PRIVACY POLICY

THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT DISCLOSES OUR INFORMATION-GATHERING AND DISSEMINATION PRACTICES FOR USENETFIRE AND IT’S RELATED SERVICES.

USENETFIRE IS REQUIRED TO NOTIFY THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES IF IT BECOMES AWARE THAT ANY MEMBER IS ENGAGED IN POSTING OF ARTICLES DEALING WITH OR DEPICTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY OR ANY PRACTICE BY WHICH MINORS ARE SOLICITED TO ENGAGE IN A SEXUAL ACT.

IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THE TERMS OF THIS PRIVACY POLICY, DO NOT USE THE SERVICE. DUE TO CHANGES TO THE SERVICE, CHANGES IN THE LAW, AND THE CHANGING NATURE OF TECHNOLOGY, OUR INFORMATION GATHERING AND SHARING PRACTICES MAY CHANGE FROM TIME TO TIME, AND WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MODIFY THIS PRIVACY POLICY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE TO YOU.

WHEN YOU REGISTER, YOU DECLARE THAT YOU ARE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD.

USENETFIRE DO NOT, AND WILL NOT EVER, SELL, RENT, OR TRADE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS OR ANY CONTACT INFO TO ANY OUTSIDE COMPANY. WE USE BEST PRACTICE SECURITY PROCEDURES TO KEEP YOUR INFORMATION SAFE. USENETFIRE MAY FROM TIME TO TIME MAINTAIN A LOG OF CERTAIN INFORMATION CONCERNING THE NETWORK PROARTICLE OF SERVICE USERS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION USERS’ IP ADDRESSES (A COMPUTER’S NUMERICAL INTERNET ADDRESS) AND THE TYPE OF WEB BROWSERS USED TO ACCESS THE SERVICE, IN ANONYMOUS, “AGGREGATE” FORM (IN OTHER WORDS, WE DO NOT ASSOCIATE THIS INFORMATION WITH A SPECIFIC SUBSCRIBER, AND YOU REMAIN ANONYMOUS).

SERVICES PROVIDED

USENETFIRE OPERATES AN ONLINE, COMPUTERIZED INTERACTIVE INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION AND TRANSACTION SYSTEM (THE “SYSTEM”) WHICH PROVIDES ONLINE ACCESS TO USENET. USENETFIRE WILL PROVIDE TO CUSTOMER THE SERVICES (THE “SERVICES”). THE TERM “CUSTOMER” SHALL, WHEN THE CONTEXT PERMITS, INCLUDE CUSTOMER’S OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AND CONTRACTORS.

AGE OF CONSENT

CUSTOMER WILL NOT PERMIT ACCESS TO THE SYSTEM BY USERS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 YEARS. VIOLATION OF THIS POLICY WILL REQUIRE IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OF SERVICES AND LOSS OF ALL MONIES SUBMITTED. 

SPAM

USENETFIRE ENFORCES A ZERO-TOLERANCE SPAM POLICY REGARDING OUR USERS POSTS TO USENET THROUGH OUR NETWORK. USENETFIRE HAS THE SOLE DISCRETION TO DETERMINE IF A USER’S POSTS ARE CONSIDERED SPAM. IF USENETFIREHAS DETERMINED THAT A USER HAS POSTED 1 OR MORE ARTICLES OF SPAM, THE USER’S ACCOUNT WILL BE CANCELED IMMEDIATELY WITH NO REFUNDS AND USENETFIRE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PREVENT THE USER FROM USING OUR NETWORK ANYTIME THEREAFTER.

TROLLING

TROLLING IS THE PRACTICE OF MALICIOUSLY TRYING TO INCITE OTHERS THAT USE A NEWSGROUP, TO DEVIATE FROM THE STATED TOPIC OF THE GROUP. IN OTHER WORDS, TROLLING IS AN ATTEMPT TO ANGER OTHERS TO THE POINT OF DRAWING THEM INTO AN ARGUMENT OR AN OFF-TOPIC DEBATE. USENETFIRE DOES NOT TOLERATE TROLLING AND WILL TERMINATE SERVICE OF THOSE WHO ABUSE THE SERVICE IN THIS MANNER.

INFORMATION COLLECTION

INFORMATION IS COLLECTED, USED, AND STORED IN THE FOLLOWING SITUATIONS:

VISITORS TO THIS WEBSITE HAVE THE OPTION OF BECOMING A SUBSCRIBER TO THE SERVICE BY COMPLETING AND SUBMITTING AN ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM. TO COMPLETE A REGISTRATION FORM, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SELECT A USER NAME AND PASSWORD, AND TO PROVIDE CERTAIN PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION:

NAME, CREDIT CARD NUMBER, CREDIT CARD EXPIRATION DATA, CARD VALIDATION VALUE (CVV2), STREET ADDRESS, AND ZIP CODE ARE COLLECTED. THE CVV2 VALUE IS DISCARDED AFTER THE CREDIT CARD TRANSACTION IS COMPLETED AND IS NEVER STORED. THE CUSTOMER MAY OPTIONALLY PROVIDE EMAIL ADDRESS AND A SECURITY QUESTION AND ANSWER PAIR, WHICH WILL ALSO BE STORED. THE CREDIT CARD TRANSACTION IS PROCESSED THROUGH A THIRD PARTY THAT IS GOVERNED BY THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT, ACTING ON THE BEHALF OF USENETFIRE, AND IS NOT AUTHORIZED TO USE YOUR INFORMATION FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE. REGISTRATION INFORMATION WILL BE KEPT ON-FILE TO SUPPORT THE REGISTERED ACCOUNT FOR THE DURATION OF THE CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP WITH USENETFIRE.

RETENTION AND COMPLETION

USENETFIRE DOES NOT GUARANTEE ANY RETENTION OR COMPLETION RATES. RETENTION AND COMPLETION RATES DISPLAYED ON USENETFIRE’ WEBSITE ARE APPROXIMATIONS BASED ON THEN-CURRENT DATA. AS THE POSTING VOLUME ON USENET INCREASES AND DECREASES USENETFIRE’ RETENTION MAY INCREASE AND DECREASE ACCORDINGLY WITHOUT NOTICE.

COOKIES

“COOKIES” ARE SMALL PIECES OF INFORMATION THAT ARE STORED BY YOUR WEB BROWSER ON YOUR COMPUTER’S HARD DRIVE. USENETFIRE USE COOKIES ONLY TO LOG “INBOUND LINKS” TO THIS WEBSITE (E.G., THROUGH AN ONLINE ADVERTISEMENT, THROUGH A LINK IN A SEARCH ENGINE RESULT, THROUGH A LINK ON A WEB PAGE, ETC.). WE DO NOT USE COOKIES TO CAPTURE ANY PERSONALLY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ABOUT YOU.

RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN

GDPR requires us to give contributors the “right to be forgotten.” As the GDPR right states, we will not keep any records of you on our databases if you so choose. Names, addresses, payment information, your entire profile will be deleted within 48 hours of your request.

 

ASSUMPTION OF RISK

SOME USENET NEWSGROUPS MAY CONTAIN VERY OFFENSIVE, HARMFUL, INACCURATE, EXPLICIT, AND/OR OTHERWISE INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT, AND IN SOME CASES, CONTENT THAT HAS BEEN MISLABELED OR IS OTHERWISE DECEPTIVE. IF YOU ARE AFRAID OF BEING EXPOSED TO CONTENT YOU MAY FIND OFFENSIVE IN ANY WAY, EITHER INTENTIONALLY OR ACCIDENTALLY, YOU SHOULD NOT SUBSCRIBE TO OR USE THIS SERVICE. YOU AGREE TO USE CAUTION AND COMMON SENSE AND TO EXERCISE PROPER JUDGMENT WHEN USING THE USENET THROUGH THE SERVICE. YOU ASSUME ANY AND ALL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE.

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY

CUSTOMER EXPRESSLY AGREES THAT USE OF THE SERVICES AND THE SYSTEM AND THE MATERIAL THEREIN AND STORAGE OF INFORMATION WHICH APPEARS IN THE SYSTEM IS AT CUSTOMER’S SOLE RISK. THE SERVICES AND THE SYSTEM ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR NONINFRINGEMENT OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE OTHER THAN THOSE WARRANTIES WHICH ARE IMPLIED BY AND INCAPABLE OF EXCLUSION, RESTRICTION OR MODIFICATION UNDER THE LAWS APPLICABLE TO THIS AGREEMENT. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION GIVEN BY USENETFIRE, ITS CONTRACTORS, AGENTS, AFFILIATES OR VENDORS OR THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES SHALL CREATE A WARRANTY. CUSTOMER MAY NOT ASSIGN ITS RIGHTS OR OBLIGATIONS UNDER THIS AGREEMENT WITHOUT THE PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT OF USENETFIRE, WHICH MAY BE WITHHELD IN USENETFIRE’ SOLE DISCRETION.