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In order to access some features of the Website, you will have to create a Geekdo account. You may never use another individual's account without permission. When creating your account, you must provide accurate and complete information. You are solely responsible for the activity that occurs on your account, and you must keep your account password secure. You must notify Geekdo immediately of any breach of security or unauthorized use of your account. Although Geekdo is not liable for your losses caused by any unauthorized use of your account, you may be liable for the losses of Geekdo or others due to such unauthorized use.

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B. You shall not upload User Submissions containing material that is copyrighted, protected by trademark or trade secret, or otherwise subject to third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permissions from their rightful owner to post the material and to grant Geekdo all of the licenses granted herein.

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E. By uploading User Submissions to Geekdo, you hereby grant each user of the Website a non-exclusive license to access your User Submissions through the Website, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display, and perform such User Submissions as permitted through the functionality of the Website and under these Terms of Service.

F. You understand and agree that Geekdo may retain, but not display, distribute, or perform, server copies of User Submissions that have been removed or deleted.

G. You agree that you will not, in connection with User Submissions, submit material that is contrary to applicable local, national, and international laws and regulations, or that is contrary to the Geekdo Community Rules, which may be updated from time to time.

H. Geekdo does not endorse any User Submissions or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein, and Geekdo expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with User Submissions. User Submissions are made available "AS IS." You understand and agree that when using the Website you will be exposed to User Submissions from a variety of sources and that Geekdo is not responsible for the accuracy, usefulness, safety, or intellectual property rights of or relating to such User Submissions. You further understand and agree that you may be exposed to User Submissions that are inaccurate, objectionable, offensive, or indecent, and you agree to waive, and hereby do waive, any legal or equitable rights or remedies you have or may have against Geekdo with respect thereto.

5. Geekdo Use: Permissions and Restrictions
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A. In connection with use of the Website, you shall abide by these Terms of Service, the Geekdo Privacy Policy incorporated herein by reference, the Geekdo Community Rules incorporated herein by reference, and all applicable local, state, federal, and international laws and regulations, including but not limited to laws and regulations pertaining to libel, slander, defamation, harassment, invasion of privacy, tort, obscenity, indecency, and copyright or trademark infringement. The violation of applicable laws and/or regulations may give rise to civil and/or criminal penalties.

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E. You shall not engage in the use, copying, or distribution of any of the User Submissions other than expressly permitted herein, including any use, copying, or distribution of User Submissions of third parties obtained through the Website for any commercial purposes. You shall not circumvent, disable, or otherwise interfere with security-related features of Geekdo or features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any User Submissions or enforce limitations on use of Geekdo or the User Submissions therein.

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6. Account Termination Policy
Geekdo may terminate a user's access to the Website if the user is determined, in Geekdo's sole discretion, to have infringed these Terms of Service or the Geekdo Community Rules. Geekdo reserves the right to decide whether a User Submission is appropriate and complies with these Terms of Service for violations such as, but not limited to, pornographic, obscene, or defamatory material. Geekdo may remove such User Submissions and/or terminate a user's access for uploading such material in violation of these Terms of Service at any time, without prior notice and at its sole discretion.

7. Digital Millennium Copyright Act
A. If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any user submission or other content infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") by providing our Copyright Agent designated below with the following information in writing (see 17 U.S.C. 512(c)(3) for further detail):

(i) A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
(ii) Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;
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(iv) Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail;
(v) A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
(vi) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

The designated Copyright Agent of BoardGameGeek, LLC for receipt of notifications of claimed infringement is: Scott Alden; e-mail: dmca@geekdo.com (subject line: "DMCA Takedown Request"); 7930 Xavier Court, Dallas, TX 75218-4512. For clarity, only DMCA notices should go to the Copyright Agent; any other feedback, comments, questions, or other communications may not be answered. You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the above requirements, your DMCA Takedown Request may not be valid.

B. If you believe that your user submission or other content, which was removed (or to which access was disabled) pursuant to the above provision, is not infringing, or that you have the authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner's agent, or pursuant to the law, to post and use the content in your user submission, then you may send a counter notification to the Copyright Agent at dmca@geekdo.com (subject line: "DMCA Counter Notification"), containing the following information:

(i) Your physical or electronic signature;
(ii) Identification of the content that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the content appeared before it was removed or disabled;
(iii) A statement that you have a good faith belief that the content was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or a misidentification of the content; and
(iv) Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal court in Dallas, Texas, and a statement that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement or an agent of such person.

If a counter notification is received by the Copyright Agent, then BoardGameGeek, LLC may send a copy of the counter notification to the original complaining party informing that person that it may replace the removed content or cease disabling it within 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the user who submitted the content, the removed content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days following receipt of the counter notification, at the sole discretion of BoardGameGeek, LLC.

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9. Limitation of Liability
A. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO NEGLIGENCE, SHALL GEEKDO, ITS OWNERS, OPERATORS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, OR AGENTS, BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM ANY (1) USE OR INABILITY TO USE GEEKDO, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION USE OF OR RELIANCE ON INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON GEEKDO, INTERRUPTIONS, ERRORS, DEFECTS, MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, DELETIONS OF FILES, DELAYS IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, NONDELIVERY OF INFORMATION, DISCLOSURE OF COMMUNICATIONS, OR ANY OTHER FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE; (2) ERRORS, MISTAKES, OPINIONS, OR INACCURACIES WITH REGARD TO INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON GEEKDO, (3) PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER, RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE WEBSITE, (4) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF OUR SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL PERSONAL INFORMATION AND/OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION STORED THEREIN, (5) ANY INTERRUPTION OR CESSATION OF TRANSMISSION TO OR FROM THE WEBSITE, (6) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE, WHICH MAY BE TRANSMITTED TO OR THROUGH OUR WEBSITE BY ANY THIRD PARTY, AND/OR (7) ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY CONTENT OR FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF YOUR USE OF ANY CONTENT POSTED, E-MAILED, TRANSMITTED, OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE VIA THE WEBSITE, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT GEEKDO IS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW IN THE APPLICABLE JURISDICTION. YOU SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT GEEKDO SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR USER SUBMISSIONS OR THE DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE, OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY AND THAT THE RISK OF HARM OR DAMAGE FROM THE FOREGOING RESTS ENTIRELY WITH YOU.

B. The Website is controlled and offered by Geekdo from its facilities in the United States of America. Geekdo makes no representations that the Website is appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who access or use the Website from other jurisdictions do so at their own volition and are responsible for compliance with local law.

10. Indemnification
A. You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, LLC, and its owners, operators, officers, directors, employees, affiliates, assigns, and agents, from and against any and all actions, claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including without limitation attorneys' fees) arising from or in connection with: (i) your use of and access to the Website; (ii) your violation of any term or provision of these Terms of Service; (iii) your failure to abide by applicable local, state, federal, and international law; (iv) your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, trademark, property, or privacy right; (v) any claim that one of your User Submissions caused damage to a third party; or (vi) any breach of any representation, warranty, or agreement made by you in these Terms of Service. This defense and indemnification obligation survives these Terms of Service and your use of the Website.

B. You hereby release and waive any and all claims, liability, and causes of action against Geekdo arising from or in connection with your use of the Website.

11. Ability to Accept Terms of Use
You affirm that you are either more than 18 years of age, or an emancipated minor, or possess legal parental or guardian consent, and are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations, and warranties set forth in these Terms of Service, and to abide by and comply with these Terms of Service. You affirm that you are over the age of 16, as the Website is not intended for children under 16. If you are under 16 years of age then you are not permitted to use the Website.

12. Assignment
These Terms of Service, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may not be transferred or assigned by you, but may be assigned by Geekdo without restriction.

13. Governing Law and Venue
A. The laws of the State of Texas govern all matters arising out of or relating to these Terms of Service, without giving effect to conflicts of law principles thereof.

B. You submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts of the State of Texas for resolving any claim or dispute arising out of or relating to these Terms of Service.

C. You agree that: (i) the Website shall be deemed solely based in the State of Texas; and (ii) the Website shall be deemed a passive website that does not give rise to personal jurisdiction over Geekdo, either specific or general, in jurisdictions other than Texas.

14. Entire Agreement
These Terms of Service, together with the Geekdo Privacy Policy incorporated herein by reference and the Geekdo Community Rules incorporated herein by reference, constitute the entire agreement between you and Geekdo with respect to the Website, and supersede and replace any other agreement, document, correspondence, negotiation, conversation, or other written or oral understanding between you and Geekdo with respect to the subject matter of this agreement.

15. Waiver
No waiver of any term of these Terms of Service will be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term, and Geekdo's failure to assert any right or provision under these Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

16. Severability
If any term or provision of these Terms of Service is held void, invalid, inoperative, or otherwise unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, then no other term or provision will be consequently affected, and the remaining terms and provisions will remain in full force and effect.

17. Prohibition Against Rogue Programming
You shall not upload, post, transmit, or otherwise make available in any way through the Website any software or other materials that contain a computer virus, Trojan horse, bug, time bomb, worm, or other rogue programming ("Rogue Programming"). Geekdo has no obligation to detect the presence of any Rogue Programming. Any download of software, files, or other materials or any other use of the content on Geekdo is at your risk. You are advised to take adequate precautions to minimize any loss to your system caused by Rogue Programming, including use of anti-virus programs and proper backup of files.

18. General
A. The captions contained herein are for reference purposes only and are not part of this agreement.

B. Geekdo reserves the right to discontinue any aspect of the Website at any time.

C. Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, and the Geekdo and BoardGameGeek graphics, logos, page headers, button icons, scripts, and service names are trademarks, registered trademarks, or trade dress of BoardGameGeek, LLC or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. These trademarks, registered trademarks, and trade dress may not be used in connection with any product or service without the express written approval of Geekdo, or in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among consumers, or in any manner that disparages or discredits Geekdo. All other trademarks not owned by Geekdo that appear on the Website are the property of their respective owners, who may or may not be affiliated with, connected to, or sponsored by Geekdo. Unless otherwise specified, all software used on this site is the property of BoardGameGeek, LLC or its affiliates and is protected by United States and international copyright laws.

D. Geekdo reserves all rights not expressly granted herein.

E. YOU AGREE THAT ANY CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE WEBSITE MUST COMMENCE WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION ACCRUES. OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION IS PERMANENTLY BARRED.

F. Nothing in the Terms of Service shall be deemed to confer any third party rights or benefits.

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BoardGameGeek Privacy Policy

Effective: May 25, 2018

Before you start, we have a few questions for you:

Are you younger than 16? Sorry! You can’t use our websites—click here for more info.
Are you:

… in Europe? Check out some info on the EU data protection regulation.
… in California? Check out some info on your California privacy rights.
… in Canada? Check out some info on your Canadian privacy rights.

Table of Contents

Welcome to our privacy policy!

1. What is a privacy policy?

A. Our privacy policy helps you understand what we do with your information.

We collect personal information from you as you use BoardGameGeek, BoardGameGeek Store, VideoGameGeek, RPGGeek, or any of our other websites (referred to here as our "websites"). This privacy policy explains how we—BoardGameGeek, LLC, and our affiliates—use that information and what choices you have about it.

Our privacy policy applies to ALL of our websites, whether you access them through a web browser, a mobile app, or another way. Our privacy policy does NOT apply to information collected on you by someone else. In those cases, you should consult that person’s privacy policy.

About mobile apps: We do not provide a mobile app. However, our fans sometimes create unofficial BoardGameGeek mobile apps through which you can access our websites. We are not affiliated with any mobile apps and do not know how they handle your personal information. Please read each mobile app’s privacy policies before using it.

B. Our privacy policy is part of an agreement between you and us.

Our privacy policy and our Terms of Service apply to you, our "users", as part of a contract that allows you to browse our website, post on forums, trade games, shop in the BoardGameGeek Store and the Geek Market, and otherwise interact with our websites.

Keep in mind that BoardGameGeek is a software provider. We do not represent any BoardGameGeek users. Rather, we develop an online meeting place for those people to share, trade, shop, and learn. We cannot control how other users handle your information. Please be careful when providing your information to other users.

C. Our privacy policy can change from time to time.

When we make big changes to our privacy policy, we’ll update the date at the top of this page and, if we have your email address, we’ll email you about the changes. Your use of our services after we post an updated privacy policy means that you accept and agree to the changes, so please check this page occasionally to make sure that you are up to date.

2. What is personal information?

In basic terms, "personal information" means information that can directly or indirectly identify you, such as your name, contact information, and in some cases, information about your behavior.

“Personal information” does NOT include information that we have made anonymous so that it can no longer be used to identify you. We collect anonymized data from our users for internal statistical purposes and for providing our services (such as product ratings, top games, and other trends displayed on our websites). We may pass on this anonymous grouped data to third parties, but it will not be associated with your identity.

3. What kind of personal information are you collecting on me?

We collect information from you in three ways:

    1. you give it to us directly;
    2. we get it automatically as you use our websites; or
    3. you give it to another user through our websites.

We only collect as much information about you as is reasonably necessary for us to provide you our services. The table below is a basic summary of what happens to your information.

What information do we collect?
When do we collect it?
How do we collect it?
Why do we collect it?
Your email address
When you register for an account
You give it to us directly
To verify that your account is legitimate and to notify you of important announcements.
Confirmation that you are 16 or older
When you register for an account
You give it to us directly
To verify that you are old enough to have an account, because your registration will be automatically rejected if you are under 16
Your name and contact information, including email address, physical address and phone number
When you register for an account or update your account information

When you purchase an item in the BoardGameGeek Store or the Geek Market

When you participate in a trade with another user

You give it to us directly

You give it to another user through our websites

To facilitate purchases, trades, and other marketplace transactions

If you entered it into your account, we autofill it into your purchase orders so you don’t have to retype it every time

To email you order confirmations and order updates

To email you direct marketing messages from BoardGameGeek, if you have opted in to them

Your technical data

Examples:

-IP address and your location, to the extent it can be identified from your IP address

-web browser information

-make and model of your mobile device

-operating system being used

When you access our websites
We get it automatically as you use this website
To secure our websites and its user accounts

To tie the technical data to your specific account

To remember your user preferences and to evaluate what technical needs we could better meet for our users

To show relevant advertisements for your broad geographic region

Your behavior on our websites

Examples:

-login times

-activity on our websites

-records of any purchases or trades with other users

-votes in website polls

When you access our websites

See How are you tracking me? for more information

We get it automatically as you use this website
To provide you advertising targeted to your interests, if you consent for us to do so

To maintain transaction records in the case of a dispute between users

To secure your account and our websites

Votes are used to calculate categories, awards, and other classification information.

Your name, feedback, and/or contact information
When you contact anyone at the websites.
You give it to us directly
To provide and improve our customer service

4. What about the stuff I post publicly or message to other users?

If you register for an account, you will create a public profile. You may include more information on your profile as you desire, such as your full name and location, but remember that it may be accessible to anyone viewing our websites, even if they don’t have an account.

Any content posted on our websites through your account, such as forum posts, wiki pages, product reviews, marketplace listings, comments, collection listings, recorded plays, images, files, or product descriptions, is referred to as your "user contributions". Your user contributions are accessible by anyone who visits our websites. You should not include any sensitive information in your user contributions.

When you send a private message to another user through our websites, including for purposes of trades or Geek Market purchases, we will retain the data and content of the message to provide you with a helpful message thread.

5. I’m a user covered by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).

A. What rights do I have under the GDPR?

You have rights regarding your personal information, including the right to:

  • access your information
  • change or correct your information
  • erase your information
  • restrict our use of your personal information under certain circumstances
  • obtain your personal information in portable form
  • object to our use of your personal information under certain circumstances
  • not be subject to profiling that has legal effects on you

B. What is your lawful basis for using my personal information?

There are a couple of reasons we believe we are allowed to collect, use, and store your personal information under the GDPR.

With your consent. When you directly give us personal information for a certain purpose or otherwise express your consent, we can use that personal information for that certain purpose. If you consent for us to do so, we may use your personal information to, for example:

  • display your public profile;
  • facilitate your trades and purchases;
  • personalize and improve the advertisements displayed to you on our website;
  • send you our marketing emails; or
  • verify that you are over 16 years of age.

You can withdraw your consent at any time. Please contact us if you would like to revoke your prior consent to any of these uses.

For our legitimate interests. However, we do not always need your express consent to use your information. We can use your personal information as needed for our legitimate interests, so long as those interests do not conflict with your fundamental privacy rights and freedoms. These legitimate interests include:

  • improving the presentation, operation, and experience of our services;
  • evaluating and updating our technical infrastructure; and
  • monitoring and improving the information security of our websites.

By contract. A contract also creates a basis for using your information. By accepting our Terms of Service, a contract is formed between us and you so that we may provide you our services. We can use your personal information as needed to provide our services to you under that contract.

Law, protection, or the public good. We can also use your personal information to comply with our legal obligations, protect the vital interests of our users, and as needed for the public good. This may include using your personal information to prevent and handle potential fraud, security breaches or other prohibited activities.

6. How long do you store my information?

If you do not have an account, we will store your personal information as long as needed in the interest of system security, fraud protection, or other legitimate interests.
If you have an account, we will store your personal information and user contributions indefinitely.
Generally, if you delete your account, we will continue to store your personal information for a short time in case of any issues, and then we will delete it in accordance with our standard procedures and applicable law. However, for security purposes, we continue to store your technical data for up to eighteen (18) months after your account deletion.

Generally, if you delete your account, your user contributions will be removed in the same manner as your personal information. However, you should be careful disclosing information publicly or to other users. Although most types of user contributions will be removed upon your account deletion, any content you contributed to wiki pages, game descriptions, or other editable pages will remain public. Also, other users may still be able to access their copy of any private messages you sent to them while your account was active.

Chatroom logs are not stored. That information is deleted shortly after the chatroom closes.

7. Will you use my personal information to contact me?

As needed, we will contact you by email about your account or use of our services. As permitted by law, we may email you to advertise other products or services available from us, or to request that you complete a survey about your use of our services. You may opt out of these communications by clicking the "unsubscribe" link within an email or by contacting us at contact@boardgamegeek.com, or just click here.

We will not pass on your personal information to others that want to market to you without your consent.

8. How are you tracking me? Can I stop it?

A. We can see some of what you do in our websites.

We use tracking technology (like "cookies") to track some of what you do while using our websites. Cookies are files sent to your browser from a website or app and stored on your device. We assign a different cookie to each device that accesses our websites. That way, we can provide you with a personalized experience based on your behavior on our websites. A cookie can, among other things, identify you electronically and store your user preferences.

B. Other people can also track you as your use our websites.

Third parties who are uninvolved with BoardGameGeek may collect information about you while you are visiting our website and other websites. For example, third party marketers may use the information they collect on you to show you targeted ads across the web. BoardGameGeek works with Google’s advertising platforms to serve you advertisements on our websites, however, Google does not give us access to the information it uses to place ads for you. Google may use the personal information that they have collected about you on our sites pursuant to their own privacy policy.

If you have any questions about an ad or other targeted content, you should contact the person who placed the ad.

C. You have choices about how you are tracked.

You are always free to block, delete, or disable tracking technologies if your browser, application, or device so permits. However, if you do so, you may not be able to take advantage of certain site features. For more information on how you can block, delete, or disable these technologies, please review your browser or device settings.
If you do not want us to use your personal information to show you targeted ads for games, accessories, and other products or services we think you’d enjoy, you can opt-out by making the change in your privacy account settings. However, we may still keep and use your personal information as explained in this privacy policy.

Opting-out of our targeted ads will not prevent third parties from sending you targeted ads. You can opt out of targeted ads served via specific third party vendors by visiting the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Opt-Out page at http://optout.aboutads.info.

D. We are not set up to respond to "Do Not Track" signals.

You can also set your browser to refuse cookies by sending out a "Do Not Track" signal when you go to a website. California law requires us to disclose how we handle such a signal. However, since there is no standard for how websites should respond to “Do Not Track” signals, we do not support them and sending one won’t change anything we do.

9. Who else do you share my personal information with?

Other users

If you do business with another user, such as a trade or Geek Market purchase, we will pass on the personal information you provide to the other user, such as your name, address, and phone number, as necessary for them to complete the transaction. They are not allowed to use your personal information for any other purpose. Please contact us if another user is using your personal information inappropriately.

Our partners

Our "partners" are the organizations and people that we work with to better provide our services. As needed, we may send your information to our partners to help us communicate with you, provide customer support, or process your payments to us. Your information may be stored on our partners’ servers inside or outside of the U.S.

Our BoardGameGeek Store platform

One of our partners, Shopify, provides the software platform for the BoardGameGeek Store. Shopify may, for your convenience, collect information about your web session, such as the items in your cart, but Shopify does not provide that information to us. We will, however, be provided your contact and order information once you place an order through the BoardGameGeek Store. You can see how Shopify handles your information by reviewing their privacy policy at https://www.shopify.com/legal/privacy.

Our BoardGameGeek Store shippers

If you purchase an item on the BoardGameGeek Store, we also may provide your contact information to our shipping partners, such as ShipStation, so that they may complete the order. You can see how ShipStation handles your information by reviewing their privacy policy at https://www.shipstation.com/privacy-policy/.

Our payment processors

You may provide some financial information as part of the payment process, such as credit card numbers, but we are not able to access more than the last four digits of those numbers. We use Stripe, Inc., or another payment processor, to handle user payment services. See Stripe’s privacy policy (available at https://stripe.com/privacy) for how they handle your information. See PayPal’s privacy policy (available at https://paypal.com/privacy) for how they handle your information.

Our email processor

You must provide us with you email address upon registration. We provide your contact inforamation to MailChimp in order to send you messages in several contexts, including to send important site notices, as well as notification and mailing lists you opt into. See MailChimp's privacy policy (available at https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/) for how they handle your personal information.

Our analytics

We may use third-party web analytics services, including Google Analytics, to collect and analyze the information discussed above, and to engage in auditing, research or reporting. The information (including your IP address) collected by various analytics technologies described above will be disclosed to or collected directly by these service providers, who use the information to evaluate your use of the Services, including by noting the third-party website from which you arrive, analyzing usage trends, assisting with fraud prevention, and providing certain features to you. You can find more about Google's privacy policy here: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/. To opt out of Google Analytics, see https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Our help desk

We use Zendesk as a third party customer support system. When you contact us through the contact or feedback forms, your information may be passed to Zendesk. See Zendesk's privacy policy (https://www.zendesk.com/company/customers-partners/privacy-policy/) for how they handle your personal information.

Our spam filter

We use Automattic for spam filtering. We provide contents of public posts along with your IP address to Automattic for automated spam filtering. See Automattic's privacy policy, https://automattic.com/privacy-notice/ for how they handle your personal information.

When we need to for legal or security reasons

We may have to share your information with the police, the government, a court, or another person as required by law. Similarly, as allowed by applicable law, we may share your information with third parties as needed to:

  • prevent or take action if we suspect someone is:
    • breaking the law,
    • committing fraud,
    • threatening to harm someone, or
    • violating our Terms of Service;
  • protect the rights, property, or safety of ourselves, our users, or a child;
  • protect the safety and security of our website; or
  • enable us to take reasonable precautions against liability.

To a new owner of our company

If our business is sold, whether through merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, dissolution, reorganization, or other transaction or proceeding, your personal information may be shared with the acquiring company and their representatives. If so, we will post a notice on this page and the Terms of Service.

With your permission

BoardGameGeek will always ask for your permission before sharing your information with third parties for purposes other than those described in our privacy policy.

10. Does my personal information leave my home country?

BoardGameGeek is located in the U.S. If you are outside of the U.S., we will transfer your personal information into the U.S. If you do business with another user, your personal information will be sent to the country in which the other user is located.

11. Can I see what information you have on me?

Yes. You may review your personal information maintained by us. We can provide you with exported files of your information—just ask us.

As required by your applicable state, national, or international law, you may also have the right require us to change or delete your personal information, and/or refuse to permit us from further collecting or using your information.

12. How do I change or delete my information?

You can update some types of information directly within your account settings. If you are unable to change your information within your account settings, please contact us and we will attempt to make the required changes. To protect your privacy and security, we may require you to take certain steps or provide additional information to verify your identity before we provide any information or make corrections. It’s important to remember that if you delete or limit the use of your information, our services may not function properly.

You may delete your account by clicking Delete your account at the bottom of the Account Manager page.

See How long do you store my information? for what happens to your information after your account is deleted.

14. What about information that I receive from other users for trades, Geek Market purchases, and other transactions on your websites?

If you do business with another user, such as a trade or Geek Market purchase, we will pass on to you the personal information they provide, such as their name, address, and phone number, as necessary for you to complete the transaction. Since you are the controller of such data, separately from us, you should inform other users about your privacy practices. In any case, you must abide by privacy laws and respect the privacy rights granted to other users.
You may only use another user’s personal information for transaction-related purposes and for purposes expressly consented by that user. Using personal information of other users for any other purpose violates our Terms of Service.

15. I'm under the age of 16. Can I use your websites?

No. Our website is not intended for anyone younger than 16 years old. You may not create an account, shop, trade, message, give us any information, or interact with us, our websites, or other users in any way.

We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 16. If we learn we have received personal information from a child under 16, we will remove it (although we may not be able to fully remove the information from our backup system). If you believe we might have a child’s personal information, please contact us.

16. I am a California resident. Do I have any special rights?

Yes. California Civil Code Section § 1798.83, as it may from time to time be amended or superseded, permits California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of their information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please contact us.

17. I am a Canadian resident. Do I have any special rights?

Yes. Canadian residents have certain rights under Canadian law with respect to their personal data, including the right to request access to, correct, amend, delete, or limit the use of their personal data. Canadian residents also have the right to withdraw their consent to certain of our online tracking programs.

In accordance with Canada's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), we are responsible for the information of Canadian residents if we transfer it to a third party. Before we send a Canadian resident's information to a third party, that party must agree to handle the information only as we direct them to and to protect the information as least as well as we do.
To exercise any of these rights, please contact us.

18. Who can I contact with questions?

If you have any questions about your information or our privacy policy, or if you would like to make a complaint about how BoardGameGeek processes your information, please contact us by using the details below:

Data Controller:
BoardGameGeek, LLC
7930 Xavier Ct.
Dallas, TX 75218

contact@boardgamegeek.com

Data Protection Officer:
BoardGameGeek DPO
7930 Xavier Ct.
Dallas, TX 75218

dpo@boardgamegeek.com

If you are located within the European Economic Area, you may also contact a supervisory authority in your home country to report violations of the GDPR.

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