Data Use Policy

Why isn’t this a “Privacy Policy”?

Many websites link to their “privacy policies” from their homepages, but those policies are less about describing how much privacy they offer and more about how they plan to use your data. We believe that it is important to be transparent that this policy is a promise about how we will use the data you leave when you visit this site, but neither this promise nor the promise of any other site gives you full privacy.

The Data Use Policy is a compulsory legal disclosure of how a website operator collects, retains and shares personally identifiable information. In other words, it’s often a list of ways your personal data is not private and under their control. There are legitimate reasons that people and organisations running websites need to keep data about your visits. We limit the data that we keep to only what we need for maintaining the site and satisfying legal and funding-related reporting requirements.

Visiting The Kit

The Kit is operated by Tactical Technology Collective, a non-profit based in Berlin, Germany and is governed by EU Data law.

When you visit this site, we collect information about your visit of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available. This is information like:

  • the time and date you visited the site
  • the first page you visit
  • how many times you click on links
  • how long you stayed on the site
  • the last page you visit before leaving
  • what site brought you to the page (if you followed a link form another page, like on a search engine or social media)
  • what sites you visited through links on our site
  • what you download from our site
  • what keyword or keywords you used if you found the site through a search engine
  • what browser you use
  • some of the plugins you use on your browser
  • what operating system you use
  • what kind of device you use (computer vs smartphone vs feature phone)
  • what brand device you use
  • what model device you use
  • your country
  • your IP address (we anonymise Visitors’ IP addresses in our stats)
  • your screen resolution
  • language of your browser
  • number of times you have visited the site
  • days since the last time you visited the site

We do this to better understand how people use the site and so we can fix problems with the site when they arise. From time to time, we also compile reports that include very general information about who visits this site, like the total number of visitors or which countries or other websites comprise the most visits.

We also collect information that is unique to you, like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. We use this information to protect our servers from misuse. We do not use this information to identify The Kit’s visitors.

We may collect statistics about the behaviour of visitors to the Kit. We do this so that we can figure out how we can improve the site.

We collect this information using open source analytics software, which we host ourselves. This means that even the people who wrote the software do not see any of your information. We do not partner with third parties to collect this information, nor do we share information with third parties, with the exception of the release of non-personally-identifying information in formats described above.

JavaScript

We use JavaScript in your web browser as well as popular open source frameworks to render some of the graphical interface that you see.

At this time, the The Kit requires JavaScript to render graphical interface elements fully. Should you choose to disable JavaScript, the graphical interface will not render properly which may lead to some readability issues.

Changes to this Policy

Although most changes are likely to be minor, we may change the Kit Data Use Policy from time to time, in response to legal and technical changes and at our discretion. We encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to this Data Use Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Data Use Policy constitutes your acceptance of these change.

Contacts

All questions related to the data use policies of the Kit should be directed in writing to the Tactical Tech Data Protection Officer.

Reusing this Data Use Policy

You are welcome to reuse and be inspired by this Data Use Policy after making sure it complies with the way your website tracks, uses and discloses users’ information.

Last updated in April 2019