The Green Web Foundation (TGWF) is a foundation based in the Wagingen, in the Netherlands. We run this website (thegreenwebfoundation.org), and the sites on its subdomains.
This policy explains how we gather, and use data to provide our services, and understand how they are used.
Accessing our websites
Information collected automatically
When you use our websites we automatically collect information about your visit. This helps us understand how to improve our site and services. This data collection does not identify you personally.
This data is stored indefinitely, and we run this ourselves on our servers. No third parties have access to this data.
Information you provide
We collect your email address, and a username when we create an account for you, so you can update info about hosting providers and datacentres. We use this to identify you, when signing in to make updates.
Using the Green Web Browser Extensions and Addons
When you use one of the Green Web browser plugins, the following information is sent to the Green Web API automatically:
- the domain of the current page you are on – this shows if the current page runs on green power or not
- the domain of any links on the page – this shows if sites linked to run on green power
Nothing else is sent to TGWF servers, and you can’t be identified by sending this data.
What is retained, and why
Once the information about the urls is returned to be displayed in your browser, we retain the following information:
- the domains that were checked
- the time of the check, at the resolution of the nearest minute
We use this to track changes to how servers behind a given domain name are powered, over time as part of our mission to speed a transition to an internet running on green power.
Since there is not a moment in the day that we have less then dozens different users per minute (on average around 20.000 checks per hour are carried out as we write) there is way to connect these sites to a certain user.
Nothing else is stored about the request, and nor anything that links a user to checking a specific domain.
Transparency and open source
Other access data.
To help prevent abuse of our services , we retain access logs at the server level, for a period of 21 days. These record:
- The time of the request
- The request sent
- The status
- That type of device sent (specifically, the user agent)
We track this to identify patterns in usage that may affect the ability for services to function – for example, if one user is making so many requests that it stops the API working for others.
After the retention period, we delete these logs.
Protection of Personally-Identifying Information
TGWF will not rent, sell or give away potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone.
TGWF takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
TGWF may compile statistical data about the behavior of uses of the offered services.
For instance, TGWF may reveal how many downloads a particular version got, or say which versions or websites are most popular based on checks from api.thegreenwebfoundation.org, a web service used by the Green Web addons to check the greenness of websites.
None of these statements will however be linked to personally-identifying information in any steps of the aggregation process.