Privacy Policy

Last Updated: May 25, 2018

Your privacy matters to us. When you use our IRC network and website (the "Service"), you trust us with your information. We believe in transparency, and we're committed to being upfront about what data we collect, why we collect it, and what we do with it. This Privacy Policy explains our privacy practices for the Service.

If you have any questions or concerns, please send them to privacy@darenet.org.

Information we collect

We want you to understand the types of information we collect as you use the Service.

Registration, Account Setup, Service Usage: In order to use certain features of the Service, you need to provide us with a username, valid email address and password. We process this information to provide the Service to you.

Profile: You may provide your name and other personal information (such as website URL and a short biography) in connection with your account. You can change or remove this information through your settings page at any time.

The name and other profile information associated with your account, which you may review and change in your settings page, is publicly displayed on your profile page.

Contact: If you contact us (e.g., our support team or through social media), we will use your information to answer your questions, and for the legitimate interests of maintaining and improving our Service.

Automated information: We automatically receive and record your IP address or unique device identifier, and the date and time of your request or connection. This information is stored in log files and is collected automatically. We use this information for the legitimate interest of protecting and securing the Service.

Location: We may obtain location information you provide in your profile or your IP address to serve content, such as a localized Message of the Day (MOTD) and to protect the Service.

Analytics Information: We may analyze website traffic for the legitimate interests of monitoring performance and optimizing our site.

Choice & control

You may change or correct your account information through your account settings or by contacting support@darenet.org. You may also remove certain optional information that you no longer wish to be publicly visible through the Service, such as your name. You can also request the deletion of the personal information in your account.

You also have the right to:

  • data access and portability (including the right to obtain a copy of your personal data you provided to DareNET, by contacting us at privacy@darenet.org);
  • data correction (including the ability to update your personal data, in many cases via settings);
  • data deletion (including the right to have DareNET delete your personal information, by contacting us at privacy@darenet.org); and
  • withdrawl of consent or objection to processing (including, in limited circumstances, the right to ask DareNET to stop processing your personal data, with some exceptions, by contacting us at privacy@darenet.org)

You aren't required to provide any data to us, but, if you don't, you won't be able to use certain features of the Service.

If you no longer wish to use the Service, then you may close your account.

Messages from DareNET

On occassion, DareNET may need to contact you. Primarily, these messages are delivered by email. You agree that DareNET can send you non-marketing emails, such as those related to your account, security and Service changes. Examples of service-related messages include an email address confirmation/welcome email when your register your account, password reset request, modification of our Terms of Service or Privacy Policy, and correspondence with DareNET's support team.

Chat logs

We do not keep records of your conservations, nor do we provide a logging service; however, be aware that most clients provide logging capabilities. Anyone in the channels you are in might do so and publish those conversation logs (and some channels may be actively logged by bots or users on those channels). If you have questions about this, we encourage you to ask other users in the channel you're concerned about. In general, you should assume that anything you say on IRC that is not in a private message will be recorded  and possibly published somewhere, and even then you're depending on your trust with the person you're sending a message to will not share it.

Information sharing

Public information can be seen by anyone, including if they don't have an account.  This includes your username; any information you share with a public audience; and information in your public profile on the website.

We rely on a number of third party service providers who support the Service by providing technical infrastructure services, such as hosting.

Except for these instances, we will never share or reveal your personal data to a third party unless:

  • We are compelled by law, or
  • We believe it necessary to prevent death or serious physical harm to someone

If we believe a legal warrant to be too broad, we will seek to narrow it. We will notify users about a legal warrant for their data unless we are prevented from doing so by law.

Data Transfers

As we maintain servers and use hosting providers around the world to deliver the Service to you, we may transfer personal information to countries other than the country in which the data was originally collected. Simply put, we can't provide you with the Service without moving your personal information around the world. Data protection laws vary among countries, with some providing more protection than others. Regardless of where your information is processed, we apply the same protections described in this policy.

The majority of these providers are self-certified under the Privacy Shield Framework, while others are reliant on the European Commission's model contract clauses.

For more information, please email privacy@darenet.org.

Security

We take precautions to protect the Service and our users from unauthorized access or alteration, disclosure or destruction about data we hold. In particular:

  • We encrypt many of our services using TLS, and make use of modern 256-bit crypto
  • We encourage all of our users to connect to our IRC network using a TLS-enabled connection
  • We review our information collection, storage and processing practices
  • We restrict access to personal data to DareNET staff who need that information in order to process it. Anyone with this access is subject to strict confidentiality obligations and may be removed if they fail to meet these obligations.

Retention

We keep your account and any profile information until you delete your account with us.

When you delete your account, your personal data is purged from our active data storage within seven days, and from all backups after a maximum of 90 days. You can delete your profile information at any time from your settings page.

We keep website analytics information for approximately one week.

Withdrawing consent

Where you have provided your consent, you have the right to withdraw your consent to our processing of your information and your use of the Service. You can choose to withdraw your consent to our processing of your information and your use of the Service at any time by closing your account by emailing privacy@darenet.org. This deletion is permanent and your account cannot be reinstated.

Changes

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will never reduce your rights under this Privacy Policy without your explicit consent. If we believe that the changes are material, we'll let you know by doing one (or more) of the following: (i) posting the changes on or through the Service, or (ii) sending you an email or message about the changes. We encourage you to check back regularly and review any updates.

The most current version will always be available at https://www.darenet.org/privacy.