Privacy Policy

Due to its very nature as a community-drive website, Planted Space utilizes information you provide to us to improve our services. When you share information with us, for example, by creating an account or by posting in our forums, we can use that information to make our website better.

We value your privacy, and as you use our services, we want you to be clear how we’re using information and the ways in which you can protect your privacy.

1. Information We Collect

Generally, personal information is not collected or required to use our website. However, in order to access certain content, personal information may be required, as outlined below.

a. Website Registration

Planted Space requires a valid email address for users who wish to register. This allows us to protect our community from abusive postings and provide a verifiable point of contact should legal questions arise.

In the registration, you have the option of providing additional information, such as occupation, interests, homepage, and other contact information. This is intended to foster a sense of community. If you have any concerns regarding this information, you may leave the fields blank and your registration will still be processed.

After registration, your personal community profile will publicly display your username, avatar, and by default--recent activities, such as forum postings on our website. You can set what to display, or make your profiles private under Community->Profile->Privacy.

b. Cookies

Certain activities on our website involve the use of cookies to facilitate your experience. This includes the ability to automatically log you into the forum, to show the new topics since your last visit, a. You have the ability to turn these cookies off at any time via your browser.

c. Facebook Integration

Our Facebook login feature is a convenient alternative to standard website registration. By default, we only import your Facebook avatar, if you wish to use a separate avatar, you can deselect the checkbox and upload an avatar of your choice at a later time.

Under the default settings, our Facebook integration does not automatically post anything to your Facebook wall (because we hate Facebook-app spam), if you wish to change this you can do so under Edit Profile -> Account Details, and selecting to allow the site to publish updates to your Facebook account.

d. Information You Share

Many of our services let you share information with others, i.e. our forums, article comments, or other user-generated content. Remember that when you share information publicly, it may be indexable by search engines, such as Google.

2. How We Use Collected Information

We use the information we collect from to the website to provide, maintain, protect and improve them, to develop new ones, and to protect Planted Space and our users. Generally we will not share your personal information with 3rd parties, with some exceptions:

a. General Statistics with Advertisers

In order to upkeep our website, we may sell ad spaces, and generally demographical statistics (such as age, sex, occupation, income, and visit count) will be provided in order to sell ads. These are all non-personally identifiable information; we will not disclose any personal information on an individual basis with our publishers or advertisers.

b. For External Processing

We provide personal information to our affiliates or other trusted businesses or persons to process it for us, based on our instructions and in compliance with our Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.

c. For Legal Reasons

We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Planted Space if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:

- Meet applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request;
- Enforce applicable Terms & Conditions, including investigation of potential violations;
- Detect, prevent, or address fraud, security or technical issues; or
- Protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of Planted Space, our users, or the public as required or permitted by law.

If Planted Space is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, we will continue to ensure the confidentiality of any personal information and give affected users notice before personal information is transferred or becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

3. Changes

Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time. We will not reduce your rights under this Privacy Policy without your explicit consent. We will post any privacy policy changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice (including, for certain services, email notification of privacy policy changes). We will also keep prior versions of this Privacy Policy in an archive for your review.