Effective date: August 22, 2019
GitHub, Inc. (“GitHub”, “us”, “we”, or “our”) operates the spectrum.chat website (the “Service”).
This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when you use our Service and the choices you have associated with that data.
“Service” is the spectrum.chat website operated by GitHub.
“Personal Data” means data about a living individual who can be identified from that data (or from those and other information either in our possession or likely to come into our possession). Personal Data may include, but is not limited to email addresses, first and last names, cookies, and usage data.
“Usage Data” is data collected automatically either generated by the use of the Service or from the Service infrastructure itself (for example, the duration of a page visit).
"Cookies" are small pieces of data stored on your device (computer or mobile device).
"Data Processor" (or "Service Provider") means any natural or legal person who processes the data on behalf of the Data Controller. We may use the services of various Service Providers in order to process your data more effectively.
"Data Subject" is any living individual who is using our Service and is the subject of Personal Data.
Information Collection and Use
We will collect Personal Data about you from a variety of sources, including information We collect from you directly, information we automatically collect from your use of the Service, and information we collect about you from other sources, described below.
Information We collect directly from you
a. Registration through your GitHub account
b. Profile information
You may also complete a profile, which may include your name, username, profile photo, cover photo, website, email and any additional profile information you chose to provide. Please note that your profile information will be visible to other users of our Service; and
c. Other information
You may choose to provide us with certain information when you post or upload content to the Service, fill out a form, and/or post to forums.
Information We automatically collect from your use of the Service
a. Usage information
We automatically collect information about how you use the Service, such as your computer’s Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data;
b. Device information
We may collect certain technical information about your device, such as your IP Address, geolocation information (city and country), your browser type, language, your operating system and application version, device types, device model and manufacturer, device identifier and your device operating system type and version; and
c. Cookies and similar technologies
We and our partners automatically collect information from cookies and similar technologies (such as cookies IDs and settings) to recognize you, track your behavior on the Service and your device, and to improve and analyze Our Service. You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service. We use Session Cookies to operate our Service. We use Preference Cookies to remember your preferences and various settings. We use Security Cookies for security purposes.
Use of Data
We use the collected data to provide and maintain our Service:
- To provide and maintain our Service
- To notify you about changes to our Service
- To allow you to participate in interactive features of our Service when you choose to do so
- To provide customer support
- To gather analysis or valuable information so that we can improve our Service
- To monitor the usage of our Service
- To detect, prevent and address security issues and abuse
- To conduct research for further development of the Service
- To analyze your content to help us detect abuse such as spam, malware and illegal content
Legal Basis for Processing Personal Data Under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
We may process your Personal Data because:
- We need to perform a contract with you
- You have given us permission to do so
- The processing is in our legitimate interests and it’s not overridden by your rights
- For payment processing purposes
- To comply with the law
Retention of Data
We will also retain Usage Data for internal analysis purposes. Usage Data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of our Service, or we are legally obligated to retain this data for longer time periods.
Transfer of Data
We provide all of our users notice, choice, accountability, security, and access, and we limit the purpose for processing. We also provide our users a method of recourse and enforcement. These are the Privacy Shield Principles, but they are also just good practices.
Disclosure of Data
Under certain circumstances, we may be required to disclose your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g. a court or a government agency).
We may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:
- To comply with a legal obligation
- To protect and defend the rights or property of GitHub
- To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
- To protect the personal safety of users of the Service or the public
- To protect against legal liability
Security of Data
The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
Your Data Protection Rights Under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you have certain data protection rights. GitHub aims to take reasonable steps to allow you to correct, amend, delete, or limit the use of your Personal Data.
If you wish to be informed what Personal Data we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us.
In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:
- The right to access, update or to delete the information we have on you. Whenever made possible, you can access, update or request deletion of your Personal Data directly within your account settings section. If you are unable to perform these actions yourself, please contact us to assist you.
- The right of rectification. You have the right to have your information rectified if that information is inaccurate or incomplete.
- The right to object. You have the right to object to our processing of your Personal Data.
- The right of restriction. You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal information.
- The right to data portability. You have the right to be provided with a copy of the information we have on you in a structured, machine-readable and commonly used format.
- The right to withdraw consent. You also have the right to withdraw your consent at any time where we relied on your consent to process your personal information. Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before responding to such requests.
You have the right to complain to a Data Protection Authority about our collection and use of your Personal Data. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority in the European Economic Area (EEA).
If you have concerns about the way GitHub is handling your Personal Data, please let us know immediately. We want to help. You may contact us by filling out the Privacy contact form. You may also email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Privacy Concerns.” We will respond promptly — within 45 days at the latest.
You may also contact our Data Protection Officer directly:
Our Data Protection Officer GitHub Data Protection Officer
88 Colin P. Kelly Jr. St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Our EU Office
1017 HL Amsterdam
Dispute resolution process
In the unlikely event that a dispute arises between you and GitHub regarding our handling of your Personal Data, we will do our best to resolve it. If we cannot, we have selected to cooperate with the relevant EU Data Protection Authority, or a panel established by the European data protection authorities, for resolving disputes with EU individuals, and with the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) for resolving disputes with Swiss individuals. Please contact us if you’d like us to direct you to your data protection authority contacts.
Additionally, if you are a resident of an EU member state, you have the right to file a complaint with your local supervisory authority.
Under certain limited circumstances, European Union individuals may invoke binding Privacy Shield arbitration as a last resort if all other forms of dispute resolution have been unsuccessful. To learn more about this method of resolution and its availability to you, please read more about Privacy Shield. Arbitration is not mandatory; it is a tool you can use if you choose to.
We are subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Trade Commission.
We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service ("Service Providers"), to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Service-related services or to assist us in analyzing how our Service is used.
These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose. We may use third-party Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Service.
We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Google uses the data collected to track and monitor the use of our Service. This data is shared with other Google services. Google may use the collected data to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.
For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy & Terms web page.
Links to Other Sites
We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.
Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 13 (“Children”). If you’re a child under the age of 13, you may not have an account on Spectrum. Other countries may have different minimum age limits, and if you are below the minimum age for providing consent for data collection in your country, you may not use GitHub without obtaining your parents' or legal guardians' consent.
We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your Children has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.