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Privacy Policy

Note: This page is under construction and does not yet contain any legal content. It is only used for internal discussions within the PhysicsOverflow team.

Last updated: xx. December 2023

This privacy policy will explain how PhysicsOverflow uses the personal data we collect from you when you use our website.

What data do we collect?

We do not collect or process any sensitive personal information. PhysicsOverflow collects the following data:

What personal information PhysicsOverflow collects depends on how you use the site. PhysicsOverflow can be used anonymously or as a registered user. Users can also choose whether the system should remember them if they want to be kept signed in.

In detail, the following personal information is collected:

  • Your IP address, which is collected each time you visit the site, even as an anonymous user.
  • Your username, when you register or login as a user.
  • Your password, when you register or login as a user.
  • A cookie is set if you request to keeping you signed in.

Additionally, we collect any content, that you provide yourself, including your profile picture, full name, location, website and about text, and your reputation data, all visible in your profile page.

We collect information about the actions you take when using PhysicsOverflow. This includes your interactions with content, like question, answer and commenting content, voting, saving, and hiding. It also includes your interactions with other users (for instance wall posts). We also store your user account preferences and settings.

How do we collect your data?

You directly provide PhysicsOverflow with most of the data we collect. We collect data and process data when you:

  • visit the site (IP address).
  • create a PhysicsOverflow account. Then we require an email address, username and password.
  • post questions, answers or comments.
  • vote existing content.
  • enter data to your profile page.
  • change any setting personally related to a user.
  • contact another user by a wall post.
  • request to keeping you signed in (creates a cookie).

How will we use your data?

We do not collect or process any sensitive personal information. PhysicsOverflow collects your data so that we can:

  • run PhysicsOverflow as a question and answer site, using the content provided by you.
  • verify your identity and enable you to access the site with the rights of a registered user.
  • notify you of reactions to your posts, if you have requested that we do so.
  • evaluate your reputation as a registered user.
  • send administrative information to you.

PhysicsOverflow will never share any personal data to external partners.

How do we store your data?

We have organizational and technical processes and procedures in place to protect your personal information. However, no electronic transmission over the internet or information storage technology can be guaranteed to be 100% secure, so we cannot promise or guarantee that hackers, cybercriminals, or other unauthorized third parties will not be able to defeat our security and improperly collect, access, steal, or modify your information.

How long do we keep your information?

We keep your information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this privacy notice unless otherwise required by law.

What are your data protection rights?

PhysicsOverflow would like to make sure you are fully aware of all of your data protection rights. Every user is entitled to the following:

Right to access - You have the right to request PhysicsOverflow for copies of your personal data.

The right to rectification - You have the right to request that PhysicsOverflow correct any information you believe is inaccurate. You also have the right to request PhysicsOverflow to complete the information you believe is incomplete.

The right to erasure - You have the right to request that PhysicsOverflow erase your personal data, under certain conditions.

The right to restrict processing - You have the right to request that PhysicsOverflow restrict the processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.

The right to object to processing - You have the right to object to PhysicsOverflow’s processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.

The right to data portability - You have the right to request that PhysicsOverflow transfer the data that we have collected to another organization, or directly to you, under certain conditions.

If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us at Send Feedback to PhysicsOverflow


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PhysicsOverflow uses a cookie for one purpose only: to keep registered users signed in if they have chosen to do so at login. We do not use cookies for any other purpose.

How to manage cookies?

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Changes to our privacy policy

Our Company keeps its privacy policy under regular review and places any updates on this web page. This privacy policy was last updated on xx December 2023.

How to contact us?

If you have any questions about PhysicsOverflow's privacy policy, the data we hold on you, or you would like to exercise one of your data protection rights, please do not hesitate to contact us:

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How to contact the appropriate authority?

Should you wish to report a complaint or if you feel that PhysicsOverflow has not addressed your concern in a satisfactory manner, you may contact the

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