PHP Search Engine - Yioop! - Privacy Policy

What information is collected by Yioop

This privacy policy covers the website yioop.com hereafter known as Yioop. Yioop collects information from users when they register an account, perform account activities, create groups, post messages to groups, edit wiki pages, or perform searches.

The Yioop software is freely available for download at SeekQuarry and can be used to understand in detail exactly what information is stored by the Yioop web app. One can verify from this source code that the app itself does not transmit data to third parties. For registration, account purposes, and to maintain the integrity of the Yioop site, Yioop does keep track of a user IP addresses and may store email and other personal information such as Full Name. Data posted to Yioop groups or written to the wiki and read by more than one person might become public knowledge. The search facility in Yioop does not associate search query results with IP addresses or user identification.

The Yioop.com website is served using a web server. As is standard for most web server software, log file entries are generated for requests made to the web server. Log file entries are also generated when an error occurs with a request or within the web server. As an example of the format of an access log entry consider:
99.88.77.66 - - [17/Mar/2012:19:00:00 -0700] 
   "GET /index.php?q=secrets&limit=80 HTTP/1.1" 
   200 34940 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (My Super Browser)"
Such an entry has an IP address, a date, a query, and a User-agent. From the IP address one can determine the geographic location of the person making the query. The User-agent can be used to reveal if you are coming from a web browser (human) or are a web spider (non-human). All of the above information could in theory be correlated across multiple requests to the website. Thus, your queries made to Yioop could potentially be revealing.

In addition to Web Server logs, a computer as part of its daily operations stores temporary and less temporary files which may contain some of the information related to the web server's operation, and so might also contain information about requests made by a user on Yioop!.

Finally, Yioop!, since it is a search engine, has a crawler component. This component downloads pages from various web sites. You may be the owner of such a site, and despite the best efforts on the Yioop team's part to make sure that Yioop! only crawls sites it is allowed to, it might have inadvertently downloaded some content you would prefer it didn't.

How information collected by Yioop is used

The purpose of this site is to demonstrate the Yioop software. Queries performed on Yioop are not sold to third parties. Nor is user registration data sold or group posts or wiki files of private groups data mined. We reserve the right to index and mine public group data. Aggregated statistics of queries are generated to help make future versions of Yioop! better. As an example of software that analyzes web log statistics one can look at awstats/ This kind of software can be used to rotate the access logs and even discard older logs after a time interval. By default, access logs for Yioop! are currently discarded after one month. If we need to investigate a website intrusion, or if required by law enforcement, we reserve the right to retain these records and any other collected data longer. Information about the behavior of non-human users of Yioop (spiders) might be discussed on public forums.

If you are a content provider, and find that there is data in the search results or in public groups or wikis for which you are the copyright holder that you would not like available through Yioop, you can contact chris@pollett.org to ask that your data be block from search results or taken down from the groups or wikis in question.
 
Previous versions of this privacy policy can be found by browsing under the Seekquarry ViewGit pages looking at different version yp_app/configs/public_help_pages.php.