Sherlock User Forum - Privacy policy

This policy explains in detail how the Sherlock User Forum, along with its affiliated companies (hereinafter “we”, “us”, and “our”) and phpBB (hereinafter “they”, “them”, and “their”) use any information about you collected during your use of this forum.

Your information is collected two ways. Firstly, browsing the Sherlock User Forum will cause the phpBB software to create a number of cookies, which are small text files that are downloaded onto your computer’s web browser temporary files. The first two cookies contain a user identifier (hereinafter “user-id”) and an anonymous session identifier (hereinafter “session-id”), automatically assigned to you by the phpBB software. A third cookie will be created once you have browsed topics within the Sherlock User Forum and is used to record which topics have been read in order to improve your user experience. We may also create cookies external to the phpBB software during your use of the Sherlock User Forum, though cookies created outside of the phpBB software are covered by the Cookie Policy, found on the ANSYS-DfR website.

The second way in which we collect your information is by storing the information you submit to us. This can include, and is not limited to, registration data you provide for access to and use of the Sherlock User Forum, posts you make as an anonymous user, and posts submitted by you after registration and while logged in. We may also collect logs of access to and usage of the Sherlock User Forum in order to provide you with this service and to ensure compliance with our Terms of Use.

To access all of the functionality offered by the Sherlock User Forum, each user must provide a uniquely identifiable user name, a personal password used to log into the individual’s account, and a valid email address. Additional information beyond your username, password, and email address may be requested during registration or in using the Sherlock User Forum and may be either mandatory or optional, at our discretion. You may use account settings to control which of your personal information is publicly displayed (e.g. in relation to your postings) and to set your email preferences for communications from the phpBB software. Your account information is processed in accordance with applicable data protection laws, as further detailed by the Privacy Notice found on the ANSYS-DfR website.

The passwords stored on the Sherlock User Forum are ciphered (i.e. a one-way hash) for security. However, it is recommended that you do not reuse the same password across different websites. Your password is the means of accessing your forum account, so please guard it carefully. Under no circumstance will anyone affiliated with the Sherlock User Forum, phpBB, or third-party data processors that we engage legitimately ask you for your password. Should you forget your password, you can use the “I forgot my password” feature provided by the phpBB software. This process will ask you to submit your username and email address in order to generate a new password for your account.


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