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Privacy Policy

Necessary Data

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IPS collects a series of general data and information when a data subject or automated system accesses the website. This general data and information is stored in the server log files. Collected may be (1) the browser types and versions used, (2) the operating system used by the accessing system, (3) the website from which an accessing system reaches our website (so-called referrers), (4) the sub-websites, (5) the date and time of access to the Internet site, (6) an Internet protocol address (IP address), (7) the Internet service provider of the accessing system, and (8) any other similar data and information that may be used in the event of attacks on our systems and infrastructure.

When using this general data and information, IPS does not draw any conclusions about the data subject. Rather, this information is needed to (1) deliver the content of our website correctly, (2) optimize the content of our website, (3) ensure the long-term viability of our systems and infrastructure and (4) provide law enforcement authorities with the information necessary for criminal prosecution in the event of a cyber-attack. Therefore, IPS analyzes anonymously collected data and information statistically, with the aim of increasing the data protection and data security of our organization, and to ensure an optimal level of protection for the personal data we process. The anonymous data within relevant logs are stored separately from all personal data provided by a data subject.

To register to the website, members either use an email or social media account, such as Google. This data is stored and associated with your account. In addition, members can provide other information in their profile. You can view this data from your Account Settings or Profile page. We don't store any personal or associated information besides what is displayed there, and it is deleted upon account deletion.

Optional Data

Members who are receiving physical prizes are requested to enter their mailing address, so that the prizes can be sent out to them. This data is private, intended only for the purpose of sending mails, and is not shared with other community members or third parties, and not used for moderation. This data can be edited or deleted at any time by the data subject, and is not handled by IPS' automatic systems.

We do not sell or give away any member data, be it public or private, to third parties. We do not use member data to distribute or assist in distributing commercial advertisements. 

Right to Erasure

As per the right to erasure, members can request a complete deletion of all associated data by private messaging an admin. 

Information visible to the staff can be used for community moderation purposes. In order to protect our members, some user information may be retained for moderation purposes - for example, a user can't request for their permanent ban to be lifted on the grounds of the right to erasure, as that constitutes legitimate interest on behalf of OpenCommunity.

Third Parties

Spam Defense
The IPS Spam Defense Service passes the email address and IP address of the registering member to the service to determine the likelihood a registering account is a spam source.
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Address: ts.theopencommunity.org