Privacy Questions and Answers

This notice describes how BrewPi B.V. or BrewPi for short, collects and uses data about you.

How does BrewPi collect data about me on this forum?

BrewPi collects data about you:

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

BrewPi does not buy or otherwise receive data about you from data brokers.

What data does BrewPi collect about me, and why?

BrewPi collects data about visits to this forum.
When you visit this forum, whether you have an account or not, the forum uses cookies, server logs, and other methods to collect data about what pages you visit and when.

BrewPi uses 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

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

BrewPi collects account data.

Many features of the BrewPi forum require a forum account. For example to post and reply to topics.

To sign up for a forum account, BrewPi requires your name, a user name, and an e-mail address.

BrewPi uses your account data to identify you on the forum, and to create pages specific to you, like your profile page. This information is also published publically on the forum itself.

BrewPi 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. BrewPi 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.

BrewPi stores your account data as long as your account remains open.

BrewPi collects data about posts and other activity on the forum.

BrewPi 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. BrewPi publishes your activity.

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

BrewPi 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 is used on the settings page for your account.

BrewPi does not respond to the Do Not Track HTTP header.

Where does BrewPi store data about me?

The BrewPi forum stores all data in a data center managed by DigitalOcean in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Does BrewPi comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation?

BrewPi respects privacy rights under Regulation (EU) 2016/679, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Information that GDPR requires BrewPi 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 BrewPi’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, BrewPi 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 BrewPi make automated decisions based on data about me?

BrewPi classifies posts as spam automatically.

BrewPi uses data about your posts and other activity on many forums to make automated decisions about whether your posts to and most forums that BrewPi hosts 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.

BrewPi uses data about posts and activity to set trust levels automatically.

BrewPi 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 BrewPi share data about me with others?

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

BrewPi 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 users of the BrewPi community forum, BrewPi does not sell or give information about you to other companies or services. However, BrewPi does use services from other companies on some forums that it hosts.

Service Privacy Notice Description
Akismet reduces spam posts on this forum.
Google Analytics Compiles visitor statistics. 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 store forum backups.
Digital Ocean Stores backups and hosts this forum.
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.

How can I contact BrewPi about privacy?

You can send questions and complaints to:

BrewPi B.V.

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

Mr Elco Jacobs
BrewPi B.V.
Torenallee 32-42
5617BD Eindhoven
The Netherlands

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?

This version of BrewPi’s privacy questions and answers took effect May 25, 2018.

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

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