Privacy Q&A

This page describes how ORNG, collects and uses data about you.

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What is ORNG?

ORNG is the operator of discourse.orng.co, a discussion forum.

ORNG sets only its own privacy practices, not the privacy practices of ORNG customers or others who host Discourse forums for themselves or others. You should ask all of those involved in administering and hosting Discourse forums that you use for information about their privacy practices.

How does ORNG collect data about me?

ORNG collects data about you:

  • when you browse a website that ORNG hosts

  • when you create and use an account on a website that ORNG hosts

  • when you post, send private messages, and otherwise participate in a website that ORNG hosts

ORNG collects data when you use websites that it hosts, whether you use the website using a web browser on a PC or mobile device.

ORNG does not buy or otherwise receive data about you from data brokers.

What data does ORNG collect about me, and why?

ORNG collects data about visits to our websites.

When you visit a website hosted by ORNG, whether you have an account or not, the website uses cookies, server logs, and other methods to collect data about what pages you visit and when.

ORNG uses data about how you use the website to:

  • optimize the website(s), so that it’s quick and easy to use

  • diagnose and debug technical errors

  • defend the website(s) from abuse and technical attacks

  • compile statistics on website and topic popularity

  • compile statistics on the kinds of software and computers visitors use

ORNG usually stores data about how you use the website in identifiable form for just a few weeks. In special circumstances, like extended investigations about technical attacks, ORNG may preserve log data longer, for analysis. ORNG stores aggregate statistics about use of the website for as long as ORNG hosts the website, but those statistics don’t include data identifiable to you personally.

ORNG collects account data.

Browsing and participating on this forum requires a forum account.

To sign up for a forum account, ORNG requires your name, a user name, and an e-mail address.

ORNG uses your account data to identify you on the forum, and to create pages specific to you, like your profile page. This forum is access-restricted, ORNG makes your account data visible to everyone who can access the forum.

ORNG uses your e-mail address to:

  • notify you about posts and other activity on the forum

  • reset your password and help keep your account secure

  • contact you in special circumstances related to your account

  • contact you about legal requests, like DMCA takedown requests

You may provide additional data for your account, like a short biography, your location, or your birthday, on the profile settings page for your account. ORNG makes that data available to others who can access the forum. You don’t have to provide this additional information, and you can erase it at any time.

ORNG stores your account data as long as your account remains open.

ORNG collects data about posts and other activity on the forum.

ORNG collects the content of your posts, plus data about bookmarks, likes, and links you follow in order to share that data with others, through the forum. This forum is access-restricted, ORNG makes your activity available only to users permitted to see it.

ORNG also collects data about private messages that you send through the forum. ORNG makes private messages available to senders and their recipients, and also to forum administrators.

ORNG stores your posts and other activity as long as your account remains open.

How can I make choices about data collection?

You can make choices about how data about is used on the settings page for your account. ORNG uses access restrictions that vary by category, you can choose who will see your post by choosing the appropriate category.

ORNG does not respond to the Do Not Track HTTP header.

Where does ORNG store data about me?

Most websites that ORNG hosts store all data in ORNG servers located in Paris, France. Some websites that ORNG hosts store data in data centers in multiple jurisdictions, such as the United States, the European Union and India.

Does ORNG comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation?

ORNG respects privacy rights under Regulation (EU) 2016/679, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Information that GDPR requires ORNG to give can be found throughout this privacy notice. So can information about specific rights, like access, rectification, erasure, data portability, and objection to automated decision-making.

Where can I access data about me?

You can see your account data at any time by visiting your account page on the forum. Your account page also lists your posts and other activity on the forum.

Your account activity page also includes a link to download all of your activity in standard CSV format.

How can I change or erase data about me?

You can change your account data at any time by visiting the profile settings page for your account. Closing your account starts a process of erasing or anonymizing ORNG’s records of data you provided for your account. Forum administrators can also erase and anonymize accounts.

You may also be able to edit, or erase your posts. When you edit posts, ORNG will keep all versions of your posts. Forum administrators can view old versions of posts, and optionally make them visible to other forum visitors.

Does ORNG make automated decisions based on data about me?

ORNG classifies posts as spam automatically.

ORNG uses data about your posts and other activity on this forum to make automated decisions about whether your posts to discourse.orng.co are spam. When Akismet decides that a post is likely spam, the forum refuses to accept the post.

If you think a post has been wrongly blocked or removed, contact an administrator of forum. They can override the decision that a post was spam.

ORNG uses data about posts and activity to set trust levels automatically.

The forum may use data about your posts and activity to award you badges and calculate a trust level for your account. Your trust level may affect how you can participate in the forum, such as whether you can upload images, as well as give you access to moderation and management powers in the forum. Your trust level therefore reflects forum administrators’ confidence in you, and their willingness to delegate community management functions, like moderation.

If you think your trust level has been set incorrectly, contact an administrator to manually adjust the trust level of your account.

Does ORNG share data about me with others?

ORNG shares account data with others as mentioned in the section about account data.

ORNG shares data about your posts and other forum activity with others as mentioned in the section about account data.

ORNG does not sell or give information about you to other companies or services. However, ORNG does use services from other companies on that it hosts. The companies behind those services may collect data about you on their own, for their own purposes. Some of these services may be used to collect information about your online activities across different websites.

Service Privacy Notice Description
Akismet https://automattic.com/privacy/ reduces spam posts on some forums
Amazon Web Services https://aws.amazon.com/privacy/ Provides cloud servers and services, in service regions across the world, to host and back up some forums.
OneProvider https://oneprovider.com/about-us/privacy-policy Provides Server Hosting services.
Mailgun https://www.mailgun.com/privacy-policy Provides email sending functionality.
Apple Push Notification Service https://www.apple.com/legal/privacy/ Sends push notifications to users of the Discourse iOS app.
Google Cloud Messaging https://policies.google.com/privacy Sends push notifications to users of the Discourse Android app.

How can I contact ORNG about privacy?

You can send questions and complaints to:

ORNG privacy team
support+privacy@orng.co

For complaints under GDPR more generally, European Union users may lodge complaints with their local data protection supervisory authorities.

How can I find out about changes?

This version of ORNG’s privacy Q&A took effect May 25, 2018.

ORNG will post the next version at https://discourse.orng.co/privacy. ORNG may change how it announces changes in future versions.

In the meantime, ORNG may update its contact information without announcing a change. Please refer to https://discourse.orng.co/privacy for the latest contact information at any time.