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Data Collection and Retention Policies on™

This page outlines the privacy policies of Nerds in Control LLC, the parent company of the website.

Contacting about Privacy

Questions about our privacy policy or requests related to your information may be directed to:
Nerds in Control LLC
116 Brigham Hill Rd.
North Grafton, MA 01536 USA

...or, you can use our Contact page.

Email and Address Information

You do not have to register as a member to use the site. However, if you do, you will be asked to supply information such as your name, address and email, which may be used for the following purposes:

  1. As a member, you may "subscribe" to discussion threads, which means we will send a copy of any subsequent posts to that thread via the email address you provided. This is optional, and you have the ability to remove any such subscription by visiting your Member page on the site.
  2. You may also "subscribe" to an entire topic or topics, or to a complete feed of messages posted to the site. Similarly, you may remove any such subscription on your Member page.
  3. Certain information you provide when registering may appear on the profile page that others may view on the site, but only if you specifically mark those items as public when you register. You may change this permission at any time on your member profile editing page.
  4. If you request a premium (e.g., a pocket protector), we will use the information you provided to mail the item to you.
  5. We will also use the email address you provided to contact you in the event that we have questions about a message you posted, or if your membership is nearing expiration.
  6. We may also disclose information you provide to us if required by law, or if you authorize such disclosure, or in special cases where we have reason to believe that such disclosure is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be violating our terms of service or causing injury to, or interference with, and/or its visitors, users and suppliers.

If you post a message to our site without first registering as a member, we require an email address so that our moderators may contact you regarding your post if necessary.

Cookie Use by sites use cookies for the following purposes:

  1. __ac_name, __ac_password: For members, these remember your login information so you do not have to enter it each time you visit the site. These cookies have an expiry time of 5 years.
  2. __cc_mobile, __cc_nomobile: These are used to remember your preferences for mobile or desktop page formats.
  3. PHPSESSID: This is a temporary (3 hour) "session" cookie stored to carry information from one page to another on our site for such purposes as:
    1. To carry form information (for example, when you post a message).
    2. To retain your login status.
    3. To carry such preferences as topics you have selected to filter on.

Except for the PHPSESSID cookie, these may be blocked without impairing other functionality within the site.

Third-Party Cookies and Pixels

This site uses Google Analytics for the purposes of improving performance, gaining insight into the effectiveness of our advertising efforts, and planning changes and improvements to the site. In connection with this activity, code supplied by Google may place cookies on your browser for reporting and traffic regulation purposes. Further description and use of these cookies may be found at:

This site makes use of Vimeo and YouTube services for presenting video content on some of our pages. In connection with the operation of the embedded players provided by these companies, cookies may be placed on your browser by code supplied by them.

IP Address Logging

Our webserver maintains access and error logs associated with the operation of the site which include logging IP addresses and related page references. These logs are used to ensure proper operation of the site, to detect and react to abuse, and to provide non-identifying aggregate usage information.

We also keep records associating IP addresses with the total number of pages visited to detect abuse of the site (e.g., by bots).

If you click on an advertisement on our site, your IP address is associated with the click for audit purposes by our advertisers.

Links to Other Websites contains links to other websites, some of which are not owned or controlled by's parent company. and its parent company cannot control and are not responsible for the privacy policies and practices of these third-party websites.

Data Retention data retention policies vary according to the type of data:

  1. Posted messages and the author data associated with those messages are retained indefinitely, as they are the purpose of our site and remain an information resource for all visitors.
  2. Logging information related to operation of the webserver is retained for a period of 38 months.
  3. Information of members of is archived after 7 months of inactivity.
  4. Cookies have various retention times as noted in the section above, according to their function.


To secure site integrity and prevent unauthorized access, has put in place appropriate procedures reasonably designed to safeguard and secure the non-public information that we collect online. Internal access to your non-public personal information is restricted to our staff on a need-to-know basis.

In the event that we become aware that site security has been compromised, we will take such reasonable measures as we deem appropriate, which may include internal investigation and reporting and notification to and cooperation with law enforcement authorities.

If we become aware that personal information you have provided to us has been disclosed in a manner not permitted by this Privacy Policy, we will make reasonable efforts to notify you as soon as reasonably possible and as permitted by law, of what information has been disclosed.