We are thrilled that you are interested in using www.imagineforest.com, a brilliant site for inspiring writers to find inspiration and write stories. This policy explains the privacy rights of Imagine Forest ("us", "we", "our" and terms of similar meaning) members and explains what we do with the information you give us.
When any user creates an account on imagineforest.com, we ask them to select a username, password and provide an email address. We also ask for what age group the user belongs in. This information is needed to determine whether we need parental or guardian consent for any website activity. If the member is aged 12 or under, we require parental or guardian consent before they can start using the Imagine Forest website. This consent is obtained through a verification email, where the parent or guardian must consent to the child using the site. If they do not give their consent, the child cannot login or use Imagine Forest.
Once they have created their account, they can start using Imagine Forest straight away with no additional information needed. However, if they want to gain the ‘verified’ badge, they will have to complete their profile. Completing their profile involves adding a profile picture. To protect members we have provided them with a choice of Imagine Forest exclusive avatars to use. They will also have to provide their country, and favourite book, also add a short bio and verify their email address. This information is needed to create personalised experience for the user in the form of rewards and emails and to recommend writing resources based on favourite books.
We collect information relating to demographics and interests of the user to provide them with a more personalised experience and develop website features that the user is likely to enjoy.
Further to this, we collect information on the types of books that the member may create on the Imagine Forest website. All books that members create are either private, for friends only or for your class members and teacher (school accounts). Members aged 13 and over and with a regular user account can also create public books. Public books can be read by other members of Imagine Forest who are also aged 13 or over. No book by members aged 12 and under is ever made public on Imagine Forest. This means only the writer themselves can read their own stories, or their friends (which they added via the unique friend code) can read them. If you have a student account, your teacher and classmates will be able to read and comment on your books.
Finally, we also record a members IP Address into our database. This is very important because we want to avoid spam and make sure no fake member accounts are created using the same IP address.
You can opt-out of Google Analytics by following these instructions provided by Google: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/181881
Imagine Forest uses advertisements to support the costs of operating the website, such as costs for hosting, servers and domain renewal.
Throughout the site you may notice third-party advertisements or promotion banners. These adverts have been provided by Google Adsense.
These technologies gather personal information from users and their devices, including information about IP addresses and user location, as well as behavior information such as websites visited, products viewed or purchased, and other personal preferences.
Users may opt out of personalised (or targeted) Google advertising by visiting Ads Settings.
Cookies are small files delivered to your computer that assist us in providing our services. Cookies will be used on the Site to allow you to enter your password less frequently during a session, to help us with data collection on the Site to help analyse our web page flow, measure promotional effectiveness, and promote trust and safety, to offer certain features that are only available through the use of a cookie and to allow us to provide information that is targeted to your interests. Cookies are very commonly used on the internet, and if you have cookies disabled in your browser you may not be able to use the Site properly.
You can find the full list of cookies we collect on our cookies page.
Our primary purpose in collecting personal information from you is to provide functionality and features that improve your experience, and make our service safer and easier to use. We do our best to only collect personal information about you that we consider necessary for that.
Imagine Forest uses the email address provided at registration to notify members that their account on imagineforest.com has been created and later on to notify members of any activity they are missing out on. This includes “we miss you” emails if the member has been inactive for 30 days and by default, notification emails weekly with a summary of missed activity on their account. During registration to the site, we also ask users if they would be interested in receiving our newsletters. If they select yes, then we add their email and other details provided to our monthly newsletter mailing list on our email system, “MailChimp”.
Upon activation of an account, the information submitted will be used by Imagine Forest to allow the registered user to participate on the imagineforest.com website, such as write books and add friends to their friends list. Throughout the site, the user is identified by their registered username, accompanied by a picture of their avatar. Both the username and avatar picture will be displayed to other users who are adding them as friends via their unique friend code.
We also use the information that you give to us (including your contact information such as email address) to make our Services the best possible experience for you. For instance, we may use your information to:
If you do not want your data to be used in any of the ways mentioned above, please email us ([email protected]) your request and we will process it within one month of receiving the request.
Any data collected on Imagine Forest members will be kept in our database for 12 months. If the member does not engage with Imagine Forest in this time, we will permanently delete all their data after 12 months from all our databases. By “engage”, we mean opening any email, clicking on links in emails and logging into the site.
Before deleting their data we will send out a couple of emails to warn the member that they will be removed from our database if they do not act now. After the member has been removed from our databases, they are free to sign-up to Imagine Forest again, as a new member.
Imagine Forest does not share, rent, trade or sell personally identifying information about our members, with third parties for their promotional purposes. Imagine Forest makes every reasonable effort to disallow and discourage members from sharing personally identifying information through website features and the friend system. The only information that can be openly shared are usernames and the member’s avatar (normally on the leaderboard page). Stories are only available privately or for friends/classmates (or your teacher) to read. Similarly book comments can only be seen by your friends, classmates or teacher on the site and are not public. However, comments made on the Imagine Forest blog will be public to all users and visitors. Comments made on other pages of the site, such as the Lessons page are only visible to friends/classmates and no external users.
Imagine Forest aims to avoid using unnecessary third-party plugins and apps, unless for security purposes or to offer certain features to both members and users. The following are examples of third-party apps used on the site. Please, read these carefully:
If you use the blog on this Web site, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of this blog, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. Though we moderate the blog comments, we are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in the Imagine Forest Blog.
We also use a third-party commenting system on the blog called, “Disqus”. Therefore any comments you make on our blog posts, may also be available in the Disqus community. Your use of this commenting system is subject to the terms of service and privacy located on their website and by commenting on our blog you agree to these.
Communication, engagement and actions taken through external social media platforms that this website and its owners participate on are custom to the terms and conditions as well as the privacy policies held with each social media platform respectively.
Users are advised to use social media platforms wisely and communicate / engage upon them with due care and caution in regard to their own privacy and personal details. This website nor its owners will ever ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms and encourage users wishing to discuss sensitive details to contact them through email.
We sometimes will share member stories from our library with their username onto social media with a direct link to the story for everyone to read. We will never share anything else relating to the member.
The Imagine Forest blog is open to guest post submissions all year round. Users interested in guest blogging can either complete this form or send us an email. Any data provided, such as full name, email address, bio, website link and social media profiles will be posted on our blog to credit the guest author who wrote the guest post. If your guest post is not successful or not posted live on our blog, we will not keep any data provided unless your guest post is successful.
This data will also be kept in our email provider’s (MailChimp) database for a period of 12 months and used to contact guest bloggers of any guest blogging opportunities regularly. Guest bloggers can easily request to be removed from this database by following the same process as in the below “requests to delete data” section or unsubscribe from the list via the emails sent.
The Ideas Wizard app is a mobile app created and owned by Imagine Forest. This app is currently available for download only from the Google Play Store. Once this app is downloaded onto the user’s device, the only data collected is aggregated user data, such as the number of app installs. No personal or sensitive data is ever collected on the Ideas WIzard app. We will never ask for location or access to the user’s storage on the device.
The Ideas Wizard app does allow users to share ideas they have collected via a simple share button. This share button links to external platforms, such as Twitter and WhatsApp. It also links to the Imagine Forest website. Please refer to the privacy policies of these platforms for details on how they collect personal information.
If you no longer wish to receive our newsletter and promotional communications, you may opt-out of receiving them by following the instructions included at the bottom of each newsletter or using the ‘settings’ options in your Imagine Forest member account. You can also email: [email protected], with the word ‘UNSUBSCRIBE’ in the subject line to opt out of all Imagine Forest email communications.
Information a member submits to imagineforest.com that relates to his or her account is password-protected. No employee of Imagine Forest nor any automated system will contact a member by email asking for a member’s login details, password or any other personal information related or unrelated to Imagine Forest. If any message claiming or appearing to come from Imagine Forest is sent to you asking for such information, please report it immediately to [email protected].
If there is a personal data breach, Imagine Forest will notify the ICO within 72hrs of the breach occurring. A personal breach refers to the accidental, destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised sharing of, or access to, personal data. If in the case the security breach has a high impact on the user's or member's rights or freedom we will let the individual/s involved know as soon as possible. In all cases, we will keep a written record of all data breaches identified.
If you have any questions about security on our Web site, you can send email us at [email protected].
At any time, members of the site can request a copy of all data we have on them. Any requests for information will be responded to within a month. If we need more time to respond to your request, we will still let you know within in a month of the request being made and the reason why we need more time. All requests for information will be free. However if the request for information is complex and excessive, we may refuse to accept the request. You will receive an email explaining why we have refused your request and you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO is the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues (www.ico.org.uk). We would be grateful if you would contact us first if you do have a complaint so that we can try to resolve it for you.
If you would like to make a request, please either email us: [email protected] or visit the settings page under my profile in your Imagine Forest account.
If you feel the data we have is inaccurate or requires updating, please send us an email to [email protected] and we will update your records within one month of receiving the email. If you keep on requesting changes to your data or your request is excessive, we have the right to refuse your request and will send you an email within a month explaining why it has been refused.
Members of Imagine Forest can delete all data we have on them in two ways. The first way is by deleting their account in the settings area, when they are logged in. And the second way is by sending us an email, requesting to be deleted from Imagine Forest. Once your account has been deleted, you will receive one final “Goodbye” email from us to confirm that all data we have on you will be deleted. Once this request is made, we will delete all data within one month and you will no longer be able to login into your account. At any time you can sign-up and become a site member again.
If deleting your account by email, please send your requests to: [email protected]
If you have any complaints about the way we use our data or the communications you are receiving from Imagine Forest, please email us using the subject line ‘COMPLAINT’ to [email protected]
If you have questions or suggestions, please email Imagine Forest at [email protected]
Date last updated: 9th July 2021