This policy explains in detail how “Good Games Writing” along with its affiliated companies (hereinafter “we”, “us”, “our”, “Good Games Writing”, “GGW”, “Orbytl”, “The Crunch”, “goodgameswriting.com”, “orbytl.com”) and service providers (hereinafter “they”, “them”, “their”, “Xenforo/WordPress software”) use any information collected during any session of usage by you (hereinafter “your information”).
GGW realizes that privacy is a global concern, and as such, that our users require not only a knowledge on what we do with information, they need protection of the personally identifying information they so choose to share with us. This policy will allow you to better determine how to make appropriate decisions regarding the sharing of your information.
Automatic Information Gathering
With use of our services, a series of “cookies” will be created by the software. Cookies are small text files that will be downloaded on to your computer’s web browsers temporary files. These cookies are meant to enhance the experience offered by GGW, and include controlling your sessions on the site, differentiating between read and unread topics, and are used, in short, to personalize your experience. Cookies are automatically generated with use of our website.
IP Addresses are also provided to us as you browse the site, but are only available during that time if you do not post messages. An IP address is a numeric address that is assigned to your computer by your Internet Service Provider, and is generally unique to you.
We also collect certain standard information that your browser sends to every website you visit, such as browser type and language, access times and referring website addresses.
Voluntary Information Gathering
In general, the information you provide to GGW is voluntary. In order to participate in the discussion of GGW, you will need to create an account. Your account will at a bare minimum contain a uniquely identifiable name (hereinafter “your user name”), a personal password used for logging into your account (hereinafter “your password”) and a personal, valid e-mail address (hereinafter “your email”). Your information for your account at “GGW” is protected by data-protection laws applicable in the country that hosts us. Any information beyond your user name, your password, and your email address required by “GGW” during the registration process is either mandatory or optional, at the sole discretion of GGW.
In all cases, you have the option of what information in your account is publicly displayed. During your time on GGW, discussion may ask for further information. This is not the official policy of our service, and, as such, posting in threads or article discussions regarding age, location, sex, and the like is strictly optional, as is all posting on GGW.
One exception to this is participating in contests offered forth by the GGW staff. In order to deliver some prizes, it will be necessary to have information regarding the shipping of the product, including, but not limited to, your full name, address, and phone number. Failure to provide this information will result in forfeiture of the prize(s) in question.
Use of Information
As has already been stated, we use your information for a variety of reasons. Primarily, our concern is your convenience. The software maintains your information, such as preferences, password, etc. through secure means that can not be accessed by anyone else. Your password is ciphered (a one-way hash) so that it is secure, while you may remove cookies at any time through your browser.
Furthermore, we use your voluntary information to provide prizes, offline support and issue resolution, to keep you informed through use of newsletters sent to your email, for analysis with tools such as Google Analytics.
Some of this may be considered aggregate data, data which is anonymous information that is grouped for statistical analysis, as it will not reveal any personal information. Statistical analysis is important to goodgameswriting.com in its endeavors to create the best user experience available. It will be used in conjunction with that of other users taken as a whole to better gauge the direction of the website, and is used under good faith.
Release of Information
Goodgameswriting.com, its staff, and all associated websites on subdomains and related servers will do its best to maintain the privacy of your information. We do not share or sell your information to third party websites, partners, or otherwise for any reason, with exception to the following: (a) to conform to the law, as we see it under good faith; (b) if doing so is reasonably necessary to comply with the law or assist law enforcement agencies; (c) protect and defend the site and its personnel, services, users, and members of the public at large; (d) to respond to any claims, legal or not; (e) to ensure that the site policy, as outlined in our Rules and Terms is upheld, and (f) to protect the integrity of the site.
Personal information collected on our site may be processed in the country of the servers’ origin. By using our services, you consent to processing of information outside of your native country in regards to providing you with service. We adhere to the laws of the country our server is in, the United States, and our rules are intended to abide by the rules and laws of the United States and our operational headquarters in Canada. Your local laws will not necessarily apply, and as such, you agree that any information you provide will be used in accordance with United States law.
It is advised that you, the user, are active in the control of your personal identity and information. In terms of your password, which will provide you access to other information you provide us, it is strongly advised you use a unique and strong password for each website you visit. Furthermore, it is advised that you regularly change your password. Be sure to keep it confidential. If you are on a public or shared computer, always log out after visiting websites, such as orbytl.com. You may opt out of services requiring more information, including receiving emails, as well. Please keep in mind that if you publicly share information such as your full name, it will be publicly available, and may be collected and used by others without yours or our knowledge. We advise extreme caution in regards to the information you make publicly available. Please note that providing information to our staff for use (such as in providing contests) will be kept private, and is not considered a public notice.
ATTN: Mr. Dylan Cole, Policy Director (Ethics and Privacy)
- August 1st, 2016 – released