Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how “Pulled back — living with a bare head” (futher on: the forum) uses and protects any information that you give when you use this website.
The forum is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
The forum may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 2018-05-25.

– As all web sites in the world, this forum uses cookies to function, otherwise you wouldn't be able to be “logged in” as HTTP was designed to be a stateless protocol.  Cookies have been in use since the early Netscape days, over 20 years ago, and pose no direct threat whatsover.
– The cookies set by this website are only used within this forum.
– We log your IP address as part of the forum's and the web server's normal functionality.  It can be used to ban spammers and misbehaving users or domains.  These logs are not used for anything else and not given to third parties.
– There are no ads, don't worry about them stealing your data.
– You are not forced to share Personally Identifying Data about yourself whatsoever, in fact, you can use an email address for registration that is dedicated to this site.  The forum software uses your email to send you password reset, and notification emails, all of which are either requested or useful, or opt-in.
– We don't ask you your name, birthday/age, sex, or location; if you share some of those with the community, it really is your own choice.  Your username is not displayed, and your displayed name can be pretty much anything.
– It is also on your own volition to share messenger contacts in your profile — the forum will obviously store and share these as you wish.  You may of course create messenger IDs that do not link to your person if you wish.
– GDPR requires you to be 16 or over.  The forum has no means to check if you really are.
– You have the right to be forgotten, but if you didn't share anything personally identifying, there's pretty much no point.

The following policy text was shipped with the GDPR Helper mod and tailored to reflect the forum's settings.

What information we collect about you

We may collect the following information when you use our website:
-Username *
-Email Address *
-Date of Birth
-IP Address *
-Other data collected that could directly or indirectly identify you.

Some of this data is only collected if you decide to share it, but is not in any way obligatory.  Items marked with * are collected at all times as per the normal function of the forum.  The email address and IP address is not shared with other forum users.  The displayed name is by default the same as the username, but otherwise the username too isn't shared with other forum users.

Cookies and other tracking scripts
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyze web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

The forum uses cookies to allow you to comment with your user account, to remember and show you the forum according to your preferences and other settings, to show you the unread messages since your last visit, and various other personalised behaviour on the website.

A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

If at any time you have questions about our privacy practices or any of your rights described below, you may reach us in private message.

How we use information we collect
We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:
- Internal record keeping including service optimization, website stats.
- We may use the information to improve our products and services.
- The forum may send you email according to your preferences, such as notification for a new topic, a requested password reset, etc.
- The forum administration may reach out to you on your registered email address if there's something urgent that requires off-website contact.

Sharing with trusted third parties.
The forum does not have third parties it shares data with.  There are no website ads or analytics as far as the sysadmin is aware.

Data about Usage of Services
Is automatically collected when you use and interact with our Services, including metadata, log files, cookie/device IDs and location information. This information includes specific data about your interactions with the features, content and links (including those of third-parties, such as social media plugins) contained within the Services, Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type and settings, the date and time the Services were used, information about browser configuration and plugins, language preferences and cookie data, information about devices accessing the Services, including type of device, what operating system is used, device settings, application IDs, unique device identifiers and error data, and some of this data collected might be capable of and be used to approximate your location.

How we store and secure information we collect
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

While we implement safeguards designed to protect your information, no security system is impenetrable and due to the inherent nature of the Internet, we cannot guarantee that data, during transmission through the Internet or while stored on our systems or otherwise in our care, is absolutely safe from intrusion by others.

Compliance with legal, regulatory and law enforcement requests
We cooperate with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. We will disclose any information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to respond to claims and legal process (such as subpoena requests), to protect our property and rights or the property and rights of a third party, to protect the safety of the public or any person, or to prevent or stop activity we consider to be illegal or unethical.

Communicating with you
We may contact you directly such as necessary to deliver transactional or website related communications.
We may also contact you with offers for additional services we think you'll find valuable if you give us consent, or where allowed based upon legitimate interests.

These contacts may include:

You may also update your subscription preferences with respect to receiving communications from us and/or our partners by signing into your account and visiting your Profile -> Notifications page.

Transfer of personal data abroad  
If you utilize our Services from a country other than the country where our servers are located, your communications with us may result in transferring your personal data across international borders.

Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information
We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so.
You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under by visiting your profile and clicking export data.
If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please contact us as soon as possible.  This is currently only possible in Personal Message.