Your privacy is genuinely important to us.

Here's how we manage and use your data.

We take protecting your privacy seriously, and we want you to understand exactly how and why we use your information. This document is our Privacy Policy, which describes what information we collect and what it's used for. It applies to all interactions with cathartic.co including interactions with our site through buttons and widgets. It also applies to mobile applications produced by cathartic.co.

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully. Your use of and/orregistration with carthic.co will constitute your agreement to our policy. If you cannot agree to the terms and conditions set forth below, please do not use our services. Additionally, our Privacy Policy is part of our User Agreement, and by using cathartic.co you agree to both.

about this policy

cathartic.co is an open platform that allows you to communicate about anything you want on any topic you want. We collect some information in order for you to have an account you can use to participate on the site, and other information that is necessary to make the service work. Our goal in developing our privacy practices is to allow your participation to remain as anonymous as possible and we don’t sell or profit from the information you share with us. We do take efforts to make sure the platform keeps working. This includes using your information, where necessary, to stop spam and gaming and other activities that violate the user agreement. We also share your information when we are legally required to do so. Please read this privacy policy carefully. It describes what information we collect, how it is used, and when it is shared so you can make smart decisions about how you use cathartic.co!

We think it strikes a good balance and respects you – our users – who make this whole thing possible. Let us know what you think.

what information we collect

Article data

The posts and comments you make on cathartic.co are not private. This means that, by default, they are not deleted from our servers – ever – and will still be accessible after your account is deleted. However, we only save the most recent version of comments and posts, so your previous edits, once overwritten, are no longer available.
Your messages are generally only viewable by the parties involved, but they may be accessed internally as needed for community support. Moreover, we keep a complete log of all messages sent on our service, even when both parties later delete their accounts. cathartic.co stores the masked IP addresses associated with specific articles, comments, and private messages for 1 day after they are made or sent.

log data

Log data is certain information that is automatically collected by our systems when you visit cathartic.co, including the type of software used to access the site (browser, operating system), the address of the external or internal page that referred you, and your masked IP address. This information is recorded even if you are logged out of your account. It will be deleted from our servers after 1 day.

how we use or disclose collected information

our use of your information is limited to improving your experience

It takes a lot of work to keep our site running and prevent abuse, and we sometimes use your data in order to facilitate this. Your information is used internally only where necessary to provide our services.

your private information is never for sale

This means that we will only share your personal data with your consent, and after letting you know what information will be shared and with whom, unless it is otherwise permitted in this policy.

cathartic.co will not disclose your information unless required by law

We may disclose – or preserve for future disclosure – your information if we believe, after due consideration, that doing so is reasonably necessary to comply with a law, regulation, or valid legal process. If we are going to release your information, we will do our best to provide you with notice in advance via cathartic.co private messaging system unless we are prohibited by court order from doing so (e.g., an order under 18 U.S.C. § 2705(b)).

your information may be disclosed by us in an emergency or to keep our services running

Other extraordinary circumstances may require disclosure: we may also disclose your information when we believe it's necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily harm to a person; to address fraud, security, or spam; or to protect our rights or property.

cookie policy

Cookies are small data files placed on your computer by websites you visit in order to help them remember certain information about you. At cathartic.co, we set only a cookie for tracking user authentication

california's "do not track" law

cathartic.co’s website does not currently respond to a Do Not Track ("DNT") or similar signal as it awaits the results of efforts by the policy and legal community to determine the meaning of DNT and the proper way to respond. cathartic.co does not allow other parties to collect personally identifiable information from users on cathartic.co.

authentication cookies

When you log into your account, cathartic.co will place a cookie for the sole purpose of creating this session. It contains your user id and hashed authentication information.

disabling cookies

Most browsers include an option to clear existing cookies or reject new ones. However, if you do this, portions of the cathartic.co website may not function as intended.

data security

cathartic.co will make every effort to secure any private information submitted to us by our users. However, no data transmission over the internet is completely secure, so we cannot guarantee the absolute security of this data. You use the service at your own risk, and are responsible for taking reasonable measures to secure your account (such as carefully maintaining the secrecy of your password).

children under 13

Although we welcome users from all walks of life, cathartic.co is not aimed at children, and the United States government has put limits on our ability to accept users under a certain age through the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. Individuals under the age of 13 may not create an account with us. If you believe someone 12 or younger is using our site without parental consent, please contact us.

changes to this policy

We reserve the right to change this policy to meet the changing needs of cathartic.co, or for any other reason. If we make changes, we will notify our users. Where the changes substantially alters your rights, notice will appear prominently on your front page. More minor changes may only be highlighted by the privacy policy link in the footer of our website.

contact

cathartic.co welcomes questions, concerns, and feedback about this policy. Please feel free to contact us.