This privacy notice tells you what information we collect when you visit this website, what we do with it and how you can opt out.


It applies to information we collect about:


  • Visitors to our website
  • Visitors who register for our discussion forum
  • Registered members of our discussion forum


Visitors to our website

Like many websites, when someone visits this website we collect standard Internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source. We will not pass this information to anyone else.


Visitors who register for our discussion forum

Additionally, when you register to apply to become a member of our discussion forum, you must agree to certain terms. You must supply certain information about yourself, including a username, a valid email address and a password. These are essential to the operation of the discussion forum. The IP address used to register is captured automatically and retained.
We will use the details you have supplied and the IP address to check whether you are suspected of spamming other discussion forums and we will use this information to consider whether to grant your application. We may use the information supplied and the IP address and log them with an anti-spam service to warn others of suspected spamming activity.
Membership is granted entirely at the discretion of the owners and administrators of Think Humanism and we reserve the right to refuse an application without giving any reason.
If your application is not granted, the details you entered are automatically retained. This gives us a measure of control over repeated applications, which frequently occurs when spammers try to become members.

Registered members of our discussion forum

If we grant your application, you become a member of the discussion forum and the details you entered are automatically retained so that you can participate in the discussion forum. We can reset your password, but it is encrypted by the forum software and we cannot decrypt it so we cannot see what your password is. The IP address you post from is also captured automatically and retained.

You may enter additional information about yourself in your profile and set preferences. These can be changed by you at any time through the User Control Panel.



The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (PECR) cover the use of cookies and similar technologies for storing information, and accessing information stored, on a user's equipment such as their computer or mobile.


A "cookie" is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit some websites. When you visit the website again, the cookie is sent back to the website and allows that site to recognize your browser. Cookies may also store user preferences and other information, and can be used to gather anonymous analytics that help improve websites based on how people use them. The use of cookies and similar technologies has for some time been commonplace and cookies in particular are important in the provision of many online services. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However some website features or services may not function properly without cookies.


Use of cookies by us

We give you the opportunity to explicitly accept cookies or decline cookies. The first time you visit our website, a banner at the top of the page gives information about cookies and asks you whether you want to Accept Cookies or Decline Cookies. A cookie remembering whether you accepted or declined cookies will be stored on your computer so that we won't need to ask you again. If you don't want even this cookie, do not click on either button, but note that this banner will appear on every page every time you visit the website.


Once you have accepted or declined cookies, you can change your cookie settings by clicking on the cookie icon at the bottom left corner of the page.


Think Humanism uses joomla! software for the main website and phpBB3 software for the discussion forum.


Both of these software programs use cookies for several purposes including remembering your login details so you don't have to enter them each time, enabling proper operation of the website and discussion forum and for other purposes. We also use Google Analytics for visitor tracking. The cookies used are detailed below.






Data stored in the cookie and its purpose
Accept/Decline Cookies banner ccm_cookies_accepted

This cookie only ever contains the value 'no' if you clicked on 'Decline Cookies' or 'yes' if you clicked on 'Accept Cookies'. It contains no personal information. Its purpose is to remember whether you have previously clicked on Accept Cookies or Decline Cookies so that we don't have to ask you every time you visit the website.

Google Analytics _utma

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.


Google Analytics do not collect any personal information as identified in their privacy policy. Google also have a browser plugin for various browsers that allows users to opt out of their analytics.

joomla! A string of 32 characters This is a unique number that allows the main website software (joomla!) to function correctly. It does not contain any personal information about you and is deleted when you close your browser.
phpbb phpbb3_57xjt_k This cookie remembers whether you selected the 'Log me on automatically each visit' setting. It does not contain any personal information about you and is deleted after 12 months.
phpbb phpbb3_57xjt_sid The cookie remebers a unique number that allows the discussion forum software to function correctly. It does not contain any personal information about you and is deleted after 12 months.
phpbb phpbb3_57xjt_u This cookie remembers your login details so you don't have to remember them each time you visit the discussion forum. It is a string of 16 characters that identifies you, but it does not contain any personal information about you and is deleted after 12 months.


YouTube cookies

Some members of the discussion forum embed videos from YouTube. When you play one of these videos, YouTube may set cookies on your computer. To find out more please visit YouTube's embedding videos information page.


Changing browser settings to accept or reject cookies

If you wish to prevent all cookies from being placed on your computer, you will need to change your browser settings to reject cookies. How to do this will depend on which browser you use and we provide further details for the most popular browsers below. However, this may severely affect how web pages look and how they function and some websites may not display at all.


Internet Explorer






For other browsers, consult the browser's help pages or the browser's supplier.


For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone please refer to your phone's manual or the manufacturer's website.


Viewing cookies

If you wish to view cookies from a website, consult your browser's help pages.


Useful information 

Information regarding the PECR on cookies can be found on the website of the Information Commissioner's Office.


A number of websites provide detailed information on cookies, including and


The Internet Advertising Bureau website Your Online Choices allows you to install opt-out cookies across different advertising networks.


Google has developed a browser add-on to allow users to opt-out of Google Analytics across all websites which use this popular analytics product.


New technologies such as Mozilla's Do Not Track allow you to tell websites not to track you.


Internet Explorer has a feature called Tracking Protection Lists which allows you to import a list of websites you want to block.


Many browsers, including Chrome and Firefox, allow you to prevent third-party websites setting cookies. Consult your browser's help pages for further information.


Use of personal information

Other than as stated above, we do not use or collect any other personal information. We explicitly do not pass on personal information to others except where required by law.


Server location

The server that hosts Think Humanism is located in the USA and is provided by A Small Orange who provide data protection equivalent to the Safe Harbor Principles.


Links to other websites

This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit. Visiting other websites may cause cookies to be placed on your computer.


We accept no liability for any websites linked to from Think Humanism.


Trade marks and copyright

We retain copyright of all original material on this website. We acknowledge the trade marks and copyright of others, but we use material under the fair dealing concept.


Changes to this privacy notice

We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 16 March 2013.


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