WHO WE ARE
This forum (http://forum.hobbycomponents.com) is provided as a free service by Hobby Components Ltd. We are an on-line provider of electronic products and components aimed mainly at the hobbyist and educational markets. Our main website (web store) can be found at http://hobbycomponents.com.
WHAT PERSONAL DATA WE COLLECT AND WHY WE COLLECT IT
COMMENTS/POSTS - Posting comments on this forum requires the creation of a forum account. When creating a forum account the following required information is stored:
Your user name
Your email address
Your password (stored as an encrypted hash)
The above information is required for account creation purposes, spam/blacklist checking. In particular, your email address will be used for account confirmation, password recovery and any important information relating to your forum account. We will not pass on to third parties, or use this information for any other purpose.
After account creation the following optional information can also be provided:
AOL Instant Messenger
The above information is provided to allow the option for other forum users to contact you via other social websites. We do not make use of this information for any purpose.
Media - As part of a forum post you have the option to attach certain forms of media (PDFs, documents, images, etc). These attachments and any personal data contain within them will also be stored on our server(s). We therefore recommend that you remove any personal information from these attachments. In particular, if you upload images to the forum, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
COOKIES - If you visit or create an account on this site we may use session cookies to store temporary settings. These cookies are not used to track your activity on this or other sites.
EMBEDDED CONTENT FROM OTHER WEBSITES - Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
ANALYTICS - Analytics are collected via the Google analytics service. No personal information is stored and it is used purely for website monitoring purposes.
WHO WE SHARE YOUR DATA WITH
Data collected via this site (http://forum.hobbycomponents.com) is not shared with any third party. Your data is kept private and we will never sell, trade or otherwise pass on your personal data to other third parties.
HOW LONG WE RETAIN YOUR DATA
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
WHAT RIGHTS YOU HAVE OVER YOUR DATA
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
WHERE WE SEND YOUR DATA
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
Your rights regarding your data:
The General Data Protection Regulation (in effect from 25th May 2018) gives you a number of rights regarding the data we collect. These include the following:
The right to be informed – about how we collect and use your data.
The right of access (Subject Access Request) which gives you the right to request a copy of all the data we hold about you. You can make an SAR request by sending an email to sales @ hobbycomponents.com. We will endeavour to provide this information as quickly as possible (within one month of the original request) and in accordance with the law, but as part of the process we will require confirmation of identity and may request additional information to aid in the process. We have the right to refuse a request when it is deemed to be manifestly unfounded or excessive. In which case you will be informed why your request has been refused.
The right to rectification – Changes to your information can be made via the settings section of your forum account. Any changes to information not available via your account settings can be made by sending an email to sales @ hobbycomponents.com.
The right to erasure – Should you wish to have your account(s) and data deleted you can send a request via email to sales @ hobbycomponents.com.
The right to restrict processing – You can request that processing of your data is blocked.
The right to data portability – You can request transfer of your data to another business.
The right to object – You can object to any form of processing of your data.
The right not to be subject to automated decision-making including profiling – You can request where a decision being made about yourself by an automated process, be intervened by a human, or request an explanation of the process.
Should you believe that we are not using your data in accordance with the law you can make a complaint to the regulator (The Information Commissioners Office ICO). Before contacting the ICO we would request that your contact us first so that we can attempt to rectify any concerns or queries that you have. You can contact the ICO via the following methods.
Phone: 0303 1231113
The Information Commissioner’s Office
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