Given the nature of the OpenLDAP Project and particulars of how services it provides are managed, privacy cannot be offered and shall not be expected in any communications using any OpenLDAP.org service.
While staff, volunteers, and users are generally expected to adhere to norms of Internet etiquette and professional conduct, failure to adhere to these norms shall not in itself be construed as counter to any portion of this statement regarding privacy at OpenLDAP.org.
The OpenLDAP Project hosts a number of services, such as our mailing list service, in which a user is required to register to in order to make use of certain aspects of the service. In all such services, the user is identified by a user provided email address. An email exchange is generally to confirm the user is in control of the account associated with the email address. The user's email address is recorded a part of user information, is used to identify the user in the service and associated logs, and is used in providing the particular service to which the user has registered to obtain (such as to provide copies of messages sent to a list to which the user has subscribed).
The email address identifying the registered user is typically published with any materials the user submits to the registered service to identify the user to other users.
In the event a user wishes to cease obtain a particular service that requires registration, the user may deregister from the service. In which case, the user's registration record will be deactivated in the authentication database for that service. The user's email address will however remain in the user's registratin records and logs, nad in any published content will remain in tact.
In the ordinary course of providing various Internet Services to the OpenLDAP Project and others, the OpenLDAP Foundation logs a wide range of information, including information which identify the particular IP address accessing our the service, particulars of the access, and exchanged content. While generally such logs records are purged from the running system on a regular basis by automated means, copies of logs may be maintained for an extended period as operational or other circumstances dictate. Copies of logs may also be archived. Log information, as circumstances may dicate, may be shared with 3rd parties. For instance, log information recording abuse of the provided services may be shared with 3rd parties (such as abuse reporting clearing houses).
Email sent to an email address under the OpenLDAP.org domain will generally not be regarded as private communication and may generally be shared with others by the receipent. For instance, email sent to various project contact addresses are commonly shared amongst the volunteers managing the project, which in turn may share them with others and/or forward the message to a project mailing list, and by so doing, cause the content of the email to be recorded in archives.
Our services commonly managed with the assistance of volunteers. Volunteers have access to user information, such as users' registered email addresses. Volunteers are not generally bound by any legally enforcable agreement to keep user information, or any other information, in confidence. As such, users of provided services are not offered, and shall expect, privacy of user information, or any other information, they provide to these services.
This statement does not absolve anyone from their responsibilities and duties not to trample the rights of others. This statement is intended more as a cautionary note that there is no expectation of privacy in communications with the OpenLDAP.org and/or the use of services provide by the OpenLDAP Foundation and/or OpenLDAP Project.
© Copyright 2013, OpenLDAP Foundation. Privacy Statement
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