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By connecting to freenode, you accept our Privacy Policy (below) and agree not to:

Privacy Policy and Data Retention

This section describes how freenode makes use of the information you provide when you use the freenode network, freenode.net, jobs.freenode.net, bbs.freenode.net and freenode.live websites (hereinafter collectively referred to as 'freenode services').

If you are asked to provide information when using freenode services, such information will not be used for any purposes other than those described in this section.

freenode collects and uses certain information about users in order to provide services and enable certain functions.

freenode may collect the following information:

Collecting the above data helps freenode deliver its services to you.

Specifically, freenode may use data:

Please note that the freenode websites and network may contain links to other websites, and freenode has no control of websites outside of the freenode.net and freenode.live domains. If you provide information to a website or service to which freenode links, freenode shall not be responsible for its protection and privacy.

freenode retains data for the purpose of debugging and restoration for a maximum of 60 days. This means that any data freenode holds, will be purged 60 days after the date at which you last connected to the freenode network or deleted your freenode account.

freenode policies are updated from time to time, and the latest version of policy will be published on this page.

This Website (‘freenode.net,’ ‘freenode.live’), its owners freenode Limited, Company Limited by Guarantee (collectively, ‘We,’ ‘Us,’ or ‘freenode') wish to define and inform you of any and all of the instances in which your personal data and information may be saved and how it may be used by freenode, how it may be shared, and the level of protection we use to safeguard your personal information.

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PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT

From Clients of our Service:
From the Website(s) and Email

USES OF PERSONAL INFORMATION COLLECTED BY US

freenode does not collect or log private or public chat. However, users may log their own chats privately. Be careful about disclosing any personal information in a channel or private message because that information may be logged by a third party, which is beyond the control of freenode.

DISCLOSURE AND USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

freenode may be required to provide your personal information to law enforcement in the event of a criminal investigation, criminal prosecution, or civil subpoena. freenode will comply with legal instruments that follow proper procedure and are sufficiently narrow in their scope as to not infringe on the civil liberties of others.

DATA RETENTION

We retain all account information and data indefinitely unless a user deletes their account (/msg nickserv drop ), in which case the data is purged from our systems in accordance with our general data retention policy of thirty (30) days. We retain login activity for a period of thirty (30) days after which the data is purged from our system. We do not maintain any logs of user chat activity.

CalOPPA STATEMENT

The State of California requires us to post specific language related to our privacy policy. By default, freenode does not share your private information with any third parties aside from the disclosures already made in this privacy policy. However, if you wish to inquire into how freenode does not share our users' personal information with third parties for direct marketing purposes, you may contact: [email protected]

MAINTAINING THE SECURITY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Your personal information is safeguarded by freenode. You may access your personal information maintained by freenode via a services command (/msg nickserv info ). Personal information stored by freenode can also be made accessible to other third-parties on the freenode network on an opt-in basis only. All personal information maintained by freenode is encrypted and stored on a server located in the European Union.

HOW WE TRANSFER PERSONAL INFORMATION COLLECTED INTERNATIONALLY

We collect information globally and primarily store that information in the European Union. If we transfer your personal information from the European Union we will request your consent.

COPPA DISCLOSURE - About Children’s Online Privacy

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) was passed to give parents increased control over what information is collected from their children online and how such information is used. The law applies to websites and services directed to, and which knowingly collect information from, children under the age of 13. Our online services are not directed to children under the age of 13, nor is information knowingly collected from them. For additional information on COPPA protections, please see the FTC website at: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0031-protecting-your-childs-privacy-online

Please note that freenode, while providing a service globally, is registered in the UK and complies with the age requirements as set out at: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/applications/children/

HOW TO ACCESS AND CONTROL YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

You may delete your personal information at any time via a services command (/msg nickserv drop ). You may also change the email address associated with your account via a services command.

For access to information and requests for erasure, please e-mail [email protected]

CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

BY CONTINUING TO USE THIS WEBSITE AND/OR SERVICES, YOU AGREE THAT YOU CONSENT TO THIS MOST RECENT PRIVACY POLICY. FROM TIME TO TIME, FREENODE WILL MAKE CHANGES TO ITS PRIVACY POLICY AND SUCH CHANGES WILL BE COMMUNICATED VIA MOTD AND THIS WEBSITE.

freenode will not share user's personal information with third parties for direct marketing purposes.

For all civil or law enforcement requests, please contact [email protected] If you have a request that requires mailing or courier, please use the information below:

freenode Limited 71-75 Shelton Street Covent Garden London, WC2H 9JQ UK

While freenode agrees to accept service of law enforcement requests based on the above method listed above, freenode does NOT waive any legal rights based on this accommodation.

Last revised June 11, 2021

This policy page was last updated on: 11 June 2021

If you have any questions about freenode policies, please e-mail [email protected]