The irony of running an anarch blog in the 21st C and having to do this is not lost on me. A few total, in-eterna, perpetua rules:
1. I will never-ever sell your data.
2. I will do my best to minimize the data collected by this website.
3. All collections of data beyond, like, having to leave a username to comment, is the result of using Jetpack for WordPress. I apologise, and I will endeavor to investigate modern hosting and website functionality that is person-friendly.
This is a WordPress-framework site. Which means that I haven’t got the abilities to write one from scratch. It is self-hosted however, so you’re not totally at the mercy of a massive corporation. As a part of getting spam-protection, site-back-ups, and general user goodness (commenting on posts, sharing buttons, likes and what-not) this site used the Jetpack plug-in, common across all WordPress sites and owned by Automatic.com (the people behind WooCommerce, Akismet anti-spam, PollDaddy).
I know, bear with me.
– I have already opted out of sending Jetpack information, however.
Personal Privacy Note:
Here’s the thing, it’s easy to ignore all this stuff or to take my word for it that I’m a nice guy who wont sell you down the river. But that’s not the point. It’s not just the go-to fear that ‘Hackerzz might steal your email addy’ which is thrown about a lot, but the ethics of the whole ‘Net. Unfortunately for you, me, and the rest of the world – we are living in a borrowed digital landscape. Every comment, word, email address or click that either of us make online could be used to support the market interests of private companies or security services. Think about the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
But luckily for both of us, we have some privacy options. EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) is a pretty good first-stop to learn about how to tell your browser not to accept cookies, or how to use VPN technology, secure + encrypted webmail services, etc.
And now, for the obligatory bit….
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Who I Am
Ian. Hi. A freelance writer from the UK, appearing in digital form as troublesomewords.com.
When visitors leave comments on the site this site collects the words shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
Data Used: If Akismet is enabled on the site [it is], the contact form submission data — IP address, user agent, name, email address, website, and message — is submitted to the Akismet service (also owned by Automattic) for the sole purpose of spam checking. The actual submission data is stored in the database of the site on which it was submitted and is emailed directly to the owner of the form (i.e. the site author who published the page on which the contact form resides). This email will include the submitter’s IP address, timestamp, name, email address, website, and message.
So – if you contact me through the site, Automattic checks your IP, and I get the message. I will generally let the message sit in my inbox until I delete it (approx a month turnaround). See Personal Privacy Note above.
Data Used: User counts, and time spent on posts. I’m running an IP_Anonymization patch on Google Analytics, but we will see what that does.
Who we share your data with
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so the site can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where we send your data
Visitor comments are checked through an automated spam detection service (Akismet, owned by Automattic).
How we protect your data
I use Jetpack’s security features to make it harder to crack the site, and my wonderful hosting company (Green Hosting.co.uk) uses firewalled and encrypted servers.