Cookies are small textfiles that are stored on a computer or smart device when the website is visited for the first time. They make it possible for the website to remember users when the website is visited again. They do not contain personal information like name or e-mail.
Cookies are also used for statistical analysis of traffic on the website with Google Analytics. Information collected for this purpose might include type of browser, operating system and screen size, number and length of visits and search words. This information is used for the development of the website.
Google's use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to users of the website based on their visit to the sites and/or other sites on the Internet.
If ads are placed on the website, Google may collect certain types of information from a user's visit to the website, like the following:
How the user interacted with or moved their mouse over an ad on the site.
Whether the user's browser displayed an ad on the site.
Information like this may be used to measure an ad’s effectiveness, but won’t be associated with the visitors’ personally identifiable information.
Users may opt out of personalized advertising by visiting Ads Settings
To sign into the forum, users need an account. They can sign in using a Facebook or Google account or they can sign in with a username and e-mail.
The username, profile photo and posts on the forum are visible to other users of the website. All categories, except plant information, are only visible to other logged-in members.
A list of usernames and e-mails is stored on the site. That information is not shared with any 3rd party and is not used for other purposes than allowing access to the forum.
If users delete their account, that information is deleted as well.