Plural Events Privacy Policy

Introduction

To protect your identity as much as we can, we are attempting to share as little of your data with other companies as possible.

We do not use services by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon, etc. We don't embed YouTube videos in our website because if you are logged into Google they will know you found the video on our website.

What constitutes "personal data"?

Information that allows a person to be identified whether directly or indirectly, especially by reference to any given identifier. Isn't that confusing? So, it can be your name, number, phone number, email address, your common online "username" or "handle" that may elsewhere be associated with you personally, your system name if you use that online or out in the world anywhere other than our conversation, your IP address could help identify you (or someone using your internet connection), your location information, and anything that could identify you in the future. So broadly defined, just about anything that could point back to you.

That in conjunction with any information about you (even if volunteered by you) that can be used against you — your location, gender, orientation, mental health status, physical health status, politics, religion, etc. — means that, even though this is a very small grassroots organization, we still have to be extra careful with your information.

Protecting Your Information

This website as well as the destination email address of the website contact form are hosted on a server run by plurals.

We (the Crisses / (Rev.) Criss Ittermann) are the website administrator and get the emails from this website directly through the same server. Your email information doesn't pass through other hands and is transferred to our devices encrypted. We cannot be responsible for if the connection, server or devices are stolen or hacked, though we will do our utmost to make sure this does not happen. This is the most secure way to get your email that we can think of.

To protect yourself/ves from tracking, you can copy links on our site (don't click) and paste them into a private browser window (thus you are not logged into your Google/YouTube account) or use them through redirect services such as proxy servers, VPNs, Tor browsers etc.

Our Stance

Share the least amount you need to in order to get the communication level you want.

Presenter Information

Our presenters have voluntarily shared bios to be put into our conference program, of their own free will. This information is public, as the videos in our conference are also public.

If you need information about you removed from our website, or from YouTube video descriptions, please contact us. However note that others (for example the Wayback Machine and Google search results (archived), server backups, and people who may copy or screenshot the website) may still have this information.

What do we do with your information and data

There are more details in specific below and some tips on how to protect yourself from data collection on 3rd parties. We do what we can to protect you.

  1. Our dedicated web server tracks IP addresses for data hits and web page requests in the server logs. We only look at the logs if there's a website issue that needs to be addressed. Logs are archived (compressed), rotated, and eventually deleted on an automatic schedule.
  2. Our server has 2 administrators — ourselves (The Crisses) and our partner, who is also a plural-identified DID system. We always do everything we can to keep other persons out of our server data. If there are legitimate other users or customers with any direct access to the server, they are in a chrooted "jail" i.e. they can only access their own section of the server, and the rest of the sever is not available to them. So for example a customer can use our webmail services or FTP files to/from their own directories, but not access the rest of the server.
  3. We have not had any known server/data breaches.
  4. If you email me through the website forms, I will get whatever information you put into the forms. Hopefully this would be obvious. My emails are generally removed from the server in 1 week, but I keep my emails on my business computer for decades. If you have ever or will ever email me, that email may very well be "forever". My emails are stored on my business computer and in onsite & offsite backups/cloud backups of my computer. If you absolutely need me to erase an email sent by you, you may have to provide me with exactly what information you put into it and approximate dates so I can locate it in my enormous email warehouse. Your IP address should be tracked on my server, but is not sent to me in the emails sent by the webform which just becomes an email from my server to me with your information from the form in the body of the email. When embedded in other pages of the website, the email may tell me which webpage you were on (such as a request for Volunteers or Sponsors) which helps give me context if you have a question or concern — so I know what you were looking at when you contacted me.
  5. Where you are tracked is if you leave comments on the blogs or pages on this website. You can choose whatever name to sign your comments with. Your IP address — i.e. your computer routing information — is saved when you post comments to the site. It is used to stop abuse of the site and is available if the authorities insist by way of a warrant to get information from my server. We would do everything in our legal power to keep them from having this information, but tracking that information is necessary for protecting ourselves from harassment or attack, or protecting the community from perpetrators. If someone is violative, exploitative, etc. we might volunteer their information to the authorities to help protect potential future victims.

3rd Party Tracking

  1. Referring Site Data. Any offsite links you click to follow may show what webpage address you clicked on to follow the link (called the "referring" webpage link). To go to a link without the "referring page" information, right-click, grab the website address, open a new tab, and paste the address into a new browser window. You'll go straight to the link without the tracking information of what webpage referred the link. We don't control this — web browsers send this information silently when you click on links. We just thought you might want to know this.
  2. Amazon Links and Purchases. Our Amazon affiliate links (for book purchases) only track you if you click on them. We get a tiny commission on the sale of the book, but it does not change your price. Amazon will be able to see which site referred you on their end of the click (as stated above), and will also know I referred you to that book because you clicked my affiliate link. You can go to Amazon directly by opening a new browser tab and search for the book's title or our name as an author to avoid this. Even if I give a non-affiliate link they would still know you clicked the link from my site unless you copy it and paste it into a new browser window — that information is sent to their server by your browsing software (as outlined under "Referring Site Data" above) and has nothing to do with our site or programming on our site.
  3. Videos. We are not embedding videos, to avoid Google/YouTube tracking you on our website. But if you directly click on the link they may know what website you found the video on. Google & YouTube (also Google) may know who you are via your Google or YouTube login information stored in a cookie from Google.
  4. Feedback Questionnaires, Call for Presenters We are using Google Forms and it stores submitted information to a Google Sheet. The information is directly transmitted through the Google Drive and their security and GDPR compliance will apply to the data stored on their system. Google may know who you are via your Google login information stored in a cookie from Google.
  5. Paypal Tracking. - our donation link goes to PayPal, and if/when you click to log in or make a payment, they will know you have interacted with our website.

Our to-do list for our Privacy Policy

We have several websites to work on, so here's what we have not discussed or maybe not discussed in enough detail yet:

  • Backups — Why we back up email why we back up the devices & client notes on our desktop.

Contact Information

If you need information removed from our website, or have any other privacy/data concerns, please let us know by phone or email. If you need end-to-end secure/encrypted communications with us, we are available through our phone number on Signal, and as "crisses" on Keybase.io (with credential proofs to kinhost.org & our other sites), and you can set the conversation to wipe after a set time.

As the website admin, we operate the server under Eclectic Tech, LLC, a sole member-mananger LLC owned & operated by Rev. Criss Ittermann.

We can be reached at:
Criss Ittermann
Eclectic Tech, LLC
PO Box 225
New Hampton, NY 10958
845-820-0262

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