Our Website Privacy Policy

Some definitions

Throughout this document, there are a few terms you’ll see used often:

Overview

We DO NOT collect any personally identifiable information about you unless you have explicitly chosen to provide that information. All non-security related information we collect is anonymized so that individual identification is no longer possible. Also, it is our sincere and honest belief that all external services used by this site to make it functional also adhere to strict anonymization of all personal data.

We store aggregated anonymized data only as long as necessary to facilitate the purposes outlined in the “How we use the anonymized analytical data we collect” section of this document. We keep this information for a maximum duration of 14 months and then it is permanently discarded. The information is NEVER sold, rented, shared or used for any purposes other than described in this document.

Information directly collected by this site

No personally identifiable information of any kind is collected directly by this site with the exception of our email contact form. Should you choose to send us an email using our contact form, we would necessarily obtain your email address due to the nature of how email works. Please refer to the “How we use any personal information you choose to submit via email” section for details.

Information collected by other companies/sites as part of the services they provide to us and/or on our behalf

Cloudflare

We use Cloudflare’s content-delivery-network (CDN) and acceleration/caching services to deliver our content quickly and reliably to our readers and to ease the burden on our web server.

Cloudflare places a cookie on your device when you access any site within their network. This cookie anonymizes your IP address and then uses it to help determine your location so you can be routed to the fastest server to retrieve the content of this site. This location information is also available to us for analysis purposes and we use it as outlined in the “How we use the anonymized analytical data we collect” section.

The cookie placed on your device also allows Cloudflare to provide various security services and prevent legitimate visitors from being asked to complete ‘Captcha’ challenges. This cookie is necessary for the services Cloudflare provides to this site. More information is available in article 200170156 on their support site. You may also consult their complete cookie policy.

jsDelivr

We use jsDelivr’s content-delivery-network (CDN) to provide our cookie notice popup (Cookie Consent) and various ‘polyfills’. ‘Polyfills’ are pieces of code that provide features found in newer browsers for those still using older browsers such as Internet Explorer and some versions of Opera.

jsDelivr does not use cookies or otherwise collect any personal information except, possibly, your IP address to determine the fastest server from which to download the code used by this site. This information is not shared with or available to us and, to the best of our knowledge, it is anonymized. For more information, please consult jsDelivr’s privacy policy.

Google Fonts

We use fonts on our site provided via the Google Fonts content-delivery-network. To facilitate faster downloads, they may collect your anonymized IP address according to Google’s privacy policy. Information collected by Google Fonts is not shared with or available to us.

Google Analytics

We utilize Google Analytics to provide us with statistics gathered using your anonymized IP address collected by placing a cookie on your device. We do not request any personally identifiable data via Google Analytics nor have we enabled demographic data. Specifics on how Google collects this data on our behalf and how it is anonymized is available in Google’s privacy policy.

Information we collect and share with other sites

We DO NOT share any information with other sites.

How we use the anonymized analytical data we collect

Anonymized collected data, primarily via Google Analytics, is used only for us to:

  1. See which pages are being visited and better understand what products and services our visitors are interested in;

  2. Determine the general geographic area from which users are visiting our site so we can better determine how to optimize content delivery speed, the response to various marketing campaigns and possible locations for new marketing campaigns;

  3. Understand possible ways to enhance our search engine rankings, social media engagement and reciprocal link relationships;

  4. Analyze visitor navigation of our site so we can optimize this over time to make information easier to find for visitors;

  5. Determine how our visitors are finding our site and how long they are spending browsing various parts of our site;

  6. Better understand aggregate visitor traffic to assist in capacity planning such as upgrading servers, service plans, bandwidth, et cetera; and

  7. Rank and tally what types of devices and browsers visitors are using to view our site so we can enhance our website coding and design.

How we use any personal information you choose to submit via email

In short, we don’t use submitted personal information at all except to contact you as per your request via direct email using the address provided on our website. We reserve the right to retain your email contact information for follow-up communication and for any other marketing or advertising campaigns for which you choose to opt-in. We do NOT use provided email addresses for ‘cold’ or unsolicited marketing efforts.

Questions? Concerns? Want your data deleted?

If you have any questions about this policy or have concerns regarding personally identifiable information we may have about you, please reach out to us using the email address on our site. Depending on what you request, we can supply you with a copy of any data we have about you and/or delete all records mentioning you.