What is CONNECTED HUMBER CIC?

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC is the company responsible for hosting the Internet discussion forum at forum.connectedhumber.org.

How does CONNECTED HUMBER CIC collect data about me?

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC collects data about you:

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC collects data when you use forum.connectedhumber.org, whether you use the forum using a web browser on your own computer, or use CONNECTED HUMBER CIC’s Discourse apps for mobile devices.

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC does not buy or otherwise receive data about you from data brokers.

What data does CONNECTED HUMBER CIC collect about me, and why?

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC collects data about visits to forum.connectedhumber.org

When you visit forum.connectedhumber.org, 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.

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC uses data about how you use the website to:

  • optimise 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

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC 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, CONNECTED HUMBER CIC may preserve log data longer, for analysis. CONNECTED HUMBER CIC stores aggregate statistics about use of the forum for as long as CONNECTED HUMBER CIC hosts the forum, but those statistics don’t include data identifiable to you personally.

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC collects account data.

Many features of forum.connectedhumber.org require a forum account. For example, forum.connectedhumber.org requires an account to post and reply to topics.

To sign up for a forum account, the software at forum.connectedhumber.org requires your name, a user name, and an e-mail address.

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC 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 access-restricted, CONNECTED HUMBER CIC makes your account data available to everyone who can access the forum, according to the forum administrator’s configuration.

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC 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. CONNECTED HUMBER CIC makes 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.

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC stores your account data as long as your account remains open.

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC collects data about posts and other activity on the forum.

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC 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, CONNECTED HUMBER CIC publishes your activity. If the forum is access-restricted, or access restrictions apply to the specific post, CONNECTED HUMBER CIC makes your activity available only to users permitted to see it.

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC also collects data about private messages that you send through the forum. CONNECTED HUMBER CIC makes private messages available to senders and their recipients, and also to forum administrators.

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC stores your posts and other activity as long as your account remains open.

How can I make choices about data collection?

You can make choices about how data about 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.

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC does not respond to the Do Not Track HTTP header.

Where does CONNECTED HUMBER CIC store data about me?

forum.connectedhumber.org is hosted by AWS in London.

Does CONNECTED HUMBER CIC comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation?

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC respects privacy rights under Regulation (EU) 2016/679, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Information that GDPR requires CONNECTED HUMBER CIC 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.

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. Closing your account starts a process of erasing or anonymising CONNECTED HUMBER CIC’s records of data you provided for your account. A forum administrator will erase and or anonymise your account upon request.

Depending on the settings for your particular forum, you may also be able to edit, anonymise, or erase your posts. When you edit posts, CONNECTED HUMBER CIC 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 CONNECTED HUMBER CIC make automated decisions based on data about me?

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC classifies posts as spam automatically.

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC may use data about your posts and other activity on many forums to make automated decisions about whether your posts to forum.connectedhumber.org are spam.

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

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC uses data about posts and activity to set trust levels automatically.

The forum at forum.connectedhumber.org 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 your forum. They can manually adjust the trust level of your account.

Does CONNECTED HUMBER CIC share data about me with others?

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC shares account data with others as below.

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC shares data about your posts and other forum activity with others as below.

Google Analytics
Compiles visitor statistics on some forums, including forum.connectedhumber.org You can opt out of Google Analytics using a browser extension.

Amazon Web Services
Provides cloud servers and services, in service regions across the world, to host and back up forum.connectedhumber.org.

Google Cloud Messaging
Sends push notifications to users of the Discourse Android app.

Akismet
Reduces spam posts on some forum.connectedhumber.org

CONNECTED HUMBER CIC does not sell or give information about you to other companies or services. However, CONNECTED HUMBER CIC does use services from other companies on forum.connectedhumber.org. Other individuals and companies may also reuse data about you that CONNECTED HUMBER CIC publishes, such as your posts to public forums.

How can I contact CONNECTED HUMBER CIC about privacy?

You can send questions and complaints to:

rh@connectedhumber.org or info@connectedhumber.org

You can also contact CONNECTED HUMBER CIC at:

Robin Harris
C4DI
31-38 Queen Street
Hull
HU1 1UU.