We use files known as cookies on stardot.org.uk to improve its performance and to enhance your user experience. By using stardot.org.uk you agree that we can place these types of files on your device.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that a website may put on your computer, or mobile device, when you first visit that site or one of its pages.
There are many functions that a cookie can serve. For example, a cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit it. stardot.org.uk uses the term "cookies" in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.
Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click on "remember me" when logging on, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies will not collect information that identifies you, but will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use stardot.org.uk, or a user’s general location.
What sort of cookies does stardot.org.uk use?
Cookies can perform several different functions:
1. Necessary Cookies
Some cookies are essential for the operation of stardot.org.uk. These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for.
2. Performance Cookies
These cookies may collect anonymous information on the pages visited. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages.
3. Functionality Cookies
These cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience.
stardot.org.uk may also allow third parties to serve cookies that fall into any of the categories above. For example, like many sites, we may use Google Analytics to help us monitor our website traffic.
Can a board user block cookies?
To find out how to manage which cookies you allow, see your browser’s help section or your mobile device manual - or you can visit one of the sites below, which have detailed information on how to manage, control or delete cookies.
Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of stardot.org.uk do not work properly.
Cookies on stardot.org.uk from social networking sites
stardot.org.uk may have links to social networking websites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter or YouTube). These websites may also place cookies on your device and stardot.org.uk does not control how they use their cookies, therefore stardot.org.uk suggests you check their website(s) to see how they are using cookies.
General Data Protection Regulation - 2018 (GDPR)
To comply with the GDPR you need to be made aware that your stardot.org.uk account will, at a bare minimum, contain a uniquely identifiable name (hereinafter “your user name”), a personal password used for logging into your account (hereinafter “your password”) and a personal, valid email address (hereinafter “your email”). Your information for your account at stardot.org.uk is protected by data-protection laws applicable in the country that hosts us. Any information beyond your user name, your password, and your email address required by stardot.org.uk during the registration process is either mandatory or optional, at the discretion of stardot.org.uk. In all cases, you have the option of what information in your account is publicly displayed. Furthermore, within your account, you have the option to opt-in or opt-out of automatically generated emails.
You cannot opt out of emails sent specifically pertaining to the administration of the forum, this includes email address confirmation emails and direct communications from administrators and moderators.
Furthermore we will store all of the IP addresses that you use to post with. Depending on your preferences stardot.org.uk may send you emails to the email address that stardot.org.uk holds in your account which will either be that you used when you registered or one that you have subsequently changed, but you are able to change these preferences from your User Control Panel (UCP) at any time should you wish to stop receiving them.
The personal details that you gave us when you signed up, or added later, will be used solely for the purposes of stardot.org.uk board functionality. They will not be used for anything else and neither will they be passed on to any third party without your explicit consent. You can check, at any time, the personal details stardot.org.uk is holding about you from the Profile section of your UCP.
The only other information about you is that which you decide to post in the fora, whereupon it is considered to be “publicly available” as it will have been indexed by search engines as well as on-line archive sites.
Accounts will be maintained in perpetuity, however at any time you may request that your account is removed by an administrator, at which point you will be removed from the system. Please note, however, that any public posts you have made will be retained.