How does Ugmuscle collect data about me?

Ugmuscle collects data about you:

  • when you browse our website or forum

  • when you create and use an account on Ugmuscle

  • when you post, send private messages, and otherwise participate on Ugmuscle

Ugmuscle collects data when you use forums powered by Discourse, whether you use the forums using a web browser on your own computer, or use Discourse’s apps for mobile devices.

Ugmuscle does not buy or otherwise receive data about you from data brokers.

What data does Ugmuscle collect about me, and why?

Ugmuscle collects data about visits to forums.

When you visit the forum that Ugmuscle hosts, whether you have an account or not, the forum uses cookies, server logs, and other methods to collect data about what pages you visit and when.

Ugmuscle uses data about how you use the website to:

  • optimize the forum, so that it’s quick and easy to use

  • diagnose and debug technical errors

  • defend the forum from abuse and technical attacks

  • compile statistics on forum and topic popularity

  • compile statistics on the kinds of software and computers visitors use

Ugmuscle usually stores data about how you use the forum in identifiable form for just a few weeks. In special circumstances, like extended investigations about technical attacks, Ugmuscle may preserve log data longer, for analysis. Ugmuscle stores aggregate statistics about use of the forum for as long as Ugmuscle hosts the forum, but those statistics don’t include data identifiable to you personally.

Ugmuscle collects account data.

Many features of the forum require a forum account. For example, the forum that Ugmuscle hosts require an account to post and reply to topics.

To sign up for a forum account, Discourse requires your name, a user name, and an e-mail address.

Ugmuscle uses your account data to identify you on the forum and to create pages specific to you, such as your profile page. If the forum is public, Ugmuscle publishes your account data according to the our administrator’s configuration. If the forum is access-restricted, Ugmuscle makes your account data available to everyone who can access the forum, according to our administrator’s configuration.

Ugmuscle uses your e-mail address to:

  • notify you about posts and other activity on the forum

  • reset your password and help keep your account secure

  • contact you in special circumstances related to your account

  • contact you about legal requests, like DMCA takedown requests

You may provide additional data for your account, like a short biography, your location, or your birthday, on the profile settings page for your account. Ugmuscle makes that data available to others who can access the forum. You don’t have to provide this additional information, and you can erase it at any time.

Ugmuscle stores your account data as long as your account remains open.

Ugmuscle collects data about posts and other activity on the forum.

Ugmuscle collects the content of your posts, plus data about bookmarks, likes, and links you follow in order to share that data with others, through the forum. If the forum is public, Ugmuscle publishes your activity. If the forum is access-restricted, or access restrictions apply to the specific post, Ugmuscle makes your activity available only to users permitted to see it.

Ugmuscle also collects data about private messages that you send through the forum. Ugmuscle makes private messages available to senders and their recipients, and also to forum administrators.

Ugmuscle stores your posts and other activity as long as your account remains open.

Ugmuscle uses cookies.

HTTP cookies are small bits of data that websites, like Discourse forums, send to your computer when you visit. When you return to those websites, your computer sends the cookies on your computer back to the website.

Have a look at the privacy notice for your specific forum to find out which cookies that forum uses. By default, all Discourse forums use these cookies:

Name Essential Expires Purpose
email Yes Session remembers your e-mail as you create an account
destination_url Yes Session helps redirect you to your requested page after logging in
sso_destination_url Yes Session helps redirect you to your request page after single sign on
authentication_data Yes Next Page View temporarily stores user information during login flows
theme_key Yes Forever remembers your theme personalization if you don’t tick “Make this my default theme on all my devices”
cn Yes Next Page View temporarily stores notification read state
_bypass_cache Yes Session allows the server-side cache to be bypassed during login flows
_t Yes 1440 Hours remembers who you are when you log in
_forum_session Yes Session associates an ID, and other security-related information, with your browsing session
dosp Yes Next Page View enables client denial of service protection, a security protection
__profilin No Session used by software developers to bypass rack-mini-profiler

Ugmuscle also use cookies from Google. Refer to Google’s page on Google Analytics cookies for the latest details.

Your web browser can show you the cookies you have for any website and help you manage them.

How can I make choices about data collection?

You can make choices about how data about you is used on the settings page for your account. When a forum uses access restrictions that vary by category, you can choose who will see your post by choosing the appropriate category.

Most web browsers let you make choices about whether to accept cookies, for specific websites or more generally. has instructions for many different web browsers. and have more information specifically about cookies used for advertising.

Ugmuscle does not respond to the Do Not Track HTTP header.

Where does Ugmuscle store data about me?

Ugmuscle store data in Ugmuscle’s data centers in Europe. At times Ugmuscle stores data in data centers in other jurisdictions, such as offshore locations.

Does Ugmuscle comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation?

Ugmuscle respects privacy rights under Regulation (EU) 2016/679, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Information that GDPR requires Ugmuscle to give can be found throughout this privacy notice. So can information about specific rights, like access, rectification, erasure, data portability, and objection to automated decision-making.

What about Schrems II?

The July 16, 2020 ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union in case C-311/18, known as “Schrems II”, invalidated the US-EU Privacy Shield program as a legal basis for “exporting” personal data about EU residents outside the EU. The decision turned on concerns about United States national security and surveillance laws, such as section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, that might affect personal data of EU residents. Schrems II confirmed that standard contractual clauses could still be a legal basis for exporting data, but cast doubt on whether signing those clauses with companies subject to US law would provide enough practical protection to EU residents.


  • Ugmuscle processes personal data on servers located outside the European Union.

  • Ugmuscle no longer participates in Privacy Shield.

  • Ugmuscle’s standard data processing addendum continues to incorporate the standard contractual clauses. Ugmuscle is following news on the “new standard contractual clauses” published by the European Commission in draft form late in 2020.

  • Ugmuscle has never received any order or request for personal data under FISA 702 or any similar national security or surveillance law of any other country.

  • Ugmuscle has adopted a policy for how we will respond to those orders and requests, in case we ever receive one. Ugmuscle will suspend processing, notify the member of the forum data is requested on, minimize disclosure, and resist disclosure of personal data, all as the law allows.

Where can I access data about me?

You can see your account data at any time by visiting your account page on the forum. Your account page also lists your posts and other activity on the forum.

Your account activity page also includes a link to download all of your activity in standard comma-separated values format.

How can I change or erase data about me?

You can change your account data at any time by visiting the profile settings page for your account. The settings may also allow you to close your account, on the settings page for your account. Closing your account starts a process of erasing or anonymizing Ugmuscle’s records of data you provided for your account. Forum administrators can also erase and anonymize accounts.

You are also be able to edit or anonymize your posts. When you edit posts, Ugmuscle will keep all versions of your posts.

Does Ugmuscle make automated decisions based on data about me?

Ugmuscle classifies posts as spam automatically.

Ugmuscle uses data about your posts and other activity on many forums to make automated decisions about whether your posts to Ugmuscle are spam.

If you think a post has been wrongly blocked or removed, contact an administrator. They can override the decision that a post was spam.

Ugmuscle uses data about posts and activity to set trust levels automatically.

Ugmuscle may use data about your posts and activity to award you badges and calculate a trust level for your account. Your trust level may affect how you can participate in the forum, such as whether you can upload images, as well as give you access to moderation and management powers in the forum. Your trust level therefore reflects forum administrators’ confidence in you, and their willingness to delegate community management functions, like moderation.

If you think your trust level has been set incorrectly, contact an administrator.

Does Ugmuscle share data about me with others?

Ugmuscle does not share account data outside of what is mentioned in account data.

Ugmuscle shares data about your posts and other forum activity with others as mentioned in the section about forum data.

Ugmuscle does not sell or give information about you to other companies or services. However, Ugmuscle does use services from other companies like to process emails. The companies behind those services may collect data about you on their own, for their own purposes. Some of these services may be used to collect information about your online activities across different websites. All of these services are based in the United States.

Service Description
Google Analytics Compiles visitor statistics. You can opt out of Google Analytics using a browser extension.
Cloudflare Provides a content delivery network of servers that host copies of content like images and website files, so that users around the world can download them quickly, from servers close to where they are.

Other individuals and companies may also reuse data about you that Ugmuscle publishes, such as your posts to public forums. We do not have any control of others abusing the site and taking content unlawfully.

How can I contact Ugmuscle about privacy?

You can send questions and complaints to:

[email protected]

How can I find out about changes?

This version of Ugmuscle’s privacy questions and answers will update as required.