Whose privates are we talking about here?
This here website, https://jeffrey-ricker.com.
What personal data we collect and why we collect it—and who is this “we” anyway?
It’s just me and a team of expertly trained hamsters.
Just kidding. The hamsters do all the work. I just delegate.
But seriously, no hamsters. What do we collect? Read on….
I have a contact form on the website here. Information you enter into this form includes your name and email address, and an IP address is captured automatically. I receive this information by email so I can respond to you if necessary; the information is retained on the website indefinitely (messages classified as spam are deleted as soon as possible). This information is used to reply to you specifically but is not used for marketing purposes.
Cookies (the kind without chocolate chips, alas)
When you visit the site, it uses various analytics tools such as Google Analytics (more on that below) to tell me how visitors like you are using the site. These tools use ‘cookies’, which are text files placed on your computer, to collect standard internet log information and visitor behavior information in an anonymous form. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) is transmitted to Google and sometimes other vendors. This information is then used to evaluate visitors’ use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity.
I won’t ever (not ever) use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any personally identifiable information of visitors to the site. The web analytics vendors do not associate your IP address with any other data held by them. Neither I nor the web analytics vendors will link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of a computer user. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source unless you explicitly submit that information via a fill-in form on the website, like that Contact form I mentioned above.
Also, don’t forget you have the ability to accept, decline, or delete cookies by modifying your browser’s settings. Most (if not all) browsers give you the power to surf the web in private or “incognito” mode, too.
Power! You has it.
Please keep in mind, if you turn off or delete cookies, some of the site’s functions may no longer work the way they’re supposed to.
Finally, here’s a recipe for butternut squash chocolate chip cookies, which are awesome.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
I use Google Analytics (just like everybody else, right?) to figure out who’s visiting the website and what they’re clicking around on, basically. When you visit, Google sets cookies to keep track of when you click on links, how long you spend on the site, and when you make return visits. Read more exhaustive details about that here.
For more on how to modify or delete those cookies, see the “Cookie” section above.
Who we share your data with
Here are the tools I use to keep this so-called website running that require sharing some of the data I collect here to make them work, along with their related privacy policies:
Here’s some specific details about the nifty bits of Jetpack I use in particular:
Data Used: If Akismet is enabled on the site, 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.
Data Synced (?): Post and post meta data associated with a user’s contact form submission. If Akismet is enabled on the site, the IP address and user agent originally submitted with the comment are synced, as well, as they are stored in post meta.
Data Used: IP address, WordPress.com user ID (if logged in), WordPress.com username (if logged in), user agent, visiting URL, referring URL, timestamp of event, browser language, country code. Important: The site owner does not have access to any of this information via this feature. For example, a site owner can see that a specific post has 285 views, but he/she cannot see which specific users/accounts viewed that post. Stats logs — containing visitor IP addresses and WordPress.com usernames (if available) — are retained by Automattic for 28 days and are used for the sole purpose of powering this feature.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request 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
The site may check visitor comments through an automated spam detection service.
What is the airspeed of a—
Let me just stop you right there.