Privacy Statement

This notice describes how Buzzy Buzz Pty Ltd (Buzzy), collects and uses data about you when using the Buzzy Community forum (this forum). The Buzzy app available via http://www.buzzy.buzz has its own terms and policies.

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What is the Buzzy Community forum?

The Buzzy Community forum is an Internet discussion forum created by Buzzy to provide help and support to Buzzy app customers and users. It is made with the open-source Discourse platform.

Buzzy Community’s privacy statement applies only to this forum, not to the Buzzy app available via http://www.buzzy.buzz or its customers.

How does the Buzzy Community forum collect data about me?

Buzzy collects data about you:

  • when you browse this forum
  • when you create and use an account on this forum
  • when you post, send private messages, and otherwise participate in this forum

Buzzy does not buy or otherwise receive data about you from data brokers.

What data does the Buzzy Community forum collect about me, and why?

Buzzy collects data about visits to this forum. When you visit this forum, 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.

Buzzy uses data about how you use this forum 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

Buzzy usually stores data about how you use the forum in identifiable form for just a few weeks. In special circumstances, like extended investigations about technical attacks, Buzzy may preserve log data longer, for analysis. Buzzy stores aggregate statistics about use of the forum but those statistics don’t include data identifiable to you personally.

Buzzy collects account data.

Many features of this forum require a forum account - for example, to post and reply to topics.

Signing up for a forum account requires your name, a user name, and an e-mail address.

Buzzy uses your account data to identify you on the forum, and to create pages specific to you, like your profile page. If the forum is public, your account data is published. If the forum is access-restricted, your account data is available to everyone who can access the forum, according to the forum configuration.

This forum uses your e-mail 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 may provide additional data for your account, like a short biography, your location, or your birthday, on the profile settings page for your account. This data is 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 account data is stored as long as your account remains open.

Buzzy collects data about posts and other activity on the forum.

Buzzy collects 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. If the forum is public, your activity is published. If the forum is access-restricted, or access restrictions apply to the specific post, your activity is available only to users permitted to see it.

This forum also collects data about private messages that you send through the forum. Private messages are available to senders and their recipients, and also to forum administrators.

Your posts and other activity are stored as long as your account remains open.

How can I make choices about data collection?

You can make choices about how data about you is used on the settings page for your account. When a forum uses access restrictions that vary by category, you can choose who will see your post by choosing the appropriate category.

The Buzzy Community forum does not respond to the Do Not Track HTTP header.

Where does the Buzzy Community forum store data about me?

The Buzzy Community forum is a an open source Discourse forum hosted on the DigitalOcean cloud computing platform. DigitalOcean is a United States company based in New York, and has data centers in multiple jurisdictions.

Does Buzzy comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation?

Buzzy respects privacy rights under Regulation (EU) 2016/679, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Information that GDPR requires Buzzy to give can be found throughout this privacy notice. So can information about specific rights, like access, rectification, erasure, data portability, and objection to automated decision-making.

Where can I access data about me?

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.

How can I change or erase data about me?

You can change your account data at any time by visiting the profile settings page for your account. The settings for this 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 Buzzy’s records of data you provided for your account. Forum administrators can also erase and anonymize accounts.

Depending on the settings for this forum, you may also be able to edit, anonymize, or erase your posts. When you edit posts, Buzzy will keep all versions of your posts. Forum administrators can view old versions of posts, and optionally make them visible to other forum visitors.

Does the Buzzy Community forum make automated decisions based on data about me?

The Buzzy Community forum classifies posts as spam automatically.

The Buzzy Community forum uses data about your posts and other activity to make automated decisions about whether your posts are spam. When Akismet decides that a post is likely spam, the forum refuses to accept the post.

If you think a post has been wrongly blocked or removed, contact an administrator of this forum. They can override the decision that a post was spam.

The Buzzy Community forum uses data about posts and activity to set trust levels automatically.

This forum may 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 this forum. They can manually adjust the trust level of your account.

Does Buzzy share data about me with others?

Buzzy shares data about your account, posts and other forum activity with others as mentioned in the section about account data.

Buzzy does not sell or give information about you to other companies or services. However, the Buzzy Community forum does use services from other companies. The companies behind those services may collect data about you on their own, for their own purposes. Some of these services may be used to collect information about your online activities across different websites. All of these services are based in the United States.

Service Privacy Notice Description
Akismet https://automattic.com/privacy/ Reduces spam posts
Amazon Web Services https://aws.amazon.com/privacy/ Provides cloud servers and services, in service regions across the world.
Digital Ocean https://www.digitalocean.com/legal/privacy/ Cloud computing platform, hosts this forum.
Fastly https://www.fastly.com/privacy Provides a content delivery network of servers that host copies of content like images and website files, so that users around the world can download them quickly, from servers close to where they are.
KeyCDN https://www.keycdn.com/privacy Provides a content delivery network.
MaxCDN https://www.maxcdn.com/legal/#pp Provides a content delivery network.
Apple Push Notification Service https://www.apple.com/legal/privacy/ Sends push notifications to users of the Discourse iOS app.
Google Cloud Messaging https://policies.google.com/privacy Sends push notifications to users of the Discourse Android app.

Other individuals and companies may also reuse data about you that Buzzy publishes, such as your posts to public forums.

How can I contact Buzzy about privacy?

You can send questions to our data protection officer at dpo@buzzy.buzz.

What if this privacy notice changes?

This version of the Buzzy Community forum privacy statement took effect May 30, 2018.

Buzzy will post the next version at http://forums.buzzy.buzz/privacy. Buzzy may change how it announces changes in future versions, and may update its contact information without announcing a change. Please refer to http://forums.buzzy.buzz/privacy for the latest contact information at any time.