Privacy Policy

General information

Updated May 2018

I value your privacy as much as my own. As a resident of Australia, I am bound by the provisions of the Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Privacy Act), which which may be obtained from the website of The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

My website uses HTTPs encryption for your privacy and security. You can verity this here.

My website is built on static technologies. There is no database locally hosted and no server-side scripts running on my server.

I make use of several third-party companies to provide services and functionality. At time of writing, these companies comply with Australian privacy requirements and the European Union's GDPR legislation.

Commenting

My blog uses a novel approach to commenting that's driven by email and static HTML. The system is completely independent of my mailing list and I do not use commenters' information to build my list.

Anyone is free to post a comment on any article in my blog. Users are under no obligation to do so and the facility is merely there to provide a point of discussion.

Though I ask for some personal information (name, email, website), only name is required and you are free to use an alias.

The information provided is used to generate a unique graphical avatar. Where provided, your name (or alias) will be shown along with a link to your website (if provided)

Under no circumstance does your email (if provided) appear on the website and is only retained for the purpose of generating the avatar.

Any one who wants their comments removed or anonymised, can request to do so by contacting me by email.

Cookies

This site uses no first-party cookies, however it uses several third-party cookies to facilitate the services I use.

Third-party cookies are provided by:

Mailing lists and newsletter

My mailing list and newsletter is powered by MailChimp. I use this service to manage and store subscriber data as well as to design and send updates and my monthly newsletter to readers who have chosen to subscribe.

Anyone is free to unsubscribe at any time. No questions asked.

You can read MailChimp's privacy policy on their website.

Analytics

I do not retain the logs generated by the Apache web server, which I use to host this website.

Instead, I use Google Analytics to gauge traffic and other metrics. Analytics allow me to tailor the content of my site.

Google Analytics is compliant with the GDPR legislation. I have opted to retain User and Event Data for a period of 14 months, the lowest amount provided for by the Google Analytics dashboard.

Users can manage their settings using Google's Privacy dashboard.

Advertising

I advertise on my blog (and only the blog section) to cover the hosts of hosting. For advertising I use Google Adsense, which injects tracking cookies and adverts into my site.

Users are free to use add blocking technology and I'm exploring less intrusive ways for readers to support my writing.

As with other Google service, users can manage their settings using Google's Privacy dashboard.

Revisions to this policy

I reserve the right to change this policy without warning or notice. Changes will typically be made to reflect changes to privacy legislation or changes that affect the operation of this website or the third-party services I use.