Version 0.6 effective June 7, 2018
Snowdrift.coop maintains utmost respect for user privacy.
We collect, store, and process personal data only in the ways
described below. Aside from any legal obligations, we do not share your data
with any party not directly involved with our operations.
- Definition of personal data
- When and what personal data do we collect?
- What do we do with your data?
- When do we share your data?
- Storage and protection of data
- Getting, correcting, or deleting your data
- Specific privacy issues for our Discourse forum
Definition of personal data
We consider "personal data" to mean any of:
- information directly identified with you (such as name or email address)
- several pieces of information that may identify you when combined (even if
each piece individually does not)
- any other data specific to an individual user when stored together
with personal data
When and what personal data do we collect?
- If you simply view the site, we collect no data beyond server logs (which
include IP address, referring site, time, and your browser's user agent).
- And we make a good faith effort to retain IP addresses of requests for
no more than 90 days.
- If you create a Snowdrift.coop account, we store your email address and use
cookies to keep you logged in.
- If you connect a third-party payment service to your account, their terms
Snowdrift.coop does not directly collect, retain, or process any financial
information (such as credit card numbers).
- If you pledge as a patron to any projects, we keep a record of your
transactions, such as your pledges and donation amounts.
- This policy does not cover interactions with projects outside of
Snowdrift.coop. External project websites may have their own policies.
- If you are a team leader who submits a project to Snowdrift.coop, we will
ask for detailed information including the personal data necessary to
validate your identity, your role with the project, and your legal status as
a potential recipient of funds.
- If you give us any further personal data (such as a mailing address for
sending a physical gift as thanks for a donation), we may store it in our
with your permission.
- If we recieve personal data about you from a third party (such as a
colleague suggesting a business connection), we will make a good faith
effort during our initial contact to ask for your permission to continue
using or storing your data and to delete it if you do not consent.
What do we do with your data?
We may use your data to provide a customized experience with our website and
as part of determining non-personal aggregate statistics about the service. We
otherwise aim to offer opt-in choices for personal data processing
Besides notifications and announcements that you opt-in to receiving, we will
use your email address to send you important policy and security updates.
When do we share your data?
- With your consent, we may publicly display your name or alias along
with information about your pledges and other activity in lists of project
patrons or similar cases.
- We may share your data if we are compelled to by law or when it is
reasonably necessary to do so to protect the rights, property, or safety of
you, our other users, Snowdrift.coop, or the public.
- Whenever we receive legal requests for your data, we will notify you
unless we are legally prohibited from doing so or circumstances require
otherwise. Nothing in this policy is intended to limit any legal
defenses or objections that you may have to a third party's request to
disclose your data.
- We otherwise only share your data with those employees, contractors, and
service providers who have contractually promised to use it only for
- If our corporate structure or status changes (e.g., if we restructure, are
acquired, or go bankrupt), we will notify all users so that you may choose
to anonymize or delete your private data before we pass on any data to a
successor or affiliate.
Storage and protection of data
We make concerted efforts to follow the best security practices. But if we
discover a security breach, we'll make concerted efforts to let you know as
soon as possible.
Unless we are legally required to retain it, we make a good faith effort to
delete personal data when no longer needed.
Getting, correcting, or deleting your data
If you want to download your personal data or have it edited, anonymized, or
deleted, please email email@example.com.
Specific privacy issues for our Discourse forum
At community.snowdrift.coop, we run an instance of Discourse, a
free/libre/open forum program.
Discourse tracks users in order to customize the experience, award badges,
calculate a "trust level" for each user, provide stats about usage, and
We make no use of this data outside of Discourse. Within available settings,
we turn off unecessary tracking where we can. We also advocate at
Discourse's own community forum
for stronger privacy options.
We know that Discourse collects at least the following data:
- If you visit any posts, Discourse tracks which posts have focus in your
browser and for how long.
- If you click links in Discourse (whether external or internal), Discourse
tracks those clicks.
- If you arrive at Discourse from an outside link, Discourse logs referer
- When you first sign in and when you post, Discourse records your IP address.
- But we make a good faith effort to retain the IP addresses associated
with users for no more than 5 years.
compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction.
Correcting, anonymizing, or deleting your data in Discourse
- You can see the data Discourse stores with your account by visiting your
account page on the forum.
- Your Discourse account page also lists your posts and other activity on the
- Your account activity page also includes a link to download all of your
activity in standard
- You can change your Discourse account data at any time by visiting the
profile settings page for your account.
- If you think your trust level has been set incorrectly, contact an
- Depending on the settings available, you may also be able to edit,
anonymize, or erase your posts.
- Note that when you edit posts, Discourse keeps all versions of your
posts, and forum administrators can view old versions of posts and
optionally make them visible to other forum visitors.
about the change on Snowdrift.coop and email anyone who we have on record as
accepting the previous policy version. When feasible, we will post proposed
changes in advance and offer a reasonable comment period before they become
effective. Once official, we will ask users to accept the updated policy.
- In addition to requests for data correction, deletion etc (mentioned above),
you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any other personal concerns.
- For general questions or comments about this policy, consider posting at
our community forum.
License for this policy
CC-BY-SA 4.0 International