privacy policy

We don’t want access to your money, your financial information, or other private information that could harm you if released.  We’re not going to try to gain access to those things and we encourage you not to make them available as you use the website and video meetings.  Somewhere in the depths of the website there may be automatic data collection involved in things like cookies, log files, data analytics, and so forth, but we who are involved specifically in running mindness.org do not instigate that or knowingly use the data.  We try to make this website secure but we are amateurs at this stuff so there is little doubt that it is not secure; that is not our preference, that’s just the way the internet is.

 

explanation and elaboration

Websites are legally required to adopt and display a privacy policy.  In researching this we found that sample and actual privacy policies we looked at include numerous subtopics such as:  Use of Personal Information, Cookies, Log Files, Links, Security, Non-Secured Communications, Internal Messaging, Usage and Analytics Data, and various others.

Full disclosure, much of that list is beyond our understanding. We don’t grok all aspects and ramifications of this legally-required policy; we are not experts at any aspect of online security; we don’t know much about what goes on in the guts of this website, such as the above-mentioned cookies and log files, nor inside the many functions, modules, and external organizations that support its presence on the web; plus we are running this community for free so we are not in a financial position to hire attorneys and data security experts to advise us.  And even if we did understand all that stuff, the frequent high-profile data breaches reported by government agencies and multinational corporations with huge data security budgets, including high-end security consulting firms and the Central Intelligence Agency, show that it is relatively easy to attack a website and essentially impossible to completely defend it.

We can only tell you what our intentions are and what we have done in building this website.  First, our intentions:  in brief, they are benign.  For example, everything we do is offered freely so we will not ask for any financial information like your credit card number.  We are not engaged in the collection of your private information for sale or intentional external distribution and we do not intend anyone to have access to your information other than as you allow in the normal course of activities and interactions in this community.  But regardless of our intentions, anything that you enter or post in text form or say in a meeting is potentially at risk of further distribution, whether intentionally or accidentally.  For example, anyone can record what is being displayed on their screen in video form without anyone being aware.  Plus, we don’t know what’s going on with semi-automatic under-the-hood functions such as cookies, log files, and analytics, other than to say that we are not intentionally using such things to gain personal information about you.

In terms of what we have done, in spite of all the doom and gloom above the internet thrives and we do take security very seriously so we thought this through at length and concluded that the only way to be certain we wouldn’t play at least an inadvertent role in the dissemination of personal information would be to not have a website.   But that defeated our purpose in building a community so instead we chose to go ahead, and explain the situation in a way that you can understand. 

We have put considerable effort into building security into this website using industry-standard approaches to the best of our understanding but we have no illusions that the site is completely secure. Even if there is a breach or external release of data, your information is only at risk to the extent that you voluntarily divulge it, so as a rule of thumb we suggest you not provide any information on this website or in the associated meetings that would be unacceptably damaging if it showed up on Facebook or YouTube.  If our lack of certainty in this area makes you uncomfortable – and we are merely stating what is true of many or most websites – proceed with due caution or consider cancelling your membership.

ADDENDUM

If you say something in writing or in a recorded meeting that you later feel could be problematic in terms of your privacy, let us know and we’ll see if we can help.  If you have qualifications in this broad area of online security, please consider helping us.

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