Privacy Policy

The Legal Text

This Application collects some Personal Data from its Users.

Data Controller and Owner

Blender Institute B.V. – Entrepotdok 57A – 1018 AD Amsterdam – the Netherlands, institute@blender.org

Blender Institute has been authorised by Stichting Blender Foundation to conduct these services. Blender Institute is committed to comply to the goals of the public benefit free/open source project and community at blender.org.

This Privacy Policy outlines how this is being achieved.

Websites

This privacy policy is valid for all websites using the blender.org domain, such as www.blender.org, store.blender.org, developer.blender.org, wiki.blender.org.

Purpose of Service

The Blender website provide services to support development and usage of the Blender free/open source 3D software project. On blender.org you will find the following services that gather user information:

  1. The “Blender ID”, as managed on blender.org/id/. Several services within the blender.org domain use it to enable a single login for users of the websites.
  2. Developer registration at developer.blender.org, for reporting bugs or to get write-access to one of the git or svn repositories.
  3. Blender Cloud Membership – via monthly subscription – to access and share data from Open Projects at blender.org, post feedback or reviews.
  4. Blender Store registration, to purchase books, DVDs or other Blender support products.

Information provided by Users, such as email address and billing information, will only be used for the purpose of the service itself and to monitor traffic and usage.

Types of Data collected

Among the types of Personal Data that this Application collects, by itself or through third parties, there are: Cookie and Usage Data, via Google Analytics. The Personal Data may be freely provided by the User, or collected automatically when using this Application. Any use of Cookies – or of other tracking tools – by this Application or by the owners of third party services used by this Application serves to identify Users and remember their preferences, for the sole purpose of providing the service required by the User. The User assumes responsibility for the Personal Data of third parties published or shared through this Application and declares to have the right to communicate or broadcast them, thus relieving the Data Controller of all responsibility.

Mode and place of processing the Data

Method of processing

The Data Controller processes the Data of Users in proper manner and shall take appropriate security measures to prevent unauthorized access, disclosure, modification or unauthorized destruction of the Data. The Data processing is carried out using computers and/or IT enabled tools, following organizational procedures and modes strictly related to the purposes indicated.

In addition to the Data Controller, in some cases, the Data may be accessible to certain types of persons in charge, involved with the operation of the site (administration, sales, marketing, legal, system administration) or external parties (limited to third party technical service providers or hosting providers) appointed, if necessary, as Data Processors by the Owner. The list of these parties may be requested from the Data Controller at any time.

Conservation Time

The Data is kept for the time necessary to provide the service requested by the User, or stated by the purposes outlined in this document, and the User can always request the Data Controller for their suspension or removal.

Place of services

The Data is processed and kept in the heavily secured XS4all Colocation DataCenter in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

As only exception, the Blender Cloud makes use of hosting services from DigitalOcean in New York

The use of the collected Data

The Data concerning the User is collected to allow the Application to provide its services, as well as for the following purposes: Traffic and Usage Analytics. The Personal Data used for each purpose is outlined in the specific sections of this document.

Personal Data is collected for the following purposes and using the following services:

  • Google Analytics

Additional information about Data collection and processing

Legal Action

The User’s Personal Data may be used for legal purposes by the Data Controller, in Court or in the stages leading to possible legal action arising from improper use of this Application or the related services.

Additional Information about User’s Personal Data

In addition to the information in this privacy policy, this Application may provide the User with contextual information concerning particular services or the collection and processing of Personal Data.

System Logs and Maintenance

For operation and maintenance purposes, this Application and any third party services may collect files that record interaction with this Application (System Logs) or use for this purpose other Personal Data (such as IP Address).

Information not contained in this policy

More details concerning the collection or processing of Personal Data may be requested from the Data Controller at any time at its contact information.

The rights of Users

Users have the right, at any time, to know whether their Personal Data has been stored and can consult the Data Controller to learn about their contents and origin, to verify their accuracy or to ask for them to be supplemented, cancelled, updated or corrected, or for their transformation into anonymous format or to block any data held in violation of the law, as well as to oppose their treatment for any and all legitimate reasons. Requests should be sent to the Data Controller at the contact information set out above. This Application does not support “do not track” requests. To understand if any of the third party services it uses honor the “do not track” requests, please read their privacy policies.

Changes to this privacy policy

The Data Controller reserves the right to make changes to this privacy policy at any time by giving notice to its Users on this page. It is strongly recommended to check this page often, referring to the date of the last modification listed at the bottom. If a User objects to any of the changes to the Policy, the User must cease using this Application and can request the Data Controller to erase the Personal Data. Unless stated otherwise, the then-current privacy policy applies to all Personal Data the Data Controller has about Users.

Definitions and legal references

Latest update: January 9, 2016

The Human Text

A promise!

Blender Foundation is committed to protect your privacy on blender.org. No third party will track you here. You will not find third-party advertisements on any blender.org website.

Registration

On blender.org we offer a number of registration options, for services such as bug reporting, using git or svn, submitting conference talks or to purchase articles in the store.
The data we gather for these services are only used for proper handling of the services.

Cookies

Blender.org uses “cookies”, small text files placed on your computer, to manage registration and login, and to collect anonymous standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information.

We emphasize that blender.org only makes use of benign first party cookies.

The use of a first party cookie means that the website the visitor is actually viewing is the website that sets the cookie – not another website or advertiser. In other words, the setting of the cookie is completely controlled by us. We do not allow others to track you or to set cookies on your system when you visit blender.org. We do not allow others to put advertisement on our websites.

Analytics

We use Google Analytics to help us analyse how visitors use this site. The anonymous information generated by Google Analytics cookies about your use of this website is transmitted to Google. This information is processed to compile statistical reports on website activity for this site only. We use these reports to improve the blender.org website structure and offering.

We occasionally share general usage and download statistics for visitors of blender.org with the public.

Social media

Please note: embedded content from other providers may track your interaction with our content. For example, if you click in an embedded video from YouTube, Google will track your interaction. Similarly a click on a social “share” button will result in a third party tracking that activity.