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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy as ammended 24/05/2018 replacing any prior Privacy Policy.

 

Safaritalk is a non-commercial, free to use internet forum highlighting wildlife conservation, sustainable safari tourism and community initiatives in sub Saharan Africa, (as well as other destinations). It is neither owned by nor linked to any company or organisation and is independently run. If you are interested in the above mentioned subjects, we’d love to have you as a member and enjoy your contributions. By becoming a member, you can take part in the forums and interact with the other members. Before doing so, I want to take up a couple of minutes of your time and ask you to read through the below Privacy Policy.

 

Your privacy is important. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available via a link at the bottom of each page and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested.

 

Safaritalk uses licensed proprietary community software from Invision Power Services, www.invisioncommunity.com and log files are maintained and analysed of all requests for files on this website's web servers which are hosted by Hostgator, www.hostgator.com based in the USA. Log files do not capture personal information but do capture the user's IP address, which is automatically recognised by our web servers.

 

Registering with Safaritalk and your supplied information: in order to join Safaritalk as a member and take part in discussions, upload photographs and videos from your travels, and connect with other members you will be required to register as a member. This entails completing a short and simple registration form which will ask for some very basic personal details. By registering you are consenting to supply these details voluntarily, which will be stored for the length of time you are a member and can be accessed and/or deleted upon request.

 

Safaritalk does not sell any product nor sell any services - at no stage when registering will you be asked by www.safaritalk.net for credit card details, your contact telephone numbers, nor home/business contact address etc. You may choose to voluntarily share contact details with other members through the Private Messaging system and also you can voluntarily add any contact details and/or web address in your signature line which is displayed publicly to other members and guests, which would apply for instance if you are a safari operator and these can be edited/deleted by yourself at any time through your account profile page.

 

If you discover any of the information that we hold for you is incorrect or incomplete, and are unable to change it yourself through your account settings, please contact us as soon as possible so the necessary updates can be made. A contact us link is available at the bottom of every page on this site and you can also Personal Message the administrator using the site's internal messaging system.

 

Registering to use Safaritalk as a new member. (Only Fields marked with a * are required. All not so marked are optional.)

 

1. Your display name is that by which you will be recognised and known by other Safaritalk members when registered. It will be displayed to both logged in members and guests. You can choose to use your own name, or, should you wish to remain anonymous, a pseudonym. This display name is also used by yourself as part of the login process, along with your chosen password. Should you wish to change your username in the future you can contact Safaritalk’s administrator via the Contact us link or Private message.

2. You are required to provide an email which the automatic confirmation service will reply to so for you to complete your registration. If you ever forget your password, and have to apply for it to be reset, you will be sent an email with a link to reset their password via this email address. This email address may also be used if required by Safaritalk’s administrator to contact you if for any reason there is a problem with your account, or if there is important information that you need to be notified about relating to Safaritalk itself and/or important changes. Should you also choose to follow a topic, you can be informed of notifications via email. You can at any time change your email address through your account settings.

3. Supply a password of your choosing. Don’t share this password with anyone and it is recommended that you use different passwords for different website accounts. Should you forget your password at any time, you can always ask for it to be reset, and likewise, should you wish to change your password at any time, you can do so through your account.

4. Choosing a category: To encourage open and transparent discussion in a safe and trustworthy environment, please share with us your involvement with Africa: select a category from each drop down list which best represents you.

 

On the registration form you will see a checkbox option to receive news and updates from www.safaritalk.net. By default it is unchecked. If left so, you will not receive said news and updates. If you wish to receive occasional updates, please opt in by checking the box. Regardless of what is chosen at registration, you can change your mind later in your Account Settings or by using the unsubscribe link in emails received.

 

Once registered, you can change and update your profile at any time. You can add as much or as little information as you wish, including an avatar image. Should you not wish it to identify you personally, you are advised to either leave it blank, (and it will display a generic image), or use a photo you have taken on safari of an animal, bird, etc., whatever you feel best represents you.

 

Safaritalk allows members to upload images and videos and should you wish to remain anonymous, then it is recommended you do not include any image/video which can personally identify you. Whilst you are encouraged at all times to copyright protect your intellectual property, if wishing to remain anonymous then don’t include personal data as part an image watermark or for example written credits in a video.

 

Safaritalk allows members to contribute publicly through posting written content which other members and guests will have access to. Again, should you wish to remain anonymous, it is advised that you do not mention anything in such posts which can personally identify you, such as name and contact details, especially an email address.

 

You may request a copy of any information that we hold on you that could potential identify you as an individual. Should you at any time wish to cancel your membership to Safaritalk please do so by using the Contact Us tab found at the bottom of each page. All personal information provided upon registration, (and user profile form), will be deleted from Safaritalk web servers within 30 days and you will be informed of this action. Any material uploaded to Safaritalk will remain, but will be credited anonymously. Should you wish any personal information to be edited/removed from forum posts and it doesn’t fundamentally change the content and purpose of the site, please make a request and an administration fee may be charged to edit posts and remove any personal information contained within.

 

Should you not be active on Safaritalk for 6 years, your account will be deleted and all previously uploaded content will be attributed anonymously. (Reviewed on monthly basis.) Therefore if you haven’t contributed for a long time, but want to continue being a member, don’t forget to make a post, share a photo, take part in some small way.

 

If Safaritalk is acquired in part or full by a third party, or merges with another website, any personal data stored about its members, submitted through registration details or otherwise will be transferred to the new partner/owner, so as to ensure the website’s continuing functionality: in the event of this happening, you will be notified in advance and be given the opportunity to cancel your membership should you wish to do so.

 

Safaritalk may maintain details of banned members/spammers including IP addresses in order to help prevent further registrations and misuse of the forums.

 

Cookies

 

This website does not store any information that would, on its own, allow us to identify individual users of this service without their permission. Any cookies that may be used by this website are used either solely on a per session basis or to maintain user preferences. Cookies are not shared with any third parties.

 

Third party cookies

 

These can be set by another website other than Safaritalk.

 

Some Safaritalk pages and forum topics may have content from other websites, such as Youtube, Vimeo, Flickr etc., which may set their own cookies.

 

Safaritalk has no control over 3rd party cookies.

 

If you wish to refuse the setting of cookies you can change settings on your browser to clear and block cookies. However, by doing so, Safaritalk may not work properly and you may not be able to access all areas. If you are happy to accept cookies and haven't adjusted browser settings to refuse cookies, Safaritalk will issue cookies when you log on to our site.

 

To help prevent spam registrations/postings, Safaritalk uses Spam Protection, as in the following:

Google reCAPTCHA (Google Inc.)

 

Google reCAPTCHA is a SPAM protection service provided by Google Inc.

The use of reCAPTCHA is subject to the Google privacy policy and terms of use.

 

Safaritalk may contain links to other websites, which may or may not be associated with us. Safaritalk is not responsible for the content of or privacy policies of external websites and should you choose to click on such a link and visit an external website, Safaritalk’s privacy policy will not apply and we cannot be held responsible for the protection or privacy of any personal information you may choose to provide such a website.

 

Our Commitment to Children's Privacy

 

Protecting the privacy of young people is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 16, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 16.

 

If, having read the amendments to Safaritalk's privacy policy you wish to cancel your membership, please contact admin via the Contact us link at the bottom of the page.

 

(Note, using the Contact Us form. By submitting your query to Safaritalk through our Contact Us form, you agree that the Safaritalk Admin may retain your email address for the purpose of responding to you via email.)

 

Safaritalk’s privacy policy is liable to change/updates at any time so you are requested to check back on a regular basis. This Privacy policy can be accessed at any time via the Privacy Policy link which can be found at the bottom of each page.

 

 

Third Parties

Spam Defense
The IPS Spam Defense Service passes the email address and IP address of the registering member to the service to determine the likelihood a registering account is a spam source.
Invisible reCAPTCHA
This site uses a CAPTCHA to ensure humans are performing certain actions. The CAPTCHA provider may set a session cookie and get information about your internet browser and device accessing this website.

Important Information

Safaritalk uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By using Safaritalk you agree to our use of cookies. If you wish to refuse the setting of cookies you can change settings on your browser to clear and block cookies. However, by doing so, Safaritalk may not work properly and you may not be able to access all areas. If you are happy to accept cookies and haven't adjusted browser settings to refuse cookies, Safaritalk will issue cookies when you log on to our site. Please also take a moment to read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy: Terms of Use l Privacy Policy