Who We Are
The Sonic Stadium is a fan-operated website and community portal dedicated to news, information and discussion focusing on the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. We are based in the United Kingdom and serve an international audience. Our staff is made up exclusively of volunteer enthusiast writers. Our website address is: http://www.sonicstadium.org, and users can contact us via our group email address at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How We Use Your Data
Any data that you choose to submit to the Sonic Stadium will be used solely for the purposes of managing your account, assisting with moderation/admin activity (rule infractions, etc) and personalising your use of our websites (including site theme designs). Your personal data will never be used for marketing purposes, nor will be shared with third parties.
We may contact you via email address (or similar) to let you know about news, updates or security announcements related to the Sonic Stadium. New registrants may opt in to this 'broadcast' service. Existing members may need to opt-out, which they can do easily via User Settings. By reading and accepting this notice you agree to any automatic opt-in that your account is currently signed to, and accept that if you wish to opt-out you may do so yourself via your User Settings.
Our Commitment to Children's Privacy
Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.
Data Retrieval and Account Deletion
Most, if not all, of the data we collect is easily visible on your User Settings page (Sex, Email Address, Post History, etc). But, should you wish to see the data we have collected on your account, you may either reach out to the Administration team (these are members with pink usernames; moderators will not have access to this data) privately or email us at email@example.com and we will be happy to comply.
You can also reach out to us if you wish to have your account and all of its content deleted permanently from SSMB Forums. Note that we will maintain any posts created in order to preserve the discussion, but any identifying information against the posts will be deleted and the posts will become anonymous.
The Data We Capture
User Profile Data
By registering an account on the Sonic Stadium, you agree to let us collect and store a small amount of data from you, including your email address, IP address from your visits and public display name, which you may choose to set as something that personally identifies you (although this is not required and is not recommended). We require this information to secure your account and to ensure that we can get in touch with you in emergency situations (such as a data breach, or other important news regarding the website or forums).
Log files are maintained and analysed of all requests for files on this website's web servers. Log files do not capture personal information but do capture the user's IP address, which is automatically recognised by our web servers. We keep a record of IP addresses to enhance security and tackle spam on the forums, and to help enhance your experience on the website.
We do not capture any data through use of uploaded media, but if you upload images to this website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Any visitor to this website can download and extract location data from images uploaded here, which may expose your personal data to anyone that may wish to see it.
This website does not store any information that would, on its own, allow us to identify individual users of this service without their permission. Any cookies that may be used by this website are used either solely on a per session basis or to maintain user preferences. Cookies are not shared with any third parties.
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Data Captured By External Partners
We have contracted with third parties to monitor certain pages for the purpose of advertising products and services on this website. When you visit these pages, information is collected by these third parties (not by The Sonic Stadium) using cookies, web beacons and/or other monitoring technologies. These technologies report traffic, statistics and “click-throughs” of adverts. No personally-identifiable information is collected by these third parties.
The Sonic Stadium is a participant in a number of affiliate/commerce partner programs, including Amazon (EU, US, Canada, China, Japan), eBay, Play-Asia, CDJapan, Forbidden Planet, and various other companies through Digital Window and TradeDoubler. Your user journey may be recorded after clicking a link to purchase a product from one of these external retailers. We will always clearly mark any affiliate links on our website for full disclosure.