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Privacy Policy

ONLINE PRIVACY POLICY
Last Revised On: September 24, 2012

INTRODUCTION

PURPOSE OF POLICY
This Online Privacy Policy (the “Policy”) describes how The Bitcoin Foundation, Inc. (“us,” “we” or “Bitcoin Foundation”) collects, uses and discloses personal information from you when you visit and use The Bitcoin Foundation website and Member Forums (“Website”), and all software, documentation, information and/or other materials provided on and through the Website. This Policy is only applicable to the Website and the services and content available on the Website, and not to any other websites that you may be able to access from the Website and related services and content, each of which may have data collection and use practices and policies that differ materially from this Policy.

NOTICE CONCERNING CHILDREN
PLEASE NOTE: Our Website is operated for an adult audience only, and we require users and visitors of the Website to be at least 18 years of age. We do not intend for anyone under the age of 18 to use any of the features or services we offer from the Website, and we certainly do not direct any of our Website specifically at children under 13 years of age.

INFORMATION COLLECTION PRACTICES

INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE
In operating the Website and/or Content, Bitcoin Foundation will collect personal information that you provide to us. For example, that may include registration and other online forms that ask users to provide their names, email addresses, other contact information, feedback and voting.

INFORMATION COLLECTED AUTOMATICALLY
When you visit or make use of the Website we may collect some information about you automatically. For example, our servers automatically recognize visitors’ domain names and Internet protocol addresses (“IP addresses”) (the number assigned to computers on the Internet). The Website may also gather “traffic data” that may be helpful for improving the services we offer.
COOKIES. We may use “cookies” (a small piece of data stored on your computer’s hard drive). Cookies help us learn which areas of our Website are useful and which areas need improvement. You can choose whether to accept cookies by changing the settings on your browser. However, if you choose to disable this function, your experience on the Website may be diminished and some features may not work as they were intended.

USE AND SHARING OF INFORMATION

WHAT DOES THE BITCOIN FOUNDATION DO WITH COLLECTED INFORMATION?
PERSONAL INFORMATION. We will not share your personal information with any third parties without your consent, except as necessary to provide you with the services offered by us, with third-party vendors, consultants and service providers who need access to this data to carry out their work for us, to protect the rights or property of The Bitcoin Foundation, in an emergency to protect the personal safety of The Bitcoin Foundation’s employees, customers or any other person, or to comply with the law. We may use your personal information to verify your identity or to check your qualifications. We may also use your contact information to inform you of any changes to the Website, or to send you additional information about The Bitcoin Foundation.
ANONYMOUS INFORMATION. We use anonymous information to analyze our Website traffic, but we do not examine this information for individually identifying information. In addition, we may use anonymous IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, to administer the Website, or to display content according to your preferences.
USE OF COOKIES. We may use cookies to deliver content specific to your interests or for tracking and reporting so that we can improve the Website and services.

SECURITY
The Bitcoin Foundation takes reasonable measures in an effort to prevent the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information that we obtain from you, but we make no assurances about our ability to prevent any such loss, misuse or alteration, and we will have no liability to you or to any third party arising out of any such loss, misuse or alteration. The Bitcoin Foundation may store and process personal information in the United States and other countries.

WEBSITE AREAS BEYOND THE BITCOIN FOUNDATION’S CONTROL

PUBLIC FORUMS
The Website includes interactive forums such as blogs, comments on blogs, message boards and chat rooms. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information.

THIRD-PARTY WEBSITES
The Website may contain links to other websites. If you choose to visit other websites, we are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of those other websites, and it is your responsibility to review the privacy policies at those websites to confirm that you understand and agree with their policies.

CONTACT INFORMATION AND POLICY UPDATES

CONTACTING US
If you have any questions about this Policy, our practices related to the Website, or if you would like to have us remove your information from our database, where possible, please feel contact us at [email protected] with subject line “Privacy Policy”.

UPDATES AND CHANGES
We reserve the right, at any time, to add to, change, update, or modify this Policy, simply by posting such change, update, or modification on the Website, and without any other notice to you. Any such change, update, or modification will be effective immediately upon posting. If any changes are made to this Privacy Policy, we will indicate the date of that change as the “Last Revised” date above. It is your responsibility to review this Policy from time to time to ensure that you continue to agree with all of its terms.

This privacy policy is open source.