Privacy

Information I Collect

If you visit this site, I collect your:

  • IP address, and
  • whatever header information is sent by your browser.

If you leave a comment, I collect your:

  • email address,
  • whatever name you supply,
  • whatever Web site link you provide, as well as
  • whatever you put in the comment box, of course.
  • If you have a Gravatar account related to that email address, I collect your publicly available Gravatar account info. See Automattic for its Gravitar privacy policies.

I use WordPress.com and Jetpack for certain blog features and metrics. See the Automattic privacy policy for details on those services.

How I Use That Info

If you visit this site, I use your IP address and Web browser header info for standard Web analytics. I also use that data to determine if you’re up to no good and take corrective action (usually, an IP ban if you’re being a bad person).

If you leave a comment, I publish:

  • the name you supplied,
  • the Web address you supplied, and
  • whatever you put in the comment box.
  • If you have a Gravatar account attached to your email address, I publish whatever information Gravatar passes along about you.

I will not publish your email address. I use your email address in two ways:

  • As an identifier, primarily to determine if you have a previously approved comment. If you do, your future comments are not moderated in advance.
  • If you opt to be notified of other comments on an article, I use your email address to send that information.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided by Google. Google utilizes the data collected to track and examine the use of this website, to prepare reports on its activities and share them with other Google services.

Google may use the data collected to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.

Personal data collected: Cookie and Usage Data. Place of processing: USA.

See Google Analytics for its privacy policy.

Automattic

I use the Jetpack plugin to power certain website features, which requires me to communicate some visitor information back and forth with WordPress.com. See the  Automattic privacy policy for more information.

MailChimp

I use MailChimp for newsletter emails. Read their privacy policy for more details.

Marketing And Sharing

This blog is not supported by any kind of advertising or marketing of third-party goods or services. I don’t give away, sell or otherwise transfer any visitor data I collect, except for generic tracking information as described above.

Everything I link to on this site is worthy on its own merit, in my opinion. That said, if I am solicited to write about something or someone, or receive any sort of consideration (discounts, free software, etc.) from anything or anyone I write about here, I will make that explicitly known.

Security

I protect your information the way any reasonable webmaster does: I use strong passwords, I lock down what needs locking down and I patch my site when patches come available. This site is configured to operate over SSL by default, but linked content may be insecure.

Cookies

Yes, this site uses cookies. Don’t like it? Go back to 1996.

Links To Other Web Sites

Yup, there are lots of external links on this site. While I have no intention of linking to anything malignant, click at your own risk; what happens to you someplace else is your problem. Again, if you’re worried about this, get off the Internet.

Opt Out

There is no opt out.

If you visit this site, I am collecting metrics info on you. If you comment, I may publish it.

I also may edit your comment, usually to correct grammar, syntax and formatting issues. If I publish your comment, it stays published unless I don’t want it any more.

If you send me an email, tweet or IM me, I may publish it.

How do you communicate privately with me? You pay me. Then you’re a client and what we talk about isn’t anybody else’s business.

Otherwise, whatever you say or do here, or send me that’s related to what I am doing here, is fair game and fodder.

Protips

  • There is no privacy on the Internet.
  • If you say it on the Internet, you should expect it to be published far and wide.
  • If you don’t like being tracked on the Web, use:
    • Tor.
    • Or a VPN.
    • Or public WiFi.
    • Or the library.
    • Or just stop being paranoid.
  • If you don’t want to be part of Web metrics, use an ad blocker that supports blocking analytics scripts, or use a Greasemonkey script that accomplishes the same.