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Privacy on Expatious - Your Expat Community Forum of Switzerland

Your privacy is of the utmost importance to Expatious. Because we ask for some basic personal information during registration, we want you to be fully informed of how this information is gathered and used.

Some basic personal information is required in order to register with Expatious Forums: Name - Your first and last name help us to personalize your online experience.

  • Email Address - By providing your email address, you can receive important messages via your existing email account. Message board notifications, personalized forums newsletters, and messages sent to you by other Expatious members rely on the email address you provide when you register.
  • User Name - This is how you are identified when you participate in forums. While many other aspects of your account can be updated regularly, your user name cannot be changed.

Information Expatious Requests

When you register, you are asked to give demographic information (like birth year, occupation, and gender). We ask you to tell us a little about yourself so we can better understand the types of people who register. This information can also be used to provide you with content that may be of interest to you, and to show you advertisements that are relevant to your demographic information. Expatious uses outside ad companies to display ads on its sites. These ads may contain cookies. While Expatious uses cookies in other parts of its sites, the ad companies also use cookies with the ads displayed, and Expatious may not have access to this information.

The above describes information that is provided "actively" - meaning, you choose to submit this information to us when you join Expatious, or update your account at any point after having joined. Some other information is provided "passively" - meaning, that Expatious obtains this information when you login to your Expatious account and use the service. This is done primarily through the use of "cookies." Cookies are used on Expatious to verify your login information, and to optionally store your password in your browser so that you do not need to type it in each time you visit. Any time that you point your browser to a 'members-only' area, Expatious checks your browser's cookie file to see if you have already logged in, and if you have, you're taken right to the page that you have requested. If not, you'll be directed to the Expatious login screen, where you can quickly and easily login to your account, or signup for Expatious if you are not yet a member. Cookies are also used in conjunction with some ad banners to determine their effectiveness.

Expatious uses cookies to customize your experience while using our services. A cookie is a small text file that many Web sites write through your browser when you visit them. A cookie can only be read by the site that places it, so Expatious can't learn about your browsing history based on any other cookies in your browser. Most browsers also allow the option of displaying a warning before accepting a cookie, or refusing all cookies. Declining cookies while participating in forums may result in some of features not working properly.

Expatious uses third-party advertising companies and advertising networks to serve ads to you on our behalf when you visit our Web site. These companies may use information about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you (if you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please visit http://www.google.com/privacy/ads/. Personally identifiable information such as your name, address, email address or telephone number are not shared with advertisers without your permission. We may use personally identifiable information in order to fill in forms on third-party sites we use to present advertising offers. But this information will not be shared and will not be stored by any third parties if you decline these offers. The third-party advertising companies that Expatious uses is primarily Google. For more information on their privacy policies, please consult the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

Public Forums
Expatious hosts message boards, chat and other services for both public and private forums. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in public forums becomes public information. In addition, information that is disclosed in private forums may be disclosed by other forum participants. You should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information.

Expatious' site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under its control. Expatious' servers have strict security in place to prevent an intruder from retrieving personal information about its users. Termination You can elect to terminate your membership with Expatious at any time. Simply go to your profile and indicate you Want to cancel your account. Upon termination, your account information will not necessarily be removed entirely from Expatious - this is to reserve your identity so that no one else can create a new account with your membername or email address, and also allows you the privilege of reactivating your account at a later date if you wish to use Expatious again. The termination of your Expatious membership will not automatically terminate any affiliated memberships or registrations you have formed through Expatious. If, after having joined a Expatious partner's service, you wish to be removed, you should contact that service directly to have your membership terminated.

Last word of Advice
In this electronic era, where personal information can easily be obtained through various sources, Expatious appreciates the sensitivity of any private information that you disclose to us. It is our intention to treat your account information with the highest level of care.


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