THE FLAG LOCKER

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Privacy Policy

Preamble

Here at the Flag Locker, your privacy is important to us. The Flag Locker's policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect from you across our website, http://flaglocker.org.

Information We Collect

Usernames

The Flag Locker requires username upon signup to identify members. Members may choose, but are in no way required to use identifying information when choosing a username.

Email Address

The Flag Locker requires an email address upon signup to verify new member accounts. Members may choose, but are in no way obligated, to provide an email that may contain identifying information. Temporary emails may be used for the signup process, however, The Flag Locker recognizes that this may affect usability in some aspects of the website for the user.

Passwords

The Flag Locker requires a password which meets our minimum requirements of security. At no point does The Flag Locker store a user's password in plaintext; all passwords are encrypted to modern encryption standards.

IP Address

The Flag Locker logs the IP address of any user who makes an attempt, successful or otherwise, to login to the website. When stored, IP Addresses are associated to the user account for which the login attempt was made. This is used as an added layer of security when for both our users and The Flag Locker. IP Addresses do not constitute identifying information on their own. The information we collect, as required, is not enough to identify an individual when associated to an IP Address.

Third Party Services

The Flag Locker utilizes Third Party Services to enhance the user experience and to provide statistical data for our own purposes. These services currently include:

Google Analytics

The Flag Locker uses Google Analytics to provide accurate website analytical data. This data enables The Flag Locker Team to identify how much traffic the website receives, how users access and/or discover The Flag Locker, how long users access The Flag Locker, how many pages are viewed by a user, what device or applications a user accesses The Flag Locker with, and other data. At no point does The Flag Locker provide data directly to Google to build a identifying profile of the user. Users are encouraged to read the "How Google Uses Information From Sites Or Apps That Use Our Service" Users may choose to utilize the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on

Mapbox, OpenStreetMaps

The Flag Locker uses MapBox and OpenStreetMaps to provide the mapping service for the Contests section of the site. Users are encouraged to read the Mapbox Privacy Policy. At no point does The Flag Locker directly provide user data to Mapbox or Open Street Maps. Users may choose to enable location services in their browser while accessing the site to allow the map to zoom into their general location.

FreeGeoIP

The Flag Locker uses FreeGeoIP to access timezone data for our visitors by sending the user's IP Address to FreeGeoIP via their API. This timezone data is used to ensure the "Flag Of The Day" feature reflects the user's local day and not that of our server (GMT). At this time, this information is only stored temporarily while the user is accessing the site. We may in the future, store this data for some, or all, logged-in users. At no point does The Flag Locker provide any identifying information about our users to FreeGeoIP.

Conclusion

The Flag Locker takes the privacy of our users very seriously and we do what we can to avoid storing personally identifying information about our users. Collected information exists to provide the user with the requested service and The Flag Locker Team with anonymized data to enable us to monitor and improve our service into the future. We do everything within our means to protect the information we are required to store at a level at or exceeding industry standards to prevent loss, theft, unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use, or modification.

The Flag Locker does not share any personally identifying information publicly or with third-parties, except when required to by law.

The Flag Locker does to external sites that are not operated by The Flag Locker Team. Please be aware that we have no control over the content and/or practices of these websites, and cannot accept responsibility or liability for their respective privacy policies or data security.

Users are free to refuse to provide personal information, with the understanding that their choice may affect our ability to provide certain access or features to the user.

Use of The Flag Locker is regarded as an acceptane of our privacy policy and practices with personal identifying information. If you have any questions or concerns about how we handle user data and personal information, feel free to contact us.

Terms of Service

What The Flag Locker Offers

Our Purpose

The Flag Locker provides an online space for the documentation and dissemination of Vexillogical information and data. We enable users the ability to signup for an account to engage with, and contribute to, the community-driven content that is hosted on the site.

Our Goal

Our goal is to continually improve The Flag Locker while working maintain a safe, positive, and engaged community of vexillologists. In working to achieve this goal, the content, appearance, and features available may change, with or without advanced notice. Updates to features and services are communicated on the homepage, and while the following accounts are maintained:Twitter, and Facebook.

What We Expect From Our Users

Users are permitted to access the services provided by The Flag Locker so long as they conform to our community standards.

Community Standards

  • Users are expected to comply with any and all applicable laws and refrain from abuse, threats, discrimination or discriminatory language, spam, phishing, or plagiarism. Users are also asked to report any content contradictory to this rule for review.
  • Users are expected to independently verify the validity of any contributions being submitted that may be regarded as factual and should do their best to source their content using links directly to their sources, or references to physical copies.
  • Users are asked use contribute, vote, and operate in good faith and in the spirit of furthering education and vexillogical content while engaging with The Flag Locker.
  • Users are not to employ bots, scripts or other automated services on The Flag Locker.
  • Users acknowledge that any and all content on The Flag Locker is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). This includes user contributions in all forms.

User Accounts and Content Ownership

Creation & Maintenance

Users are permitted to create and maintain an account on The Flag Locker for as long as the user remains in good standing with the above stated community standards.

Deletion

Users are free to delete (or, request deletion of, until such time that the service is available) their account at any time. This will result in the removal of any information that may be deemed as personally identifiable as per our Privacy Policy.

The Flag Locker maintains the right to limit user access to the site with or without advance notice should the account be deems to contravene the Terms of Service agreement.

Content Ownership

Users agree that any contribution made to The Flag Locker are made in good faith, and in the spirit of furthering education and vexillogical content, and, is licensed under (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) and therefore will not be removed upon account deletion.

Users also recognize that contributions are attributed to the user through the existence of their account. By voluntarily deleting their account, any contributions made by the user will no longer be attributed to the user.

Liability

Users agree that The Flag Locker, its owners or administrative team will not be liable to you or to any other party for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data, or other intangible losses, regardless of whether we were advised of the possibility of such damage. The Flag Locker will do our best to cite and maintain sources and references to original works. Should any party feel that their rights to content are being infringed, they should contact us immediately to resolve the issue.

Our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service were last updated 07 August, 2020.