I am coming to this forum merely as a guest now. Before being able to register as a user, I saw myself required to read the privacy declaration. Concerning the collection of usage data, it says: “We collect information from you when you register on our site and gather data when you participate in the forum by reading, writing, and evaluating the content shared here.”
So, when I register as a user, log in and read in the forum, my moves there might all be tracked automatically? That is not precisely how I would imagine being member of a forum, I’m afraid.
Simply using the forum, one might not even be aware of what happens in the background. As users, we have no means of perceiving how our user account is being treated technically. We can only rely on what the privacy declaration says (as far as we take the time to read it).
As member of a forum, I would enjoy, if my postings could be read with certain attention. I don’t call for attention on what I am reading or how I do it. Now, unfortunately something like this seems to be happening here as the privacy declaration suggests: “We […] gather data when you participate in the forum by reading […]”. So, any member just reading in the forum, might be followed on their path through the different threads and themes. Actually, when I am reading, I would rather prefer not have anyone looking over my shoulder and taking notes, when or how I am finding my way across a set of written messages.
To be clear, I don’t see much danger for me personally here at the moment. Now, I probably won’t want to offer much information about myself anyway. But, as you might understand, I also do not have a broad basis for giving recommendations to others now, unfortunately. Reading the privacy declaration, I actually found myself losing most of my enthusiasm about taking part in the forum. My initial joy about joining the discussion rapidly started fading away, when I realized it required moving into a zone of regular usage recording.
Only after some time I managed to convince myself to register here, so at least there would be an opportunity to share some of my considerations about background user tracking. Now, with a strong emphasis on privacy in the DeltaChat concept, I think it might be interesting or even essential to observe how this possible could be realized also regarding internet collaboration, as for example in this forum.