Privacy

The auranos Privacy Policy

About auranos

auranos is a web site providing free and paid online social services to the general public. auranos can always be contacted at the email address: sales@auranos.org

It is sales@auranos.org policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website. This Privacy Policy applies to https://auranos.org/ (hereinafter, "us", "we", or "https://auranos.org/"). We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting personally identifiable information you may provide us through the Website. We have adopted this privacy policy ("Privacy Policy") to explain what information may be collected on our Website, how we use this information, and under what circumstances we may disclose the information to third parties. This Privacy Policy applies only to information we collect through the Website and does not apply to our collection of information from other sources.

This Privacy Policy, together with the Terms and conditions posted on our Website, set forth the general rules and policies governing your use of our Website. Depending on your activities when visiting our Website, you may be required to agree to additional terms and conditions.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, auranos collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. auranos's purpose in collecting non-personally-identifying information is to better understand how auranos 's visitors use its website. From time to time, auranos may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate. (For example, by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

auranos also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on https://auranos.org/ blog posts. auranos only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to auranos's websites choose to interact with auranos in ways that require auranos to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that auranos gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a blog at https://auranos.org/ to provide a username and email address.

Security

The security of your Personal Information is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Advertisements

Ads appearing on our website may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by auranos and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Links To External Sites

Our Service may contain links to external sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party's site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy and terms and conditions of every site you visit.

We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites, products or services.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

auranos discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that

Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using auranos's website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. auranos will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone.

Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, auranos discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when auranos believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of auranos, third parties or the public at large.

If you are a registered user of https://auranos.org/ and have supplied your email address, auranos may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what's going on with auranos and our products. We primarily use our blog to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. auranos takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Affiliate Disclosure

This site uses affiliate links and does earn a commission from certain links. This does not affect your purchases or the price you may pay.

Cookies

To enrich and perfect your online experience, auranos uses "Cookies", similar technologies and services provided by others to display personalized content, appropriate advertising and store your preferences on your computer.

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor's computer, and that the visitor's browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. auranos uses cookies to help auranos identify and track visitors, their usage of https://auranos.org/, and their website access preferences. auranos visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using auranos's websites, with the drawback that certain features of auranos's websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

By continuing to navigate our website without changing your cookie settings, you hereby acknowledge and agree to auranos's use of cookies.

E-commerce

Those who engage in transactions with auranos – by purchasing auranos's services or products, are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, auranos collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor's interaction with auranos. auranos does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website related activities.

Business Transfers

If auranos, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that auranos goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of auranos may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, auranos may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in auranos's sole discretion. auranos encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at sales@auranos.org.

About Our Cookies

Quick Cookie Primer

Skip the Primer

If you already have a basic understanding of cookies and just want information on the cookies this web application generates, you can skip the primer by clicking on these links to go to the appropriate subsection.

Cookies set by this web application

Cookies which may be set by third parties through the application

About Cookies

Cookies are data which are specific for a particular website which are stored on a users browser and sent by the browser to the particular website anytime the user attempts to access the website. They are usually created and altered by the website according the way the user interacts with the website and the user then seamlessly tells the website all the information it has stored in the form of cookies every time they access the website.

Cookies are the primary means by which internet sites "remember" each user between browsing sessions. (A session is the time from when a user browses to a site to the time the user closes all windows and tabs associatied with the site.) By the use of cookies, a website can remember who a user is despite that the previous session may have ended days ago.

Cookies are used for a variety of purposes. The most common purpose they are used for is to remember the User Identity (UID) of a user for a particular website which in turn can allow the website to look up the data it has stored internal to itself about the user who has the cookie that the server created on their browser for them. This internal data can include anything from the version of browser and the dimensions of the screen upon which the website renders content, to user options like the preferred colours of the user, text-size or options that are specific to certain types of site.

Malignant Cookies

They can also be used to track user activities not only on the site that the user is visiting but on third party websites which are able to read cookies set by a website for other websites to read. Tracking cookies do not only store your options for a website but can identify across a huge swathe of websites and such sites can target content at those they track which can include advertising for commercial purposes by people who know you clicked on an advert for a train trip or a political candidate and are capable of being used for targeted propaganda at dissidents, people of influence and even people who some organisations may wish to keep in a bubble of false and misleading information for purposes which may not involve financial gain or profits as would fit into categories imagined by ordinary people where money is a scarce and all important matter to those who cant imagine a world composed of those who have never lacked money.

On this website, we tick the legal boxes of ensuring your privacy but then so do all the organisations showing privacy popups telling you they care so much about your privacy they are only going to share with their partners as soon as you click the annoying button preventing the flow of your browsing session. We don't share your data with anyone except the "authorities" and only then once the said "authorities" have fulfilled the legal requirements they need to follow like getting a court order and such like, indemnifying us from being sued by you because we gave away your private information to those who were not legally entitled. We will co-operate with the "authorities" but we strike a balance that the "authorities" must themselves be in compliance with the law.

We reserve a right to reveal your data without your permission in situations or imminent threat of death or torture, terrorism, state corruption and war. Outside of that, only if the law says we are required to divulge it.

Cookies Types

We separate cookies into four simple categories in describing who can see the cookies which are on your browser.

Session Cookies

These cookies are deleted at the end of every session and it would be rare for them to contain anything that could seriously violate your privacy. Perhaps the server wants to know what your screen size is during the current session so it can generate pages appropriate to the device dimensions. This could be stored in a session cookie but the next you access the website, the server will create a brand new session cookie serving the same purpose. Prior to version 3.0 of this web application, the "chatrooms section visiblity" and the "theme" being light or dark were stored on a session cookie which reset back to default values if the user left and came back again.

Third Party Cookies

Third party cookies are traditionally cookies which created for websites other than the website you are currently visiting. For example, you visit the example.com website and it puts a cookie on your browser that can be read by any website and is intended that freindsofexample.com can read that cookie and make the connection that you exist elsewhere anytime you visit a whole range of websites.

Third party cookies were heavily exploited by organisations during the late HTTP 1.1 era and many browsers continue to allow users to block third party cookies with the caveat that on the modern internet, some sites may not work at all.

Samesite Cookies

A samesite cookie is a cookie which is created by a website specifically forbidding the cookie to be read by any website other than itself. These types of cookies are used by almost all websites which employ the use of cookies. The ability to be remembered by a site you signed up to logged into before is most often provided by samesite cookies.

Samesite Cookies by Third Parties

Social media and external authentication has encouraged techniques which were previously considered dangerous since they allowed third party websites to run programs on a website which was not their own. This was traditionally described as a cross site scripting XSS attack and far from a website just deliberately running a script from another site, alot of effort was made by maligned hackers to cause an external script to run on a website that was not their own such that alot of underlying technology had to be rewritten to prevent people from getting their scripts to run on someone elses website.

Samesite Cookies by Third Parties are a type of Samesite cookie which are appear to be created by the site that you are visiting and will not flag up as a third party cookie in a users browser but the cookies are ultimately being created by a script which is hosted on a third party website but is being run by the site you are visiting. This web application at the current time can run a script which is hosted by Facebook that creates cookies appearing to be created by the instance of the web application that a user is visiting. That is to say that a user visits this site, logs in using the facebook button and ends up with a samesite cookie for this site which were actually created by the script which was being hosted by facebook during the login procedure.

Cookies by auranos

theme

The theme cookie is a samesite cookie which remebers the theme preferred by both members and anonymous users. At the current time (January 2021) there are two themes installed representing a dark mode like night time and a light mode like during the day.

user

The Login cookie is a samesite cookie which contains a members username between sessions when the user is not online.

This cookie is only created when a someone with a Basic Membership or greater opts to be remembered and logged in automatically every time they visit the site.

login

The login cookie is a samesite cookie which the server uses to ensure the user cookie is a genuine cookie created by the genuine user on the website so avoiding potential security hazards such as someone using a forged cookie.

This cookie is only created when a someone with a Basic Membership or greater opts to be remembered and logged in automatically every time they visit the site.

Third Party Cookies

Our Third Party Cookie Policy

With the possible exception of benign session cookies which are deleted at the end of each session and do not contain personally identifying information, this web application does not create any cookies which can be read by sites other than the site on which the instance of the web application is running.

In saying this, in order to provide features that some websites employing an instance of the this web application may desire to use, the use of Samesite Cookies by Third Parties is unavoidable if the certain features of the instance are enabled such as facebook logins.

The website owner should consult the list of site settings section of the setup or install page to switch these features on and off.

Facebook

Our website may be enabled to support logging in and signing up using Facebook as an Outside Authentication (OAuth) service provider. If you have logged in or signed up using the Facebook login then you will receive cookies which appear to be samesite cookies from our website but which were actually created by a script which is run through our site but hosted on Facebook.

At the current time (January 2021), Facebook will create two cookies which appear to be same-site/any-subdomain cookies from our website for anyone who logs in or signs up using the facebook login or continue as button. Their names are as described here:

fbm_############### (where # is digit from 0 to 9)

fbsr_############### (where # is digit from 0 to 9)

These cookies are only sent for "social members" who login to our site using the facebook login button and are not needed for members who have signed up for or upgraded from "social membership" to "Basic Membership".