Who I am

My website address is: https://www.clearhat.org. I'm an ordinary software developer with an interest in tech, privacy, mathematics, and lots of wide-ranging philosophical inquiry. It was recommended to me to put this privacy policy in place on my site. As I generally approve of this type of regulatory mandate, I am voluntarily modifying this boilerplate to more accurately reflect my current privacy practices, and publishing it forthwith for your perusing pleasure.

What personal data I collect and why I collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site it collects the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. JPG files have this kind of information by default, PNG usually does not, so I recommend using PNG when you can. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

May consist of an occasional solicitation of something like "send me an email" or something fairly ordinary like that. I don't think I have any forms, other than that required to create an account, or to leave a comment, which I assume to be addressed in the preceding section.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on this site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year. If you have an account and you log in to this site, I will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser. When you log in, I will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select "Remember Me", your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed. If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

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. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

With whom I share your data

Nobody. I'm fairly privacy conscious on an fairly well educated, principled basis as a general rule. For years I've had and sometimes still have access to large databases of private customer information that I've never betrayed. I am well acquainted with the steps needed to obfuscate private information even for internal, protected, communication when it involves customer data. I have no intention of abandoning a long legacy of privacy common sense in this area with your information.

How long I retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. For users that register on my website (if any), I 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 such as myself can always 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 to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where I send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

Is protected with the same level of security I provide for my own, as I tend to be sufficiently paranoid about my own data to be able to make such an assertion in good conscience. I have no reason to believe that an ordinary software programmer by profession ought to be held accountable to more, or less, than that.

Additional information

How I protect your data

I trust that a self-updating WordPress site has sufficient privacy protection safeguards in place.

What data breach procedures I have in place

In the event of a data breach, I will fix it to the best of my ability. I recognize that may not be sufficient for some people; in which case, I recommend not leaving your data here.

What are the third parties from which I receive data

None that I know of at the moment. Maybe my website host could be considered such a thing, in which case the aforementioned IP Address and such information would be included.

What automated decision making and/or profiling I do with user data

None at the present time.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

None at the present time.