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  1. Adverts
  2. HTTPS Always
  3. Analytics
    3.1 No Cookies
  4. Newsletter
  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. Adverts

I display a single, non-intrusive advert on this blog. However the ad network I use is CodeFund, who are an open source, ethical ad network.

We require that the applicant’s website must provide value to the open source community without cost.

We do not track, profile, or sell information. We do not use cookies. We only show ads that are relevant and meaningful to the users.

CodeFund

There is a single advert at the top of each page, which is a banner. This banner sticks to the top of the page and does not follow you. Once you scroll, the ad disappears.

2. 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!

3. My Analytics Respect Your Privacy

I use anonymised server logs and AWStats to get an idea of how many visits this website is getting, and what pages are popular. I do not use any additional JavaScript tracking or cookies. AWStats takes a daily snapshot of the visitor logs and replaces the last octet from all IP addresses with a zero:

Anonymmised web stats

Raw server logs that contain full IP addresses are rotated every 7 days.

I’m currently trialling Plausible Analytics for my web analytics platform. Plausible is open source & privacy respecting – more info here.

3.1 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! 🙂

Cookies on this website

4. 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.

If you’re interested in joining my newsletter, you can subscribe here.

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