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pcb-rnd - privacy policy

By using any service provided at, you agree to this privacy policy.

Mailing list

You can subscribe to the mailing list by sending a mail to it with that contains the word subscribe in the subject or in the message.

To unsubscribe:

Note: (un)subscriptions are handled manually and may take anything between hours and days to get done.

The mailing list software running at will store your email address as long as you are subscribed. This address is used only for receiving mails you send to the list and deliver mail from the list to you. Other pcb-rnd users and developers subscribed to the mailing list may use this email address to contact you privately about topics related to pcb-rnd - these are private emails, outside of the scope of this privacy policy.

The mailing list has a publicly accessible archive; anything you post will be published there. In the published mailing list archives most of the email headers in the mailing list are hidden or masked, but the body (content) of the email is not necessarily masked.

If you do not want your content to be entered in the public mailing list archive, do not post to the mailing list.

Using the mailing list or the list archives for harvesting email addresses and/or sending advertisements to those addresses is strictly prohibited.

Bugreports in private mail

Developers may accept pcb-rnd bugreports at their private email boxes. Since these mail are private, person-to-person mail, this privacy policy does not cover them, only common sense applies. Before sending anything confidential, e.g. board files, agree with the developer how he may handle the data.


No registration is required for using the IRC network at Your visible identification, as per the IRC protocol, will include:

IRC channels on the irc network are generally public. Any user may log, quote or publish channel traffic. For some of the channels, e.g. #pcb-rnd, the server publishes logs automatically. The above data, with time stamps, is also visible in public irc logs.

Running pcb-rnd

Running pcb-rnd does not require any registration. The software does not try to handle personal data in any way (except when you enter such data as arbitrary text strings, typically to be part of your design data). Pcb-rnd does not send your design data over the network, unless you explicitly command it to do so (e.g. saving to a network file system).

When configured so by the user, pcb-rnd may anonymously download files from remote data repositories, such as edakrill or gedasymbols. These sites may log your IP address and your request, according to their privacy policy.

Writing source code, svn write access

To gain write access to svn, you will need to choose a publicly visible user name. It is not possible to change that user name later. Once you commit, your user name, commit message, the diff you commited and the date all become part of the repository history. It is not possible to remove this data from the repository history later.

The lead developer grants svn write access. The lead developer may require that you reveal your real name and electronic contact info to the lead developer and/or to the audience. This is mainly required for copyright and communication reasons. It is normally not possible to contribute code or svn diffs anonymously and/or without letting pcb-rnd users and developers contact you.

If you make substantial change to files with copyright banner, coordinated with the lead developer, you may choose to add your copyright to that banner. If you do so, the copyright year and your real name will become part of that source file, normally part of the source distribution and the repository history and will be dupped into an uncontrollable amount of publicly accessible copies (most often outside of

In other words, because of the nature of the technology being used (version control, software distribution, packaging), if anything enters the repository history, it is practically impossible to remove it from publicly accessible material later.