All recipes you mark as public will be publicly available to anyone. Any data you enter in your user profile (except email address and password) such as your name, web site, avatar, tagline, etc…will be shown in your public profile. Your wall posts, forum posts, comments, reviews, people you are following, etc will also be publicly viewable by anyone.
BeerSmith, BeerSmithRecipes.com and the BeerSmith forum do use “cookies” which are stored by your web browser to support session logins.
Large portions of the content on the BeerSmith web sites are user-contributed, and the owners of the site make no attempt to moderate or filter every posting. If you find a post, comment, or other content that is offensive or inappropriate, please report it to a moderator for review. There are “report to moderator” buttons throughout the website.
We do reserve the unilateral right to ban users, remove accounts or remove content that is found to be offensive, inappropriate, or in violation of the user agreement. In extreme cases, your user account may be removed along with all of your content. If you are a paid subscriber and your account is closed or locked you may request a refund for the pro-rated (unused portion for remaining term) of your subscription payment by submitting a request in writing.
Like ALL non-encrypted web sites, BeerSmith, the BeerSmith forum, and BeerSmith email list BeerSmithRecipes.com are NOT hosted on a secure socket (SSL) encrypted servers, so your data including recipe data, passwords and user names are NOT encrypted during transmission over the internet. As a result, we cannot guarantee your privacy or security when transmitting recipe data. The service is not designed to protect proprietary or private personal information, but provides security and protection comparable to other non-encrypted web sites such as discussion forums or conventional recipe web sites.
We do only store encrypted versions of your password on our sites, and we do take reasonable steps to prevent unauthorized access, and do our best to protect your privacy within the limitations of an open conventional web site.
We do recommend periodically making local copies of your recipes and backing up any important data – most importantly you should back up your Documents/BeerSmith2 directory if you use the desktop version of BeerSmith, and also make local copies of important BeerSmithRecipes.com cloud data.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line: we do take reasonable steps to protect your data and privacy within the limits of normal non-encrypted servers, and will not intentionally share your data with anyone (except authorized law personnel with a legal warrant) without your permission.