It's probably time for us to clearly outline what to expect when it comes to using data.sparkfun.com
The terms of service codify the ground rules of data.sparkfun.com. SparkFun wants to be transparent, which is why our official TOS, while still having ‘prevent the lawyers from freaking out’ legalize, has the nice ‘basically’ section. Clear, open, honest, transparent.
So the rules of the road, as they are now and how they’ll exist moving forward, are:
The big change is that last bullet. If your stream goes inactive we want the ability to remove the data. One of the causes of our last Data outage was older data that was probably not being used anymore sitting on our servers. We ran an analysis and pushing out old data saves us a lot of space.
Our goal isn’t to stop your ability to push data to a stream and it isn’t to get rid of data that you are using. We needed a benchmark for removability; we decided 120 days of inactivity was a reasonable bar.
This will take effect in the next couple of weeks. This is our first announcement and we’ll work on adding the official terms of service to Data, much like we did on SparkFun. Then we’ll get to the point where we remove data.
Remember, at any time you can download your data from the site. We make it available in five different download options. Hopefully one of those works well for you.