Data Use Policy

Why isn't this a "Privacy Policy"?

Many websites link to their “privacy policies” from their homepages, but those policies are less about describing how much privacy they offer and more about how they plan to use your data. We believe that it is important to be transparent that this policy is a promise about how we will use the data you leave when you visit this site, but neither this promise nor the promise of any other site gives you full privacy.

The Data Use Policy is a compulsory legal disclosure of how a website operator collects, retains and shares personally identifiable information. In other words, it’s often a list of ways your personal data is not private and under their control. There are legitimate reasons that people and organisations running websites need to keep data about your visits. We limit the data that we keep to only what we need for maintaining the site and satisfying legal and funding-related reporting requirements.

Visiting the Data Detox Kit

The Data Detox Kit is operated by Tactical Tech, a non-profit operating from Berlin, Germany and is governed by EU Data law.

When you visit this site, we collect information about your visit of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available. This is information like:

  • what kind of device you are using (phone or computer),
  • which browser you are using,
  • the language preference of your browser,
  • the site that linked you here, if one did,
  • the date and time of each visit.

We do this to better understand how people use the site and so we can fix problems with the site when they arise. From time to time, we also release reports that include very general information about who visits this site, like the total number of visitors or which countries or other websites comprise the most visits.

We also collect information that is unique to you, like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. We use this information to protect our servers from misuse. We do not use this information to identify Data Detox Kit visitors.

We may collect statistics about the behaviour of visitors to the Data Detox Kit. For instance, the Data Detox Kit may reveal how many visitors complete the full kit and how long they interact with the site. We do this so that we can figure out how we can improve the Kit.

We collect this information using open source analytics software, which we host ourselves. This means that even the people who wrote the software do not see any of your information. We do not partner with third parties to collect this information, nor do we share information with third parties, with the exception of the release of non-personally-identifying information in formats described above.

Using the Kit and Related Services

Occasionally, we may link to other Tactical Tech projects from this site. Sometimes, these features will encourage engagement with other Tactical Tech projects in a way that requires collecting personally-identifying information, like providing an email address so that we can send you updates that you have decided that you want to receive. In each case, Tactical Tech collects such information only as is necessary or appropriate to fulfil the purpose of the visitor’s interaction.

You can always refuse to supply your unique information or withdraw your consent at any time. This may prevent you from fully engaging in certain activities, but we try hard to make as much of our content available without any kind of barrier. Any way that you chose to engage with a Tactical Tech site is voluntary and will not affect your use of the Data Detox Kit. Through your use of the Data Detox Kit itself, you will not be asked to provide personally identifying information.

Cookies and how the Data Detox Kit takes you to where you last were

An internet cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer. The next time that browser visits a website set up to access that cookie, the cookie sends information to the website. Different cookies contain different kinds and amounts of information. Cookies play a roll in lots of different things from tracking you across sites, to loading accessability preferences, to keeping you logged into websites and services. Just like real cookies, some are worth eating and others are unhealthy and not delicious enough to be part of your life.

We use cookies to help the site identify and track visitors, their usage of the Kit, and their website access preferences. This lets us show you the kit in the language of your choice and direct you to the last step you visited. We do not keep track of that information. Instead, the cookie lets you store that locally and delete it any time you want.

Data Detox Kit visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using this site. The Data Detox Kit uses local storage and cookies to store your progress state when interacting with the site. This is stored in your browser. At no point is this transmitted to a remote server or associated with your browsing activity.

In the event that you choose to use the Data Detox Kit in a web browser with blocked cookies, we have designed the Kit to remain as functional and feature-complete as possible. If you choose to use the Data Detox Kix without cookies, you will need to keep track of your progress yourself and navigate to the next day manually.


The Data Detox Kit is an interactive web app that shows your progress as you use it. We use JavaScript in your web browser as well as popular open source frameworks to make this happen.

At this time, the Data Detox Kit requires JavaScript. It is not possible to access the web app or its content without a JavaScript-capable browser. Should you choose to disable JavaScript, you will not be able to access the Data Detox Kit.

Changes to this Policy

Although most changes are likely to be minor, we may change the Data Detox Kit Data Use Policy from time to time, in responce to legal and technical changes and at our discretion. We encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to this Data Use Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Data Use Policy constitutes your acceptance of these change.


All questions related to the data use policies of the Data Detox Kit should be directed in writing to the Tactical Tech Data Protection Officer.

Reusing this Data Use Policy

You are welcome to reuse and be inspired by this Data Use Policy after making sure it complies with the way your website tracks, uses and discloses users' information.

This document was last updated 25 May 2018.

Last updated on: 10/6/2019