Privacy Policy


HackMcGill, and by extension, McHacks, cares deeply about our users' privacy and personal data. In order to run the world class events that we do, we sometimes require personal data from our Hackers, Sponsors, Volunteers and other participants. We will always do our best to explain the use of this data in plain English and treat your data with the upmost respect in order to protect its privacy.

In order to effectively run a hackathon, we collect certain data from users both on our website passively in the form of anonymous usage analytics as well as application data our hackers provide for us.

Analytics Data

We collect analytics data on all of our web properties including but not limited to,, our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. This data is anonymous, aggregated, and may be shared publicly or privately with third parties in broad categories such as the number of visitors our properties receive per month or the general demographics of our traffic.

Application and Event Data

In order to participate at McHacks, we need to collect a minimum of information in order properly run the event. Some of this information may be shared with sponsors with your explicit permission for recruiting purposes. Information such as race, gender, age, and the like will never be shared with sponsors and are used purely for anonymous demographic reports.

Emails and Other Messages

Information sent in Emails, Facebook Messages, Twitter and Instagram DM's and the like will be kept private to the McHacks organizing team unless explicit permission is granted.

How we keep your data safe

McHacks makes use of industry standard security and encryption techniques to gather and safeguard your data. Our infrastructure is hosted primarily in Google's data centers which use rigorous and industry standard physical security protocols to prevent physical attacks. Data access is strictly monitored internally with zero tolerance for unauthorized use. Access to application data is limited to the minimum number of organizers necessary while volunteers and other parties have limited access in order to facilitate basic operations such as check-in and registration on the day of.

Deletion Policy

Upon receipt of a written request with proof of identity via email sent to [email protected], we will delete all associated personal data within 30 days. Please note that your data may remain in our rolling backups after this time but will not be utilized and will be deleted from any restored versions if necessary.


Any questions regarding the McHacks privacy policy may be directed to the [email protected]. We take your privacy seriously and value any feedback or criticism to ensure that you are comfortable with how we operate.