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Privacy Policy - Last updated 6th January 2015

Mindat.org is a scientifc database based on the contributions of its members. As these contributions become part of the permanent record of the mindat.org database, and because everything must be attributable to those who entered it, it is very important that you understand what information we capture, what information you voluntarily give us, and how that information is used and your rights in removing such information in the future.

Use of Cookies

Mindat.org uses cookies to store personal preferences relating to the use of the website. We do not use cookies in any way to track your activities. This website uses tracking software to monitor its visitors to better understand how they use it. This software is provided by Google Analytics which uses cookies to track visitor usage. The software will save a cookie to your computers hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website, but will not store, save or collect personal information. You can read Google's privacy policy here for further information - http://www.google.com/privacy.html

Information that we collect

We collect information in two ways, information that you provide yourself when registering or entering data into the site, and information that is collected automatically.

In some cases third parties may provide information about you, including your name (for example, if you are the author of a scientific paper).

Information you give us

When you register you provide us with your full, real name and your email address. Any contributions you make to our database will be assoicated with your name. This cannot be removed even if you wish to unregister from the website as it has become part of the historical record of our database and cannot be deleted except in very specific special circumstances.

Personal details you give us will not be given out to anyone else except with your explicit permission.

If you register on the site your full name is visible but your email address is hidden from other users, except those with editorial-level or management level access to site history who will see your email address in the logs of any data you have added or edited on the site.

If you do NOT register and log in and choose to post to the messageboard without registering, it gives you the option of leaving your email name and email address. Your name will be visible to all other site visitors and your email address will be visible to all other REGISTERED and LOGGED-IN users of the site.

Information recorded automatically

We use several methods to record information about you and your visit automatically in order to better understand how our site is being used and to tailor the experience for you.

For security reasons we may record IP addresses that are used to log into your account to prevent unauthorized access. This information is kept securely and not shared with any other party.

All activity on the site is logged including IP address of access, these logs are usually kept for no longer than 24hrs then any user-identifiable information is stripped out and the logs bulk processed to give details of (for example) how many visitors per day came from a particular country.

As we also use Facebook buttons your IP address and pages you access on mindat.org will also be visible to this organization, however they cannot see any information you have posted on these pages. Please see http://www.facebook.com to find their own privacy policy

General

Users contacting this website and/or its owners do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. Your personal information is kept private and stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use. Every effort has been made to ensure a safe and secure form to email submission process but advise users using such form to email processes that they do so at their own risk.

Your log-in information may be used to authenticate you on other related websites, your name and email address will be shared with such sites should you choose to use this method of authentification.

Personal information is stored on servers both inside and outside the European Union and may be transferred at any time and without warning in or out of the European Union.

No personal information will be sold or provided to any third party organization.

Although this website only looks to include quality, safe and relevant external links, users are advised adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website.

We reserve the right to update and/or replace this privacy policy at any time without warning. We advise you to regularly check this page and cease using the site should you feel unhappy with any of the terms included.

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