Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy tells site visitors how the IKS community collects and uses the data that the IKS Websites gather from them. It also specifies how cookies are used, and lists protections available to Website users.

IKS Privacy Policy V1.0

This privacy policy is for the Interactive Knowledge Stack project (IKS) websites and services (Websites*), including http://iks-project.eu, http://interactive-knowledge.org, http://lists.iks-project.eu, http://wiki.iks-project.eu and http://code.google.com/p/iks-project/ . The Websites are maintained by Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Salzburg Research) on behalf of IKS.

Overview

Except as described below, Salzburg Research does not collect (or require visitors to the Websites to give) personally-identifying information such as names, email addresses, and phone numbers.

Like most web site operators, Salzburg Research collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and date and time of each visitor request.

  • Salzburg Research also collects potentially-personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. By themselves, IP addresses are non-personally-identifying but could be used in conjunction with other information to personally identify users.
  • Salzburg Research's purpose in collecting this information is to better understand how visitors use the Websites. To that end, Salzburg Research may share potentially-personally-identifying information with its employees, contractors, service providers, subsidiaries and related organizations. Salzburg Research may also release non-personally-identifying information about visitors (e.g., by publishing a report on Website usage trends).

Otherwise, Salzburg Research will not publicly release potentially-personally-identifying information except under the same circumstances as Salzburg Research releases personally-identifying information. Those circumstances are explained below.

Website Users

Visitors may interact with the Websites in ways that disclose additional information about them. The amount and type of information that visitors disclose depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, visitors who wish to post content to certain portions of the Websites or participate in live chat session(s) are asked to provide usernames that identify that content as having been posted by a particular account.

People who contribute code, by comparison, are asked to provide contact information, up to and sometimes including telephone or fax numbers, so that they can be contacted as necessary.

In each case, Salzburg Research collects personally-identifying information only as needed to fulfill the purpose of a person's interaction with the Websites or with IKS.

IKS is an open project that shares as much information as possible about its products, its operations and its associations. Accordingly, Website visitors should assume - as should most people who interact with IKS - that any personally-identifying information provided to Salzburg Research in relation to IKS will be made available to the public. There are three broad exceptions to that rule:

  • Salzburg Research does not publicly release information gathered in connection with commercial transactions (For example, transactions involving money).
  • Salzburg Research does not make publicly available information that is used to authenticate users of the Websites of which would compromise the security of the Websites (For example, passwords).
  • Salzburg Research does not make publicly available information that it specifically promises at the time of collection to maintain in confidence.

Outside those three contexts, people should assume that personally-identifying information provided through the Websites will be made available to the public.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Where Salzburg Research has collected personally-identifying information subject to one of the three exceptions described in the Website Users section, above, it discloses that information only to those of its employees, contractors, service providers, and subsidiaries and related organizations that need to know that information in order to process it on Salzburg Research's behalf and that have agreed not to disclose the information to others.

Some of those employees, contractors, service providers, subsidiaries and related organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Salzburg Research's Websites, you consent to the transfer of your information to them.

Salzburg Research does not rent or sell such information to anyone.

Other than to its employees, contractors, service providers, and subsidiaries and related organizations, as described above, Salzburg Research discloses such information only when required to do so by law, or when Salzburg Research believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Salzburg Research, IKS project participants, or the public at large. Salzburg Research takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of such information.

Updating Personally-Identifying Information

On Websites that provide user accounts Salzburg Research permits users to freely update and correct their personally-identifying information stored on the Website.

To do so, users should look for links or contact information available on whichever Salzburg Research Websites store the relevant information or contact Salzburg Research by using the email address listed below.

Some information already published on the Websites (such as, for example, email messages stored in a public archive) cannot be updated by website users and will not be updated by Salzburg Research. Exceptions to this policy may be made in special circumstances.

Cookies and Clear GIFs


What Are Cookies?

A cookie is a string of information that a web site stores on a visitor's computer, and that the visitor's browser provides to the web site each time the visitor returns. Most major web sites use cookies. Because the browser provides this cookie information to the Web site at each visit, cookies serve as a sort of label that allows a Web site to "recognize" a browser when it returns to the site. The domain name in Website cookies will clearly identify their affiliation with IKS and, where applicable, its third-party service provider.

What Are Clear GIFs?

Clear gifs (also known as web beacons) are used in combination with cookies to help Web site operators understand how visitors interact with their Web sites. A clear gif is typically a transparent graphic image (usually 1 pixel x 1 pixel) that is placed on a site. The use of a clear gif allows the site to measure the actions of the visitor opening the page that contains the clear gif. It makes it easer to follow and record the activities of a recognized browser, such as the path of pages visited at a Web site.

How The Websites Use Cookies and Clear GIFs

The Websites use cookies and may use clear gifs to help Salzburg Research identify and track visitors, their usage of the Websites, and their access preferences across multiple requests and visits to Websites. The Websites currently do not utilize clear gifs but may use clear gifs in the future.

The basic idea is to gather aggregate data about how people use the Salzburg Research Web sites. The term usually used to describe this is "web analytics" and the cookies and clear gifs are the tools by which a web site owner collects this web analytics data. Salzburg Research will use the web analytics data only to determine aggregate usage patterns for our Web sites as described above.

If third-party service providers are used to analyze web analytics data, then the third-party service providers must not share this information with others or use the information for purposes other than to maintain the services they provide to Salzburg Research.

It is possible to link cookies and clear gifs to personally-identifying information, thereby permitting Website operators, including our third-party analytics providers, to track the online movements of particular individuals. Salzburg Research does not do so for the *Websites* and its third-party service providers are not allowed to correlate Website data with any other data.

Salzburg Research uses the information provided by cookies and clear gifs to develop a better understanding of how the Websites' visitors the Websites, and to facilitate those visitors' interactions with the Websites. Salzburg Research may make the aggregate data obtained from web analytics (including from our third-party analytics providers, if applicable) publicly available. If this data is made available, none of the information will be personally-identifying information or potentially-personally-identifying information.

How to Control the Use of Cookies?

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Website visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers by Salzburg Research, its contractors, or third-party service providers should set their browsers to refuse cookies. Certain features of the Websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Privacy Policy Changes

Salzburg Research may change this privacy policy from time to time.

Any and all changes will be reflected on this page. Substantive changes will also be announced through the standard mechanisms through which Salzburg Research communicates with the IKS community, including the IKS "iks-community" mailing list. For details on the list, see http://lists.iks-project.eu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/iks-community

For More Information

If you have questions about this privacy policy, please write to srfg-iks@salzburgresearch.at.

Policy Provenance and Licensing

This policy is based on the October 3, 2008 version of the Mozilla Privacy Policy. At the time of policy drafting, the URL for Mozilla's policy was http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/privacy-policy.html

This document is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License version 3.0 or any later version.