Zed Axis Dot Net, henceforth referred to as us or we, and the tools used by us, require some level of tracking either using cookies, or browser fingerprinting.
We have technology code named Hivemind, which uses browser fingerprinting, amongst other things, to track, record, and process all spam bot attempts against our web-site, and we record all information by finger printing each attempt, comparing to previous attempts, and storing the information. The Hivemind technology, in a sense, learns from each subsequent attempt and stores all relevant information in a database that is used by multiple web-sites, all under the Zed Axis Dot Net banner. This means an attempt on this site, will be recorded, and can be processed by other sister web-sites in a preventative measure. This database is not encrypted, and is not for sale, but at one point will be made available as part of the Hivemind Product, under the Life of Coder property. This technology is meant to replace recaptcha. Logged in users with valid email addresses are not subject to this kind of tracking, as normal email services will not trigger an event with the Hivemind Technology. In order, to be subject to Hivemind, you must use the contact form on the public facing side or register to the web-site. Any e-mail address unrelated to previous attacks are not recorded, however, we do periodically add new IP addresses and email servers to the program once we have determined that these servers are attempting to use our software with malicious intent. This program was meant to make it easier for users with diminished, or none existent visual ability, to use our site.
The Connie V2 engine and Paradox engine of this web-site, to which, control all accounts, and functionality, maintain user information in a constant encrypted state. All account information, such as name, email address, gamer tag, user name, and security question are encrypted using AES-256 encryption. The security answer and password are further protected by a process of salted hash iteration and the result of the process is, also, encrypted using AES-256. All stored information on our users that affects login is encrypted.
The Site Tag is the only part of the account that exists in an encrypted and plaintext state, which is why each user is provided with the option to have a unique username and site tag. All extra functionality is tied to the site tag, and no login information can be derived from the site tag, even with database in hand. If any user wishes to close their accounts, all comments submitted by the user will be retained per the Terms of Service, but the Site Tag will be changed to Anonymous. We do suggest that you do not submit any personal information in comments, and since all comments are subject to approval, all future comments with personal information will be rejected for your own privacy.
All posts users make are considered public and are not subject to privacy. Any information provided in the post fall under the responsibility of the user posting the content. If there is an unsettling amount of personal information provided in the post, moderators may force the original poster to edit the post in favor of security, before such posts are made public.
The Zed Axis Dot Net Web-site uses TLS technology that is easily determined by looking at the address bar in your browser. The address always starts with HTTPS, meaning your data being transmitted is encrypted and private between your device, and the server.
In the unlikely event that the web-site has users that are harassing other users, or committing crimes, police, with a valid warrant, may receive information about the accounts of users, and only those users, who are being served under the warrant. We will not defend any user who violates the law, or commits a crime, or any kind, and will fully cooperate with Police, provided that the warrant is valid and provides specific requests to specific users. Because this web-site is internationally accessible, despite being in Canada, this clause also makes it possible for any police agency to provide us with a warrant from anywhere provided they can specify the username, site tag, and / or email address of the user they are interested in. This is the only time a user's privacy is suspended. However, it is important to note to any police agency, that passwords and security answers are hashed and iterated to a point that recovering them is impossible.
We use other services for social networking, statistical tracking, advertising, etc. These services, and related privacy policies are listed below. We do not have control over their data retention practices, or privacy practices. We have set maximum data retention under Google policies to the shortest duration, currently 14 months. We use data to determine type of traffic, origin, and popular content. Please consult their privacy policies for more information.
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