Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us. Chatburst does not harvest, collect, or trade in personally identifiable information.

Information we collect

The information we collect during day to day operations of this website are as follows:

IP Address

We log IP addresses of visitors for statistical logging and combating and preventing abuse of our chat rooms.

Geo-location

Geo-location information about visitors based on the IP addresses leased to them by their Internet Service Providers (ISPs) is logged.

Email Address

When creating an account to submit a website to the topsite list, we use the email address you provide us for user authentication, as well as correspondence related to the approval of websites you have submitted.

HTTP Cookie

When logging into the topsite member area to manage your submitted websites, we supply a user token in the form of a HTTP cookie to track your authentication. This cookie is sent to your web browser as a variable in the header of requests, which may be stored by your browser as a cookie file. An identical token is stored on our server for the duraction of your visit to assist in user authentication.

How this information is used

So how is this information used? Here is a detailed explanation of the processes which use the data we collect:

Statistical Data

IP addresses and geo-location data (Country, State/Province, and/or City/County) of visitors are recorded by statistical software to assist in better understanding our primary audience. This information is used soley as a means of improving our service over time. This information is not and cannot be used to identify any user as an individual. Geo-location data is only accurate within a radius of several miles at best. Your physical postal address, exact physical location, or real name cannot be discerned from this information.

Abuse Prevention

The IP addresses of users logged into the chat rooms are logged. The purpose of this logging is to identify an individual by their network connection so that users abusing our service may have their access to such services removed through banning of their IP address. This ban will prevent the user from connecting to our chat rooms through that network connection for a duration determined by us based on the nature of the offense.

User Authentication and Communication

In order to submit a website to our topsite list, you must first create a user account. During the creation of this account, you must provide us with a valid email address. This email address is used to:

  1. Verify you as a human in an effort to prevent spamming and abuse of our topsite service.
  2. Authenticate you when logging into your user account to manage the information of websites you have submitted.
  3. Contact you regarding the status of your submissions as necessary, and only for this purpose.

Your email address will not be used by our website to contact you for unrelated commercial purposes. Your email address will not be provided or sold to third parties.

Third Parties

We use third party ad services for displaying advertisements on our website.

  1. Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on your prior visits to our website.
  2. Google's use of the DART cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to you based on your visit to this website and/or other sites on the Internet.
  3. You may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the advertising opt-out page.
  4. For more information, see the Google Adsense Privacy Policy http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/ads/