Last edited: 9 November 2020

The Radicle Foundation is the creator behind the Radicle project and the host behind the Radicle Community forum, our forum to facilitate discussion about Radicle and its ecosystem. We take our user’s data and privacy seriously - and are committed to protecting the rights of our users.

This policy applies to all of our data processing activities where we act as a data controller. In this policy, “we,” “us,” and “our” refers to Radicle Foundation, a foundation incorporated in Switzerland with its registered address at Suurstoffi 37, 6343 Rotkreuz. For more information about us, see the “Contact Us” section of this policy.

We may make changes to this policy every so often. When we do, we will change the “Last edited” date at the top of the page. We encourage you to review this policy regularly in order to stay informed about our information practices. If you do not agree to the revised policy, you should deregister from and discontinue your use of this forum.

What information do we collect and why?

When browsing radicle.community:

When you visit radicle.community, whether you have an account or not, the forum uses cookies, server logs, and other methods to collect data about what pages you visit and when. We do this 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

We store aggregate statistics about use of the forum for as long as we host the forum, but those statistics don’t include data identifiable to you personally.

When registering for radicle.community:

We collect information from you when you register on our site and gather data when you participate in the forum by reading, writing, and evaluating the content shared here.

When registering on our site, you may be asked to enter your name and email address. You may, however, visit our site without registering. Your email address will be verified by an email containing a unique link. If that link is visited, we know that you control the email address. However, your email address is never made public as part of your account data.

When using the radicle.community forum as a registered user:

When registered and posting, we record the IP address that the post originated from. We also may retain server logs which include the IP address of every request to our server. The administrator dashboard allows us to see a registered user’s: username, name, email, profile picture, last accessed IP address, and date and IP address at registration. The administrators can also see various statistics on your forum usage: when you were last emailed; when you were last seen on the forum; the number of likes given and received; the number of topic viewed; the number of posts created and read; the number of warnings you’ve received; the number of flags you have given and received; the number of private topics you are involved with; and the number of days you’ve visited the forum.

The Radicle Community forum is public, so we publish your account data. We collect 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. We use your account data to identify you on the forum, and to create pages specific to you, like your profile page. 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. We make 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.

Your email is not shown as public data in your profile. We use your registered email 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 can make choices about how data about is used on the settings page for your account. Logged in users are also able to switch from their normal account to an anonymous account. This allows users to create topics and replies without any details being displayed in the radicle.community user interface to connect the anonymous user with its associated account. You can read more about the anonymous mode here. We will store your account data as well as your posts and other activity as long as your account remains open. When you delete your account, your account data will be deleted but your posts will remain. If you want us to anonymize or delete your posts and other activity, reach out to us via the information in the “Contact Us” section of this policy.

How is the data stored?

We use DigitalOcean to host our Discourse forum. Our DigitalOcean storage is hosted on servers across the EU. For further information and the applicable data protection provisions of DigitalOcean, visit this site.

We retain your information only for as long as is necessary for the purposes for which we process the information as set out in this policy. However, we may retain your personal data for a longer period of time where such retention is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.

Do we use cookies?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow and opt-in via our cookie consent when you visit our forum). These cookies enable the site to recognize your browser and, if you have a registered account, associate it with your registered account.

We use cookies to understand and save your preferences for future visits and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. However, we don’t share this cookie information with third parties beyond DigitalOcean, our storage provider.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include DigitalOcean who assists us in operating our site and servicing you; however, they assure us that they take the appropriate security measures to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety.

User Rights Under GDPR

At the Radicle Foundation, we take user rights and privacy seriously - and this philosophy is built into each one of our projects. Our third-party storage provider assures us that they take the appropriate security measures to prevent access to personal data of our registered users that is not explicitly public as part of the forum (e.g. email address or your interaction with the forum when in anonymous mode).

As a registered Radicle Community member, you have the right to information, correction, limitation of data processing, deletion of personal data, objection, revocation of the declaration of consent under data protection law for the future and data transferability within the framework of the data protection law applicable to you and to the extent provided for therein (such as in the case of the GDPR, under Regulation (EU) 2016/679).

  • 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.
  • 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 the Foundation’s records of data you provided for your account. Forum administrators can also erase and anonymize accounts.
  • Depending on the settings for your particular forum, you may also be able to edit, anonymize, or erase your posts. When you edit posts, we will keep all versions of your posts. Forum administrators can view old versions of posts, and optionally make them visible to other forum visitors.
  • We use data about posts and activity to set trust levels automatically. We 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 an administrator of your forum. They can manually adjust the trust level of your account.

In addition, you have the right to assert your claims in court or to file a complaint with the responsible data protection authority. Switzerland’s competent data protection authority is the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner.

Contact Us

This forum is operated by Radicle Foundation. We are registered in Switzerland under the commercial register number CHE405.696.942. Our registered office is located at:

Suurstoffi 37
6343 Rotkreuz
Switzerland

If you have any queries concerning your rights under this Privacy Policy, please contact us at ange@radicle.foundation.

This policy (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) was adapted from Discourse’s Privacy Policy and remixed based on our technical setup and forum configuration.