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Privacy Policy

Effective: June 20, 2023

We value your trust and are committed to safeguarding your personal information. This Privacy Policy outlines the types of information we collect, how we use it, and the measures we take to ensure your data remains private and secure. This policy applies to all services offered by FocusSphere (referred to as “we,” “our,” and “us” in this policy).

1. Information We Collect

We collect various types of information to provide and improve our services. This includes:

Account Information: When you create an account, we collect your name, email address, profile picture, and any other information you choose to provide.

Content You Share: We store the content you post, like photos, comments, and other information you provide.

Usage Information: We collect information about how you use our services, including the types of content you view or engage with, the features you use, and other interactions.

Device Information: We collect information from and about the device(s) you use to access our services, including hardware and software information, device identifiers, and network information.

2. How We Use Your Information

We use the information we collect to:

– Provide, maintain, improve, and develop our services.
– Help protect the safety of FocusSphere and our users, which includes blocking suspected spammers, addressing abuse, and enforcing our Terms of Service.
– Communicate with you about our services, send you updates, and respond to your queries or comments.
– Personalize your experience, such as suggesting content, users, or groups you might be interested in.

3. How We Share Your Information

We respect your privacy and will not sell your personal data to any third party. We only disclose your information in the following situations:

With Your Consent: We will share your information with entities outside of FocusSphere when we have your consent to do so.

For Legal Reasons: We may disclose your information if we believe it’s necessary to comply with a legal obligation or in connection with a legal claim.

For Safety and Security: We may share your information if we believe it’s necessary to detect, prevent, or address fraud, security, or technical issues or to protect against harm to the rights, property, or safety of MyFocusSphere.com, our users, or the public.

4. Your Data Rights and Choices

You have several rights and choices with regard to your data:

Access, Update, and Delete: You can access, update, or delete your personal information at any time through your account settings.

Account Deactivation: You can deactivate your account at any time. Some information may remain visible to others, such as the content you posted.

5. Data Security

We implement a variety of security measures designed to maintain the safety of your personal information. These include encryption, firewalls, and secure server layers. However, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable.

6. Changes to This Policy

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time, and if we do, we’ll post any changes on this page. If you continue to use MyFocusSphere.com after those changes are in effect, you agree to the new policy.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at support@MyFocusSphere.com.

Plugin and Platform-Specific Privacy Policy Items 


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where your data is sent

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Data Collected to Manage Your Membership

At checkout, we will collect your name, email address, username, and password. This information is used to setup your account for our site. If you are redirected to an offsite payment gateway to complete your payment, we may store this information in a temporary session variable to setup your account when you return to our site.

At checkout, we may also collect your billing address and phone number. This information is used to confirm your credit card. The billing address and phone number are saved by our site to prepopulate the checkout form for future purchases and so we can get in touch with you if needed to discuss your order.

At checkout, we may also collect your credit card number, expiration date, and security code. This information is passed to our payment gateway to process your purchase. The last 4 digits of your credit card number and the expiration date are saved by our site to use for reference and to send you an email if your credit card will expire before the next recurring payment.

When logged in, we use cookies to track some of your activity on our site including logins, visits, and page views.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Profile Data

When you register for the site, you may be asked to provide certain personal data for display on your profile. The “Name” field is required as well as public, and user profiles are visible to any site visitor. Other profile information may be required or optional, as configured by the site administrator.

User information provided during account registration can be modified or removed on the Profile > Edit panel. In most cases, users also have control over who is able to view a particular piece of profile content, limiting visibility on a field-by-field basis to friends, logged-in users, or administrators only. Site administrators can read and edit all profile data for all users.


This site records certain user actions, in the form of “activity” data. Activity includes updates and comments posted directly to activity streams, as well as descriptions of other actions performed while using the site, such as new friendships, newly joined groups, and profile updates.

The content of activity items obey the same privacy rules as the contexts in which the activity items are created. For example, activity updates created in a user’s profile is publicly visible, while activity items generated in a private group are visible only to members of that group. Site administrators can view all activity items, regardless of context.

Activity items may be deleted at any time by users who created them. Site administrators can edit all activity items.


The content of private messages is visible only to the sender and the recipients of the message. With the exception of site administrators, who can read all private messages, private message content is never visible to other users or site visitors. Site administrators may delete the content of any message.


We use a cookie to show success and failure messages to logged-in users, in response to certain actions, like joining a group. These cookies contain no personal data, and are deleted immediately after the next page load.

We use cookies on group, member, and activity directories to keep track of a user’s browsing preferences. These preferences include the last-selected values of the sort and filter dropdowns, as well as pagination information. These cookies contain no personal data, and are deleted after 24 hours.

When a logged-in user creates a new group, we use a number of cookies to keep track of the group creation process. These cookies contain no personal data, and are deleted either upon the successful creation of the group or after 24 hours.

Thank you for using FocusSphere!