CyberiaIRC Privacy Notice

("CyberiaIRC", "we" or "our") is a free and open IRC network, operated by individuals around the world. IRC gives users as complete control as possible about their own data, which is why we describe our network as privacy respecting. We do however not comply with regulations as they are defined in the GDPR or similar laws.

This privacy notice is intended to inform you about your privacy within CyberiaIRC. We want you to be aware and in control of your freedom, for that you need to know what data and metadata you are carrying with you.

Changes to this privacy notice will be announced within CyberiaIRC as a wallops message. A link to this privacy notice is mentioned in the message of the day (MOTD).

We strongly advise you to not connect to CyberiaIRC if you have a problem in understanding this privacy notice. You should always be aware of what data you share. If you have questions that you would like to ask before you connect, do so in the form of sending an email to us.

What is IRC

IRC, short for Internet Relay Chat, is a protocol. It is commonly used to communicate in the form of text. Communication is possible one-on-one as well as in groups, which are commonly referred to as channels. You are connecting to an IRC network by using an IRC client such as irssi or weechat. We recommend you to choose an IRC client that respects your freedom. Your IRC client should be transparent to you in what data it shares with IRC networks and any possible third parties.

Text communication

Everything you send within CyberiaIRC must be considered received by the recipient(s). They have received a copy of your message. You can not take this copy away from them. This is very similar to offline communication or technology that provides a way to do voice calls.

IRC does therefore also not give you any way to "delete", "edit", "redact" or "remove" sent messages. We believe such functinality leads to a wrong sense of security and privacy.

Data collecting, processing and retention

Connection

CyberiaIRC is aware of your connection data (IPv4/IPv6 address and port from which a connection originates) for as long as your connection to it is alive. If you connect within Tor to our Hidden Services, CyberiaIRC will not know about your IPv4/IPv6 address and port.

Clearnet connections are always secured with TLS between your IRC client and the server within CyberiaIRC to which you make the connection. Connections to a Tor Hidden Service are encrypted by Tor, regardless of whether you have configured TLS in your IRC client.

Identity

Your IRC client can set a nickname, username and realname as your online identity. This data is stored for as long as the connection between your IRC client and CyberiaIRC is alive. You control this data in the settings of your IRC client. CyberiaIRC does not modify this data.

Nicknames and usernames can stay on CyberiaIRC beyond the time of your connection.

Metadata and additional protocols

IRC tries to be very simple and minimal. Despite that there is still some additional metadata stored within CyberiaIRC for as long as the connection from CyberiaIRC to your IRC client is alive:

Data access

CyberiaIRC does not enforce location based access restrictions. Everyone on the Internet can connect and use CyberiaIRC as long as it is in compliance with our network and channel rules. Access to CyberiaIRC is a privilege, not a right. We can remove your access to CyberiaIRC at any time at our network operators discretion.

Connection

IRC network operators are able to view connection data.

Identity

Everyone within CyberiaIRC can access your provided IRC identity if they are aware of your nickname. This is done via the WHOIS and WHO command.

Metadata and additional protocols

Data usage

Data is used by CyberiaIRC for the following reasons:

This allows CyberiaIRC to host and operate an IRC network for the general public.

Data transfer

CyberiaIRC server computers may be around the world and outside of the country where you live.

Data requests

Data requests include portability, correction and erasure.

We do not have any connection data after your stay. Data requests can therefore only result in information if you are still connected to CyberiaIRC by the time the request is processed.

Contact

Enquiries regarding this privacy notice and all further questions should be addressed via email to ircmaster@cyberia.is, to be handled by our staff.