Privacy Policy

This policy explains how The Lotus Forums uses any information you provide to us when registering or during your use of our website.

Using your personal data

We may use your personal information to:
– administer the website
– enable your use of the services available on the website
– send you general and marketing communications via email or post
– send you email notifications which you have specifically requested
– deal with enquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to the website.

We will not transfer any information that we hold on you to anyone outside the European Economic Area.

Other disclosures

In addition to the disclosures reasonably necessary for the purposes identified elsewhere in this privacy policy, we may disclose information about you:
– to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
– in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings;
– in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk).

Security of your personal data

We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.

Data transmission over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee absolutely the security of data sent over the internet.

Your rights

You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you.

Third party websites

The website contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of third party websites.

Updating information

Please let us know if the personal information which we hold about you needs to be corrected or updated.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ computers.

The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store this information. Google’s privacy policy is available at:http://www.google.com/privacypolicy.html

Contact

If you have any questions about this privacy policy or our treatment of your personal data, please write to us by email to [email protected]

Cookies policy

1. Introduction

1.1 Our website uses cookies.

1.2 Insofar as those cookies are not strictly necessary for the provision of our website and services, we will ask you to consent to our use of cookies when you first visit our website.

2. Credit

2.1 This document was created using a template from SEQ Legal (https://seqlegal.com).

3. About cookies

3.1 A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

3.2 Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

3.3 Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

4. Cookies that we use

4.1 We use cookies for the following purposes:

(a) Authentication – we use cookies to identify you when you visit our website and as you navigate our website;

(b) Status – we use cookies to help us to determine if you are logged into our website;

(c) Shopping cart – we use cookies to maintain the state of your shopping cart as you navigate our website;

(d) Personalisation – we use cookies to store information about your preferences and to personalise our website for you;

(e) Security – we use cookies as an element of the security measures used to protect user accounts, including preventing fraudulent use of login credentials, and to protect our website and services generally;

(f) Advertising – we use cookies to help us to display advertisements that will be relevant to you;

(g) Analysis – we use cookies to help us to analyse the use and performance of our website and services;

(h) Cookie consent – we use cookies [to store your preferences in relation to the use of cookies more generally.

5. Cookies used by our service providers

5.1 Our service providers use cookies and those cookies may be stored on your computer when you visit our website.

5.2 We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website. Google Analytics gathers information about website use by means of cookies. The information gathered relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website. Google’s privacy policy is available at: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

5.3 We publish Google AdSense advertisements on our website. To determine your interests, Google will track your behaviour on our website and on other websites across the web using cookies. This behaviour tracking allows Google to tailor the advertisements that you see on other websites to reflect your interest. You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser by visiting: https://adssettings.google.com. You can also opt out of the AdSense partner network cookie using those settings or using the Network Advertising Initiative’s multi-cookie opt-out mechanism at: http://optout.networkadvertising.org. However, these opt-out mechanisms themselves use cookies, and if you clear the cookies from your browser your opt-out will not be maintained. To ensure that an opt-out is maintained in respect of a particular browser, you may wish to consider using the Google browser plug-ins available at: https://support.google.com/ads/answer/7395996.

6. Managing cookies

6.1 Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:

(a) https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en (Chrome);

(b) https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences (Firefox);

(c) http://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/cookies/ (Opera);

(d) https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer);

(e) https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411 (Safari); and

(f) https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy (Edge).

6.2 Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.

6.3 If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.