Privacy Policy

Last Updated: September 12, 2023

This Privacy Policy (“Policy”) explains the information collection, use, and sharing practices of ModPub (“mod.pub,” “Services,” “we,” “us,” and “our”).

This Policy is incorporated into and part of ModPub Terms of Service located at https://mod.pub/terms-of-service.

Before you use or submit any information through or in connection with the Services, please carefully review this Privacy Policy. By using any part of the Services, you understand that your information will be collected, used, and disclosed as outlined in this Privacy Policy. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY, PLEASE DO NOT USE THE SERVICES.

1. Our Principles

We have designed this policy to be consistent with the following principles:

  • Privacy policies should be human readable and easy to find.
  • Data collection, storage, and processing should be simplified as much as possible to enhance security, ensure consistency, and make the practices easy for users to understand.
  • Data practices should meet the reasonable expectations of users.

2. Information We Collect

We collect information in multiple ways, including when you provide information directly to us. We also passively collect information from you, such as from your browser or device.

Information You Provide Directly to Us

We will collect any information you provide to us. We may collect information from you in a variety of ways, such as when you: (a) create an online account, (b) make a donation or purchase, (c) contact us or provide feedback, (d) or upload your creative work or images.

This information may include but is not limited to:

  • your name,
  • nickname,
  • email address,
  • photo,
  • website URL,
  • geographic location,
  • timezone,
  • passwords,
  • social media handles.

Information that Is Automatically Collected

Device/Usage Information

Using the Cloudflare web analytics service, we may automatically collect certain information about the computer or devices (including mobile devices or tablets) you use to access the Services. This information does not reveal your identity, like your name or contact information, but may include (a) device information such as IP addresses, location information (by country and city), unique device and browser identifiers, browser types, browser language, operating system, and (b) information related to the ways in which you interact with the Services, such as referring and exit web pages and URLs, platform type, the number of clicks, domain names, landing pages, pages and content viewed and the order of those pages, statistical information about the use of the Services, the amount of time spent on particular pages, the date and time you used the Services, the frequency of your use of the Services, error logs, and other similar information.

Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies

We also collect data about your use of the Services through the use of Internet server logs and online tracking technologies, like cookies. A web server log is a file where website activity is stored. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your computer when you visit a website, that enables us to: (a) recognize your computer; (b) store your preferences and settings; (c) understand the web pages of the Services you have visited and the referral sites that have led you to our Services; (d) enhance your user experience by delivering content, specific to your inferred interests; (e) perform searches and analytics; and (f) assist with security administrative functions.

Information from Third Parties

We may also collect information about you or others through third parties, including by not limited to:

  • Cloudflare, used as file storage, CDN, firewall, web analytics, and captcha provider,
  • Bunny.net, used as CDN and image processor,
  • Scaleway, processing generation of profile images,
  • Hetzner, providing hosting services,
  • Amazon, providing email service,
  • Stripe, processing donations.

3. How We Use Your Information

We may use the information we collect from and about you to:

  • Fulfill the purposes for which you provided it;
  • Facilitate account creation and authentication and otherwise manage user accounts;
  • Provide and improve the Services, including to develop new features or services, promote ModPub community collaboration, take steps to secure the Services, and for technical and customer support;
  • Fundraise, accept donations, or process purchases of ModPub merchandise;
  • Send you information about your relationship or transactions with us, account alerts, or other communications;
  • Process and respond to your inquiries or to request your feedback;
  • Conduct analytics, research, and reporting, including to synthesize and derive insights from your use of our Services;
  • Comply with the law and protect the safety, rights, property, or security of ModPub, our users, and the general public; and
  • Enforce our Terms of Service, including to investigate potential violations thereof.

Please note that we may combine information that we collect from you and about you (including automatically collected information) with information we obtain about you from our affiliates and/or non-affiliated third parties, and use such combined information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

We may aggregate and/or de-identify information collected through the Services. We may use de-identified and/or aggregated data for any purpose, including without limitation for research and marketing purposes.

4. When We Disclose Your Information

We may disclose and/or share your information under the following circumstances:

  •  Legal Compliance and Protection of ModPub and Others. We may disclose your information if required to do so by law or on a good faith belief that such disclosure is permitted by this Privacy Policy or reasonably necessary or appropriate for any of the following reasons: (a) to comply with legal process; (b) to enforce or apply our Terms of Service and this Privacy Policy, or other contracts with you, including investigation of potential violations thereof; (c) to respond to your requests for customer service; and/or (d) to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of ModPub, our agents and affiliates, our users, and the public. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection, and spam/malware prevention, and similar purposes.
  • Business Transfers. As we continue to develop our business, we may engage in certain business transactions, such as the transfer or sale of our assets. In such transactions, (including in contemplation of such transactions, e.g., due diligence) your information may be disclosed. If any of ModPub's assets are sold or transferred to a third party, customer information (including your email address) would likely be one of the transferred business assets.
  • Affiliated Companies. We may disclose your information with current or future affiliated companies.
  • Consent. We may disclose your information to any third parties based on your consent to do so.
  • Aggregate/De-identified Information. We may disclose de-identified and/or aggregated data for any purpose to third parties, including advertisers, promotional partners, and/or others.

The laws in some jurisdictions require companies to tell you about the legal ground they rely on to use or disclose information that can be directly linked to or used to identify you. To the extent those laws apply, our legal grounds for processing such information are as follows:

  • To Honor Our Contractual Commitments to You. Much of our processing of information is to meet our contractual obligations to provide services to our users.
  • Legitimate Interests. In many cases, we handle information on the ground that it furthers our legitimate interests in ways that are not overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the affected individuals, these include:
    • Customer service
    • Marketing, advertising, and fundraising
    • Protecting our users, personnel, and property
    • Managing user accounts
    • Analyzing and improving our business
    • Managing legal issues

We may also process information for the same legitimate interests of our users and business partners.

  • Legal Compliance. We may need to use and disclose information in certain ways to comply with our legal obligations.
  • Consent. Where required by law, and in some other cases where legally permissible, we handle information on the basis of consent. Where we handle your information on the basis of consent, you have the right to withdraw your consent; in accordance with applicable law.

6. Your Choices and Data Subject Rights

You have various rights with respect to the collection and use of your information through the Services. Those choices are as follows:

  • If you have registered for an account with us through our Services, you can update or delete your account information by logging into your account and updating your settings.
  • EU Data Subject Rights – Individuals in the European Economic Area (“EEA”) and other jurisdictions have certain legal rights (subject to applicable exceptions and limitations) to obtain confirmation of whether we hold certain information about them, to access such information, and to obtain its correction or deletion in appropriate circumstances. You may have the right to object to our handling of your information, restrict our processing of your information, and to withdraw any consent you have provided. To exercise these rights, please email us at with the nature of your request. You also have the right to go directly to the relevant supervisory or legal authority, but we encourage you to contact us so that we may resolve your concerns directly as best and as promptly as we can.

7. Controls for Do-Not-Track Features

Most web browsers and some mobile operating systems and mobile applications include a Do-Not-Track ("DNT") feature or setting you can activate to signal your privacy preference not to have data about your online browsing activities monitored and collected. At this stage no uniform technology standard for recognizing and implementing DNT signals has been finalized. As such, we do not currently respond to DNT browser signals or any other mechanism that automatically communicates your choice not to be tracked online. If a standard for online tracking is adopted that we must follow in the future, we will inform you about that practice in a revised version of this privacy notice.

8. International Transfers

Our computer systems are currently based in the European Union and some of our contractors are based in the United States. As described above in the “When We Disclose Your Information” section, we may share your information with trusted service providers or business partners in countries other than your country of residence, in accordance with applicable law. By providing us with your information, you acknowledge any such transfer, storage or use.

If we provide any information about you to any third parties information processors located outside of the EEA, we will take appropriate measures to ensure such companies protect your information adequately in accordance with this Privacy Policy and other data protection laws to govern the transfers of such data.

9. Security Measures

We have implemented technical, physical, and organizational security measures to protect against the loss, misuse, and/or alteration of your information. These safeguards vary based on the sensitivity of the information that we collect and store. However, we cannot and do not guarantee that these measures will prevent every unauthorized attempt to access, use, or disclose your information since despite our efforts, no Internet and/or other electronic transmissions can be completely secure.

10. Children

The Services are intended for users over the age of 18 and are not directed at children under the age of 13. If we become aware that we have collected personal information (as defined by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) from children under the age of 13, or personal data (as defined by the EU GDPR) from children under the age of 16, we will take reasonable steps to delete it as soon as practicable.

11. Data Retention

We retain the information we collect for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes set forth in this Privacy Policy or as long as we are legally required or permitted to do so. Information may persist in copies made for backup and business continuity purposes for additional time.

The Services may contain links to third-party websites (e.g., social media sites like Facebook, Reddit, and X formerly Twitter), third-party media (e.g., embedded YouTube videos and images, hosted by other services), and other services. If you choose to use these sites or features, you may disclose your information not just to those third-parties, but also to their users and the public more generally depending on how their services function. ModPub is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such third party websites or services. The collection, use and disclosure of your information will be subject to the privacy policies of the third party websites or services, and not this Privacy Policy. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of each and every site you visit.

13. Changes to this Privacy Policy

We will continue to evaluate this Privacy Policy as we update and expand our Services, and we may make changes to the Privacy Policy accordingly. We will post any changes here and revise the date last updated above. We encourage you to check this page periodically for updates to stay informed on how we collect, use and share your information. If we make material changes to this Privacy Policy, we will provide you with notice as required by law.

14. Questions About this Privacy Policy

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or our privacy practices, you can contact us at: .