mattgadient.com

Privacy Policy

By using this site, you consent to have your information collected by myself, Google, and other various 3rd parties.

Short version is that…

This site

On my end, the server collects typical server stuff via standard server logs. Visitor IP addresses, pages visited, referring pages, etc. As unexciting as that data is, it could be sold/distributed/etc at some point. Because I use other visitor statistic stuff, it’s generally only used to troubleshoot and tune things on the server. It may be passed to law enforcement agencies upon request.

WordPress loves placing cookies on your computer. I disabled as many as I could so that the website loads more quickly for visitors. The happy side effect is that it usually won’t place cookies on your computer. However, if you leave a comment on a post, a cookie will usually make it’s way through – it’s the only way that you can see your “pending moderation” comment. To be on the safe side, assume that cookies will always make their way onto your computer though.

 

Comments

Update: I’m now running comments through Disqus who may do their own data collection stuff covered under the “Google Adsense, Analytics, and other 3rd parties” section below. If you want to use an alias, fake name, etc, that’s all still fine with me – please try to use a consistent one though so that conversations are easier to follow. I’ve enabled “guest commenting”, so hopefully it’ll allow you to post as a guest (without registering or anything) if that’s the route you’d prefer.

When you submit a comment, you’re free to use a fake name, or leave it blank to show up as “Anonymous”. Usually I have the email address set to “optional” so that you can leave it blank, but you’re free to use a fake one there too. This site makes use of “Gravatars”, so all emails are hashed and sent to the gravatar servers to look for avatars. If you have a gravatar set up and want it to show up as your comment picture, be sure to use your real email address. Note that WordPress does collect IP addresses for each comment. The main purpose appears to be for anti-spam reasons, but I’m letting you know it’s there so you’re aware of it.

Email addresses are not posted publicly. However, if you leave a comment and accidentally enter your email address as your name (or as your website or comment), it may show up. Usually I catch those little mistakes and fix them, but sometimes I’m mass-approving comments and one slips by. While I have no current plans to sell the information on this site, to be on the safe side I recommend using a fake email address (or leave it blank) if you’re at all concerned.

If you choose to fill in the optional “website” field, it will be publicly linked to the name you entered (like this: Matt Gadient). The notion is that if someone really finds your comment insightful, they might want to visit your site to see what else you have to say. Feel free to link to your blog/facebook/twitter/website/etc if you’d like. Note that because automated spam bots *always* try to use the “website” field, I generally check out any website that has been entered before approving the comment to make sure it looks legitimate. If the comment and/or website look iffy, I may either remove the website link, or deny the comment at my discretion.

All names/sites/comments/etc submitted are subject to being edited/deleted at my own discretion.

 

Google Adsense, Analytics, and other 3rd parties

This site frequently makes use of both Google Analytics and Google Adsense / DoubleClick. It may also make use of other 3rd party tracking/advertising/statistic software. Some of these will places cookies on your computer, and track your location, IP address, and other various information via some javascript and stuff on their own servers.

You can adjust some of Google’s Ad stuff here:
http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/

You can install a browser plugin to disable Analytics tracking here:
https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/

Most of the analytics data is used by me to see which pages are the most popular, how much daily traffic exists, etc. However, there is a large amount of data made available to me via analytics including but not limited to: Age, Interests, Gender, referrer, time spent on site, etc.

If you’re extremely worried about privacy/tracking/etc, the vast majority of it can be eliminated by disabling javascript in your browser. Most of this site will still work, but many other sites on the web rely on javascript to display correctly.

 

Summary

When using this site, lots of data about you is collected by myself, Google, and other 3rd parties, and it could be used for various purposes, may be sold, may be distributed, and so on. By using this site you consent to having that information collected and used in ways that are probably beyond your control.