Hosted Forum Privacy Policy

Civilized Discourse Construction Kit, Inc. (“CDCK”) owns and operates Discourse.org, an open source discussion platform, (“Platform”). Clients license our Platform and in some cases, we may host the discussion forum for their website visitors.

This Privacy Statement describes the data we collect and how it is used for visitors of clients running a Discourse.org discussion forum (It is not the privacy policy for our website). You are probably reading this because a website you visited has a forum hosted by Discourse.org. That site directed you to read our Privacy Statement so you can understand what information we collect and how it is used when you participate in a forum hosted by Discourse.org.

By using the Discourse.org discussion forum you are agreeing to this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree, then do not use the discussion forum.

Creating An Account

  1. When you create a discussion forum account, you will be asked to enter your name and an e-mail address. We will send you a confirmation email verifying the account. We record the IP address used when you register for an account. We use this to ensure that user accounts are legitimately created by a human and not by script. When you create a new account, you may reserve this user name and email address for future use on any Discourse.org forum.

  2. You may also log into the site with a social media account. When you do, we will import the email associated with that social media account into your Discourse.org account. Any additional information they send us will be deleted. We need your email to notify you of activity occurring in your account. You may change your email in user preferences.

  3. When you create an account, we automatically assign you an avatar, which is used to graphically represent your presence and activity. We partner with Gravatar.com to provide this service, which allows you to use your Gravatar at any partner site across the web. They are owned by Automattic and their Privacy Policy can be accessed here.

Browsing The Site

You may browse the site without an account. We record the IP address of every request to our server, whether you are logged in or not. If you are logged in, we will associate this activity with your account.

User content is public

Nothing that you make available on Discourse.com is private, except your email address. This means anything you post, upload, bookmark or mark as a favorite is public, or may be made public as the product develops. Private messages sent between you and other users are not visible outside of the recipients, however, they, like all other content you create, are associated with your account on the server.

Data Portability

Users may export user content -- including your content -- that was created on Discourse.org to their email or other social media platform.

Automated Log Data

The servers that run our platform create standard log files about your activity on the forum. These logs record visitor activity and information about your device, such as what browser you’re running, and what pages you access. This information helps us diagnose server and software errors, and in cases of abuse, track and mitigate the abuse.

We Use A Session Cookie

Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer's hard drive through your browser. These cookies enable the site to recognize your browser and, if you have a registered account, associate it with your registered account. We use a session cookie to remember you when you login, so that when you return, you do not need to login again.

How do we protect your information?

We implement a variety of commercially reasonable security measures designed to maintain the safety of your personal information. However we can not and do not guarantee the security of your data so keep this in mind as you participate in the forum.

What is your data retention policy?

When you delete user content, it is removed from public view, but remains available on the server indefinitely. To request that an account be deleted, please contact us at team@discourse.org.

With regards to IP addresses, we make a good faith effort to:

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

Any information collected during your use of the discussion forum belongs to the client company. This means that we do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer any of your data to any party other than the client company. You will need to read their Privacy Policy to understand how they may share and use your data.

What if we receive a request from law enforcement?

Unless we are legally prevented to do so, it is our policy to forward any legal requests for user data to the Discussion Forum owner, to respond to according to their policies.

What if there is a change in control at Discourse.org?

As part of a merger, acquisition, sale, or other change of control. If this happens, your Personal Information will be handled with the same level of privacy control as applies in this Privacy Policy.

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

Our Platform is directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older. If you are under the age of 13, (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act), do not use this Service.

International Visitors

CDCK is a San Francisco, California-based company. Our servers are located in the United States. This Service is not directed to viewers outside of the United States.

Copyright Notice: We Have No Rights In Your Content

Clients who use Discourse.org have choices over what type of sharing rights apply to the content created in their forums. CDCK has no ownership rights in your content other than those defined by the client, or are necessary to provide this service. To understand what sharing rights apply to content posted in a particular clients’ forum, you will need to contact the client website directly.

Changes to our Privacy Statement

We may modify this Statement at any time. The last modification date will always be displayed at the bottom of this document. If we make changes to this policy that materially alter its effect, we will make reasonable attempts to try to notify you before the changes are implemented, for example with a prominent notice on the Discussion Forum or via the email address we have on file for you.

Please contact us with questions at: team@discourse.org

This document is CC-BY-SA. It was last updated June 25, 2013.