How do we protect your information?

The underlying technology implements a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your personal information.

In addition, no one is able to join without a legitmate email. The underlying technology is set to “invitation only” mode. And no one is invited who hasn’t agreed to the Discussion Guidelines and Code Of Character, and paid their invoice on time and in full.

We collect information from you when you register on our site, and store data when you participate in the forum by reading, writing, and evaluating the content shared here.

When is information collected?

We collect data about you:

  • when you create and use an account
  • when you browse the forum
  • when you post, send private messages, and otherwise participate in the forum

Data is collected whether you use the forums using a web browser on your own computer, or using the “Discourse” apps for mobile devices.

We never buy or otherwise receive data about you from data brokers.
We never sell or share anything with data brokers.
We have intentionally chosen and ad-free experience for you.

What information is collected and why?

Visits to forum.

The forum uses cookies, server logs, and other methods to collect data about what pages you visit and when.

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

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

Account data.

The following is necessary to create an account - e-mail address, user name, secure password. When registering you will be offered the opportunity to share your full name as well. Your e-mail address will be verified by an email containing a unique link. If that link is visited, we know that you control the e-mail address.

The underlying technology uses your account data to identify you on the forum, and to create pages specific to you, like your profile page. This forum is access-restricted, therefore the underlying technology makes your account data available to everyone who can access the forum, according to the forum administrator’s configuration.

The underlying technology 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

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. The underlying technology 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.

The underlying technology stores your account data as long as your account remains open.

The underlying technology collects data about posts and other activity on the forum.

The underlying technology 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 access-restricted, or access restrictions apply to the specific post, the underlying technology makes your activity available only to users permitted to see it.

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

The underlying technology stores your posts and other activity as long as your account remains open.

How can I make choices about data collection?

You can make choices about how data about you 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.

The underlying technology does not respond to the Do Not Track HTTP header.

Where does the underlying technology store data about me?

In CDCK’s data center in San Jose, California, USA. Some forums that CDCK hosts store data in data centers in multiple jurisdictions, such as the United States and the European Union.

The underlying technology participates in the Privacy Shields.

CDCK participates in the EU-US Privacy Shield and the Swiss-US Privacy Shield. Under the Privacy Shields:

  • CDCK must respond to questions and complaints within 45 days.
  • CDCK is subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the Federal Trade Commission.
  • CDCK is liable in cases of onward transfers to third parties.
  • CDCK commits to subject all personal data received from the EU in reliance on the Privacy Shield to the Privacy Shield Principles.
  • CDCK is required to disclose personal information in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.

You can find the Privacy Shield list online at

Does the underlying technology comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation?

CDCK respects privacy rights under Regulation (EU) 2016/679, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Information that GDPR requires CDCK 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 CDCK’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, CDCK will keep all versions of your posts. Forum administrators can view old versions of posts, and optionally make them visible to other forum visitors.

Does the underlying technology make automated decisions based on data about me?

CDCK classifies posts as spam automatically.

CDCK 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.

CDCK 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 the underlying technology share data about me with others?

CDCK shares account data with others as mentioned in the section about account data.

CDCK shares data about your posts and other forum activity with others as mentioned in the section about account data.

Apart from making data available to the customer that pays CDCK to host a forum, CDCK does not sell or give information about you to other companies or services. However, CDCK does use services from other companies on some forums that it hosts. The companies behind those services may collect data about you on their own, for their own purposes. Some of these services may be used to collect information about your online activities across different websites. All of these services are based in the United States.

At this time, The Vast Connect is only making use of Akismet services. Optional use of the IOS/Andriod phone apps make use of the notification services listed.

Service Privacy Notice Description
Akismet reduces spam posts on some forums
Google Analytics Compiles visitor statistics on some forums, including You can opt out of Google Analytics using a browser extension.
Amazon Web Services Provides cloud servers and services, in service regions across the world, to host and back up some forums.
Digital Ocean Stores backups for many forums.
Fastly Provides a content delivery network of servers that host copies of content like images and website files, so that users around the world can download them quickly, from servers close to where they are.
KeyCDN Provides a content delivery network.
MaxCDN Provides a content delivery network.
Apple Push Notification Service Sends push notifications to users of the Discourse iOS app.
Google Cloud Messaging Sends push notifications to users of the Discourse Android app.

Your information may also be released if it is deemed appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

Our site, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 16 years old or older. If this server is in the USA, and you are under the age of 13, per the requirements of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act), do not use this site.

Online Privacy Policy Only

This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our site and not to information collected offline.

Who do I contact about privacy?

The Vast Connect can be contacted through the Emergency Page.

You can send questions and complaints to the underlying technology here:

Civilized Discourse Construction Kit, Inc

European Users with questions or complaints about GDPR compliance ■■■■■■ also address CDCK’s representative in the Union:

Mr Hanol Régis
Civilized Discourse Construction Kit, Inc.
105 Route des Pommiers
Centre UBIDOCA, 15232
St Martin Bellevue

For complaints under the Privacy Shields, CDCK has a contract with JAMS, an independent alternative resolution provider based in the United States. If we can’t resolve a complaint about Privacy Shield between us, you can submit a Privacy Shield claim through JAMS. Arbitrating through JAMS is free of charge to you. Under some circumstances, European Union users may invoke binding Privacy Shield arbitration, as a last resort.

For complaints under GDPR more generally, European Union users may lodge complaints with their local data protection supervisory authorities.

How can I find out about changes?

If we need to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page.

This version of The Vast Connect privacy policy took effect Jan 1, 2019.

The Vast Connect will post the next version at We may change how we announce changes in future versions.

In the meantime, The Vast Connect may update its contact information without announcing a change. Please refer to for the latest contact information at any time.

Excerpts from the version of CDCK’s privacy questions and answers took effect May 1, 2018.

CDCK will post the next version at CDCK may change how it announces changes in future versions.

In the meantime, CDCK may update its contact information without announcing a change. Please refer to for the latest contact information at any time.