You agree, through your use of this forum, that you will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, adult material, or otherwise in violation of any International or United States Federal law. You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or you have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. Spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also forbidden on this forum.
Note that it is impossible for the staff or the owners of this forum to confirm the validity of posts. Please remember that we do not actively monitor the posted messages, and as such, are not responsible for the content contained within. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information presented. The posted messages express the views of the author, and not necessarily the views of this forum, its staff, its subsidiaries, or this forum's owner. Anyone who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to notify an administrator or moderator of this forum immediately. The staff and the owner of this forum reserve the right to remove objectionable content, within a reasonable time frame, if they determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, please realize that they may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately. This policy applies to member profile information as well.
You remain solely responsible for the content of your posted messages. Furthermore, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the owners of this forum, any related websites to this forum, its staff, and its subsidiaries. The owners of this forum also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or any other related information collected on this service) in the event of a formal complaint or legal action arising from any situation caused by your use of this forum.
You have the ability, as you register, to choose your username. We advise that you keep the name appropriate. With this user account you are about to register, you agree to never give your password out to another person except an administrator, for your protection and for validity reasons. You also agree to NEVER use another person's account for any reason. We also HIGHLY recommend you use a complex and unique password for your account, to prevent account theft.
After you register and login to this forum, you will be able to fill out a detailed profile. It is your responsibility to present clean and accurate information. Any information the forum owner or staff determines to be inaccurate or vulgar in nature will be removed, with or without prior notice. Appropriate sanctions may be applicable.
Please note that with each post, your IP address is recorded, in the event that you need to be banned from this forum or your ISP contacted. This will only happen in the event of a major violation of this agreement.
Also note that the software places a cookie, a text file containing bits of information (such as your username and password), in your browser's cache. This is ONLY used to keep you logged in/out. The software does not collect or send any other form of information to your computer.
This policy explains the way that we collect, use and protect your data on Soul of Adoption as well as your choices with regard to your data.
Our aims and duty of care
We recognise our duty of care with regards to your data and will always endeavour to do the right thing with the personal data you choose to share with us, including: not compromising your anonymity; protecting your privacy; storing your data securely and giving you control over your own data.
Our mission at Soul of Adoption is to help make members' lives easier. We believe that securing your data, preserving your anonymity, protecting your privacy, and giving you control over your data are an important aspect of that mission.
We store: IP address, cookies, your device's unique ID, page browsing history, searches you've made on site, approximate location, and any enquiries you've made. For registered members we also store username, password and email address; discussions you may have with Soul of Adoption site moderators; and a summary of decisions we've taken if we've reviewed your use of Soul of Adoption for any reason.
We store your email address to register you and contact you (if you have asked for email newsletters) and we store things such as IP address, cookies and device ID so that our systems recognise you if you return to Soul of Adoption. When we look at this information across large numbers of users, it helps us see which parts of Mumsnet are well-used and which aren't, and this helps us to decide what sort of content and features might be useful to develop.
We don't require your name or address when you view Soul of Adoption content or register with the site, and you can use Soul of Adoption fully without providing it.
Subject to your permissions and choices, we collect, store and process the data listed in this section. We believe we provide a useful service, and therefore have a legitimate interest in processing your data which benefits both Soul of Adoption and you as a Soul of Adoption.
We store the following data for all users, whether registered or not:
* IP address, cookies, device ID – to identify your web browser and device. * Page browsing information – to enable us to show you more relevant things and to understand how people use Soul of Adoption, so we can improve it. * Within our user database, we assign your internet browser and device a unique 'Identity Number'. Against this identity number we record the topic of the content that your device is viewing or creating, in other words, your device's 'reading habits'. This helps us understand what you may be interested in so that we can show you things we think may be relevant to you (Soul of Adoption content). When we look at this information from all users, we can see what is popular and less popular, helping us to develop Soul of Adoption over time. * Searches you've made on site – to show you more content in future.
We store the following information for registered members:
* Username, password and email address so that you can log in. We won't send you newsletters or mass email communications that you haven't asked for, and we don't sell your email address to anyone else. * Discussions that take place over email or via Private Messages between you and Soul of Adoption moderators so that we have a record. * A summary of any actions we may have taken with regard to your use of Soul of Adoption (usually in response to reported posts) so that we have a record and can moderate fairly.
We also store the following optional data for registered members:
* Registration data: facts about you that you choose to provide in the sign-up process, such as your date of birth and gender. If you give us this data it helps us to show you more relevant things (for example, sending you emails about pregnancy if you have asked for them). * Permissions to email you, to send you newsletters that you have chosen to receive. * Private Messages that you choose to send other users.
Children and minors
We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 16 years of age.
Posting on Soul of Adoption
Of your registration data, only your Soul of Adoption username is displayed on screen for other users to see and visible to anyone on the internet. So when posting, you should bear in mind that any personally identifying details you include in the text or pictures you post could be seen by anyone.
Soul of Adoption forums are visible to search engines. This means that any personal information users choose to share in their posts can be seen widely. We cannot control who sees these posts.
In all your posts across Soul of Adoption, in personal messages to other users, and in choosing your username, you should be mindful about the possibility that information you choose to disclose could lead to someone working out who you are in 'real life'. For example, anything that references your real life name, your children's real names, where you live or your date of birth could make it easy for someone to work out who you are.
Soul of Adoption is for anybody 16+ and we believe that our users are adults/youth who can decide for themselves what information they choose to share on Soul of Adoption. That said, if you're ever worried that you've said too much, hit 'report' on one of your posts and explain the problem to our moderation team; they will be happy to help if they can if you can't modify your post.
You should be aware that the moderation team and a small number of other members of staff at Soul of Adoption have access to your posts and can see that content in combination with your registration data. We restrict the number of staff who have access to this data to the minimum and we constantly review this. You can check your registration data in Profile.
Your permissions and choices
You can change your registration data and your email preferences on Soul of Adoption at any time on your Profile page.
Your registration data
You can change the information that you provided when you registered, including your email address and Soul of Adoption username, on your Profile page.
Your email preferences
You can change which newsletters you receive, or ensure that you do not receive any newsletters from Soul of Adoption by going to My Account.
If you're ever worried that you've said too much, hit 'report' on one of your posts and explain the problem to our site moderation team; they will be happy to help if they can.
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies. A cookie is a small, temporary file which a web server sends to your web browser to be stored. Cookies allows Soul of Adoption to identify your web browser and device if we see it again.
Cookies do not contain your name or other personal details and there are some benefits to you and Soul of Adoption.
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:
Google Chrome Microsoft Edge Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Internet Explorer Opera Apple Safari
To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer's website.
Private Messages are stored until you delete them.
Exceptional circumstances - safeguarding and official investigations
If there are obvious safeguarding reasons, or if we are contacted by the police about a possible breach of the law, we may share your personal information with public authorities without your permission. If we are compelled to do so by a court order, we will share your personal data to the extent specified in the order.
If there are compelling safeguarding considerations, we may share your data with public authorities without your permission. We understand 'compelling safeguarding considerations' to mean credible evidence of imminent risk of serious harm, especially to a child or vulnerable person.
In such circumstances, on the judgement of a senior person within Soul of Adoption we may proactively contact relevant authorities (the police or ambulance service, for example) and share any relevant data we have, such as location data, relevant posts, private messages, details of any children who might be at risk, and descriptions of the situation.
If contacted by the police about possible breaches of the law disclosed in posts, we may sometimes on the judgement of a senior person within Soul of Adoption share your personal information with them. We will share your personal information if compelled to do so by a court order, for example under Section 5 of the 2013 Defamation Act.
Complying with the law and best practice around data
The way that we store and process data is compliant with the following legislation:
UK Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA)EU Data Protection Directive 1995 (DPD)EU General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR)ePrivacy Directive 2002 (amended 2009)
We always aim to comply both with the spirit as well as the letter of the law and to be responsible