Privacy

Your privacy is important to us. If you would like to discuss these matters with us, or have suggestions for improvements, please go ahead.

Surfr does not ask for your real name, birthday, gender, address, etc. If you like, you can put your real name in your (public) username or display name. But you can as well just call yourself Superwoman86. We do not care to track the real person behind an account. All we care about - for the system to work effectively - is what credibility that user account has in a certain field. See more on How Surfr Works.

User tracking

Surfr tracks user behavior (which websites they go to) when they open the side panel. In general, this is done to find out which sites and pages are important.

Tracking of guests

The only purpose is to learn about important websites. No attempts are made to track individual people.

Tracking of logged in members

Based on the member's activity (including commenting on web pages, and other members liking those comments) a profile is created, which gives him credibility and a stronger voice on a certain topic. This is a fundamental concept behind Surfr. If you don't want to be tracked, don't log in. We're open for suggestions, and might provide an option in the future that allows members to opt out from this functionality and instead have a basic account without topic-specific credibility.

Cookies

Just like Google, Wikipedia and everyone else, the Surfr platform uses cookies.

Cookies are not required to read pages. But they are required in order to log in and add content. When you log in, Surfr will set a temporary session cookie which identifies your login session; this will be expired when either you log out, your browser exits, or after an inactivity timeout, and is not saved on your hard drive.

If you check the "remember me" box on the login form, another cookie will be saved with a token that authenticates you to our servers (which is unrelated to your password). As long as this remains valid, you can bypass the login step on subsequent visits to Surfr. The cookie expires after 180 days, or is removed if you log out. If this worries you, don't use the option. (You should not use it on a public terminal!)

Passwords

User's passwords are not stored in plain text on our servers. Surfr only stores a hash code of your password.

Sharing

Surfr does not share your information, such as your email address, with 3rd parties.

3rd party tracking

Surfr limits the amount of 3rd party user tracking to a minimum. No google analytics is used, and no Facebook like buttons, etc. Libraries such as JavaScript are loaded from the Surfr servers directly. As of now, the only external document is a YouTube video on one page.

Concerned about privacy?

Well, since you've been reading up to here, you must be. In our opinion, there is too much user tracking on the internet today. You go to Google, Google tracks you, fine. You go to Facebook, Facebook tracks you, fine. You go to Pinterest, and besides Pinterest, also Google and Facebook track you. All these "Like" buttons and Disqus commenting systems come at a price. Google analytics tracks an estimated 75% of all web traffic. Then there are all the ad networks.
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