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Privacy Policy

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In practice, the site is owned and administered by Kevin Kessler. BlizzForge will always care greatly about the privacy of our readers. We are aware of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) that came into effect on May 25th, 2018, and it is our sincere desire to be in full compliance with these regulations. On this page, you will find all the information related to user data, explained fully, and as clearly and plainly as possible. We regularly reference GDPR to better provide context to our stance.
Data We Collect
The data we collect on you as a BlizzForge user depends on how you use the site. In this section, we will cover all the different types of personal data (as per the definition of GDPR) that we collect and explain why we collect it, while the sections below will explain how we use that data, how long we retain it for, and how you can access and modify it.
Server Logs
The BlizzForge servers are hosted at ATT, which collects several pieces of information in their server logs: hour of connection, IP address, page requests, etc. This information is collected from all users who access the site.
Google Analytics
We use Google Analytics on BlizzForge in order to monitor our traffic. It consists in a javascript program, executed by your browser, that collects different types of non personal information and sends them to Google. From this data, traffic statistics are drawn up by Google Analytics, which we then have access to.The data Google Analytics collects includes:
Internet browser type and version;
previously browsed page (where you came to the site from);
hour of connection;
number of pages seen;
time spent on each page.
When we say that this information is non personal, we mean that it is impossible for us to correlate the behaviour of any given user that makes up the statistics of Google Analytics with the actual identity of a user. We have no way to access the raw information collected by Google Analytics, and can only view the statistics.
These statistics are vital to the short and long-term operation of the website, since without them we would be unable to evaluate which guides perform well, optimize search engine ranking visibility, and so on.
In terms of GDPR, Google Analytics is a "data processor", and they are obliged to make sure that they conform to the regulations, through their own privacy policy.
If you communicate with us, either through e-mail at one of the e-mail addresses or through forum private messaging, we may maintain a record of this communication. We also may maintain a record of the posts you make on our forums, including in comments.
How We Use Your Data
In short, BlizzForge will never sell the information listed above to anyone.
We may share some of the information above either with the express consent of the user, or in one of the following scenarios.
when required to do so by law;
in order to defend our rights and interests in response to claims made against us;
when it is necessary to diagnose and repair technical issues on the website.
Forum user IP addresses are only used to be able to reasonably manage the forum community (enforcing bans on users who try to circumvent a ban by creating a new account, ensuring that we do not receive multiple contest entries from the same user, etc.).
Forum user e-mail addresses, are never shared with anyone, and only used internally for the management of the forums.
We will never send you e-mails unless you specifically choose to opt in to such a feature, or unless we are legally obligated to do so (such as to notify you in case of a data breach).
Data Retention
We will not retain account information data after the user has chosen to delete their account.
Control Over Your Data
As part of our efforts to provide you with the required means to exercise your rights of access, rectification, erasure, and restriction, you can always e-mail us at [email protected] for any data-related matters.
This is also the e-mail address you should use if you wish to delete your forum account. Aside from this, the User Control Panel of your forum account gives you ample control about the private information that you wish to share with us.
How We Protect Your Information
The security of your information is important to us. BlizzForge implements safeguards to protect the information we collect. However, no website or Internet transmission is completely secure. We urge you to take steps to keep your personal information safe, such as choosing a strong password and keeping it private, as well as logging out of your user account, and closing your web browser when finished using BlizzForge on a shared or unsecured device.
Cookies are used on BlizzForge for registration and traffic analysis purposes. The Guardian has a very good article written about cookies and we encourage you to read it here, as we feel that it would be pointless to try and write something ourselves that would end up being far inferior.
Children's Privacy
BlizzForge is not directed at or intended for children under the age of 13 (or under the applicable age limit, in such countries where there is a different limit). Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important to us, for that reason, we never knowingly collect or maintain information from children under the age limit.
Children under the age limit should not use our service, and if you are the parent or legal guardian of someone under the age limit, you are encouraged to contact us and we will delete any data on the child.
For enquiries regarding our privacy policy, please use [email protected]