Imprint, Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Version 2.0.0, dated 8 October 2017.

Operator information according to § 5 TMG

Thorsten Claus Gibbenhey 2 44227 Dortmund


1. preface

Societas-Diaspora is an installation of the software of the diaspora* project. The source code of the software is openly available for anyone to view, download, use and distribute.

diaspora* is a decentralised social network that allows users to share content, exchange information and have fun.

2 Liability for content, links and everything else

The operator of the platform wants to ensure a free exchange of information. The liability for content created by users - posts, messages and more - lies with the user. The operator is in no way liable.

Users are requested not to publish content that violates laws applicable in the Federal Republic of Germany. If content violates laws and the operator is made aware of this, the operator will contact the user, also publicly, and ask for clarification of the problem and, if necessary, deletion of the content. If there is no other possibility, the operator will delete the content.

In addition to the removal of contributions relevant to criminal law, the operator reserves the right to remove content which is on the edge of legality or which cannot be clearly classified, after giving notice. This definition includes in particular but not exclusively pornographic (and possibly erotic) depictions of minors, even if these do not meet the legal definition of "child pornographic writings".

Content previously deleted by the operator or after the operator's request is listed here. This list will be updated on an ongoing basis.

3. liability for failures and loss of data

The operator makes every effort to operate the platform as free of interruptions and losses as possible. However, no liability is assumed for this.

4. copyright

The copyright for texts, images and other media that a user can upload to {{pod name}} remains with the user. There is no transfer to the operator of the pod.

If a user knowingly or unknowingly infringes valid copyright, the user must be notified of this. Contact details can be obtained from the operator.

5. data protection

It is important to the operator to protect the data of the users. No data will be evaluated by the operator or passed on to third parties, unless the disclosure is legally enforced. In such a case, the following data may be passed on:

  • Username
  • e-mail address
  • IP address and time of last login

For data sent to other diaspora* pods or to external services such as Twitter, the operator cannot make any statements. Here, the data protection regulations of the respective platform must be observed.

Unfortunately, nothing is perfect, not even diaspora*. The operator can therefore not exclude the possibility that data may be accessed through security gaps and attacks on the systems. In the event of data loss, the operator will inform the users.

6 Social principles

In the network of diaspora* it is not possible to ban users or content from the network due to the decentralised and distributed nature of the software. In order to ensure a common togetherness across pod boundaries, the project team of the software maintains rules for dealing with each other. These rules can be viewed on the project's official website and are provided in a variety of languages.

A pleasant climate and friendly and open interaction with each other are important to the operator of this pod. Content that violates the social principles of the project, as well as users who publish such content, can be deleted by the operator after a prior warning. Corresponding deletions will also be included in the list referenced under point 2.


These terms of use are based on the template of the Geraspora team, which was published under the CC-BY.

Translated with (free version)

Our privacy policy applies to information we collect when you use or access our website located at and social networking services, or just interact with us. We may change this privacy policy from time to time. Whenever we make changes to this privacy policy, the changes are effective six (6) weeks after we post the revised privacy policy to our website (as indicated by revising the date at the top of our privacy policy). We encourage you to review our privacy policy whenever you access our services to stay informed about our information practices and the ways you can help protect your privacy.

Collection of Information

Information You Provide to Us

We collect information you provide directly to us. For example, we collect information when you create an account, subscribe, participate in any interactive features of our services, fill out a form, request customer support or otherwise communicate with us. The types of information we may collect include your name (real of fake), email address and other contact or identifying information you choose to provide.

Information We Collect Automatically When You Use the Services

When you access or use our services, we automatically collect information about you, including:

Log Information
We may log information about your use of our services, including the type of browser you use, access times, pages viewed, your IP address and the page you visited before navigating to our services.
Device Information
We may collect information about the computer you use to access our services, including the hardware model, and operating system and version.

Use of Information

We do not use your information for serving up ads.

We may use information about you for various purposes, including to:

  • Provide, maintain and improve our services;
  • Send you technical notices, updates, security alerts and support and administrative messages;
  • Respond to your comments, questions and requests;
  • Communicate with you about societas diaspora*-related news and information;
  • Monitor and analyze trends, usage and activities in connection with our services; and
  • Personalize and improve our services.

Sharing of Information

Remember, we don't share your information with advertisers.

We may share personal information about you as follows:

  • If we believe disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request;
  • To enforce applicable user agreements or policies, including our terms of service; and to protect societas diaspora*, our users or the public from harm or illegal activities;
  • In connection with any merger, sale of societas diaspora* assets, financing or acquisition of all or a portion of our business to another company or individual; and
  • If we notify you through our services (or in our privacy policy) that the information you provide will be shared in a particular manner and you provide such information.

We may also share aggregated or anonymized information that does not directly identify you.

Third Party Analytics

We may allow third parties to provide analytics services. These third parties may use cookies, web beacons and other technologies to collect information about your use of the services and other websites, including your IP address, web browser, pages viewed, time spent on pages, links clicked and conversion information. This information may be used by the Service and third parties to, among other things, analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content and other websites and better understand your online activity. Our privacy policy does not apply to, and we are not responsible for, third party cookies, web beacons or other tracking technologies and we encourage you to check the privacy policies of these third parties to learn more about their privacy practices.


societas diaspora* takes reasonable measures to help protect personal information from loss, theft, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction.

Your Information Choices

Account Information

You may update, correct or delete information about you at any time by logging into your online account and modifying your personal profile. You may also delete your account at will via the settings page, but note that we may retain certain information as required by law or for legitimate business purposes. We may also retain cached or archived copies of your information for a certain period of time, for example in backup archives.


Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove or reject browser cookies. Please note that if you choose to remove or reject cookies, this could affect the availability and functionality of our services.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please contact us at the email address