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When it comes to your privacy, you can trust HPFT with two things: (1) we only collect the information necessary to allow the community to function and (2) we only use said information for internal, site-related purposes.
What does that mean? Let’s start with the word “collect” so everyone is on the same page. This doesn’t mean the HPFT admins and staffers are keeping some massive spreadsheet of everything our users have ever done or said as part of the community. It does mean that certain information is maintained on our servers or even on your local computer or mobile device. Most of the time any data collection that happens is either passive (like logging an IP address), or user-initiated (like modifications you make to your account profile).
What do we collect? Using the definition above, we collect two types of information: (1) the information you give us (you should always know what that is) and (2) the information that’s generated by you using our site. Since the second category is a little less clear on its own, the list below should give you a good idea of what we’re talking about:
Internet Protocol (“IP”) Addresses and accompanying location information
Device Information (such as whether you are using a mobile device to reach HPFT)
Site Activity (such as what threads you’ve posted in and when or profile updates)
Error Messages (such as the one generated when you type the wrong password)
Cookies (small files that let HPFT recognize you when you visit and store preferences)
That list is not one hundred percent (100%) exhaustive, but it’s pretty darn close.
Do I have any control? Of course you do. When you’re first getting acquainted with HPFT you’ll find a lot of different settings that will help control how private your experience will be. If you’ve got any questions…you guessed it…just ask an admin or staffer. We promise they’ll do everything they can to help make sure the choice you’ve made matches the choice you thought you were making and can tell you how what you see and do will change based on those choices. You can also use your browser settings to block certain data collection like cookies.
What about third-parties? Aside from information discussed above that may need to be passed to a third-party server to make HPFT work, we will only share collected information with the following third-parties: site admins and staffers, government agencies, individuals, or organizations to whom disclosure is made reasonably necessary in order to meet valid legal or regulatory demands or obligations, to ensure user or site security, and to enforce the TOS and site policies.
Remember that any information you post publicly may be locatable via search engines. Stay safe friends!