vCalc takes this responsibility seriously.
What is vCalc Content?
vCalc content comprises all the digital data, formulae, text, and graphics the registered vCalc user may submit to the vCalc system. In creating token content submissions the user may enter text, paste in graphics, enter mathematical formulae in the form of MathML code and enter Groovy code. These submissions are all considered content. In addition, comments and thoughts the user adds to Forums or to Blogs on vCalc are also content.
Collaboration Within vCalc
Collaboration is one of the essential elements of the vCalc experience. Information sharing and dialogue between colleagues is at the heart of what vCalc wishes to promote. All content is intended to be collaboratively developed and validated by vCalc users using the web-based tools that comprise the vCalc system. vCalc provides any registered vCalc user the ability to contribute to the vCalc public through:
- submitting vCalc token content, which includes constants, equations, calculators, vectors, data tables. Token content submissions includes formulae, descriptions, illustrative graphics, references, and other written content
- submitting content to vCalc forums or blogs
User Accounts and Authorship
vCalc requires users to register with vCalc before they can store and edit content. Users that register are identified by a chosen username. Users may also identify themselves by providing a picture that appears as their avatar in their messaging interface and other collaborative mechanisms within vCalc.
During registration, users select a password, which is confidential and used to verify the integrity of their account. No person should disclose passwords used to identify a user, except as it may be required by law.
Logging-into vCalc does not expose a user's IP address to the public and a user's IP address is only stored on a vCalc server for a fixed period of time during which only server administrators and vCalc Technical Support staff can access IP address information. The connection between usernames and IP addresses is one piece of information vCalc may release under court order to comply with law enforcement.
Users are required to provide an email address when they register to obtain a vCalc account. This email address is used by vCalc to inform users of critical changes to the vCalc system that may affect their accounts, to advise a user of changes in their account status, to advise a user of the status of his content submission, to advise a user of a reward or remuneration vCalc is providing to the user, or to inform a user their activity on vCalc has broken some vCalc policy or practice . If the user opts-in, email addresses may be used to convey additional news from the vCalc Universe.
User email addresses are not visible in the vCalc messaging system. Only user IDs identify the user.
Users must enter their country as part of registering for a vCalc account. This information is used only to characterize the distribution of vCalc users across the planet. The country specified in registration is not made available publicly to the vCalc Universe.
Education level and industry is provided by the user at registration and this information is also not publicly available to the vCalc Universe. This education and career industry information is only used to characterize the distribution of users across the vCalc universe for use by vCalc.
Purpose of the Collection of Private Information
vCalc's Intent in Collecting Personal Information
vCalc limits the collection of personally identifiable user data to purposes which serve to improve and enhance the user experience in vCalc. The purposes for which vCalc uses personally identifiable information include, but are not limited, to the following:
Preventing Abuse and Misuse
To enable vCalc to guard against misuse of the vCalc system and to hold accountable users who contribute to vCalc content, vCalc does require access to personal information included in the transaction that constitute registration and submission of content. vCalc knows that providing a system that promotes collaboration and participation of the general public opens up vulnerabilities to certain kinds of abuse and counterproductive behavior. vCalc uses personal information supplied by users to enforce the vCalc Acceptable use Policy. vCalc has created content and user management mechanisms to prevent or remedy abusive activities. For example, when investigating noncompliance with the vCalc Acceptable Use Policy, including the suspected use of malicious “sockpuppets” (duplicate accounts), vandalism, harassment of other users, or disruptive behavior, the IP addresses of users (derived either from logs or records in vCalc's user database) may be used to identify the source(s) of the abusive behavior.
Promoting User Participation
vCalc uses site statistics to highlight user participation. Raw logged data is not made public. vCalc uses logged data to characterize users participation and use of content and to solve technical problems. Logged data may be examined by vCalc Technical Support Staff in the course of solving technical problems and in tracking badly-behaved web spiders, web crawlers and other automated web devices.
vCalc analyzes the user interests associated with vCalc vWorlds, with the sub-domains of the token taxonomies, and with the use of vCalc tools. This aggregated analysis information is used to guide demographic-focused advertising which keeps most of vCalc free to registered users.
Content and User Profile Information Retention
vCalc does at present set a cookie on a vCalc user's computer if they check the box to "Remember me." See the image at right. vCalc uses a cookie to store a unique user ID (UUID) that represents the user's session along with the user's IP address. That UUID expires after 30 days and is not retained. This cookie holding this information allows vCalc to remember who you are if you check the "Remember me" checkbox.
This enables the user to save vCalc as a “Favorite” and return to vCalc logged-in without having to re-enter a password.
Checking the "Remember me" setting is the user's choice. Leaving the check box unchecked avoids unauthorized use of vCalc by forcing the user to log-in each time they use vCalc.
Again, the "Remember me" checkbox provides an ease-of use capability to make the user's experience in vCalc easier, thus more enjoyable. Checking the "Remember me" setting simplifies the log-in process.
Retaining Technical Web-related Information
vCalc may retain raw logs of various transactions with vCalc staff and other vCalc users (colleagues). vCalc collects a typical amount of information when a user browses vCalc pages or emails vCalc staff or another user through a vCalc server. Information acquired through these standard web-based transactions will not be made available to the public.
When a page is edited by a logged-in, registered vCalc user, the server confidentially stores related IP information for a limited period of time and then deletes this data after a chosen period.
Retaining Contributed Content History
Removing token content does not permanently delete it. Submitted content is usually retained forever. Information can be permanently deleted by vCalc staff with access to vCalc servers and vCalc will respond to court order to remove content but otherwise vCalc does not guarantee any permanent deletion of retained content or vCalc user profile information.
Access to Personally Identifiable Information
vCalc system administrators and some vCalc Technical Support staff will be given privileged access and may share information between themselves.
vCalc system administrators may release personally identifiable information with the approval of vCalc legal advisers in response to a valid subpoena or other request from law enforcement.
vCalc system administrators may release personally identifiable information to investigate issues generated by automated bots disrupting vCalc.
vCalc system administrators may release personally identifiable information where it is necessary to protect the rights of vCalc or to protect the rights and safety of users and the public as a whole.
vCalc system administrators may also release personally identifiable information with the permission of the user.
If vCalc were to receive a subpoena or other request from law enforcement, a court, or a government agent requiring personally identifiable information, vCalc will attempt to notify the affected user by the email address provide when the user registered or by mail if mailing address was provided.