Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

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The Edgeryders website is authored by its contributors and maintained by Edgeryders LBG. This page acts as a single point of entry for information about: legal status of Edgeryders LBG; licensing and privacy; data protection; data retention; third-party applications and other boilerplate stuff.   

Edgeryders LBG (“Edgeryders”, “us” or “we”) understands that your privacy is important to you. Edgeryders is committed to respecting your privacy and protecting your personally-identifiable information, being any information that is capable of identifying you as an individual person, as you use this Site and the Edgeryders Community Platform. The scope of Edgeryders’s commitment is described in this Privacy Policy. By submitting personally-identifiable information, you consent to Edgeryders’s use of such personally-identifiable information as described herein. Please see our terms of use for more information about our on-line terms and policies in general. 

Legals

Company Information
Company name: Edgeryders
Company number: 8506384
VAT No: UK 189 2085 74
Place of registration: England and Wales, United Kingdom
E-mail address: contact@edgeryders.eu
Registered office address: The address for legal & financial correspondence is available at the Companies House website or by request via email to ‘finance@edgeryders.eu’.

Since Edgeryders is a transnational company by nature, we use our registered office address for regulatory purposes only. If you want to send physical letters, documents or items, do not use this address as they will be discarded by the operators of the registry. Please request a mailing address from the concerned Edgeryder directly.

Disclaimer

The opinions expressed in this website and all websites maintained by Edgeryders, are the responsibility of their author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of Edgeryders as a company, its directors, members or the organisations cooperating with it.

What personally-identifiable information is collected?

In order to provide the service, Edgeryders stores one piece of your personal data: your e-mail address. Edgeryders, acting as host of the platform, processes itwhen you sign in on the platform. This is done to enable communication with you (including e-mail notification of updates in the discussions in which you participate). These data are not shared with anyone, and are not kept if you decide to leave Edgeryders. If you would rather keep your email address private, we recommend registering to Edgeryders via a one-time email address. Services such as GuerrillaMail will provide one for free. 

You can (and should, because it looks nicer) beautify your Edgeryders profile with a username and an avatar. You are welcome to use (or not) your real name as username and your real picture as avatar. We don't care, and we will never check. 

You have the right to request information on the personal data concerning you that we store, and you have the right to request its correction or deletion. To do so, write to contact@edgeryders.eu

Please be aware that Edgeryders.eu is a public space where you are responsible for what you post: if you are unsure as to whether it is legal or appropriate to post something, please don't. Also we ask that you are mindful and protective of your fellow Edgeryders, especially the younger members. If you notice unpleasant or inappropriate behaviour (read: trolling or creepiness) please alert the Edgeryders team by emailing us at: community@edgeryders.eu

How may Edgeryders use my personally-identifiable information?

Edgeryders uses your personally-identifiable information to fulfill your requests for information, publish your posts or comments and attribute them to you as their author, process your requests to participate in conferences and events, evaluate any job applications to the Edgeryders company, recruit personnel, distribute newsletters and alerts to you, personalize content that you view or receive, evaluate and improve our services, and for such other purposes as you may initiate or request. We may keep any of your personally-identifiable information on file and use it to contact you. NB: we keep a spam-free, opt in only, policy for our newsletters.

Content licensing

Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. This applies to both content produced by Edgeryders as a company as well as third-party content. By posting on this site, visitors agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to the rest of the world for their submissions under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

This license grant applies to all submissions, both textual submissions in forms (technically, Drupal nodes, comments, user profiles etc.) and to files uploaded to our servers, including images. For uploaded files however, users may alternatively choose to apply one of the following:

For the avoidance of doubt, caching of this site is permitted by a service provider acting in the normal course of its business as provided for in the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002.

How you can use the Edgeryders name and logo

You are free – and in fact encouraged – to use the Edgeryders name and logo, and associate yourself with it. You do not need to ask permission: blanket permission is encoded in the license. For example, if it makes sense for you do to so, there is nothing wrong with attending a conference and introducing yourself as "Jane Doe, Edgeryders". In some circumstances this might add some value, for example if you apply for funding for your own project and want to claim international connections.

To do this, you can use the Edgeryders red logo when you are speaking for/as the community, e.g. participating in debates, presentations...but not for business. You cannot use the Edgeryders blue logo unless you are working with Edgeryders LBG (have a valid contract with the company signed by the board of directors). If you want to set up your own Edgeryders organisation, you are free to do so with the only restriction that the name, domain name(s) and visual branding you give it are different enough from the Edgeryders Community and Edgeryders LBG names, domain names and logos to avoid confusion about who people are dealing with. For example, at one point there was an organisation called "Edgeryders Sweden", and that was fine. Edgeryders LBG welcomes the opportunity to federate with like-minded initiatives. Again, you do not need permission to set up your own Edgeryders organisation. 

Who can you talk to about data protection in Edgeryders?

Talk to Matthias Ansorg: matthias [at] edgeryders [dot] eu 

Shared ownership of community projects: don't fight, fork

Oftentimes it happens that projects showcased on Edgeryders gain new partners, extra resources and new directions. Edgeryders LBG might itself decide that it wants to partner up with your project; this is what happened with unMonastery, born out if the community, later developed into a project run by the Edgeryders LBG legal entity. If this happens to your project, the usual rules of communally developed initiatives apply: acknowledge the help you get, be mindful of the goals and feelings of those helping you, maintain a clear social contract with them. We recommend preserving and honouring the freedom to fork:  if a group, or community, cannot agree anymore on where to go, the dissidents are encouraged to fork and make their own iteration of the project rather than fight for control of the original one. Forks should be named so as to be clearly distinguishable from the original branch. 

What are “cookies” used for on this website?

To administer our website and for research purposes, Edgeryders has also contracted with third parties (Google analytics) to track and analyze anonymous usage and volume statistical information from our visitors and members. Such information is shared externally only on an anonymous, aggregated basis. They use persistent cookies to help us to improve the visitor experience, manage our site content, and track visitor behavior.

Edgeryders currently also uses MailChimp to send e-mail to people who have subscribed to our newsletters. To help measure and improve the effectiveness of our e-mail communications, we assume that they set cookies. All data collected by Mailchimp and Google on behalf of Edgeryders is used solely by or on behalf of Edgeryders and is shared externally only on an anonymous, aggregated basis. We are slowly migrating away from third party services-

We don't seek to collect your personal information, and, where we do collect it, we strive to anonymize your personal information as soon as practicable.

Mobile Applications

In the case that we make applications connection available for mobile devices, Edgeryders may use third-party services to track and analyse user activity in order to fix errors, monitor usage, and improve the performance of the applications. However, this will not happen without a community discussion and consensus around safety guidelines we feel we can stand for. 

Newsletters and Alerts

By registering with recurring newsletters or notifications, you agree to receive on occasion other correspondence from Edgeryders related to the subscribed newsletters and other Edgeryders news and information that you consented to receive during registration. 

We ask for your e-mail address at registration. We will send e-mails to this address to confirm your registration, to provide newsletters or notification and to contact you for any other reason. In addition, we may contact you regarding your account status. If you sign up to receive any of our newsletters, alerts, or surveys, you may on occasion receive other correspondence from Edgeryders. Your e-mail address will not be shared with any third party other than Mailchimp which we use to send e-mails on our behalf.

Is personally-identifiable information disclosed to third parties?

Edgeryders does not intentionally disclose or transfer (and takes reasonable steps to prevent the unauthorized or accidental disclosure of) your personally-identifiable information to third parties without your consent, whether for such third parties’ marketing purposes or otherwise.  When we use third party services like mailchimp, we check to the best of our ability that they commit to maintain the confidentiality of your information including email addresses, and that they provide an acceptable level of data security.

Surveys

If you participate in a survey, all of our research results are reported as totals or in other aggregated form, and no information about you as an individual respondent is made public.

User forums

Whenever you publicly disclose information on the Internet, there is always a risk that the information is collected and used by others. Edgeryders is not responsible for any action or policies of any third parties who collect information that users publicly disclose on any of the websites we maintain.

Links to third-party sites

Edgeryders may provide links to third-party websites or information as a service to our community and users of our websites. If you use these links, you will leave the sites we maintain.  The links do not constitute or imply an endorsement, sponsorship, or recommendation by Edgeryders of the third party, the third party website, or the information contained on them. Edgeryders is never responsible or liable for your use of the third party sites or the information on them.  When you use third-party sites or services, then it is not our terms of use and privacy policies that are applicable, but those provided by the organisations running the third-party sites and services.

How can I access, change, and/or delete information?

To access, correct, update, and/or delete any personally-identifiable information that you submit to Edgeryders please either follow instructions on the page of the Site on which you have provided the information or contact us at community@edgeryders.eu above. To unsubscribe from mailing lists you follow instructions provided in the newsletters themselves.

Security

We use good practice measures to secure your privacy. This especially means that all your connections to the edgeryders.eu website are SSL encrypted, and that your passwords are stored in a way that does not allow to transform them back to the original text.

However, in the current technological and legal landscape, we cannot guarantee 100% privacy, esp. not against government actors. So, please consider Edgeryders as a public space for discussion on which you could potentially be identified. Which means, only post law-abiding information and data here, and nothing that could cause you problems in other ways if connected to your identity. For legitimate uses of illegally posting information (for example, whistleblowing), there are other platforms …

Transborder hosting and transfer of information

The Edgeryders website is hosted and backed up within the European Union. We do not think that the Safe Harbour agreement between the EU and the United States of America has any value, so we do not transfer the website or backups of its database there. Of course, publicly available parts of the website can be downloaded from anywhere in the world.

Data Retention Policy

Content on the edgeryders.eu website is hosted there indefinitely, even after the author deletes their account – because it was published under open content licences. Other information associated with the account is deleted when you delete your edgeryders.eu account. However note that you can edit your own content after publishing it, and edgeryders.eu will only publish the new version then. Older versions are accessible as revisions, but you can request their deletion.

Children

The site is not designed for or directed at children 13 years of age or younger, and Edgeryders will not intentionally collect or maintain information about anyone under this age. That said, our community managers maintain friendly, respectful and welcoming environments conducive to mutual support and collaboration. If you notice or suspect any inappropriate behavior please contact community@edgeryders.eu

Consent; changes to privacy policy and terms of use

By using this Site and all other sites maintained by Edgeryders, you consent to the collection, use, and storage of your information by us in the manner described in this Privacy Policy and elsewhere on the Site. We reserve the right to make changes to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use from time to time. We will alert you to any such changes by updating the contents of this page. This page was last updated on April 4, 2015.

Compliance

Edgeryder's data protection policy is compliant with British regulation as of 2016, based on the Information Commissioner's Office Data Protection Self-Assessment Toolkit. It is unclear whether multiauthor blogging sites are required to register with the ICO (see this article). We prefer to err on the side of caution and have therefore applied for registration.