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Geekzone Privacy Statement
Posted on 17-Jan-2003 08:10 | Filed under: General Information

Geekzone Privacy Statement

We have created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this website.


IP addresses
We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our web site. All posts in our forums and comments to articles have an associated IP address recorded. This IP address is never shown to other users and it is only collected in order to help us to prevent unsolicited posting to our forums (see Spammers below) or other breaches of our Forum Usage Guidelines (FUG).

Personal information
All users have their user name, country and registration date listed in our User List. This list is only visible to other registered users. The email icon allows users to send private messages between them, but neither the sender's or recipient's email addresses are disclosed. If the user requires privacy, an option is available on the user settings page to hide the user name from this list and prevent other users from contacting via those private messages.

Our site's registration form requires users to give us required contact information (such as their email address) and optional personal and demographic information (such as name, address, phone number, city and country).

You public user profile page will be indexed by search engines. If you don't want your name and/or location showing up in search engine results, you can leave those fields empty. You can change these at any time and search engines will reflect these changes when they crawl your public user profile page.

Our site uses cookies to keep track of your login. Cookies are simple data files that store information. We do not install any program on your computer while visiting our site. The information stored in the cookie file is used to maintain the login information if the user decides to use our auto login feature. If you do not use the auto login feature the cookie is cleared when the browser is closed. We also store a randomly generated value that allows our site to prevent hijacking of forms and controls.

Email addresses
We use the user's email address to send forum notifications such as replies to their posts. Users can opt-out of these notifications at any time by clicking a link in those emails. Users can set a profile option to default to subscribe to these forum notifications or not. Users can also opt-in or opt-out of individual discussions when posting a reply. Users can also subscribe to subforums and receive notifications when a new discussion is posted.

Users have access to a page to stop all those forum notifications and can use this at any time.

If the user opts in, we use the contact information (email address) from the registration form to send any important information regarding its registration with Geekzone. Email addresses are kept to allow us to prevent users creating multiple accounts.

Our daily email updates are managed by Google Feedburner. We do not supply email address to this service. The user has to actively subscribe to the service directly with Google, through our page.

If spam is found in our forums the associated account is banned and certain information (username, email address and IP address) is submitted to Stop Forum Spam, a third party database service tracking such activities. We do not submit any other information and we do not submit information if a user account is banned for reasons other than spam. We also use this service to identify spammers and deny registration or access to our forums.

We use the Cloudflare CDN services. Cloudflare may at any time present visitors with a request for information before giving access to our site. This request for information is generally presented when Cloudflare has reasons to believe the visitor is using a compromised browser or system, act as a spammer or a bad actor in general. This request for information is automated and no information is automatically exchanged between us and Cloudflare. We manually add IP address ranges to Cloudflare from time to time to prevent known spammers from accessing our website.

In the course of serving advertisements to this site, our third-party advertiser server may place or recognize a unique cookie file. We use Google DFP For Small Business to serve ads when you visit our Web site. Ads can be hosted by Google DoubleClick, Tribal Fusion, Amazon Affiliates and other networks. These companies may use information (but not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements on this site and other sites about goods and services that may be of interest to you.

More specifically Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on this site. Google's use of DART cookies enables it to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and other sites on the Internet. Read these pages for more information: How Google uses information from sites or apps that use our services and Google's Privacy Terms for more information.

External links
This site contains links to other sites. Geekzone is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such web sites.

Third party services
We use services from the following providers to monitor, manage and monetise our site:


  • Admiral
  • Amazon Affiliates
  • Cloudflare
  • Disqus
  • GeniusLink
  • Google Analytics
  • Google AdSense
  • Google DFP
  • Google Feedburner
  • Google reCaptcha
  • PayPal
  • PriceMe
  • Stopforumspam
  • TribalFusion
  • Viglink

Use of Perspective API
We use Perspective, a Google service, to score posts in our forums. The score is automatically calculated for posts in specific sub-forums, including Politics and Off Topic. The score is used to determine if further involvement by our moderators is needed. Posts are submitted as part of the API request but no further information is sent. We do not disclose user's names, IP addresses, email or any other PII when using the API.


We use PayPal to manage recurring subscriptions. When a visitor subscribes to our services all personal information as well as credit card information is provided by the user directly to PayPal. We do not receive the credit card information nor store such information in our database.

When using our alternative subscription service the transaction is performed directly with the service and we do not receive the credit card information nor store such information in our database.

Privacy Act 1993
We are also bound by the New Zealand Privacy Act 1993 to make sure your personal information is not disclosed to third parties. More information can be obtained from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.


Reporting a breach or vulnerability
You can email to report a breach or vulnerability. You can send an anonymous email and if you need encrypt the content you can use my PGP key found at keybase.


Amazon Affiliate disclosure
Geekzone is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Mighty Ape Affiliate disclosure
Geekzone is a participant in the Mighty Ape Affiliate Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Viglink Affiliate disclosure
Geekzone is a participant in the Viglink Affiliate Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising by automatically hyperlinking some keywords to affiliates. You can opt-out of this programme at any time by visiting the Viglink Opt-Out page.

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