Who we are
Types of data we collect
During the registration phase at StopForumSpam, we ask for a username (alias or real name, we enforce neither), an email address in order to verify your account (and to provide password reset and user validation when required). We record the IP address that you registered from, and the IP address that you last authenticated from.
StopForumSpam utilises two domains, those being
As stopforumspam.org does not utilise any cookie features, the scope of cookies will be limited stop stopforumspam.com, as referred to as StopForumSpam
Cookies set by StopForumSpam are used for the following purpose
- Authentication - To ensure you can login and use personalised services, until you log out or clear cookies.
- Security - In the event of our security system detecting hostile traffic, a cookie will used to test that your browser/client complies with required security profiles.
Website Log Data
Normal web server activity will generate visitor log files. These log files may include personal data in the form of a single line, containing an IP address, the URI requested, and any parameters passed to the URI.
Log files are stored for 5 days, and used only for site diagnostics. No log files are shared with any other parties. Once deleted, log files are not recoverable.
If during the operation of API access, you wish that no data is logged, then you must change your request from a GET method to a POST method, as described at https://www.stopforumspam.com/usage
POST method will log the request but will not log the contents of the request. If you wish your request to remain within a European Union boundary, please ensure that you query europe.stopforumspam.org
How we protect your data
StopForumSpam is committed to protecting your personal data, and we undertake the following processes to ensure it remains secure
- Regular security reviews of code and network access
- ecurity gateways that actively screen for hostile traffic, denying access if required
- Securing network access to systems via firewalls and restricted Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
- Data is encrypted and hashed where possible
When someone visits www.stopforumspam.com we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.
Content Delivery Networks
As some parts of the website are made available via high speed caching content providers, they make set a cookie in order to provide the fastest possible access to content required to generate the StopForumSpam website. These cookies are not available to us, nor are we able to control this behaviour.
As part of the registration process for SFS, we may collect some personal information based on the information you provide to us. We use that information for a couple of reasons: to provide you with the website/forum access, and services that you registered to obtain. We may use this to contact you if we need to obtain or provide additional information; to check our records are right and to inform you of critical issues with our service. Under no circumstances will we ever rent, sell, lease or otherwise disclose any information with any other party.
As we cannot verify registrations without an email address, we cannot provide any personalised services without one. You have the right to not provide an email address
We do not share any of our user’s personal data, actual or anonymised, with any other party.
Access to your personal information.
Our users are entitled to view, amend, or delete the personal information that we hold. Email your request to our data protection officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the event of a data breach, you will be notified once an initial investigation has been completed. This does not affect any statutory rights.
Personal data that cannot be removed without impacting the operation of StopForumSpam will be anonymized to such a way as to retain website operations and remove as much personal information as possible.
Existing site data backups that contain removed/anonymised data, will not be removed, but will be flagged as requiring data removal processing, in the event that a database restore is required.
Changes to this Privacy Notice
This data protection policy may change from time to time, and notification of any change will be via email.