This Privacy Notice provides a summary of how your personal data will be used when you use Stack Overflow for Teams: Free, Basic & Business, with our MS Teams integration. Stack Overflow’s Full Privacy Notice can be accessed via this link.
About Stack Overflow for Teams
Stack Overflow Limited (“we” or “us”) takes the privacy and security of personal information seriously. This Privacy Notice explains who we are and how we collect, use, disclose, and safeguard your personal information when you, your organisation or team administrators (“you”) use Stack Overflow for Teams (SO for Teams or the “Application”). It also explains your rights in relation to your personal information and how to contact us.
Stack Overflow has teamed up with Microsoft Teams to provide an integrated functionality, Stack Overflow for Teams, that facilitates collaboration across the platforms.
How does it work?
Organisations that are signed up with Stack Overflow Teams can install and authorize an integration to use Stack Overflow for Teams. When you click the Install button from the Stack Overflow for Teams app in the MS Teams directory, you will then be prompted with a card to log in to your Stack Overflow Team. Once you log in, you will be required to authorize the integration between MS Teams and Stack Overflow. You can then add the Team that you want to connect your MS Teams integration to. Once you do so, the Stack Overflow for Teams tab in MS Teams will confirm that you’re signed in, and ready to use the integration.
Stack Overflow for Teams allows users to:
- Search through your Team's content to find answers to your most pressing questions.
- Stay up-to-date on your Team's latest answers and information with automated notifications.
- Share and preview content from your Private Q&A right within your Microsoft Team
Stack Overflow as Controller
Stack Overflow is the controller for certain personal information that it holds about your organisation such as names and contact details of administrators, billing information, geo location, IP address and other information gathered from the App. Some of this data may be held by us as independent controller while your organisation may be controller for some of it.
Stack Overflow as Processor
When you choose to complete the MS Teams integration with Stack Overflow for Teams, Stack Overflow acts as processor in connection with any personal information that it processes as part of the service it provides. For this reason, Customers are required to agree to a Data Processing Agreement in compliance with Article 28 of the GDPR.
Personal information we collect about you as controller
When you install the MS Teams App and give permissions to integrate MS Teams with Stack Overflow for Teams, we will collect and use the following personal information about you:
- Microsoft identifiers including your Tenant ID, User ID, and the URL of your Team instance
- Mobile device data, and changing your device settings
- Analytics data about your actions within SO for teams
- We automatically collect your IP address, browser and device characteristics, operating system, language preferences, referring URLs, device name, country, location, information about how and when you use our Application and other technical information. This information is needed to maintain the security and operation of our Application.
The Application may request access or permissions to track location-based information or use certain features from your device. You can change the access or permission granted to the Application at any time using your device’s settings.
How your personal information is collected
We collect most of this personal information directly from you by telephone, text or email and/or via our website and the Stack Overflow for Team’s App. However, we may also collect information:
We collect this information in the following ways:
- Directly within SO for Teams and related cookies
- Through data received from Microsoft via the Integration
- Through our IT systems logs
- from a third party with your consent, eg Microsoft
How and why we use your personal information
Under data protection law, we can only use your personal information if we have a proper reason for doing so, eg:
- to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations;
- for the performance of our contract with you or to take steps at your request before entering into a contract;
- for our legitimate interests or those of a third party; or
- where you have given consent.
- A legitimate interest is when we have a business or commercial reason to use your information, so long as this is not overridden by your own rights and interests.
Once installed and within the MS Teams App, you give your permission to complete the integration and activate any relevant teams and for any personal information on stackoverflow.com to be shared with any third parties we have integrated with to provide you with the functionality. You can withdraw your permission at any time, but if you do, you will no longer be able to access the App.
More information is provided in the table below:
|What we use your personal information for||Our reasons|
|To provide SO for Teams to you||For the performance of our contract with you or to take steps at your request before entering into a contract|
|To Integrate Ms Teams with Stack Overflow for Teams||Your consent. You can withdraw your consent at any time, or delete the App, but if you do, you will not be able to use SO for Teams.|
|To prevent and detect fraud against you or Stack Overflow||For our legitimate interests or those of a third party, ie to minimise fraud that could be damaging for us and for you|
|Gathering and providing information required by or relating to audits, enquiries or investigations by regulatory bodies||To comply with our legal and regulatory obligations|
|Operational reasons, such as improving efficiency, training and quality control||For our legitimate interests or those of a third party, ie to be as efficient as we can so we can deliver the best service for you at the best price|
|Ensuring the confidentiality of commercially sensitive information||
For our legitimate interests or those of a third party, ie to protect trade secrets and other commercially valuable information
To comply with our legal and regulatory obligations
|Preventing unauthorised access and modifications to systems||
For our legitimate interests or those of a third party, ie to prevent and detect criminal activity that could be damaging for us and for you
To comply with our legal and regulatory obligations
|Updating customer records||
For the performance of our contract with you or to take steps at your request before entering into a contract
To comply with our legal and regulatory obligations
For our legitimate interests or those of a third party, eg making sure that we can keep in touch with our customers about existing orders and new products
|Statutory returns||To comply with our legal and regulatory obligations|
Who we share your personal information with
We will share your personal information with:
- Companies within the Stack Overflow group
- Third parties approved by you, - eg social media sites you choose to link your account to or third party payment providers;
- Third-Party Service Providers - We share some of your information with third parties that perform services for us or on our behalf, including data analysis, hosting services (e.g. Microsoft Azure) and customer service as required for providing you with the core functionality of Stack Overflow for Teams.
We only allow our service providers to handle your personal information if we are satisfied that they take appropriate measures to protect your personal information. We also impose contractual obligations on service providers relating to ensure they can only use your personal information to provide services to us and to you. We may also share personal information with external auditors and regulators where required.
We may disclose and exchange information with law enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations.
We may also need to share some personal information with other parties, such as potential buyers of some or all of our business or during a restructuring. Usually, information will be anonymised but this may not always be possible. The recipient of the information will be bound by confidentiality obligations.
Our servers are located outside the EEA and we do transfer personal data both inside and outside the EEA in our capacity as a data controller. However, you should note: To deliver services to you, it is sometimes necessary for us to share your personal information outside the European Economic Area (EEA), eg:
- Sharing with your and our service providers located outside the EEA; or
- Sharing data with you if you are based outside the EEA;
Your organisation, who are controllers in their own right in respect of some of your data, may be located outside the EEA, or may transfer data outside the EEA. You should read their privacy policies for further information.
Keeping your personal information secure
We have appropriate security measures to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost, or used or accessed unlawfully. More information can be found in our full privacy notice.
How long your personal information will be kept
We will keep your personal information while you have an account with us or we are providing products and/or services to you. Thereafter, we will keep your personal information for as long as is necessary:
- to respond to any questions, complaints or claims made by you or on your behalf;
- to show that we treated you fairly; and
- to keep records required by law.
Full details of our retention policy can be found in our full privacy notice which can be accessed here.
Under data protection law, you have the following rights relating to your information:
Your right of access - You have the right to ask us for copies of your personal information.
Your right to rectification - You have the right to ask us to rectify information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask us to complete information you think is incomplete.
Your right to erasure - You have the right to ask us to erase your personal information in certain circumstances.
Your right to restriction of processing - You have the right to ask us to restrict the processing of your information in certain circumstances.
Your right to object to processing - You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data in certain circumstances.
Your right to data portability - You have the right to ask that we transfer the information you gave us to another organisation, or to you, in certain circumstances.
Please contact us at the contact details listed below if you wish to make a request or if you believe we are unlawfully processing your personal information. You also have the right to complain to your local data protection supervisory authority, you can find their contact details here.
Specifically in relation to your right to erasure you may trigger deletion of all of your personal data directly through the Application.
If we are relying on your consent to process your personal information, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. Please note however that this will not affect the lawfulness of the processing before its withdrawal.
Changes to this Privacy Notice
This privacy notice was published on 17 March 2021.
We may change this privacy notice from time to time—when we do we will inform you via a notice in SO for Teams when you next use it.
How to contact us
Please contact our Data Protection Officer by emailing us at email@example.com if you have any questions about this privacy notice or the information we hold about you.