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GateWorld is committed to protecting the privacy of its users. Your personally identifiable information, including name, e-mail address, postal address, or phone number, will not be sold or disclosed to any third party, except as necessary to fulfill an order at GateWorld Store, or in cooperation with law enforcement.

Occasionally, GateWorld partners with other companies to bring you contests and sweepstakes. These submission forms may include one or more "opt-in" checkboxes, which allow you to request further communication from that partner. In those cases your personal information is shared with that partner ONLY at your request; it is not retained by GateWorld unless you also opt-in to our own e-mail newsletter. GateWorld is not responsible for the privacy standards and practices of these companies, so be sure to review their own privacy policies and terms of service before opting in. If you do not opt-in, your information is not retained past the drawing of a winner for that contest (except to contact contest winners and for prize fulfillment).

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GateWorld does not track the browsing habits of individual users. GateWorld Forum does use a "cookie" -- a small file saved by your Web browser with your personal details -- to store your forum log-in username and password, as well as to keep track of when you last logged in and which threads and posts you haven't read yet. If you'd rather not use cookies, you can disable them in your browser's Options menu. If you decide to do so, however, some Web site and forum features may not work properly, and you may find that you have trouble staying logged in.

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