Effective date: October 28, 2021
Thanks for entrusting SplineCloud Inc. (“SplineCloud”, “we”) with your data, know-how, your projects, and your personal information. Holding on to your private information is a serious responsibility, and we want you to know how we're handling it.
All capitalized terms have their definition in SplineCloud’s Terms of Service, unless otherwise noted here.
We use your personal information as this Privacy Statement describes. No matter where you are, where you live, or what your citizenship is, we provide the same high standard of privacy protection to all our users around the world, regardless of their country of origin or location.
Of course, the short version and the Summary below don't tell you everything, so please read on for more details.
1. What information SplineCloud collects - SplineCloud collects information directly from you for your registration and user profile. We also automatically collect from you your usage information, cookies, and device information, subject, where necessary, to your consent. SplineCloud may also collect User Personal Information from third parties. We only collect the minimum amount of personal information necessary from you.
2. What information SplineCloud does NOT collect - We don’t collect Sensitive Personal Information.
3. How SplineCloud uses your information - In this section, we describe the ways in which we use your information, including to provide you the Service, to communicate with you, for security and compliance purposes, and to improve our Service.
4. How we share the information we collect - We may share your information with third parties under one of the following circumstances: with your consent, with our service providers, for security purposes, to comply with our legal obligations, or when there is a change of control or sale of corporate entities or business units. We do not sell your personal information and we do not host advertising on SplineCloud. You can see a list of the service providers that access your information.
5. Repository contents - Currently we only allow public repositories - anyone may view contents of your repositories.
6. Other important information - We provide additional information specific to repository contents on SplineCloud.
7. Additional services - We provide information about additional service offerings, like SplineCloud client applications.
8. How you can access and control the information we collect - We provide ways for you to access, alter, or delete your personal information.
10. How SplineCloud secures your information - We take all measures reasonably necessary to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your personal information on SplineCloud and to protect the resilience of our servers.
11. How we communicate with you - We communicate with you by email.
12. Resolving complaints - In the unlikely event that we are unable to resolve a privacy concern quickly and thoroughly, we provide a path of dispute resolution.
13. Changes to our Privacy Statement - We notify you of material changes to this Privacy Statement 30 days before any such changes become effective.
14. License - This Privacy Statement is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license.
"User Personal Information" is any information about one of our Users which could, alone or together with other information, personally identify them or otherwise be reasonably linked or connected with them. Information such as a username and password, an email address, a real name, an Internet protocol (IP) address, and a photograph are examples of “User Personal Information.”
User Personal Information does not include aggregated, non-personally identifying information that does not identify a User or cannot otherwise be reasonably linked or connected with them. We may use such aggregated, non-personally identifying information for research purposes and to operate, analyze, improve, and optimize our Website and Service.
We require some basic information at the time of account creation. When you create your own username and password, we ask you for a valid email address.
You may choose to give us more information for your Account profile, such as your full name, an avatar which may include a photograph, your biography, your location, your company, and a URL to a third-party website. This information may include User Personal Information. Please note that your profile information may be visible to other Users of our Service.
If you're accessing our Service or Website, we automatically collect the same basic information that most services collect, subject, where necessary, to your consent. This includes information about how you use the Service, such as the pages you view, the referring site, your IP address and session information, and the date and time of each request. This is information we collect from every visitor to the Website, whether they have an Account or not. This information may include User Personal information.
As further described below, we automatically collect information from cookies (such as cookie ID and settings) to keep you logged in, to remember your preferences, to identify you and your device and to analyze your use of our service.
We may collect certain information about your device, such as its IP address, browser or client application information, language preference, operating system and application version, device type and ID, and device model and manufacturer. This information may include User Personal information.
SplineCloud may collect User Personal Information from third parties. For example, this may happen if you sign up for training or to receive information about SplineCloud from one of our vendors, partners, or affiliates. SplineCloud does not purchase User Personal Information from third-party data brokers.
We do not intentionally collect “Sensitive Personal Information”, such as personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, and the processing of genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation. If you choose to store any Sensitive Personal Information on our servers, you are responsible for complying with any regulatory controls regarding that data.
We do not intentionally collect User Personal Information that is stored in your repositories or other free-form content inputs. Any personal information within a user's repository is the responsibility of the repository owner.
We may use your information for the following purposes:
We use your Registration Information to create your account, and to provide you the Service.
We use your User Personal Information, specifically your username, to identify you on SplineCloud.
We use your Profile Information to fill out your Account profile and to share that profile with other users if you ask us to.
We use your email address to communicate with you, if you've said that's okay.
We use User Personal Information to respond to support requests.
We use User Personal Information and other data to make recommendations for you, such as to suggest projects you may want to follow or contribute to. We learn from your public behavior on SplineCloud—such as the projects you star—to determine topics of your interest, and we recommend similar projects. These recommendations are automated decisions, but they have no legal impact on your rights.
We may use User Personal Information to invite you to take part in surveys, tests, or other research projects, subject, where necessary, to your consent.
We use Usage Information and Device Information to better understand how our Users use SplineCloud and to improve our Website and Service.
We may use your User Personal Information if it is necessary for security purposes or to investigate possible fraud or attempts to harm SplineCloud or our Users.
We may use your User Personal Information to comply with our legal obligations, protect our intellectual property, and enforce our Terms of Service.
We limit our use of your User Personal Information to the purposes listed in this Privacy Statement. If we need to use your User Personal Information for other purposes, we will ask your permission first. You can always see what information we have, how we're using it, and what permissions you have given us in your user profile.
To the extent that our processing of your User Personal Information is subject to certain international laws (including, but not limited to, the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)), SplineCloud is required to notify you about the legal basis on which we process User Personal Information. SplineCloud processes User Personal Information on the following legal bases:
Contract Performance: When you create a SplineCloud Account, you provide your Registration Information. We require this information for you to enter into the Terms of Service agreement with us, and we process that information on the basis of performing that contract. We also process your username and email address on other legal bases, as described below.
Consent: We rely on your consent to use your User Personal Information under the following circumstances: when you fill out the information in your user profile; when you decide to participate in a SplineCloud training, research project, test program, or survey; and for marketing purposes, where applicable. All of this User Personal Information is entirely optional, and you have the ability to access, modify, and delete it at any time. While you are not able to delete your email address entirely, you can make it private. You may withdraw your consent at any time.
Legitimate Interests: Generally, the remainder of the processing of User Personal Information we perform is necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interest, for example, for legal compliance purposes, security purposes, or to maintain ongoing confidentiality, integrity, availability, and resilience of SplineCloud’s systems, Website, and Service.
We may share your User Personal Information with third parties under one of the following circumstances:
We share your User Personal Information, if you consent, after letting you know what information will be shared, with whom, and why.
We share User Personal Information with a limited number of service providers who process it on our behalf to provide or improve our Service, and who have agreed to privacy restrictions similar to the ones in our Privacy Statement by signing data protection agreements or making similar commitments. Our service providers perform payment processing, customer support ticketing, network data transmission, security, and other similar services.
SplineCloud strives for transparency in complying with legal process and legal obligations. Unless prevented from doing so by law or court order, or in rare, exigent circumstances, we make a reasonable effort to notify users of any legally compelled or required disclosure of their information. SplineCloud may disclose User Personal Information or other information we collect about you to law enforcement if required in response to a valid subpoena, court order, search warrant, a similar government order, or when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to comply with our legal obligations, to protect our property or rights, or those of third parties or the public at large.
We may share User Personal Information if we are involved in a merger, sale, or acquisition of corporate entities or business units. If any such change of ownership happens, we will ensure that it is under terms that preserve the confidentiality of User Personal Information, and we will notify you on our Website or by email before any transfer of your User Personal Information. The organization receiving any User Personal Information will have to honor any promises we made in our Privacy Statement or Terms of Service.
We share certain aggregated, non-personally identifying information with others about how our users, collectively, use SplineCloud, or how our users respond to our other offerings, such as our conferences or events.
We do not sell your User Personal Information for monetary or other consideration.
Currently we only allow public repositories. It means that anyone may view contents of your repositories. If you include User Personal Information, Sensitive Personal Information, or confidential information, such as email addresses or passwords, in your public repository, that information may be indexed by search engines or used by third parties.
SplineCloud is a platform for open data in first place. It means that your content is public-facing and third parties may access and use it in compliance with our Terms of Service, such as by viewing your profile or repositories or pulling data via our API. We do not sell that content; it is yours. However, we do allow third parties, such as research organizations or archives, to compile public-facing SplineCloud information. Other third parties, such as data brokers, may scrape SplineCloud and compile data as well.
Your User Personal Information associated with your content could be gathered by third parties in these compilations of SplineCloud data. Users' email address is private by default, so it is not publicly available.
If you would like to compile SplineCloud data, you must comply with our Terms of Service regarding information usage and privacy described in our Acceptable Use Policies, and you may only use any public-facing User Personal Information you gather for the purpose for which our user authorized it. For example, where a SplineCloud user has made an email address public-facing for the purpose of identification and attribution, do not use that email address for the purposes of sending unsolicited emails to users or selling User Personal Information, such as to recruiters, headhunters, and job boards, or for commercial advertising. We expect you to reasonably secure any User Personal Information you have gathered from SplineCloud, and to respond promptly to complaints, removal requests, and "do not contact" requests from SplineCloud or SplineCloud users.
Similarly, projects on SplineCloud may include publicly available User Personal Information collected as part of the collaborative process. If you have a complaint about any User Personal Information on SplineCloud, please contact us.
You can use addidional applications from SplineCloud, such as our desktop clients. These applications each have their own terms and may collect different kinds of User Personal Information; however, all SplineCloud client applications are subject to this Privacy Statement, and we collect the amount of User Personal Information necessary, and use it only for the purpose for which you have given it to us.
If you're already a SplineCloud user, you may access, update, alter, or delete your basic user profile information by editing your user profile. You can control the information we collect about you by limiting what information is in your profile.
Generally, SplineCloud retains User Personal Information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services.
If you would like to cancel your account or delete your User Personal Information, you may do so in your user profile. We may retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements, but barring legal requirements, we will delete your full profile (within reason) within 30 days of your request.
SplineCloud only uses strictly necessary cookies. Cookies are small text files that websites often store on computer hard drives or mobile devices of visitors.
By using our service, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your computer or device. If you disable your browser or device’s ability to accept these cookies, you will not be able to log in or use our service.
SplineCloud takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect User Personal Information from unauthorized access, alteration, or destruction; maintain data accuracy; and help ensure the appropriate use of User Personal Information.
In the event of a data breach that affects your User Personal Information, we will act promptly to mitigate the impact of a breach and notify any affected Users without undue delay.
We use your email address to communicate with you. We use your email to inform you about critical updates that change behavior of the Service, change repository access preferences, introduce new features, important policy changes, etc. SplineCloud may also occasionally send notification emails about changes in a repository you’re watching, requests for feedback, or to offer customer support.
We may also send marketing emails, based on your choices and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. There's an “unsubscribe” link located at the bottom of each of the marketing emails we send you. Please note that you cannot opt out of receiving important communications from us, such as emails from our Support team or system emails.
Our emails may contain a pixel tag, which is a small, clear image that can tell us whether or not you have opened an email and what your IP address is. We use this pixel tag to make our email more effective for you and to make sure we’re not sending you unwanted email.
If you have concerns about the way SplineCloud is handling your User Personal Information, please let us know immediately. We want to help. You may email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Privacy Concerns." We will respond promptly — within 45 days at the latest.
In the unlikely event that a dispute arises between you and SplineCloud regarding our handling of your User Personal Information, we will do our best to resolve it.
SplineCloud may change our Privacy Statement from time to time. We will provide notification to Users of material changes to this Privacy Statement through our Website at least 30 days prior to the change taking effect by posting a notice on our home page or sending email to the primary email address specified in your SplineCloud account.
This Privacy Statement is a modified version of the GitHub's Privacy Statement and is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license.