Adélie Software Privacy Statement

This Privacy Statement describes the privacy practices and procedures used by Adélie Software in the Public Benefit, Inc. and its staff and volunteers (hereinafter "Adélie"). Adélie Software in the Public Benefit, Inc. is a Public Benefit Corporation registered in the State of Oklahoma, US. It additionally provides information about the choices you have regarding the ways in which information collected by Adélie is used and disclosed.

To better protect your privacy, we have provided this Privacy Statement, explaining our information practices and the choices you can make about the way your personal information is collected, used, and disclosed. We have made this Privacy Statement available to you on all public-facing Web sites that we control. A full list of all services controlled by Adélie Software in the Public Benefit, Inc. can be found on the Web at, or by contacting us at

This Privacy Statement applies to all information collected by or submitted to Adélie, including personal information. "Personal information" is data that reasonably can be used to identify or describe an individual.

Personal Information We Collect

Adélie collects personal information when:

The types of personal information collected may include (but are not limited to):

Publicly Available Personal Information

In keeping with the open nature and spirit of Adélie, some personal information attached to Adélie accounts is made public by default. Specifically:

Check the preferences function of the respective services for options to hide one or more of these information items. You may opt to not provide some of this information until after registration, at which time you can mark the information private. Note that due to technical reasons or because of the nature of the service, some data can not be hidden; for example, your email address cannot be hidden in Bugzilla or our mailing list service.

Using (Processing) Your Personal Data

Adélie uses the personal data you provide to:

We also use this personal data to provide you with information related to your account and the products or services you acquire from us, to better understand your needs and interests, to improve our service, to personalise communications, and to comply with or fulfill any contractual obligations to you. It is in Adélie's legitimate business interests to provide you with the information, communications, and services you request; to create a public record of the data and content produced by Adélie's services; and to maintain the integrity of that data and content for historical, scientific, and research purposes.

Sharing Your Personal Data

Unless you consent, Adélie will never share the personal information you provide to us except as described below.

Adélie may disclose your personal information to third parties under any of the following circumstances:

Browser Information

Adélie's online services automatically capture IP addresses, browser type and version, operating system information, pages accessed, and referral information. When you access our services using a mobile device, this automatic collection may additionally include the type of mobile device you use, your mobile operating system, and other diagnostic data. We use this informatiion 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 additionally 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 Adélie's legitimate business interest to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of its services for all users. This Usage Data is kept on an isolated system, which prevents it from being connected to an individual's identity. IP addresses are anonymised after 30 days. This anonymised Usage Data is retained in perpetuity for historical, scientific, and research purposes.


As part of offering and providing customisable and personalised services, Adélie uses cookies to store and sometimes track information about you. A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a Web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. All Adélie services where you are prompted to log in require your browser to accept cookies.

Generally, we use cookies to:

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, and choosing to reject cookies will reduce the performance and functionality of the services. 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).

Receiving Email

Adélie may send you email about your account, to inform you of important upcoming events, in response to your questions, or for the purpose of relaying messages to you on mailing lists that you subscribe to. For your protection, Adélie may contact you in the event that we find an issue that requires your immediate attention. Adélie 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.

Git repositories

Adélie maintains Git repositories, containing source code and similar materials, and their revision and contribution histories. git history contains the name and email address of contributors (including bug reporters, authors, reviewers, and related information). git retains this information permanently in an append-only history. We use an append-only history because it has important integrity properties, notably significant protection against untracked changes. We retain it indefinitely so that we can always verify the copyright and other legal status of contributions, and so that we can always identify the originators for software integrity reasons.

The append-only nature of the git system implies that that any modification to these commit details once they are incorporated into the repository is extremely disruptive, and in most cases (when signed commits are in use) impossible. When appropriate, we use git features (such as the mailmap feature) to arrange that historical personal information, though it is retained, can be elided or corrected when it is displayed or used.

Unless there are exceptional reasons to do otherwise, Adélie's git histories, including the associated personal information about contributors, are completely public.

Our Commitment to Data Security

Adélie trains its administrators on our privacy policy guidelines and makes our privacy policy available to our partners. Adélie requires that all prospective system administration staff and volunteers agree to uphold this Privacy Policy as part of our on-boarding. Our website uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology, which encrypts your personal data when you send your personal information on our website. In addition, Adélie and its partners enter into confidentiality agreements which require that care and precautions be taken to prevent loss, misuse, or disclosure of your personal data.

Public Forums

Adélie makes chat rooms, forums, mailing lists, message boards, and/or news groups 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 in these venues. Although we value individual ideas and encourage free expression, Adélie reserves the right to take necessary action to preserve the integrity of these areas, such as removing any posting that is vulgar or inappropriate, or that fails to comply with our Code of Conduct. It is in Adélie's legitimate business interests 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 libre, free open source software. This helps us fulfill our Specific Public Benefit of promoting sciences and the advancement of knowledge as defined in Oklahoma Statute §18-1202 paragraph 5.

Our Commitment to Privacy for Children

Out of special concern for the privacy of children, Adélie does not knowingly accept online personal information from children under the age of 13. Adélie does not knowingly allow children under the age of 13 to become registered members of our sites. Adélie does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information about children under 13.

In the event that Adélie ever decides to expand its intended site audience to include children under the age of 13, those specific web pages will, in accordance with the requirements of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), be clearly identified and provide an explicit privacy notice addressed to children under 13. In addition, Adélie will provide an appropriate mechanism to obtain parental approval, allow parents to subsequently make changes to or request removal of their children's personal information, and provide access to any other information as required by law.

Notice of Other Sites

Our services contain links to other sites. Adélie does not control the information collection of sites that can be reached through links from,,, or other services that we provide. If you have questions about the data collection procedures of linked sites, please contact those sites directly.

Your Rights and Choices 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 Adélie:

If you would like to exercise any of these rights, you may do so via our Personal Data Request Form. Please understand, however, the rights enumerated above are not absolute in all cases, and do not apply to our anonymised usage data.

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 Adélie, you may do so via our Personal Data Request Form. However, the withdrawal of consent will not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

Data Breaches

In the event of a data breach that involves your personal data, Adélie will make every reasonable attempt to inform you of said breach within 72 hours of being notified of the breach. Adélie will use the contact information you provide to us to inform you of a data breach. If you do not provide contact information to Adélie, we will not be able to contact you about a data breach.

How to Access, Modify or Update Your Information

Adélie 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 (including changing your password), your contact information, your general preferences, and your personalisation settings. If necessary, you may also contact us and describe the changes you want made to the personal data you have previously provided using the Personal Data Request Form.

If you wish to remove your personal data from Adélie, you may contact us using the Personal Data Requests Form and request that we remove this information from our servers. Other locations where you may have used your personal data as an identifier (e.g. Bugzilla comments, list postings in mailing list archives, wiki change history, and changelogs) cannot be altered.

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions about any of these practices or Adélie's use of your personal information, please feel free to contact us by email at Adélie will work with you to resolve any concerns you may have about this Statement.

Changes to this Privacy Statement

Adélie reserves the right to change this policy from time to time. If we do make changes, the revised Privacy Statement will be posted on this site. A notice will be posted on our homepage for 30 days whenever this privacy statement is changed in a material way.

This Privacy Statement was last amended on 2020-03-02.


This Privacy Policy builds on the important work of the Fedora Project and Gentoo Foundation, which have licensed their Privacy Policies under CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported; and the Debian Project, which has licensed its Privacy Policy under the MIT (Expat) license.