Privacy

Updated 2023-07-27

When you submit a bench to the site (thanks, BTW!) you agree to publish the photos as Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0). Please note, we do not store any of your personal data.

Data Collected

In order to detect automated abuse, and to ensure that the service can operate efficiently, we record the following information:

In order to display images on the site, we record the following information:

  • The date and time of your submission.
  • All the meta-data in your photo.
    • Including the location where the photo was taken.
    • It may also include details about your camera.
    • This data will be available to anyone who views the photos.
  • If you choose to sign in with Twitter, GitHub, LinkedIn, WordPress, or Facebook we record your username, display name, and your ID number from the service. You do not have to use these third party services to upload bench photos. You may do so anonymously.

That’s it! We don’t place any cookies in your browser, or track you around the web. We don’t have advertising, we don’t know who you are – and that’s the way we like it!

You do not have an account with us. We do not store any of your personal data and, as such, have nothing of yours to delete. If you wish to delete your Twitter, GitHub, LinkedIn, WordPress, or Facebook accounts – you will need to contact those services directly. Deleting your account with a third-party service will not remove the photos and inscriptions your have uploaded here.

Comments

If you choose to leave a comment, we will record the name you enter (which does not have to be your real name) and your IP address. You may optionally choose to add your homepage’s web address.

We manually moderate all comments and may choose to publish, edit, or delete your comment. If your comment is published, it will include the name you entered and the website address (if any).

Because we don’t ask for identifying information, we cannot associate a comment with a data subject.

3rd Party Services

If you choose to sign in, we use Auth0 – read their privacy policy.

If you sign in with Twitter, all we know is your username. We can’t see your email address. We don’t know your password. We cannot post Tweets on your timeline. We can’t read your Direct Messages. Update July 2023 – Twitter have changed their API settings and now we have to ask for read and write permissions. We do not want to do this, but we have no choice. Because with use Auth0 for authentication, we do not ever see the API token which is generated – so we cannot use the write permission. If you are worried about this, we strongly suggest you use one of the other login services or post anonymously.

If you sign in with GitHub, all we know is your username. We cannot edit your code. We can’t alter your profile. We can’t see your email address. We don’t know your password.

If you sign in with Facebook, all we know is your username. We cannot post to your profile.  We can’t mine your data. We can’t see your email address. We don’t know your password.

If you sign in with LinkedIn, all we know is your username. We cannot post to your profile.  We can’t mine your data. We can’t see your email address. We don’t know your password.

If you sign in with WordPress.com, all we know is your username. We cannot post to your profile.  We can’t mine your data. We can’t see your email address. We don’t know your password.

For the automatic text detection, your browser will send your image to Google’s Cloud Vision Service.

Our maps are drawn using ESRI, StadiaMaps, OpenStreetMap, and Thunderforest – depending on which map view you choose. Each have their own privacy policy.

Image proxy service uses weserv.nl.

Other people’s privacy

  • Please don’t upload identifiable photos of living people without their permission.
  • Avoid uploading photos of car licence plates if possible.
  • Be respectful – these benches are memorials to loved ones.