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Privacy Questions and Answers
This notice describes how TekInvestor collects and uses data about you.

How does TekInvestor collect data about me?
TekInvestor collects data about you:

  • when you browse the TekInvestor forum

  • when you create and use an account

  • when you post, send private messages, and otherwise participate (add your favorite investments/trades etc.)

  • TekInvestor does not buy or otherwise receive data about you from data brokers.

What data does TekInvestor collect about me, and why?
TekInvestor collects data about visits to forums. The forum uses cookies, server logs, and other methods to collect data about what pages you visit and when.

TekInvestor uses data about how you use the website to:

  • optimize 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 and investment popularity

  • compile statistics on the kinds of software and computers visitors use

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

TekInvestor collects account data.

To sign up for a forum account, TekInvestor requires your name, a user name, and an e-mail address.

TekInvestor 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 public, TekInvestor publishes your account data. If the forum is access-restricted, TekInvestor makes your account data available to everyone who can access the forum, according to the forum administrator’s configuration.

TekInvestor 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

  • send you relevant information/guides/tips regarding your investments

You can unsubscribe from emails at any time by using the unsubscribe links in your emails.

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. TekInvestor 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.

Investment / portfolio data

If you are using the Favorite or Portfolio functionality, data about your investments and trades are stored to provide you with an overview of your trades and investments. Data is aggregated to generate the list of popular investments (TekIndex) and your trades and comments are visible to other users. You can delete investments from your portfolio at any time. This data may may be used to customise your user experience further in the future, by for instance showing you relevant information about the companies you follow, either on the web or in emailed reports.

TekInvestor stores your account data as long as your account remains open.

TekInvestor collects data about posts and other activity on the forum.
TekInvestor 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, TekInvestor publishes your activity. If the forum is access-restricted, or access restrictions apply to the specific post, TekInvestor makes your activity available only to users permitted to see it.

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

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.

TekInvestor does not respond to the Do Not Track HTTP header.

Where does TekInvestor store data about me?
All data is stored at Digital Ocean’s data center in Amsterdam.

Does TekInvestor comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation?
TekInvestor respects privacy rights under Regulation (EU) 2016/679, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Information that GDPR requires TekInvestor 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.

Your account activity page also includes a link to download all of your activity in standard comma-separated values format.

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. The settings for a particular forum may also allow you to close your account, on the settings page for your account. Closing your account starts a process of erasing or anonymizing TekInvestor’s records of data you provided for your account. Forum administrators can also erase and anonymize accounts.

Depending on the settings for your particular forum, you may also be able to edit, anonymize, or erase your posts. When you edit posts, TekInvestor will keep all versions of your posts. Forum administrators can view old versions of posts, and optionally make them visible to other forum visitors. Note that the content you post is public, and not regarded as personal data that can be deleted if you choose to remove your account.

Does TekInvestor make automated decisions based on data about me?

  • TekInvestor classifies posts as spam automatically.

  • TekInvestor uses data about your posts and other activity on many forums to make automated decisions about whether your posts are spam. When Akismet decides that a post is likely spam, the forum refuses to accept the post. 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.

  • TekInvestor uses data about posts and activity to set trust levels automatically.

  • Depending on how administrators of your forum configure the forum, the forum 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 TekInvestor share data about me with others?

TekInvestor shares data about your posts and other forum activity with other services:

Service | Privacy Notice | Description

Akismet https://automattic.com/privacy/ reduces spam posts on some forums
Google Analytics https://www.google.com/analytics/terms/ Compiles visitor statistics on some forums, including meta.discourse.org. You can opt out of Google Analytics using a browser extension.
Digital Ocean https://www.digitalocean.com/legal/privacy/ Stores backups for many forums.
Cloudflare https://www.cloudflare.com/privacy Provides a content delivery network that increases the speed of the website.
Apple Push Notification Service https://www.apple.com/legal/privacy/ Sends push notifications to users of the Discourse iOS app.
OneSignal https://www.onesignal.com/privacy/ Sends push notifications to users of the Android and iOS app.
iFlyChat http://www.iflychat.com Provides chat interface
Discoursemetrics http://www.discoursemetrics.com Anonymous analytics of visitors statistics
Drip http://www.drip.com/privacy E-mail sending service

How can I contact TekInvestor about privacy?
You can send questions and complaints to: [email protected]

How can I find out about changes?
This version of TekInvestor’s privacy questions and answers took effect May 24, 2018.

TekInvestor will post the next version at https://tekinvestor.no/privacy. TekInvestor may change how it announces changes in future versions.

In the meantime, TekInvestor may update its contact information without announcing a change. Please refer to https://tekinvestor.no/privacy for the latest contact information at any time.