Privacy policy

Introduction

Our registered users (“Members”) share their professional identities, engage with their network, exchange knowledge and professional insights, post and view relevant content, learn and find business and career opportunities. Content on some of our services is available to non-members (“Visitors”).

Data Controllers

If you reside in the United States, you are entering into the Terms of Service with Sourcerer Incorporated, who will be responsible for your personal data provided to, or collected by or for, our Services.

Services

This Privacy Policy applies to sourcerer.io, sourcerer-branded apps, and other sourcerer-related sites, apps, communications and services (“Services”).

If you use our Services, you consent to this Privacy Policy.

Consent

If you use our Services, you consent to the collection, use and sharing of your personal data under this Privacy Policy and agree to the Terms of Service. We provide you choices that allow you to opt-out or control how we use and share your data.

If you use our Services after an update to this Privacy Policy, you consent to the changed policy.

Change

We may modify this Privacy Policy, and if we make material changes to it, we will provide notice through our Services, or by other means, to provide you the opportunity to review the changes before they become effective. If you object to any changes, you may close your account. Your continued use of our Services after we publish or send a notice about our changes to this Privacy Policy means that you are consenting to the updated Privacy Policy.

1. Information We Collect

1.1 Information You Provide To Us

Registration
To create an account you provide data including your name, email address and/or mobile number, and a password.

Profile
Our Services allow you to create your engineering profile, and inform it using the source code you authored. By looking at your source code, our Services collect various aggregated information about your work and work of your colleagues such as tools, languages, or technologies that you use, patterns that pertain to your collaboration in software engineering teams, your personal coding style.

We make a great effort to protect any proprietary information that may be present in source code you provide to Services. We never upload any source code away from your machine; the only information we upload is our findings about your work such as how many times you used a specific programming language; we perform all code analysis locally on the machine you control, and we perform all analysis using an open source application that can be freely explored by anyone. We also make sure that no source identification information such as commit IDs is uploaded to our servers. That being said, we cannot guarantee safety of any proprietary information contained in source code, and we are not responsible for its accidental disclosure through use of Services.

You have choices about the information on your profile, such as your education, work experience, skills, photo, city or area, and information automatically discovered from the source code you provided. Profile information helps you to get more from our Services, including helping professional and business opportunities find you. It’s your choice whether to include sensitive information on your profile. Please do not post or add data to your profile that you would not want to be publicly available.

Posting and Uploading

We collect personal data from you when you provide, post or upload it to our Services, such as when you fill out a form, respond to a survey, make source code available to Services including Sourcerer app running in the background, or send invitations.

1.2 Information From Others

When your colleagues or former colleagues make source code that you contributed available to Services, we will automatically generate updates for your Sourcerer profile. Unless insubstantial, generally such updates will need your approval before they are reflected on your profile.

We receive personal data about you such as your email when others make source code that you contributed to available to Services, or send messages using our Services (including invites or connection requests).

Customers and partners may provide data to us.

1.3 Service Use

We log usage data when you visit or otherwise use our Services, including our sites, app and platform technology (e.g., our off-site plugins), such as when you view or click on content, perform a search, install one of our mobile apps, share articles, or run Sourcerer app that analyses your source code. We use log-ins, cookies, device information and Internet protocol (“IP”) addresses to identify you and log your use.

1.4 Cookies, Web Beacons and Other Similar Technologies

We use cookies and similar technologies (e.g., web beacons, pixels, ad tags and device identifiers) to recognize you and/or your device(s) on, off and across different Services and devices. We also allow some others to use cookies as described in our Cookie Policy. You can control cookies through your browser settings and other tools.

1.5 Your Device and Location

When you visit or leave our Services (including our plugins or cookies or similar technology on the sites of others), we receive the URL of both the site you came from and the one you go to next. We also get information about your IP address, proxy server, operating system, web browser and add-ons, device identifier and features, and/or ISP or your mobile carrier. If you use our Services from a mobile device, that device will send us data about your location. Most devices allow you to prevent location data from being sent to us and we honor your settings.

1.6 Messages

We collect information about you when you send, receive, or engage with messages in connection with our Services. For example, if you get a Sourcerer invitation, we track whether you have acted on it and will send you reminders.

1.7 Workplace Provided Information

An employer (or other person or entity procuring our Services for your use) may provide us information about their employees or contractors who make use of these Services.

1.9 Other

Our Services are dynamic and we often introduce new features, which may require the collection of new information. If we collect materially different personal data or materially change how we use your data, we will notify you and may also modify this Privacy Policy.

2. How We Use Your Data

How we use your personal data will depend on which Services you use, how you use those Services and the choices you make in your settings. We use the data that we have about you to provide, support, personalize and make our Services more relevant and useful to you and others.

2.1 Services

We use your data to authenticate you and authorize access to our Services.

Stay Connected

Our Services allow you to stay in touch, in communication and up to date with colleagues, partners, clients, and other professional contacts. To do so, you will “connect” with the professionals who you choose, and who also wish to “connect” with you. When you connect, you will be able to search each others’ connections in order to exchange professional opportunities.

We will use data about you (such as profiles you have viewed or data provided through source code analysis) to suggest connections for you and others (e.g. Members who edit the same source code files as you) and enable you to invite others to become a Member and connect with you. It is your choice whether to invite someone to our Services, send a connection request, or allow another Member to become your connection. When you invite someone to connect with you, your invitation will include your name, photo, network and contact information. We will send invitation reminders to the person you invited.

Stay Informed

Our Services allow you to stay informed about news, events and ideas regarding software engineering topics you care about, and from software engineers you respect. Our Services also allow you to improve your professional skills, or learn new ones. We use the information about you to recommend relevant content across our Services, suggest skills you may have to add to your profile. We use your content, activity and other data, including your name and picture, to provide notices to your network and others. For example, subject to your settings, we may notify others that you have updated your profile, shared an event, or made new connections.

Productivity

Our Services allow you to collaborate with colleagues, search for potential clients, customers, partners and others to do business with.

2.2 Communications

We will contact you through email, notices posted on our ebsites or apps, messages to your Sourcerer inbox, and other ways through our Services, including text messages and push notifications. We will send you messages about the availability of our Services, security, or other service-related issues. We also send messages about how to use the Services, network updates, reminders, and promotional messages from us and our partners. You may change your communication preferences at any time. Please be aware that you cannot opt out of receiving service messages from us, including security and legal notices.

We also enable communications between you and others through our Services, including for example invitations, groups and messages between connections.

2.3 Marketing

We use data and content about Members for invitations and communications promoting membership and network growth, engagement and our Services.

2.4 Developing Services and Research

Service Development

We use data, including public feedback, to conduct research and development for the further development of our Services in order to provide you and others with a better, more intuitive and personalized experience, drive membership growth and engagement on our Services, and help connect members to each other.

Surveys

Polls and surveys are conducted by us and others through our Services. You are not obligated to respond to polls or surveys and you have choices about the information you provide.

2.5 Customer Support

We use the data (which can include your communications) needed to investigate, respond to and resolve complaints and Service issues (e.g., bugs).

2.5 Aggregate Insights

We use your information to produce aggregate insights that do not identify you. For example we may use your data to generate statistics about our users, their professional skills, or the demographic distribution of visitors to a site.

2.6 Security and Investigations

We use your data (including your communications) if we think it’s necessary for security purposes or to investigate possible fraud or other violations of our Terms of Service or this Privacy Policy and/or attempts to harm our Members or Visitors.

3. How We Share Information

3.1 Our Services

Profile

Your profile is fully visible to all Members and customers of our Services. Your settings, degree of connection with the viewing Member, their usage of our Services, access channels and search types (e.g., by name or by keyword) impact the availability of your profile and certain fields.

Code-based Profile Updates, Posts, Likes, Follows, Comments, Messages

Our Services allow viewing and sharing information including through posts, follows, likes and comments.

When a profile update is generated from source code that you contributed to – whether by you or your colleagues – the default is to share it publicly. Others, including members and non-members, will be able to see your update.
When you share a post, the default s to share it publicly.
When you like, comment on or share another’s post, others will see it, including the person who initiated the post.
Any information you share through companies’ or other organizations’ pages on our Services will be viewable by it and others who visit those pages.
When you follow a person or organization, you are visible to others and that “page owner” as a follower. We provide aggregate insights about the followers and viewers to the respective page owners.
We let senders know when you act on their message.

3.2 Communication Archival

Some Members (or their employers) need, for legal or professional compliance, to archive their communications and social media activity, and will use services of others to provide these archival services.
We enable such archiving outside of our Services. For example, a financial advisor needs to archive communications with her clients through our Services in order to maintain her professional financial advisor license.

3.3 Others’ Services

You may link your account with others’ services so that they can look up your contacts’ profiles or post your shares on such platforms.
Subject to your preference, other services may look-up your profile.
When you opt to link your account with other services, personal data will become available to them. The sharing and use of that personal data will be described in, or linked to, a consent screen when you opt to link the accounts. For example, you may link your LinkedIn or Twitter account to share content from our Services into these other services, or your email provider may give you the option to upload your Sourcerer contacts into its own service.

3.4 Related Services

We will share your personal data with our affiliates to provide and develop our Services. We combine information internally across the different Services covered by this Privacy Policy.

3.5 Service Providers

We use others to help us provide our Services (e.g., maintenance, analysis, audit, payments, fraud detection, marketing and development). They will have access to your information as reasonably necessary to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated to not to disclose or use it for other purposes.

3.6 Legal Disclosures

It is possible that we will need to disclose information about you when required by law, subpoena, or other legal process or if we have a good faith belief that disclosure is reasonably necessary to (1) investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities or to assist government enforcement agencies; (2) enforce our agreements with you, (3) investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations, (4) protect the security or integrity of our Service (such as by sharing with companies facing similar threats); or (5) exercise or protect the rights and safety of Sourcerer, our Members, personnel, or others. We attempt to notify Members about legal demands for their personal data when appropriate in our judgment, unless prohibited by law or court order or when the request is an emergency. We may dispute such demands when we believe, in our discretion, that the requests are overbroad, vague or lack proper authority, but we do not promise to challenge every demand.

3.7 Change in Control or Sale

We can also share your personal data as part of a sale, merger or change in control, or in preparation for any of these events. Any other entity which buys us or part of our business will have the right to continue to use your data, but only in the manner set out in this Privacy Policy unless you agree otherwise.

4. Your Choices & Obligations

4.1 Data Retention

We retain the personal data you provide while your account is in existence or as needed to provide you Services. Even if you only use our Services when looking for a new job every few years, we will retain your information and keep your profile open until you decide to close your account.

4.2 Rights to Access and Control Your Personal Data

We provide many choices about the collection, use and sharing of your data, from deleting or correcting data you include in your profile and controlling the visibility of your posts to advertising opt-outs and communication controls. We offer access to the personal data we have about you.

4.3 Account Closure

If you choose to close your Sourcerer account, your personal data will generally stop being visible to others on our Services within 24 hours. We generally delete closed account information within 30 days of account closure, except as noted below.

We retain your personal data even after you have closed your account if reasonably necessary to comply with our legal obligations (including law enforcement requests), meet regulatory requirements, resolve disputes, maintain security, prevent fraud and abuse, enforce our User Agreement, or fulfill your request to “unsubscribe” from further messages from us. We will retain de-personalized information after your account has been closed.

Information you have shared with others will remain visible after you closed your account or deleted the information from your own profile or mailbox, and we do not control data that other Members copied out of our Services. Groups content associated with closed accounts will show an unknown user as the source. Your profile may continue to be displayed in the services of others (e.g., search engine results) until they refresh their cache.

5. Other Important Information

5.1. Security

We implement security safeguards designed to protect your data, such as HTTPS. We regularly monitor our systems for possible vulnerabilities and attacks. However, we cannot warrant the security of any information that you send us. There is no guarantee that data may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.

5.2. Direct Marketing and Do Not Track Signals

We currently do not share personal data with third parties for their direct marketing purposes without your permission.

5.4. Contact Information

You can contact us or use other options to resolve any complaints. If you have questions or complaints regarding this Policy, please contact us at privacy@sourcerer.io.