Chameleon MediaCenter

CMC Privacy Policy

When you use Chameleon MediaCenter and our website, you are trusting us with your information.  We understand that this is a big responsibility and work hard to protect your information.  

This Privacy Policy is meant to help you understand what information we collect, how we collect it, why we collect it, and under what conditions we may share it.  We will also point out information that we do not collect.

Last Updated:  September 30, 2020

Chameleon Consulting, LLC (hereinafter “Us”, “We”, or “Our”) produces the Chameleon MediaCenter software (hereinafter “CMC”), and operates (hereinafter the “Site” or “WordPress”) and (hereinafter the “Forum” or “phpBB”).  This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of Personal Information we receive from users of CMC, the Site, and the Forum.


Information Collection And Use

While using our Site and our Forums, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you.  Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to, your name, username, and email address (hereinafter “Personal Information”).


Financial Information & License Data

We do not collect any Financial Information from any users.  When you purchase a CMC License (hereinafter “License”), your transaction is processed through PayPal which does not share any of your Financial Information with us.  This specifically means we do not have your payment information, mailing address, or phone number.  This is one of the primary ways we protect your data, by not collecting it in the first place.  PayPal is wholly responsible for protecting your Financial Information.

As part of the License fulfillment process, we will receive your Pay Pay Name or Business Name, and PayPal Email Address (hereinafter “License Data”), but nothing else.  We will keep this License Data (including your License Key(s)) on record for administrative purposes related to managing your purchased License(s).

Your License Data is not stored on Our Site.


Forum Data & Cookies

Your Personal Information is collected via two ways.  

Firstly, browsing the Forum will cause the phpBB software to create a number of cookies, which are small text files that are downloaded to your computer’s web browser’s temporary files.  The first two cookies just contain a user identifier (hereinafter “User-ID”) and an anonymous session identifier (hereinafter “Session-ID”), automatically assigned to you by the phpBB software.  A third cookie will be created once you have browsed topics within the Forum and is used to store which topics have been read, thereby improving your user experience. 

Additionally, the WordPress software used to publish the Site may use similar User-ID and Session-ID cookies to improve your browsing experience.  

Cookie data may be automatically submitted back to the Site and Forum by your browser, for processing by the Site’s hosting web server, to control the content provided back to you.

You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent.  However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of Our Site and Forum.

The second way in which We collect your information is by what you submit to us.  This can be, and is not limited to: posting as an anonymous user (hereinafter “Anonymous Posts”), registering on the Forum (hereinafter “Your Account”), posts submitted by you after registration and whilst logged in (hereinafter “Your Posts”), and submitting a Support request form.

Your Account will at a bare minimum contain a uniquely identifiable name (hereinafter “Your User Name”), a personal password used for logging into Your Account (hereinafter “Your Password”) and a personal, valid email address (hereinafter “Your Email”).  Your Personal Information for Your Account at the Forum is protected by data-protection laws applicable in the country that hosts Us (The United States of America).  Any further information, beyond Your User Name, Your Password, and Your Email Address as required by the Forum during the registration process, is optional.  In all cases, you have the option of what information in Your Account is publicly displayed.  Furthermore, within Your Account, you have the option to opt-in or opt-out of automatically generated emails from the phpBB software.

Your Password is ciphered (a one-way hash) according to industry standards so that it is secure.  However, it is recommended that you do not reuse the same password across multiple sites.  Your Password is the means of accessing Your Account at the Forum, so please guard it carefully and under no circumstances will anyone affiliated with the Forum, phpBB, Us, or another 3rd party, legitimately ask you for Your Password.  Should you forget Your Password for Your Account, you can use the “I forgot my password” feature provided by the phpBB software.  This process will ask you to submit Your User Name and Your Email, then the phpBB software will generate a new password to reclaim Your Account.


Web Site Log Data

Like many site operators, We collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit Our Site and Forum, and when CMC checks the Web Site for new program version updates.

This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, browser version, your current CMC version, your CMC License, the pages of our Site and Forum that you visit, the time and date of your visit, and the time spent on those pages and other statistics.

We use Log Data to troubleshoot web site issues, plan future updates, and understand which CMC versions are currently in-use.

In addition, we may use third party services such as Google Analytics that collect, monitor and analyze this data.

Log Data is discarded after 90 days.


Google Photos User Data

One of the features of CMC is the ability to present Slideshows of your photos and images.  These can be local images, or optionally images from the cloud stored in your Google account.  CMC’s access to your Google Photos Account (hereinafter “Google Photos”) is via the Google API, which utilizes the secure OAuth 2.0 industry-standard for safely granting limited data access without sharing user account or password information.

If you link CMC to your Google Photos for use in CMC Slideshows, then CMC will store locally on your PC the necessary access token (hereinafter “Token”) required by the Google API Service to retrieve your Google Photos albums and photos for local display on your PC.  This Token will be securely stored in encrypted format in your PC’s registry (Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\ChamConSoft\Chameleon MediaCenter\CloudTokens).

CMC will not make copies of any of your Google data.  CMC will not share access to any of your Google data.  CMC will not report to Us any of your Google data, and will not even disclose to Us that you have linked your CMC installation to Google Photos.

Your Google Photos albums and images will be stored in temporary memory (RAM) only, for use in presenting images in your configured Slideshow and for configuring Slideshows..  

Additionally, the selected Google Photos Album ID, Name, and Slideshow cover image URL will be stored in the CMC_SlideshowDB.xml configuration file for later use by the Slideshow, though this information is of no use without a valid Token, and poses no security risk.

You may unlink (Disconnect) CMC from Google Photos on each PC at any time inside the application where you originally linked it, or revoke CMC’s access on all PC’s in your Google Account (


We may use your Personal Information to contact you for support reasons or with news regarding CMC, the Site, and the Forum.  

We will do our best to minimize these communications.


Advertising Data

The Site, Forum, and CMC are fully funded by License purchases.  We do not utilize advertising for revenue or any other purposes.  We hope you notice and appreciate that the Site, the Forum, and the Chameleon MediaCenter software is completely free of advertising in all forms.

A benefit of our eschewing all advertising is that we have no need to collect or share your Personal Information with advertising companies.  

Please show your support of our ad-free policies by purchasing a CMC License.


3rd Party Access To Your Personal Information

We will not sell or share your Personal Information to any 3rd party, excepting law enforcement as detailed below.


Law Enforcement Access To Your Personal Information

Upon court order and with a valid warrant, we will provide to law enforcement agencies only data for which they have legally requested and for which we have on record.  This may include your Personal Information.



The security of your Personal Information is important to us, but understand that no method of data transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic data storage, is 100% secure.  While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

As part of our Security policy, We strive to collect the bare minimum amount of data about Our Site visitors and CMC users like yourself.  A hacker or thief cannot steal from Us what We do not have.


Changes To This Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is effective as of September 30, 2020, and will remain in effect except with respect to any changes in its provisions in the future, which will be in effect immediately after being posted on this page.

We reserve the right to update or change our Privacy Policy at any time and you should check this Privacy Policy periodically.  Your continued use of the Service after we post any modifications to the Privacy Policy on this page will constitute your acknowledgement of the modifications and your consent to abide and be bound by the modified Privacy Policy.

If we make any material changes to this Privacy Policy, we will notify you by placing a prominent notice in our Forum and an alert in CMC.