to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect our rights, property, or safety, as well as the rights, property, or safety of others.
It’s important to note that non-personally identifiable visitor information, which does not disclose your identity, may be shared with other parties for marketing, advertising, or other purposes.
Our commitment to your privacy and the protection of your personally identifiable information remains a top priority, and we take appropriate measures to ensure that your information is handled responsibly and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
From time to time, we may choose to include or provide third-party products or services on our site, based on our own judgment and discretion. It’s important to note that these third-party sites operate independently and have their own distinct privacy policies.
We do not assume any responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites since they are beyond our control. It is recommended that you review the privacy policies of these third-party sites before engaging with them or providing any personal information.
While we cannot guarantee the actions or practices of these third-party sites, we do value the integrity of our own site and strive to maintain a high standard. Therefore, we welcome any feedback or comments you may have regarding your experiences with these linked sites. Your feedback helps us ensure that our site continues to meet our users’ expectations and that we provide a safe and reliable platform.
Please be aware that when you navigate to a third-party site from our website, you are subject to the terms, conditions, and policies of that particular site. We encourage you to exercise caution and diligence when interacting with any external sites to protect your privacy and personal information.
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
Our site, products, and services are intended for individuals who are 13 years of age or older. If you are under the age of 13 and located in the USA, please refrain from using this site to comply with the regulations outlined in the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
This online privacy statement only applies to data acquired through our website; it does not apply to data gathered offline.
On June 2nd, 2023, we last updated our privacy statement.