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# Privacy Policy for Arch Linux
Arch Linux Privacy Policy
This policy describes how Arch Linux collects, uses, protects and discloses user information collected by Arch Linux services, and provides information about the choices you have regarding the ways in which your personal information is manipulated.
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For convenience, Arch Linux is referred to in this document as "Arch".
## Our commitment to privacy and data security
Our commitment to privacy and data security
Arch values your privacy. To better protect your privacy, we have provided this policy explaining our information practices and the choices you can make about the way your personal information is collected, used and disclosed.
Arch staff members and service administrators are familiar with our privacy policy guidelines. Our websites enforce [Transport Layer Security]( (TLS), which encrypts the communication channel you use when you send your personal information to our websites. Arch is committed to provide its services from secure systems to prevent unauthorized access to your personal information.
## The information we collect
The information we collect
This privacy policy applies to all information collected by or submitted to Arch services, including personal data. "Personal data" is data that can be used to identify an individual.
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- your geographic coordinates (longitude/latitude),
- your disclosed affiliation(s).
## Publicly available personal data
Publicly available personal data
Some personal data attached to Arch accounts is made public by default _if you opt to include it in your profile_. Specifically:
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If you wish for this information to be kept private, you can opt-out of displaying this information publicly in your account profile. If you choose to opt-out, Arch will still have access to this information, but it will not be displayed to others, and will be considered private.
## Using (processing) your personal data
Using (processing) your personal data
Arch uses the personal data you provide to:
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- send you information;
- for research activities, including the production of statistical reports, for example [pkgstats](, (such aggregated information is not used to contact the subjects of the report).
## Sharing your personal data
Sharing your personal data
Unless you consent, Arch will never process or share the personal data you provide to us except as described below.
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- As required by law (such as responding to a valid subpoena, warrant, audit, or agency action, or to prevent fraud).
- For research activities, including the production of statistical reports (such aggregated information is used to describe our services and is not used to contact the subjects of the report).
## Receiving e-mail
Receiving e-mail
Arch may send you e-mail about your account, to communicate with you about your accounts, or in response to your questions. For your protection, Arch may contact you in the event that we find an issue that requires your immediate attention. Arch processes your personal data in these cases to fulfill and comply with its contractual obligations to you, to provide the services you have requested, and to ensure the security of your account.
## Cookies and other browser information
Cookies and other browser information
Arch's online services automatically capture IP addresses. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our servers, to administer our website, and to help ensure the security of your interaction with our services. Your IP address is used to help identify you and your location, in order to provide you data and content from our services as quickly as possible. It is in the interests of the Arch community to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of its services for all users.
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If you do not want your personal information to be stored by cookies, you can configure your browser so that it always rejects these cookies or asks you each time if you accept them or not. However, you must understand that the use of cookies may be necessary to provide certain services (see 1. above), and choosing to reject cookies will reduce the performance and functionality of the site. Your browser documentation includes instructions explaining how to enable, disable or delete cookies at the browser level (usually located in the "Help", "Tools" or "Edit" facility).
## Public forums reminder
Public forums reminder
Arch makes its public services, including [wiki](, [IRC chat rooms](, [bulletin boards](, [mailing lists](, [bug tracker](, [AUR]( and a [GitLab instance](, available to its users. Please remember that _any information_ that is disclosed in these areas becomes __public information__. Exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal data. Although we value individual ideas and encourage free expression, Arch reserves the right to take necessary action to preserve the integrity of these areas, such as removing any posting that is vulgar or inappropriate. See our [Code of conduct]( for what is acceptable behavior.
It is in the interest of the Arch community to provide all users an accurate record of data and content provided in the public forums it maintains and uses; to maintain the integrity of that data and content for historical, scientific, and research purposes; and to provide an environment for the free exchange of ideas relevant and constructive to the development and propagation of open source software.
## About links to other sites
About links to other sites
Arch websites contain links to other sites. Arch does not control the information collection of sites that can be reached through links from Arch websites. If you have questions about the data collection procedures of linked sites, please contact those sites directly.
## Your rights under GDPR in the EEA
Your rights under GDPR in the EEA
Where the [EU General Data Protection Regulation]( 2016/679 ("GDPR") applies to the processing of your personal data, especially when you access the website from a country in the European Economic Area ("EEA"), you have the following rights, subject to some limitations, against Arch:
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Where the GDPR applies, you also have the right to withdraw any consent you have given to uses of your personal data. If you wish to withdraw consent that you have previously provided to Arch, you may do so via email to the relevant administrators. However, the withdrawal of consent will not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal.
## How to access, modify or update your information
How to access, modify or update your information
Arch gives you the ability to access, modify or update your personal data at any time. You may log in and make changes to your login information (change your password), your contact information, your general preferences and your personalization settings. If necessary, you may also contact us and describe the changes you want made to the personal data you have previously provided via email.
If you wish to remove your personal data from Arch, you may contact us via email and request that we remove this information from the relevant Arch account system. Other locations where you may have used your personal data as an identifier (e.g. forum or bug tracker comments, list postings in the archives, wiki change history, and spec changelogs) will not be altered.
## How to contact us
How to contact us
If you have any questions about any of these practices or Arch's use of your personal information, please feel free to contact us at [](, and we will work with you to resolve any concerns you may have about this policy.
## Changes to this policy
Changes to this policy
Arch reserves the right to change this policy from time to time. If we do make changes, the revised policy will be posted on this site and a notice will be posted to our [home page]( whenever this privacy statement is changed in a material way. Your continued use of Arch services after any change in this policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.
## Credits
This document is based on the [Fedora Project's Privacy Policy](, used under the terms of the [CC BY-SA 3.0]( license. This document is licensed under the terms of [CC BY-SA 4.0](
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