Privacy Policy

Last update: 2021-06-05

Who we are

I am the rando who owns this blog. You can probably infer from the name that I am licensed for certain activities that permit you can look me up on official government web sites. There are ways to contact me, including Twitter.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When I first started my blog in 2003, before social media destroyed society, I had a lot of fun conversations with people on my blog & their blogs. Since then, I don’t see a lot of visitors unless someone inadvertently ends up here to clean the glass pane in their oven. I’ve recently disabled comments on new posts and will let the old ones gradually shut posts off.

Until then, when visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, the visitor’s IP address and the browser user agent string to avoid spamments, a huge fucking problem with WordPress. Over the 18+ year lifetime of this blog, most (>99%) comments were spamments.

Cookies

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 so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. As if. These cookies will last for one year. But you can easily delete them.

In The Beginning (2003), Flickr was a great service for hosting my photographs. When Yahoo (“Destroyer of Value”) acquired them, it was no longer worth maintaining a paid account. Then Verizon ate yahoo, spat out Flickr, changed terms, etc. I have a lot of links to images pointing to Flickr, those images no longer exist, I am too busy to retroactively update 18 years of blog posts in one fell swoop.

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. 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.

Links to other websites will behave in the exact same way as if you visited the other website directly. Those websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

That’s just the way the Internet works.

Steps I recommend to my family and friends:

  • Do not load images from emails by default.
  • 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.
  • 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. You may also find yourself happier not having to read the latest screed from your racist aunt and uncle.

Analytics

To my knowledge, analytics on this website are disabled.

Who we share your data with

Except for the examples cited, we are unaware of any additional sharing.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained until the end of time so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. As if. Occasionally, I will respond to your comment.

What rights you have over your data

Not a lot, but fortunately we don’t collect much.

Where we send your data

See above.

Additional information

How we protect your data

  • We don’t ask you for more information than necessary. In mid-2022, we will not ask you for anything!
  • 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 blog.

What data breach procedures we have in place

None. Assume everything you enter could be made public. However, since we don’t ask for much (see above), your exposure is extremely low.

What third parties we receive data from

WordFence provides IP and country-level notifications of activity, which is used solely to mitigate Bad Behavior. Akismet flags spamments.