Iris Privacy Statement

Effective date: August 1st, 2017

Thanks for entrusting Iris with your source code, your data, your projects, and your personal information. Holding onto your private information is a serious responsibility, and we want you to know how we're handling it.

The short version

We collect your information only with your consent; we only collect the minimum amount of personal information that is necessary to fulfill the purpose of your interaction with us; we don't sell it to third parties; and we only use it as this Privacy Statement describes. If you're visiting us from the EU: we comply with the Privacy Shield framework.

Of course, the short version doesn't tell you everything, so please read on for more details!

What information Iris collects and why

Information from website browsers

If you're just browsing the website, we collect the same basic information that most websites collect. We use common internet technologies, such as cookies and web server logs. This is stuff we collect from everybody, whether they have an account or not.

The information we collect about all visitors to our website includes the visitor’s browser type, language preference, referring site, additional websites requested, and the date and time of each visitor request. We also collect potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.

Why do we collect this?

We collect this information to better understand how our website visitors use Iris, and to monitor and protect the security of the website.

Information from users with accounts

If you create an account, we require a GitHub or other external identity-provider account, which will give us some basic information at the time of account creation, such as a user name and email address. You also have the option to give us more information if you want to, and this may include "User Personal Information."

"User Personal Information" is any information about one of our users which could, alone or together with other information, personally identify him or her. Information such as a user name and password, an email address, a real name, and a photograph are examples of “User Personal Information.”

User Personal Information does not include aggregated, non-personally identifying information. We may use aggregated, non-personally identifying information to operate, improve, and optimize our website and service.

Why do we collect this?
  • We need your User Personal Information to create your account, and to provide the services you request.
  • We use your User Personal Information, specifically your user name, to identify you on Iris.
  • We use it to fill out your profile and share that profile with other users if you ask us to.
  • We will use your email address to communicate with you, if you've said that's okay, and only for the reasons you’ve said that’s okay. Please see our section on email communicationfor more information.
  • 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.

What information Iris does not collect

We do not intentionally collect sensitive personal information, such as social security numbers, genetic data, health information, or religious information. Although Iris does not request or intentionally collect any sensitive personal information, we realize that you might store this kind of information in your account, such as in a repository. If you store any sensitive personal information on our servers, you are consenting to our storage of that information on our servers, which are in the United States.

We do not intentionally collect information that is stored in your models or datasets or other free-form content inputs. Information in your models or datasets belongs to you, and you are responsible for it, as well as for making sure that your content complies with our do not access private models or datasets unless required tofor security or maintenance, or for support reasons, with the consent of the repository owner.

If your model or dataset is public, anyone (including us) may view its contents. If you have included private or sensitive information in your public repository, such as email addresses, that information may be indexed by search engines or used by third parties. In addition, while we do not generally search for content in your repositories, we may scan our servers for certain tokens or security signatures.

If you're a child under the age of 13, you may not have an account on Iris. Iris does not knowingly collect information from or direct any of our content specifically to children under 13. If we learn or have reason to suspect that you are a user who is under the age of 13, we will unfortunately have to close your account. We don't want to discourage you from learning to code, but those are the rules. Please see our Terms of Servicefor information about account termination.

How we share the information we collect

We do not share, sell, rent, or trade User Personal Information with third parties for their commercial purposes.

We do not disclose User Personal Information outside Iris, except in the situations listed in this section or in the section below on Compelled Disclosure.

We do share certain aggregated, non-personally identifying information with others about how our users, collectively, use Iris, or how our users respond to our other offerings, such as our conferences or events. However, we do not sell this information to advertisers or marketers.

We do not host advertising on Iris. We may occasionally embed content from third party sites, such as YouTube, and that content may include ads. While we try to minimize the amount of ads our embedded content contains, we can't always control what third parties show.

We may share User Personal Information with your permission, so we can perform services you have requested.

We may share User Personal Information with a limited number of third-party vendors who process it on our behalf to provide or improve our service, and who have agreed to privacy restrictions similar to our own Privacy Statement. Our vendors perform services such as payment processing, customer support ticketing, network data transmission, and other similar services.

We may share User Personal Information if we are involved in a merger, sale, or acquisition. 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 have made in our Privacy Statement or in our Terms of Service.

Public Information on Iris

Much of Iris is public-facing. If your content is public-facing, third parties may access and use it in compliance with our Terms of Service. 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 Iris information.

Your Personal Information, associated with your content, may be gathered by third parties in these compilations of Iris data. If you do not want your Personal Information to appear in third parties’ compilations of Iris data, please do not make your Personal Information publicly available and be sure to configure your email address to be private in your user profile.

If you would like to compile Iris data, you may only use any public-facing Personal Information you gather for the purpose for which our user has authorized it. For example, where a Iris user has made an email address public-facing for the purpose of identification and attribution, do not use that email address for commercial advertising. We expect you to reasonably secure any Personal Information you have gathered from Iris, and to respond promptly to complaints, removal requests, and "do not contact" requests from Iris or Iris users.

Similarly, projects on Iris may include publicly available Personal Information collected as part of the collaborative process. In the event that a Iris project contains publicly available Personal Information that does not belong to Iris users, we will only use that Personal Information for the limited purpose for which it was collected, and we will secure that Personal Information as we would secure any User Personal Information. If you have a complaint about any Personal Information on Iris, please contact us.

Our use of cookies and tracking

Cookies

Irisuses cookies to make interactions with our service easy and meaningful. We use cookies (and similar technologies, like HTML5 localStorage) to keep you logged in, remember your preferences, and provide information for future development of Iris.

A cookie is a small piece of text that our web server stores on your computer or mobile device, which your browser sends to us when you return to our site. Cookies do not necessarily identify you if you are merely visiting Iris; however, a cookie may store a unique identifier for each logged in user. The cookies Iris sets are essential for the operation of the website, or are used for performance or functionality. By using our website, 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 cookies, you will not be able to log in or use Iris’s services.

Mixpanel

We use Mixpanel as a third party tracking service. We use Mixpanel to collect information about how our website performs and how our users, in general, navigate through and use Iris. This helps us evaluate our users' use of Iris; compile statistical reports on activity; and improve our content and website performance.

Mixpanel gathers certain simple information over time, such as your IP address, browser type, internet service provider, referring and exit pages, time stamp, and similar data about your use of Iris. We MAY link this information to your personal information such as your user name.

Certain pages on our site may set other third party cookies. For example, we may embed content, such as videos, from another site that sets a cookie. While we try to minimize these third party cookies, we can’t always control what cookies this third party content sets.

How Iris secures your information

Iristakes 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. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it.

No method of transmission, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. For more information, see our security disclosures.

Iris's global privacy practices

Information that we collect will be stored and processed in the United States in accordance with this Privacy Statement. However, we understand that we have users from different countries and regions with different privacy expectations, and we try to meet those needs.

We provide the same standard of privacy protection to all our users around the world, regardless of their country of origin or location, and we are proud of the levels of notice, choice, accountability, security, data integrity, access, and recourse we provide. Additionally, we require that if our vendors or affiliates have access to User Personal Information, they must comply with our privacy policies and with applicable data privacy laws.

In particular:

  • Iris provides clear methods of unambiguous, informed consent at the time of data collection, when we do collect your personal data.
  • We collect only the minimum amount of personal data necessary, unless you choose to provide more. We encourage you to only give us the amount of data you are comfortable sharing.
  • We offer you simple methods of accessing, correcting, or deleting the data we have collected.
  • We provide our users notice, choice, accountability, security, and access, and we limit the purpose for processing. We also provide our users a method of recourse and enforcement.

Resolving Complaints

If you have concerns about the way Iris is handling your User Personal Information, please let us know immediately. We want to help. You may contact us via email at support@iris.shwith the subject line "Privacy Concerns." We will respond within 45 days at the latest.

How we respond to compelled disclosure

Irismay disclose personally-identifying information or other information we collect about you to law enforcement in response to a valid subpoena, court order, warrant, or similar government order, or when we believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect our property or rights, or those of third parties or the public at large.

In complying with court orders and similar legal processes, Iris strives for transparency. When permitted, we will make a reasonable effort to notify users of any disclosure of their information, unless we are prohibited by law or court order from doing so, or in rare, exigent circumstances.

How you can access and control the information we collect

If you're already a Iris user, you may access, update, alter, or delete your basic user profile information by Iris Support.

Data Retention and Deletion

Iriswill retain User Personal Information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services.

We may retain certain User Personal Information indefinitely, unless you delete it or request its deletion. For example, we don’t automatically delete inactive user accounts, so unless you choose to delete your account, we will retain your account information indefinitely.

If you would like to cancel your account or delete your User Personal Information, you may do so in your user profile. We will 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.

How we communicate with you

We will use your email address to communicate with you, if you've said that's okay, and only for the reasons you’ve said that’s okay.

Depending on your email settings, Iris may occasionally send notification emails about changes in a repository you’re watching, new features, requests for feedback, important policy changes, or offer customer support. We also send marketing emails, but only with your consent. There's an unsubscribe link located at the bottom of each of the emails we send you.

Our emails might 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 prefer not to receive pixel tags, please opt out of marketing emails.

Changes to our Privacy Statement

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Iris 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 email address specified in your Iris primary account. For changes to this Privacy Statement that do not affect your rights, we encourage visitors to check this page frequently.

License

This Privacy Statement is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license. You may use it freely under the terms of the Creative Commons license.

Contacting Iris

Questions regarding Iris's Privacy Statement or information practices should be directed to support@iris.sh.

This document was copied, with modifications, from the GitHub Privacy Statement, which is provided under the Creative Commons Attributions license.