This notice discloses the privacy practices for Portal of Dreams and Alter
Realm Studios. This privacy notice applies solely to the contents of
this web site.
What is Personally Identifiable Information?
"Personally Identifiable Information" (PII), as used in US privacy
law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or
with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person,
or to identify an individual in context.
What is collected from me, how is it used, and with whom may it be shared?
We do not keep any Personally Identifiable Information other than what you
voluntarily provide. This includes your email address, if you contact
us or provide it as part of a membership purchase; and your IP address, when
you request web pages or post to the forums or in a chat room. We will
not share, sell, or rent your email address or IP address to anyone.
EVER! If you purchase a membership, your credit card information is
submitted DIRECTLY to our credit card gateway and is not stored on our server.
We simply recieve an "Approved" or "Declined"
notification and proceed from there.
Why is my email address collected?
We will use your email address to respond to you regarding the reason you contacted
us, or to notify you of changes to your membership status or expiration. Unless
you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about
Why is my IP address collected, and is it considered PII?
ALL sites log IP addresses, even if the server administrator isn't aware
of it. We do not use your IP address in any fashion, other than to
protect Portal of Dreams and it's community by removing (banning)
an individual what we feel has violated site policy or rules.
No, an IP address is not PII. In order for Personally Identifiable Information
to be personally identifiable, it must identify a person. An IP
address only identifies a computer that is connected to an Internet Service
Provider. Only law enforcement has any type of justification to
re-link an IP address to an account holder.
What choices are available to me regarding the use of my data?
You may opt out of any future communications from us at any time via the members
area. You can also do the following at any time
by contacting us via our Contact Us
- Change/correct any information contained in your membership.
- Have us delete any information contained in your membership.
- Express any concern you have about our use of your data.
What security procedures are in place to protect the misuse of my information?
We take your privacy seriously and take precautions to protect your information.
Your member information is kept secure at all times. We happily pay for quarterly
scans of our server to ensure that there are no possible vulnerabilities, and are
proud to have an adaptive firewall to protect our servers.
Portal of Dreams uses a modern day Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate. Our SSL
certificate is provided by GoDaddy, one of the most reputable certificate providers
around. Portal of Dreams is encrypted with a 256-bit military grade
encryption key, and is authenticated using a 2048 bit SHA-256 and RSA key
Overkill you say? We don't think so.