Rules and Policies

Run DistributedDataMining only on authorized computers

Run DistributedDataMining only on computers that you own, or for which you have obtained the owner's permission. Some companies and schools have policies that prohibit using their computers for projects such as DistributedDataMining.

How DistributedDataMining will use your computer

When you run DistributedDataMining on your computer, it will use part of the computer's CPU power, disk space, and network bandwidth. You can control how much of your resources are used by DistributedDataMining, and when it uses them. The work done by your computer contributes to the goals of DistributedDataMining, as described on its web site. The application programs may change from time to time.

Privacy policy

Your account on DistributedDataMining is identified by a name that you choose. This name may be shown on the DistributedDataMining web site, along with a summary of the work your computer has done for DistributedDataMining. If you want to be anonymous, choose a name that doesn't reveal your identity.

If you participate in DistributedDataMining, information about your computer (such as its processor type, amount of memory, etc.) will be recorded by DistributedDataMining and used to decide what type of work to assign to your computer. This information will also be shown on DistributedDataMining's web site. Nothing that reveals your computer's location (e.g. its domain name or network address) will be shown.

To participate in DistributedDataMining, you must give an address where you receive email. This address will not be shown on the DistributedDataMining web site or shared with organizations. DistributedDataMining may send you periodic newsletters; however, you can opt out at any time.
Private messages sent on the DistributedDataMining web site are visible only to the sender and recipient. DistributedDataMining does not examine or police the content of private messages. If you receive unwanted private messages from another DistributedDataMining user, you may add them to your message filter. This will prevent you from seeing any public or private messages from that user.

If you use our web site forums you must follow the posting guidelines. Messages posted to the DistributedDataMining forums are visible to everyone, including non-members. By posting to the forums, you are granting irrevocable license for anyone to view and copy your posts.

Is it safe to run DistributedDataMining?

Any time you download a program through the Internet you are taking a chance: the program might have dangerous errors, or the download server might have been hacked. DistributedDataMining has made efforts to minimize these risks. We have tested our applications carefully. Our servers are behind a firewall and are configured for high security. To ensure the integrity of program downloads, all executable files are digitally signed on a secure computer not connected to the Internet.

The applications run by DistributedDataMining may cause some computers to overheat. If this happens, stop running DistributedDataMining or use a utility program that limits CPU usage.


DistributedDataMining was developed by Nico Schlitter. BOINC was developed at the University of California. DistributedDataMining and Nico Schlitter assume no liability for damage to your computer, loss of data, or any other event or condition that may occur as a result of participating in DistributedDataMining.

Other BOINC projects

Other projects use the same platform, BOINC, as DistributedDataMining. You may want to consider participating in one or more of these projects. By doing so, your computer will do useful work even when DistributedDataMining has no work available for it.

These other projects are not associated with DistributedDataMining, and we cannot vouch for their security practices or the nature of their research. Join them at your own risk.