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Privacy Notice for Collectives™

Updated 8 February 2023

This Privacy Notice is applicable to you when you interact with us through our Collectives™ (“Collectives”) on StackOverflow.com (“Stack Overflow”).

Here you will find details about who is responsible for managing the personal information we collect about you when you interact with us on Collectives, our legal basis for doing so (as applicable), and what additional purposes the personal information will be used for and by whom.

For all other descriptions of how Stack Overflow collects, uses, protects, shares, and transfers information about you that we collect when you use Collectives or any other of our products and services, websites, or apps or otherwise interact with us, as well as your rights, how you can exercise those rights, and how the law protects you, see our Stack Exchange Privacy Policy.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Notice, the Stack Exchange Privacy Policy, or other questions related to the way we process/use your personal information, please contact us at [email protected].

About Collectives™ on Stack Overflow

Collectives™ on Stack Overflow is a grouping of content around a set of products, services, and/or technologies based on tags, forming dedicated spaces for a provider or area of expertise on Stack Overflow. Defined by tags, a collective brings developers together to collaborate and learn from one another, as well as connect with subject matter experts from the community and the organizations that help build or maintain a technology product/service. Content includes questions and answers and other content, such as technical Articles authored by Members of a collective, and Bulletins – timely, useful, and relevant updates published by Admins of a collective. Users must be logged in to join or participate in Collectives.

For the provider Collectives, Stack Overflow has partnered with third-party partner technology providers who aggregate content around specific tags related to the provider's technology and develop Articles or other long-form content.

LEGAL BASIS - European Economic Area, United Kingdom, and Switzerland

If you are a resident of the EEA, UK, or Switzerland, Stack Exchange, Inc. (“Stack Exchange”) is the data controller responsible for your personal information when you use and access Collectives.

Technology providers (Stack Exchange’s customers) may also act as controller in certain circumstances on provider Collectives, such as where it uses any personal information it has collected for its own purposes. Additionally, providers are able to perform certain activities on the same data set on Collectives data (e.g., assigning badges) for its own purposes. As such, we have entered into appropriate agreements with those providers, as well as applicable service providers/subprocessors, to ensure that your personal information is processed in accordance with applicable data protection laws. In addition to this Privacy Notice, you are encouraged to review privacy notices of the participating organizations with provider Collectives pages on Stack Overflow.

What we use your personal information for

We will use your personal information as described in our Stack Exchange Privacy Policy.

In addition, we will use certain personal information for the following additional purposes in connection with any provider Collectives:

  • We will use it to manage any provider Collectives product, and to provide you with any products and services you requested.
  • Providers will use your username to assign badges/roles for their own purposes on the basis of their legitimate interests.