BALPA Forum - Privacy policy

This policy explains in detail how “BALPA Forum” along with its affiliated companies (hereinafter “we”, “us”, “our”, “BALPA Forum”, “https://forum.balpa.org”) and phpBB (hereinafter “they”, “them”, “their”, “phpBB software”, “www.phpbb.com”, “phpBB Group”, “phpBB Teams”) use any information collected during any session of usage by you (hereinafter “your information”).

Your information is collected in two ways.

Firstly, browsing “BALPA Forum” will cause the phpBB software to create a number of cookies, which are small text files that are downloaded on to your browser’s temporary files store. The main set of cookies used on this forum are:


Cookie Name Details Who it affects
phpbb3_57o4l_k Stores the Session Key Public, Member, Administrator
phpbb3_57o4l_sid Stores the Session ID Public, Member, Administrator
phpbb3_57o4l_u Stores the User ID Public, Member, Administrator
style_cookie Stores Board Styling preference Member, Administrator

We may also create other cookies related to your individual preferences on this forum but these are only used to improve your general user experience.

We do not knowingly use any other third party cookies.

We do not use cookies for any marketing purposes.

By using our forum and agreeing to this policy, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy.

The second way in which we collect your information is by what you submit to us. This can be, and is not limited to: posting on or otherwise using “BALPA Forum”whilst logged in (hereinafter “your posts”).

Your account will, at a bare minimum, contain a uniquely identifiable name (hereinafter “your login name”), a personal password used for logging into your account (hereinafter “your password”) and a personal, valid e-mail address (hereinafter “your e-mail”). Your information for your account at “BALPA Forum” is protected by data-protection laws applicable in the country that hosts us. Any information beyond your user name, your password, and your e-mail address required by “BALPA Forum” during the registration process is either mandatory or optional, at the discretion of “BALPA Forum”. In all cases, you have the option of what information in your account is publicly displayed. Furthermore, within your account, you have the option to opt-in or opt-out of automatically generated e-mails from the phpBB software.

Your password is ciphered (a one-way hash) so that it is secure. However, it is recommended that you do not reuse the same password across a number of different websites. Your password is the means of accessing your account at “BALPA Forum”, so please guard it carefully and under no circumstance will anyone affiliated with “BALPA Forum”, phpBB or another 3rd party, legitimately ask you for your password. Should you forget your password for your account, you can use the “I forgot my password” feature provided by the phpBB software. This process will redirect you to the main BALPA website where you can request a password reminder to regain access to your account.


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