I state this sincerely and earnestly as a fellow Duck who has been on the web since the early days and has been on message boards for over 20 years. I will treat you the same as I want to be treated, as I detest so many of the technology tricks we all have encountered online.
In short, your information will never be shared or sold to anyone or anything, and I am not just declaring it—I have done it. My track record over the nine-year life of the site is never giving anyone’s information to any source and this includes over 500 volunteers, (over the life of the site) over 3,000 readers who signed up for an email newsletter and over 5,000 subscribers to my YouTube Channel.
We will not have advertising on the site other than my own promotion of items pertaining to FishDuck and the Our Beloved Ducks forum or my own services in Charitable Planned Giving. There will be no ads from outside third parties or pop-up videos or windows from other outside third-party sources. Anything you see is FishDuck and the Our Beloved Ducks forum or Mr. FishDuck related, and your information stays at FishDuck and the Our Beloved Ducks forum, and I am proud to have kept that promise and will continue that commitment for the life of the sites.
References to any products and services in the Terms of Service/User Agreement are not necessarily applicable now, but could be in the future if made available.
What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our website or forum?
When registering on FishDuck and the Our Beloved Ducks forum, you will be asked to enter your name, email address, username, and password for logging in. (Other items asked are optional)
When do we collect information?
We collect information from you when you register on FishDuck and the Our Beloved Ducks forum. We also collect information when anyone visits the sites, via Google Analytics and Alexa.com site analytics.
How do we use your information?
We may use the information we collect from you when you register, sign up for our newsletter, surf our website, or use certain other sites’ features in the following ways:
–To personalize your experience and to allow us to deliver the type of content in which you are most interested.
–To allow us to better service you in responding to your customer service requests.
–To ask for feedback on sites’ changes or proposed improvements.
–To explain post deletions or sites’ membership termination.
How do we protect your information?
Our website is scanned on a regular basis for security holes and known vulnerabilities in order to make your visit to our sites’ as safe as possible.
We do not use Malware Scanning. Our hosting provider does some basic scanning of their systems.
All data we transmit is via SSL Technology.
Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all sensitive/credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
We implement a variety of security measures when a registered member posts, to maintain the safety of your personal information.
Use of “Cookies” at FishDuck and the Our Beloved Ducks forum
You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since browser is a little different, look at your browser’s Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.
If users disable cookies in their browser:
If you turn cookies off, some features will be disabled and some of the features that make your site experience more efficient may not function properly.
FishDuck and the Our Beloved Ducks forum does not use Google or any other platform advertising, thus no cookies will be installed in your computer, nor any information assembled or shared with a third-party source. (See summary at beginning)
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to any other outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information. This does not include website hosting partners and other parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or serving our users, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release information when it is release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property or safety.
California Online Privacy Protection Act
According to CalOPPA, we agree to the following:
Users can visit our site anonymously.
Can change your personal information? Yes, by logging in to your account
How does FishDuck and the Our Beloved Ducks forum handle Do Not Track signals?
We honor Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.
Does FishDuck allow third-party behavioral tracking?
It is also important to note that we allow third-party behavioral tracking. (See Google Analytics and Alexa.com above)
COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)
When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under the age of 13 years old, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, United States’ consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online.
Fair Information Practices
The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.
In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action should a data breach occur: We will notify you via email within seven business days.
We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle which requires that individuals have the right to legally pursue enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.
CAN SPAM Act
The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.
We collect your email address in order to:
• Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions
• Process orders and to send information and updates pertaining to orders. (If ever applicable in the future)
• Send you additional information related to your product and/or service
• Market to our mailing list or continue to send emails to our clients after any transaction has occurred.
To be in accordance with CANSPAM, we agree to the following:
• Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
• Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
• Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.
• Monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance if one is used.
• Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
• Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.
If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email us at email@example.com or follow the instructions at the bottom of each email.