Fantasy & Beyond

A Book Forum for Speculative Fiction

GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation

Privacy Policy

Privacy and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679

Privacy Principles Relating to Processing and Usage of User Personal Data

This forum stores personal information for each user for a variety of purposes.

Mandatory information:
  • A username, which is displayed publicly.
  • An account password, which is ciphered with a one-way hash.
  • An e-mail, which is not displayed publicly.
  • Any IP addresses used to access the site are stored for security purposes like preventing spam and hacking attempts, as well as to allow the banning of users who breach the Terms of Use. The IPs are not shared publicly by us, but may be shared with third parties for security purposes, including reCAPTCHA v2 and Cloudflare.
Optional information:
  • Date of birth
  • An avatar image
  • User signature
  • Website(s)
  • Social media accounts
  • Any other information posted, uploaded, or sent in a private message by the user

We do not disclose personal information to third parties except as described above or if required to by law enforcement.

Data Deletion Request

Users can request deletion of all their personal information via their UCP (User Control Panel) under the "Privacy" section. The admins will always approve such a request as soon as they are capable, but will allow two days to a week to pass before processing it. This request procedure is in place to prevent accidental or unintended deletion.

Breach Notification

Upon discovery of a breach of security, all the users involved in the breach will be notified by the forum admins as soon as possible. Please remember to never re-use your passwords as they may be revealed to malicious parties in a breach and employed to access your other accounts. Use a password manager.

Cookie Policy

By using this website ("we", "our", "F&B") you consent to the use of cookies. You can learn what cookies are, what we use them for, and your choices regarding them below.

What are cookies and how do we use them?
Cookies are small pieces of text sent by your web browser by a website you visit. A cookie file is stored in your web browser and allows the website to remember and recognise you.
The first two cookies created by F&B just contain a user identifier and an anonymous session identifier automatically assigned to you by the phpBB software. A third cookie will be created once you have browsed topics within F&B and is used to store which topics have been read, thereby improving your user experience. F&B also uses cookies to remember user login sessions. This has two purposes:
  • Practical. You don't have to enter your login details every time you visit the site.
  • Security. A session not using such cookies is more vulnerable to hijacking.
What are your choices regarding cookies?
By using F&B, you consent to the use of cookies as described above. If you would like to delete our cookies and/or block them in the future, please refer to the help section of your web browser for instructions.

Further Information
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Last updated: Jan 7, 2024

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