Online privacy is extremely important to me and I do my level best to maintain your privacy when you use this site. However, I do collect some data to help me run the site better and to figure out what bits are good and what bits are crap. I never share any information that I collect with anyone, especially with capitalist advertising companies like Google, Yahoo et al.
- 2011-12-19 Added references to stopforumspam antispam service
- 2011-08-25 Added references to botscout antispam service.
- 2011-04-26 Added sections for comments and updates. Minor edit of intro.
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I use Piwik analytics to keep an eye what people look at on this site. Mostly I’m just interested — having some analytics helps me figure out how people use my site (and maybe improve it, no promises though). The data is hosted at OX4.org. I anonymize the last byte of your IP address with the piwik AnonymizeIP plugin. That means that rather than your IP showing as 126.96.36.199, I would see 188.8.131.52 . In general, the stuff that gets logged is the stuff your browser reveals. You should use a firefox plugin like ghostery if you would rather not reveal such data.
As with most other providers, my ISP, domainsrush collects data from its web server log files. The information in the log files include your IP (internet protocol) address, your ISP (internet service provider, such as Virgin media, Be Broadband, BT or Shaw Cable), the browser you used to visit my site (eg. Chrome, Firefox or Epiphany), the time you visited my site and which pages you visited. A public record of aggregated logs is published elsewhere on the interwebs. I don't control that. But I do link to it.
If you use the contact Charlie Harvey form, it will pass on your IP address, your browser string and the page that referred you. That's because people often contact me when I break something and its helpful to me in debugging my code to know those things. Your message goes into my personal email account. It is not encrypted. You may wish to use my gpg key to encrypt any sensitive information which you are sending me (I can't imagine why you would be doing that, though).