Last update: 2021-09-28
Who we are
I am the rando who owns this site. You can probably infer from the name that I am licensed for certain activities by at least one government agency.
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
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If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies stored on your local machine. These are for your convenience. These cookies will last for one year. But you can easily delete them.
I’ve disabled comments on old posts. New posts may or may not have comments off by default.
If you leave a comment, we collect the data shown in the comments form, your IP address and the browser user agent string. The latter two items are only to reduce spamments, a huge fucking problem with WordPress. Unless I know you, comments are hand-moderated. If you want me to reply, it’s helpful if you leave a contact point, though it’s okay to add something that would be pretty obvious for a person to remove, e.g., [email protected], which I would know to be johnsmallberry at gmail dot com.
Embedded content from other websites
Most of the images on this site are my own. (Any omission of attribution is unintentional – let me know and I will correct it.) There may be some embedded content for older things, especially Flickr. Years ago, Flickr was where the Cool Kids Hung Out, and I hosted a lot of my photos there. Yahoo bought Flickr and did what Yahoo does best: destroy value. Terms changed, my photos were purged (because I didn’t think $100/year was worth it), and I have been hugely unmotivated to clean up >10 year old blog entries.
Because speed is important, I use a content delivery network that sucks up the image and makes it available from variety of other points on the Internet in different sizes and formats. I also have some site monitoring software.
That’s just the way the Internet works.
Steps I recommend to my family and friends:
- Use a password manager. Never, ever reuse passwords.
- Use a browser that has adequate security safeguards. As of June 2021, this includes Vivaldi, Microsoft Edge, Safari and Mozilla Firefox. I don’t trust Chrome. If, God-forbid, you’re still using Internet Explorer, you have more serious problems than to worry about what a fourth-quartile blog is doing with your information.
- Do not load images from emails by default.
- Disable third-party cookies. This may break some sites, especially Starbucks.com, which has so many tracking/metric things that its unusable. Honestly, though, it’s a good default.
- Use ad- and social media blocking plugins. uBlock Origin, Ghostery and Disconnect seem to be pretty good.
- Periodically purge your entire browser cache. You will trade convenience and speed for privacy.
- Don’t use social media (or at least limit what you share). You may also find yourself happier not having to read the latest screed from your racist extended family members.
- Use burner email addresses for sites you do not intend to regularly visit.
I have some general analytics enabled to measure server metrics. I generally ignore these unless extreme events happen.
Who we share your data with
Except for the examples cited, we are unaware of any intentional sharing.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment is retained until the heat death of the universe. Metadata is only kept long enough to verify you’re not a script kiddie trying to fuck with my site.
What rights you have over your data
Some, all or none.
Where we send your data
How we protect your data
- We don’t ask you for more information than necessary.
- We have enabled SSL on the site.
- We use WordFence (WordPress Firewall) and Akismet (spamment mitigation).
- The site receives regular security updates.
- The site has two-factor authentication enabled because script kiddies have nothing better to do than try to break into my personal blog.
What data breach procedures we have in place
None. Assume everything you enter could be made public. However, your exposure is extremely low because we don’t ask for things.
What third parties we receive data from
Theoretically, none. This is a low-budget endeavor. WordFence provides aggregated IP to country-level notifications of Bad Behavior.