At Chum Forum we recognise the absolute importance of protecting the privacy of all personal information given to us by a member. When you sign-up, and your application to join is approved, we ask only for three main items of information as follows:

Your username is stored in the database as recognisable characters. This is necessary so that we may identify you as a member and for you to use in the forum.

Your password is stored in the database as a series of asterisks (*********) and not as recognisable characters. This is a private and personal item for you only to use to enter the forum. We never ask you to disclose your password to anyone. If you forget your password, we cannot retrieve it for you and you will have to apply for a new one to continue logging into the forum (See "Lost Password" tab on our Home Page menubar).

Your e-mail is used by us when you first join to send you an "activation code" to start your membership. This is so that we know we are dealing with a human and not a search engine robot. Your e-mail address is stored in the database as recognisable characters. Sometimes, we use the e-mail you have given us to send you any special offers, but no more than twice a year. You have the option to opt-out from receiving e-mails from Chum Forum: you may do this via your personal control panel.

The information in the database is locked and protected by several layers of administrative passwords and is not available to any individual other than the Owner of Chum Forum and our two Administrators.

As a completely-free forum, we do not rely on any commercial advertising or financing. Therefore, your e-mail is safe and we shall never pass or sell it to any third party organisation.

No information is collected from Guests.

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As a cautionary step, we advise you to empty your cache regularly since cookies from all other websites you visit collect on your hard drive everytime you navigate the internet. These slow down your computer if allowed to accumulate in large quantities.