Privacy Questions and Answers
This notice describes how Freebird collects and uses data about you.
What is Freebird?
Freebird is an Internet discussion forum.
Freebird sets its own privacy practices, not the privacy practices of any other site.
How does Freebird collect data about me?
Freebird collects data about you:
when you browse the forum that Freebird hosts
when you create and use an account on the forum that Freebird hosts
when you post, send private messages, and otherwise participate in the forum that Freebird hosts
Freebird collects data when you use the forum, whether you use the forum using a web browser on your own computer, or on a mobile device.
Freebird does not buy or otherwise receive data about you from data brokers.
What data does Freebird collect about me, and why?
Freebird uses data about how you use the website to:
optimize the forum, so that it’s quick and easy to use
diagnose and debug technical errors
defend the forum from abuse and technical attacks
compile statistics on forum and topic popularity
compile statistics on the kinds of software and computers visitors use
Freebird usually stores data about how you use the forum in identifiable form for just a few weeks. In special circumstances, like extended investigations about technical attacks, Freebird may preserve log data longer, for analysis. Freebird stores aggregate statistics about use of the forum for as long as Freebird hosts the forum, but those statistics don’t include data identifiable to you personally.
Freebird collects account data.
Many features of the forum that Freebird hosts require a forum account. For example, the forum that Freebird hosts requires an account to post and reply to topics.
To sign up for a forum account, Freebird requires your name or pseudonym, a user name, and an e-mail address.
Freebird uses your account data to identify you on the forum, and to create pages specific to you, like your profile page. If the forum is public, Freebird publishes your account data. If the forum is access-restricted, Freebird makes your account data available to everyone who can access the forum, according to the forum administrator’s configuration.
Freebird 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. Freebird 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.
Freebird stores your account data as long as your account remains open.
Freebird collects data about posts and other activity on the forum.
Freebird 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. If the forum is public, Freebird publishes your activity. If the forum is access-restricted, or access restrictions apply to the specific post, Freebird makes your activity available only to users permitted to see it.
Freebird also collects data about private messages that you send through the forum. Freebird makes private messages available to senders and their recipients, and also to forum administrators.
Freebird 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. When a forum uses access restrictions that vary by category, you can choose who will see your post by choosing the appropriate category.
Freebird does not respond to the Do Not Track HTTP header.
Where does Freebird store data about me?
The forum that Freebird hosts stores all data in Freebird’s data center in New York, New York, USA.
Does Freebird comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation?
Freebird respects privacy rights under Regulation (EU) 2016/679, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Information that GDPR requires Freebird 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 comma-separated values 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. The settings for a particular forum may also allow you to close your account, on the settings page for your account. Closing your account starts a process of erasing or anonymizing Freebird’s records of data you provided for your account. Forum administrators can also erase and anonymize accounts.
Depending on the settings, you may also be able to edit, anonymize, or erase your posts. When you edit posts, Freebird will keep all versions of your posts. Forum administrators can view old versions of posts, and optionally make them visible to other forum visitors. Please contact the administrator for changes that may be required to be made by the administrator.
Does Freebird make automated decisions based on data about me?
Freebird classifies posts as spam automatically.
Freebird uses data about your posts and other activity on many forums to make automated decisions about whether your posts to freebird.is 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 the administrator Freebird. The administrator can override the decision that a post was spam.
Freebird uses data about posts and activity to set trust levels automatically.
Depending on how administrators of your forum configure the forum, 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 the administrator of Freebird who can manually adjust the trust level of your account.
Does Freebird share data about me with others?
Freebird shares account data with others as mentioned in the section about account data.
Freebird shares data about your posts and other forum activity with others as mentioned in the section about account data.
Freebird does not sell or give information about you to other companies or services. However, Freebird does use services from other companies on the forum that Freebird 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. All of these services are based in the United States.
Here is a list of the services currently used by Freebird:
- Akismet https://automattic.com/privacy/ reduces spam posts on some forums
- Google Analytics https://www.google.com/analytics/terms/ Compiles visitor statistics on some forums, including meta.discourse.org. You can opt out of Google Analytics using a browser extension.
- Amazon Web Services https://aws.amazon.com/privacy/ Provides cloud servers and services, in service regions across the world, to back up the forum.
- Digital Ocean https://www.digitalocean.com/legal/privacy/ Provides cloud servers and services, in service regions across the world, to host and back up the forum.
- Fastly https://www.fastly.com/privacy Provides a content delivery network of servers that host copies of content like images and website files, so that users around the world can download them quickly, from servers close to where they are.
- KeyCDN https://www.keycdn.com/privacy Provides a content delivery network.
- MaxCDN https://www.maxcdn.com/legal/#pp Provides a content delivery network.
- 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.
Other individuals and companies may also reuse data about you that Freebird publishes, such as your posts to public forums.
How can I contact Freebird about privacy?
You can send questions and complaints to:
European Users with questions or complaints about GDPR compliance should also address firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Freebird’s privacy questions and answers took effect May 24, 2018.
In the meantime, Freebird may update its contact information without announcing a change. Please refer to https://freebird.is/privacy for the latest contact information at any time.