If you do nothing during your visit but browse through our web site, do searches, read pages, or download information, we will automatically gather and store certain information about your visit. This information does not identify you personally. No information about users/visitors will be sold, shared, or utilized in any commercial way. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:
1. The Internet domain (for example, "company.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you connect from a university's domain) and
IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our web site;
2. the type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
3. the date and time you accessed our site;
4. the searches you made;
5. the pages you visited; and
6. if you linked to this site from another web site, the address of that web site.
We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors -- to learn about the number of visitors to our site, what part of the site they are interested in, how long they use the site, and the types of technology our visitors use.
We do not track or record information about the identity of individuals and their visits.
When you signed up as a member of this Forum you were asked to select a member name of your choosing. These names guarantee your anonymity. Look around. Not only are so many names non descriptive, many are quite creative and humorous.
The search engines on the internet cannot in no uncertain terms identify you unless you give your real name and not hide your email address as we suggest.
Please do not continue to use the same user name as you have chosen for other sites! This will guarantee your privacy.
In addition to your member name, you were asked to supply a password. That has no identifying properties.
Lastly you were asked to provide an e-mail address so that we could verify the registration through the procedure described above. That e-mail address is securely stored in our files. That's it guys. Those are the only 3 pieces of identification we require of you.
Let us stop for a moment to pose a question. We already pointed out that we don't share your information with anyone and we think we can easily prove it to you.
Has anyone here been bombarded with e-mails dealing with medications?? We know we can possibly get at least 20 spam mails a day dealing with unmentionable sites, gambling, weight loss, money making opportunities, etc., but we have never received an e-mail promoting Paxil or Prozac!! If your e-mail addresses were sold or in anyway harvested, we assure you they would be used. We have no doubt that each of you would have unsolicited e-mails in your inbox dealing with depression and medication and you don't!!
What is more essential is what we don't have in our files:
We don't know your address, your phone number or your social security number or any account numbers of any kind.
Since this is an open and public Forum, there is always the slight possibility that individuals or companies are combing this Forum for their own statistical purposes. We would have no knowledge of that and we truly have no way to stop them. However, even if that were the case, all they could do is tally information in mass to come up with patterns or general insights. You are not an identifiable person on this Forum. You could become a statistic of some analysis, but surely you can see that your real identity is always and automatically protected since it simply DOES NOT EXIST HERE on our Forums.
There is no Computer Tracking of Identifiable Information.
Our Web site does not track, collect or distribute personal information about individual visitors. We regularly compile aggregate statistics (Cookies) that show the number of visitors to our site, the requests we receive for particular information on our Web site, and the Internet Protocol (IP) number that those requests come from. These aggregated statistics may be used by DepressionForums.org to improve the Web site in an ongoing effort to provide better information and services to you.
Depression Forums, Inc. is dedicated to protecting the privacy of our visitors and to ensure that our information is accurate, complete, and up-to-date.
To be useful we must gain and earn the trust and confidence of our members and visitors. Therefore, with the help of Administration and Members alike, we strive to maintain the highest possible level of integrity.
Our principals are based on the best codes of practice and ethical standards. We invite suggestions on how we can do better.
We understand that health is a very personal subject and we want our Members and Visitors to be as comfortable as possible while visiting our website and using our services. This policy tells you, among other things, what information we gather from you, how we may use or disclose that information and our efforts to protect it. Please read this policy carefully, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding its contents.
Types of Information Collected
You may set your web browser to notify you of cookie placement requests or decline cookies completely. In addition, you can delete the files that contain cookies; those files are stored as part of your Internet browser, however, if you delete cookies that have been sent from our site, this will cause you to re-enter your data (e.g. login again).
DEPRESSIONFORUMS.ORG is a private, all volunteer message board.
We rely primarily on donations or subscriptions to maintain these forums.
Any member who continues to post, send PMs and actively use this free service understands that they do so under Our Terms of Service
We do NOT have any pop up advertisements what- so-ever - No pop under advertisements and nothing will follow you when you leave our site and we will continue to adhere to this policy.
We do not have anything to do with the Pharmacy Manufacturers and we do not track you as in monitoring antidepressant usage and side effects such as other depression forums do.
DF has no direct funding from drug companies.
However, DF does have bills to pay to cover the costs of our server and the general running of this site. In an ideal world, we would prefer to be solely sponsored by member donations and/or subscriptions, but we cannot afford to run on subscriptions alone as we now have a dedicated server for you and plenty of expense.
To make up the shortfall, Depressionforums.org accepts ads from advertising agencies. These advertising agencies sell our ad space and pay DF directly. They make their money by dealing with the large pharma companies directly and selling ad space on many health sites, DF included.
If you look at the larger sites you will notice similar ads. If you do not wish to see the ads, you may take out a subscription for a nominal price.
We appreciate your understanding and wish you all the very best, as we know you do DF. Sponsor
The Depression Forums Administration
Depression Forums, Inc.
Reviewed June 9, 2011 by Forum Admin