Who we are
Huntsville Hobby Network is a public research project that aims to provide the town with a research network for weather, science and general research use. The resources our project offers are provided free of charge to any groups or individuals who are in town doing research projects or wish to access our resources.
We are doing this in an attempt to create an environment supportive of science research and to encourage people to do projects that tie together weather, outdoors, computer networks and more.
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
Our project makes use of video recording and automatic photography. It is our policy to delete any footage and photos containing people who we do not have written permission to have photography of. If you wish to have your photo on the project website or in the project’s media content, you must give us a written and dated letter that is signed by yourself and a witness, provided with contact information for both parties. If we do not have a letter for the above use, the media will be deleted at production time. (The WX camera provided by the project uses an internal memory card and holds three days worth of photos until we can retrieve the photos over the network.)
Furthermore on our media policy, due to the location and nature of our project, the town of Huntsville (e.g. townhall and supporting officers) are granted royalty free use of the photography generated by the project, as long as credit is given to “Huntsville Hobby Network, 2019” or “HHN 2019” for short. As long as credit is given properly, they (Huntsville, ON / ‘townhall’) may use the photos and other media as they wish without contacting us.
Contact and Registry Forms
Any contact, text and registry forms are treated the same as comments. The data, minus email addresses, are made public and are viewable by anyone accessing our website. Do not post sensitive information to our website and keep what you do submit to us limited to research projects, the research network, and any suggestions for the project.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
We reserve the right to collect certain data such as, but not limited to, IP address, IP address geo-location, textual data submitted, imagery submitted, project results, project pages, project data, usernames registered with our website, comments submitted, and the like-data for our internal analytics use. If you do not agree to this, stop use of the project’s website at once and do not submit any information to us.
Who we share your data with
Data privacy is important to us. But do to the very nature of this project and the fact that the project is being treated as a public experiment, any and all data submitted to us (minus email addresses) may be viewable by all other users of our website.
Furthermore, due to the nature of our project, we may be required to release complete information to law enforcement if any ill-intent or ill-conduct is conducted via the research network. We reserve our right to turn over all data to the proper authorities if such is requested of us.
And lastly, pertaining to your use of the research network. The research network is a public network that any user with the proper equipment may connect to, use and extend as they wish. Do not use the research network in any way to transmit or receive sensitive data, as other users on the network may be able to view all traffic as it passes. The network is not secured in any way and should be treated accordingly.
How Long We Retain Your Data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
For users of the network, we cannot fully control the entire research network. Users are able to expand, add and remove services, conduct their own research projects via the network, and access all resources provided on the network. Please be aware that when you use services provided by another user, services not controlled by the project itself, you do not have control over how long that data is stored or used without contacting the network user providing those resources. Do not upload or transfer any sensitive data using the research network.
For users of the network, when you are using services officially provided by the project itself, you may request any files or research documents uploaded (if possible, we currently do not offer file storage services) be removed from the network resources that the project itself has control of. We cannot, however, force services provided by other network users to remove any data and such users of services should contact the network user providing those resources.
What Rights You Have Over Your Data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us on this website. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you on this website. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
For network users, we currently do not provide any data storage services on the network resources that project itself provides. Should we ever provide some form of file or data storage, you can email the project staff to have your files and data removed. Please be aware, that if you are using storage services provided by another network user, you will have to contact them to have your data removed from their services; we only retain control over services officially provided by the project itself.
Where We Send Your Data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service, viewed by website visitors, and released to law enforcement or township authorities as requested.
For network users, data such as research documents, project results, usage data and any submitted media may be released to law enforcement or the township authorities as requested. Please be aware, that if you are using services provided by another network user, we cannot assess how they will use or release your submitted data. We only retain control over network resources officially provided by the project itself.
Your Contact Information
The contact information that you submit to our website is to be used by the project when our project staff need to contact you via email about your network use or research projects that are using the research network, updates about the research network and if we need to send you a request to stop your use of the research network.
Outside of that use case, the only time we will release your contact information is when law enforcement or township authorities request the information for their use.
The research network is treated as a public entity. Any user with the proper gear can connect to the network, use network resources, provide network resources and view network traffic. The research network is an insecure network is should be treated as such. Users of the research network should take caution to the wind and make sure that they employ the latest OS/Firmware security patches, only accept data transmitted across the network from other users they know and trust, only share data with network users they known and trust. The project will not accept any liability for software or hardware damages caused by accessing the research network. Users are expected to make the effort to protect themselves, as with any public network, ill-intent computer code could be transmitted. By connecting to the research network, users are acknowledging that they understand and accept such.
Do You Provide Internet Access Via The Research Network
We do not, and will not, provide internet access via the research network. We consider this a risk to the project goals and have decided that internet access will not be offered via the network resources provided by the project itself due to security concerns and that providing such access would increase the administrative load on the staff to beyond what we can handle.
Furthermore, we ask that network users do not provide internet access to the network in any form. If you are doing such, you, the user providing such access, agree to be held responsible for any issues and/or concerns that may arise from you providing such access to the network.
One of the issues that has forced our hand on this is that most internet connections do not allow sharing the connection outside of your home; another issue that has forced our hand on this is that our network has a limited data rate that must be shared among users. 100Mbps is the total, good signal level, good line of sight, network speed that has to be shared among all research network users. Users providing or using any moderate level of internet access on the research network could cut into the usable bandwidth and create pockets of bad experience for other users.
Another set of issues that plagues the internet access issues is that the network is made open to the public as a whole, with no security. Anyone could potentially see any other user’s data at any time. It just is not a good idea.
Simply put, do not ask. The Huntsville Hobby Network is not currently open to considering providing any form of internet access to the network and actively discourages users from providing or using such services on the research network.
What Decision Making and/or Profiling Do We Do With User Data
We reserve the right to inspect network traffic for the purposes of planning upgrades, adjusting quality of service rules, restricting access to problem users where possible, adjusting network parameters and other administrative task within project. The Huntsville Hobby Network needs to maintain fair access between all users and we use the following data to help us in our planning and decision making: we request and keep data on file from outside research projects making use of the network, we review network logs to spot high usage users and lower their access rate if needed, we use network logs to spot troublesome users and restrict their access to the network, we use traffic analysis to help us plan capacity upgrades and routing changes, we use traffic analysis to help us have insight to how outside research projects are using the network, and lastly, we reserve the right to review network traffic and data flow in any way that helps the project with making administrative decisions.