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You have the choice.

Why does Mistral need to know my name and where in the world I live? Is this information collected in accordance with the EU GDPR 2018 Directive?

To answer the second question first. Yes, the information is collected in full compliance with the EU GDPR 2018 Directive, as Mistral pledges not to pass the information on to any other party and also to only use the information for essential purposes of ensuring correct program installation and functionality. Finally to protect both the licensee's (program user's) and Mistral's security, from fraudulent use, including virus infection.

To answer the first question. When you pay Mistral's Licence Fee, or if you do not pay a fee directly to Mistral then someone else pays a fee on your behalf, as there are no alternatives to either one or the other of these situations, then the payment of that fee does not transfer any rights of ownership to the product, that is the intellectual property, to you. The fee is paid solely to give you rights of access, either for a prescribed time limited period, or for life in the case of a lifetime licence.

The licence is a mutually binding contract and apart from bestowing certain rights and privileges to you, the licensee, the contract also demands adherence to certain rules. One of these rules being that Mistral demands its right to know who is accessing its intellectual property.

In addition to helping protect Mistral's investment in creation and perpetual maintenance of its intellectual property, your geographic location helps to ensure that essential regional variations are set at the time of program installation. Such as local meteorological conditions, computer Operating System regional differences, local legislation adherence, even the type of decimal point numerical deliminator in use at your location.

You have the choice of whether or not to answer the two fundamental questions of providing a traceable name and an ostensibly permanent geographic location. If you decide not to answer or if you provide obviously falsified information then you will not be granted access to Mistral's intellectual property. If you choose not to provide Mistral with the information asked then you will need to go elsewhere to obtain what you seek. Mistral will neither be able to help you nor be prepared to waste its time trying to help you.

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