01 JAN 2006
StarLink-IRC.org is a privately owned intenet relay chat network
that specializes in providing a family-friendly environment for
individuals and groups of all ages to use for the exchange of ideas,
idle conversation, support for those less fortunate, and just plain old
StarLink-IRC which include the web pages on this site
(StarLink-IRC.org) and the IRC client connections available through
chat servers in the StarLink-IRC.org domain.
OVERALL PRIVACY STATEMENT
We take personal privacy very seriously and
do NOT collect or require any personal information about users of our
service. This privacy statement discloses the types of
information we gather,
how we use it, and how to correct or change it.
We VERY STRONGLY
you do not ever provide your real name, address, or other personally
identifiable information on the network or in emails. It is not
necessary to do so to use our services. IRC is "anonymous"
and our intent is to maintain as much of that anonymity as is
consistent with our services and user expectations.
1. What information do we collect?
None of the basic services that we offer require you to
provide us with personally identifiable information as a condition of
use. Basic services
include access to the web site or to our IRC network.
If you register as a channel owner, you will be
required to provide an email address for our use in contacting you. If
you support registration of a channel by someone else, the applying
owner may submit your email address to us as proof of your
support. The person collecting the email addresses and providing
them to us should ask your permission first and not request any
information other than just an email address for contact.
Our servers do collect routine internet connection information such as
address, the time of your connection, and information about the
StarLink-IRC network chat rooms and pages on this website that you
visit. However, this type of
be matched with any personally identifiable information about you since
we don't collect it in the first place.
2. What is the StarLink-IRC policy on cookies?
We hate them. Web bugs too. They aren't used anywhere on our web site
and hope they all go away everywhere else forever and ever.
3. How does StarLink-IRC use collected information?
The only significant information we might ask for is your email
address. However, that is
completely voluntary and ONLY applies if you 1) register for our
mailing list (obviously); 2) register a channel as
an owner; or 3) provide your email address to someone else in
of their channel registration application. Your email
address will be used only to:
a. Deliver mail
notices and our newsletter via our general mail list.
b. Contact you about the channel if you are a registered channel
c. Verify your support of a channel registration application.
There is no requirement to register a channel, support a channel, or
subscribe to any mail list.
4. How does StarLink-IRC share the information?
We don't routinely share it with anyone. Your email address (when
provided) is not even shared with all members
of the StarLink-IRC staff, but only those who need the information to
conduct StarLink-IRC business. Your email address, if we
have it, will never be provided or sold to third parties for marketing,
advertising, or simliar purposes.
identifiable information may be available to others when:
a. You volunteer information in an online IRC
conversation in a message or "chat room".
b. You volunteer information in submissions to our newsletter or
c. When otherwise
required by law, such as in response to subpoenas, court orders, or
may provide whatever assistance and information we have to third
parties if we believe
actions violate StarLink-IRC usage guidelines.
StarLink-IRC will cooperate with and provide information to
official law enforcement agencies in order to assist with the
investigation or prosecution of any activities involving abuse of minor
children. If we have any reason to suspect that you may be using our
network to facilitate child pornography or abuse, you are hereby
notified that you have NO privacy rights whatsoever.
5. What are my options?
Anyone who would rather not provide an email address requested by our
channel or mail list registration process does not need to register.
You can still view all of our web site pages and use our chat network
(except as a registered channel owner or applicant supporter) without
providing your email address.
We also give users the following options:
1. Opting not to receive mail on our user mailing list.
Users who subscribe may unsubscribe themselves from the mailing list at
any time through the list subscription pages.
2. Opting not to provide an email address when registering
a channel (chat room). You will not be able to own a registered channel
on our network without providing us with the information required on
the channel registration page.
6. How can I review and update my personally identifiable
You can't. We dont have any other than (maybe) your email address.
a. If you need to change your mail list email information, you
can follow the mail list instructions.
b. If you need to change your channel contact email information
(registered channel owners only) you can send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org providing the old and new information.
Any change will be posted here.
8. Privacy of children
Since we do not ask for any personal information, we do
not know if children under 13 are using our services. We strongly
recommend that parents or guardians closely supervise any young
children who use chat networks until they are sure that the children
understand how to safely and responsibly use our services.
Questions or Comments
Questions or comments regarding this policy should be sent to
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