by Michael Werneburg
Cookies. This web site uses a third-party widget to monitor and report on visitor traffic. This widget was chosen in the interest of visitor privacy, as it allows us to store all data on this web site's server itself—we do not use third party visitor tracking systems such as Google Analytics because we don't know how that data is used.
The widget uses a feature of Internet browsers called a Magic Cookie, which is a file that a visitor's browser stores on your computer or mobile device, to assign an identification code to that device for the purpose collect anonymous browsing information. The website does not—and cannot—track user identities, pinpoint geographic location, or any kind of personally-identifying information. If you'd like to see the data collected, have a look at the tool itself.
Other data. Registered users who post to the forum typically are asked to provide a name and functioning email address.
Information may be collected from web site visitors to:
In the future, the RiskTopics web site may also gather information to:
Internal use. We will use data gathered for internal purposes only, like the creation of an account on the forum, or sending a requested good by email. The name chosen by forum users appears on any posts they make to the forum.
We do not sell user data. We will never sell personal information to any other parties for any purpose.
3rd parties. We will not provide personal information to domestic or international third parties (like staff at fulfillment centers or shipping companies). In the future, anyone purchasing something from this website may be asked to provide data at the time of purchase, but such an exchange will require that the purchaser directly submit that data to the fulfillment center, and will be obvious to the purchaser.
Visitors who are asked to provide data to this website (e.g. through the creation of a user account within the forum) will be presented with clear options for a) not providing personal information, and b) not receiving updates from this website to the email address provided.
Protecting data is one of the subjects of this website, and one of the ways that the founder of this website makes a living. Data provided to this website is protected by commercially reasonable mechanisms as: server hardening; choice of operating systems and software which have a reputation for stability and security; regular security patches for operating system and systems software; monitoring of logs; regular backups to a secure second location; use of strict password standards; a published guide on acceptable use of the website and forum; and the avoidance of external systems to track visitor traffic.
A visitor wishing that the data provided to this website be destroyed should send an email to the operator. Personal information such as names and email addresses will be removed, as will any incidental record of IP addresses where practical. The operator of this website may require that forum user names selected by a visitor be retained permanently to maintain the integrity of the forum.