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🕵️ Privacy

  1. HTTPS Always
  2. Analytics
  3. Newsletter
  4. Guestbook
  5. Terms of Service

Personally, I have taken a number of steps to try and maintain my own privacy where possible. So I think I would be remiss if I didn’t try and do the same for those who decide they want to come and read the content that I put out on this site.

Plus, it’s actually the law within the EU.

With all of the above in mind, I want to do what I can to maintain the privacy of visitors to this site wherever possible. So what do I do to help ensure your privacy is maintained?

1. HTTPS always

This site uses HTTPS everywhere. If you try and access this site using HTTP, you will be redirected to HTTPS.

So what? you might say. HTTPS is important, as it ensures your connection to my server is always encrypted (among other things). So any spying eyes won’t be able to see what you’re doing whilst on here.

Not a huge issue for most people, as this is just a blog that contains public information – you don’t have login credentials etc. But you may not want your Apple loving friends to know that you secretly love Linux!

2. My analytics respect your privacy

I use the privacy respecting analytics tool, Plausible to monitor the traffic on this site. There are no trackers or cookies, which means that Plausible is far less invasive than other analytics tools, like Google Analytics.

Plausible doesn’t even store your IP address.

You can see a demo of Plausible here – this is exactly what I see when I login to my dashboard. It tells me which posts are popular and where the traffic is coming from. That’s all I need to know.

If you want to know more about what data of yours Plausible store, you can read their data policy here.

2.1 No cookies

If you view the source for this website, you will see that no tracking Javascript exists in my code. So no tracking cookies will be dropped on to your machine from this website, which means there is no unique ID that I can use to identify and track you.

You can also use an online tool like Cookie Metrix to see what cookies are stored on your machine when you visit my site. Spoiler – there are no cookies! 🙂

No cookies screenshot

3. Newsletter

I maintain an email newsletter with this blog, but I still try to maintain your privacy while doing so. The newsletter software that I use is a self-hosted solution provided by Sendy.

If you decide you want to subscribe to my newsletter, you need to enter your name an email address and hit the subscribe button to be added to the list.

Once subscribed, you will receive a confirmation email. This confirmation email, and every other subsequent email you receive from my newsletter service, will contain an unsubscribe link.

If you decide to unsubscribe, you will immediately be removed from the newsletter and will sent a confirmation email. Your email address will also be deleted from my Sendy instance.

I will NEVER share your email address with anyone. Your email address will always be confined to my Sendy instance only and I will use it for no other purpose than sending newsletter emails.

4. Guestbook

My guestbook is hosted on a WordPress site that I manage and own. The only required fields when creating a guestbook entry are your name and message. However, if you decide to leave your email address you will receive a notification if/when I reply. Your email will not be made available to other guestbook visitors.

Guestbook entries older than 1 month will be automatically anonymised. This means that the name, website link, email address and the IP address that was recorded with the entry will be irreversibly deleted and the entry will simply show as coming from Anonymous.

If you decide to leave a link to your website, that link (provided it isn’t anything I consider inappropriate) will stay in place until such time as the auto anonymity process kicks in.

No data is ever shared with 3rd parties from the guestbook and only I have access to it.

5. Terms of service

You do not have to agree to any terms of service in order to access, view, read, or copy any of the data on this website.

All public content on this site is published under the Creative Commons Share Alike 4.0 License unless otherwise stated. More information is available on the Licensing Information page.

Friends don’t spy; true friendship is about privacy, too.

– Stephen King