Who are we?
The Guinea Pig Forum is an online community provided as a public service for our users. We are run by Guinea Pig owners for owners. We are acting as the “data controller” in the collection, using, storing, protection and transfer of the personal data you provide to us when using our website.
Our Commitment to your Privacy
What sort of Personal Information do we collect?
The personal data that we collect, and store in most cases is:-
When do we collect your Personal Information?
We collect your personal information from when you :-
How we use your Personal Information?
The reasons for processing your personal information are detailed below:-
Sharing and disclosing your personal information
Additionally, we may access or disclose information including the content of your posts and messages, for the following reasons: (a) to comply with the law enforcement; (b) to protect the rights or property of other forum members; (c) to protect the personal safety of our members or the public; or(d) to protect our rights.
Appropriate measures (user authentication, authorization, data encryption, SSL) are taken to ensure that the data we collect is safeguarded and secure from unauthorized access.
Regarding the data submitted in Forum: private profile fields can only be accessed by site administrators, and I.P. addresses attached to the threads/posts can only be accessed by site administrators and moderators.
Use by Children
We do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age; accounts on our website, are only provided to users who are at least 13 years old or older. The forum is now only open to registrants over the age of 16 years of age.
We however strongly recommend that users under 18 years of age refrain from offering any personal information either in their user profile or in the forums themselves, and we encourage parents to stay involved in the online life of their children.
We recomend that at all times our younger members are mindful of their online safety. We have details on how on younger members can keep themselves safer online here Children's Online Safety
Links to other websites
Accessing your Information
Wherever it is possible, we provide a way for you to edit and update your personal information. In the case of our forum, you can edit your personal information and site preferences via your profile ( you can do this when you are logged in by clicking on your username in the top right of the page). There are various areas within your profile settings to add and edit data.
Within Account Details You can change you email address, Add or remove an avatar, Change your birth date, and year of birth visibility preference. There are several optional information fields which you may populate should you wish, it is your responsibility what you wish to populate here and any indfomation you chose to save in these fields is your sole responsbility, please be mindful of online privacy and security. These include, Location; Website URL; Number of Guinea Pigs; Gender; Occupation; About you. Fields for your social media identies – AIM, ICQ, Yahoo Messenger; Skype; Google Talk; Facebook;Twitter. All of these fields are optional and you can clear them out anytime you want.
Within Privacy you may choose to show your online status or current activity on the forum. You can select the user types who can view your details your profile page, Receive your news feed, Start Conversations with you or view your social media identities – You can set the access level to: All Visitors (Guests included), Members Only , People you follow, Nobody.
Within Preferences Various options are available to customise your Forum experience. The ‘preferences’ settings include: Choosing to toogle the following options on/off – Receive Site Mailings, Receiving an email to alert you when a new conversation message is received, Automatically watch content you create…( and receive email notifications), Automatically watch content you interact with… …(and receive email notifications), Receive email when a new conversation message is received, Receive site mailings, Show people's signatures with their messages, Show your online status, Show your current activity. Within this section you can also toggle your alert preferences on/off. And finally miscellaneous options like the Date / Time / Timezone selection and options like the Forum’s color scheme / layout (if multiple selections are available)
If you believe that the information we hold is incomplete or inaccurate and you cannot amend it through your account settings, you have the right to contact us and ask us to amend this for you. We will try to amend it as quickly as possible, unless there is a valid reason for not doing so, at which point you we will notify you of this and our reasoning behind our decision.
You have the right to request a copy of the personal information that we hold about you. Please do this by using the Contact details in the section on this page
You also have the right to request the erasure of your personal data in any of the specific circumstances set out in Article 17 of the GDPR or to restrict its processing. If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact us to have the matter investigated.
Acceptance of this policy
You can contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org