Information collected online can generally be categorized as either non-personal information or personally identifiable information. Non-personal information is information that cannot by itself be traced back to a specific individual. For example, we know how many calls or queries we receive each day but we do not know the names and email addresses of the persons submitting the queries. Personally identifiable information is information you provide to us that is uniquely associated with you, such as your name or email address.
We do not associate any non-personal information we collect from you, including your search queries and IP address, with the personally identifiable information that you may submit to us. For this reason, we do not consider your IP address to be personally identifiable information. DISCUSS will not share, rent, sell or otherwise disclose any of the personally identifiable information that we collect about you.
On registration users are presented a registration form, which requests for some basic details. Mandatory fields are: name, email, country of residence and current location of the user. Moreover, users are requested to indicate at least one area of interest. Users are free to provide additional information, that might be of potential interest for other community members. At the end of the registration process users can upload a profile image of their choice.
All user details collected during registration are recorded and stored in the database, and by the user can be retrieved, modified or deleted at any time from their profile page. User details and profiles are visible to members of the DISCUSS community solely. Moreover, users by adjusting the privacy settings, can hide their user details completely from other community members. In addition, they can specify the notifications and messages they want to receive from other members or community moderators. All privacy settings are available from users' profile pages.
Users can delete their account at anytime from the profile section ("edit account details"). Moreover, users are given the option to download their account data in csv, xls and pdf format. After deletion all records associated with the user account will be permanently removed from the database, including all postings, messages and submissions made during the community membership.
New users after registration receive an email, which includes an activation link. Registration only comes into effect if the user clicks on the link, and herewith formally confirms the membership (double-opt-in).
If users register through their accounts on third party social networks, such as Facebook, Google, LinkedIn or Twitter, their name and email are transferred to DISCUSS. However, in any case users must consent the exchange of data ahead of the transfer process.
User activities, such as blog posts, stream posts or comments are recorded and stored in the database. If the user deletes an activity or item posted, all related database entries at the same time will be removed from the database. Private messages will be stored for 100 days, and after this period automatically removed from the database.
Users for each activity are awarded with points. From the points overall scores are calculated, and highest ranking members are presented on the community frontpage. On removal of a user's profile, all points will be removed from the database.
All personal data collected by DISCUSS are available from the user's profile page. DISCUSS does not collect any other personal data, and does not claim ownership of any of the contributions made by users.
DISCUSS does not sell or pass on any data to third parties, nor does it use google analytics or similar software to track users' activities. We however reserve the right, to closer inspect cases of potential copyright infringement, offending or fraudulent behaviour, as far as this should have been brought to our attention.
All user data are stored on servers located in Germany. The DISCUSS team is in charge of data handling, safety and protection. The team members are available from the moderator list, which is presented on the frontpage of the DISCUSS community. Users are requested to contact a team member on any privacy issue that might occur during their membership.