Cara-Friend is committed to protecting the privacy of our users. We sometimes collect personal information from our users. This page explains what information we collect, why we collect it, what we do with it and what you can do about it.
Cara-Friend maintains the confidentiality, security and integrity of personal information that we obtain from our users. We do not disclose personal information to any outside party. When registering for Cara-Friend or any of its related services, we ask you to provide certain personal information. This information is for internal use only and will not be distributed or sold to any parties outside Cara-Friend
We strive to create content, resources and information which require a very minimal amount of information from our users. Our online forms, surveys, and mailing lists sometimes ask users for contact information (like their e-mail addresses) or information about their hobbies or interests. This information is also only for internal purposes and will not be shared with any party outside Cara-Friend.
An IP address is a number that’s automatically assigned to your computer whenever you’re surfing the web. Web servers–the big computers that “serve” up web pages–automatically identify your computer by its IP address. cara-friend.org.uk collects IP addresses for the purposes of system administration and to report anonymous aggregate information to third parties. When guests request pages from cara-friend.org.uk, our servers log the users’ IP addresses. We do not link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable. This means that a user’s session will be logged, but the user remains anonymous to us. We will know your IP address, but not who you are or where you are. We collate the information for site statistics to review where our “hits” are coming from and how users are using the site. Information is subsequently used to improve parts of the site that you visit most.
As a specific example of this, Cara-Friend makes use of Google Analytics in order for us to analyse our traffic and gauge who’s interested in our services. We make use of Google’s Demographics analysis, which gives us an anonymised breakdown of our user’s age range, sex, and interests, based on your tracking cookie. This information cannotbe used to personally identify any individual users. You can opt out of Google’s tracking cookie system at this link: Google Opt-out
In the course of serving advertisements to this site, our third-party advertiser may place or recognise a unique “cookie” on your browser.
The importance of security for all personally identifiable information associated with our users is of utmost concern to us. We exercise great care in providing secure transmission of our users’ personal information from their computers to our servers by utilizing encryption software. Only those employees or volunteers who need access to our users’ information in order to do their jobs are allowed access. Any employee/volunteer who violates our privacy and/or security policies is subject to disciplinary action, including possible termination and civil and/or criminal prosecution.
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) does not allow the collection of any personal information from anyone under the age of 13. In compliance with COPPA, cara-friend.org.uk does not knowingly collect personal information from anyone under the age of 13. It is important for you to understand COPPA; we encourage you to read more about COPPA by visiting the FTC’s website at www.ftc.gov. Any information retrieved from persons under the age of 13 is destroyed.
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