Forums for Justice
Privacy Policy


This privacy statement was last updated on 11/8/01.


Forums for Justice has created this privacy statement in order to disclose our information gathering and dissemination practices for this Web site, www.forumsforjustice.org.

Forums for Justice abides by the safe harbor framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of data from the European Union.

Upon reading this privacy statement, you will know:

1. What personally identifiable information of yours or third party personally identifiable information is collected from you through the Web site.
2. What protections you and your privacy are afforded at this site.
3. How the information is used.
4. With whom the information may be shared.
5. What choices are available to you regarding collection, use and distribution of the information.
6. The kind of security procedures that are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under Forums for Justice’s control.
7. How you can access and correct any inaccuracies in the information collected about you.

Questions regarding this statement should be directed to the Forums for Justice webmaster by sending e-mail towebmaster@forumsforjustice.org or writing to us at the following address:

Forums for Justice
Attn: Privacy Issues
633 Post Street,
PO Box 147
San Francisco, CA 94109

If you feel that Forums for Justice has not complied with the policies outlined in this privacy statement please submit a Watchdog report at http://www.truste.org/users/user_watchdog.html


Forums for Justice's policies and procedures for handling member information have been created with the understanding that Internet technologies are still evolving and that Internet business methods are continuing to evolve to meet the needs and opportunities of the changing technologies. As a result, Forums for Justice's policies and procedures are subject to change.

In the course of serving its members, Forums for Justice acquires, stores and transmits member communications and information that members may regard as private or sensitive. Some of this information - such as the member's account status and member logs - is created and maintained by Forums for Justice in the normal course of providing service.

Forums for Justice also employs the use of cookies for member convenience. Cookies are small pieces of information that a web site can store in a designated file on a user's computer for various reasons. For example, Forums for Justice uses cookies so that members do not have to log in with their username and password everytime they access the forum.

In addition, Forums for Justice may store members' electronic mail and other communications as a necessary incident to the transmission and delivery of those communications.

Data Security
Forums for Justice will protect the confidentiality of its members' information, account information and personal communications to the fullest extent possible and consistent with the law and the legitimate interests of Forums for Justice, its site officers, administrators, moderators and all other members of Forums for Justice.

To protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of information that is collected from members, Forums for Justice has put appropriate physical, electronic, policy, and managerial procedures in place.

Opt Out & Modifications
Members may opt out of receiving notices of private messages, intra-member e-mails, and non-critical mailings lists, provided by the Forums for Justice forum software, by making the appropriate changes to their individual account control panel.

However, members may not opt out of receiving information from Forums for Justice which is essential for maintaining or updating members' accounts or system information.

Most members may access and modify their personal information via their online personal control panel/account information page.

All other members may access and modify their personal information by contacting Forums for Justice administration at webmaster@forumsforjustice.org.

Disclosure of member information and communications
Forums for Justice will not otherwise disclose its members' personal and account information unless Forums for Justice has reason to believe that disclosing such information is necessary to identify, make contact with, or bring legal action against someone who may be causing harm or interfering with the rights or property of Forums for Justice, Forums for Justice's members, or others, or where Forums for Justice has a good faith belief that the law requires such disclosure.

Forums for Justice also will not, except for reasons stated below, disclose to third parties the contents of any electronic mail or other electronic communications that Forums for Justice stores or transmits for its members.

The circumstances under which Forums for Justice will disclose such electronic member communications are when:

1. it is necessary in order to provide service to the member;
2. it is required to cooperate with interception orders, warrants, or other legal process that Forums for Justice determines in its sole discretion to be valid and enforceable; and
3. it is necessary to provide to a law enforcement agency when the contents are inadvertently obtained by Forums for Justice and appear to pertain to the commission of a crime.

Forums for Justice disclaims any intention to censor, edit or engage in ongoing review or surveillance of communications stored on or transmitted through its facilities by members or others. Forums for Justice will, however, review, delete or block access to communications that may harm Forums for Justice, its members or third parties.

The grounds on which Forums for Justice may take such action include, but are not limited to, actual or potential violations of the Forums for Justice's Acceptable Use Policy.

Codified, this day, June 9, 2002

Leia Amidon, Webmaster




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