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Please note that comments are moderated and must be on-topic and not abusive. They may be edited for length and clarity.
All registered and approved members are welcome to submit comments on topic that are not abusive. However, as in any community, there have to be guidelines and rules.
- You must use your forum pseudonym at all times when making comments or sending messages, in order to protect your privacy, and that of your family and whanau.
- Do not use real names of other people without their permission.
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- Do not use text messaging short forms. Our moderators will sometimes change spelling or grammar so everyone can understand a submission.
- Do not waste your time using the forums to try to spread gossip, breach court orders or make allegations about people. This is one of the reasons we have to moderate the forums.
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- We may add guidelines here from time and time as our community develops.
Currently all submitted comments are reviewed by a moderator before any are posted online. There are a number of reasons for this.
Unfortunately NZ is not as liberal as some countries when it comes to online defamation laws meaning that the owner of the website can be held legally responsible as well as the author of comments and articles put online.
Also, many sites where comments appear automatically have sadly become the victims of spammers who hit the site with spam, knowing it will be automatically published for everyone to read in the comments section.
Having read our rules, if you think a published comment has stepped over the line, it is a simple process to report it to us. At the bottom of the comment, simply click on the link labelled 'Report" and give your reason why you think the message should be removed. Remember, just disagreeing with someone's opinion is not a good enough reason for us to remove the comment.
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There are times when we need to clarify something and we may need to contact you. Providing your email address and a phone number during the registration process allows us to do this if necessary. We also feel that this is a show of good faith that you are genuine in the views you have submitted. We will not publish your email address or phone number.
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Supporting Families in Mental Illness – Auckland (SFMI – Auckland may gather the following types of information about users including you ("you"):
1. personal information provided by you when you interact with us, such as when you use or purchase our products or services, when you subscribe or register to use our products or services, and when you provide us with your feedback (forum chat / email contacts).
2. aggregated information generated by our systems or third party systems we use, which track traffic to and from our sites but does not relate to you personally; and
3. other information that does not personally identify you.
Failure to provide necessary personal information when requested may result in certain products or services not being available to you.
We may disclose:
1. aggregated tracking information and other information that does not personally identify you, to third parties such as our website production company;
2. your personal information to third parties when we believe in good faith that we are required to do so by law;
3. your personal information to other third parties provided we have your prior authorisation, which we will usually obtain at the time of collecting the information from you if required.
We may use the personal information we collect:
1. for verification of your identity and assisting you in case you forget your password or login details where these are necessary to access any of our products or services;
2. for authorising and processing credit card transactions which you enter into online;
3. to assist in providing the products and services requested by you;
4. to provide information to you about other websites, products and services, which we consider may be of interest to you;
5. for future marketing, promotional and publicity purposes, including carrying out direct marketing, market research and surveys;
6. for ensuring that you are shown information that is most relevant to you and;
7. for any other uses that you authorise.
Our site contains links to other sites, which may not follow the same privacy policies as us. We recommend that you check any relevant privacy policies before providing your personal information to any third party.
We may collect non-personal information about the computer, mobile telephone, smartphone or other device that you use to access our products or services. Where you allow our mobile services and products to deliver content based on your location (by enabling this feature on your mobile device) we may collect location data. This information is used only for the automated delivery of relevant content to you and for no other purpose.
We may use a cookie file containing information that can identify the computer you are working from. The cookie file is anonymous as it only gives us details of your IP address, PC platform (Windows, NT or Mac), Browser (e.g. Microsoft, Netscape or other, plus the version of Browser) and domain (whether you are accessing the site from NZ or elsewhere). We may use the information generated by "cookies" to:
1. track traffic patterns to and from our sites such as the pages you visit, the time you spend on each page, the date and time of your visit, and referring pages (pages you came from or go to);
2. enable you to use certain services as a member without having to log on each time and to visit member-restricted areas of the site.
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Our website uses Google analytics to monitor / collect anonymous data to help us track visitor behaviour.
The system is used to collect information such as:
1. number of pages viewed;
2. the number of unique visitors;
3. how long these visitors spend on the website when they do visit; and
4. common entry and exit points into and from the website.
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2. opt in, for example agreeing to be contacted by us in relation to certain matters such as notification of new features to this website, receiving newsletters or promotional activities.
Any personal information that you provide to us will be collected and held by us at 423 Great North Road (corner Coleridge Street), Grey Lynn, Auckland.
Under the Privacy Act 1993 you have rights of access to and correction of personal information that we hold. We offer the ability to correct or change the information collected at any time and as often as necessary.
If you have any questions about how our services work or regarding this policy, contact us (EMAIL LINK HERE) or by mail to SFMI – Auckland Website, P O Box 78122, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1245, New Zealand.
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