Like most website operators, I collect non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. My purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how my visitors use Letters Blogatory. From time to time, I may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of Letters Blogatory.
I also collect potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of visitors. I only disclose IP addresses under the same circumstances that I use and disclose personally-identifying information as described below.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to Letters Blogatory choose to interact with the website in ways that require me to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that I gather depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, commenters must provide a valid email address and a name, and email subscribers must provide a valid email address. In each case, I collect such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Letters Blogatory. I do not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
Except as noted below, I disclose potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when I believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect my property or rights.
If you are a Letters Blogatory contributor or email subscriber, I may occasionally send you an email to solicit your feedback or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Letters Blogatory. I take reasonable measures to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
I may use third-party services to provide DNS, CDN, RSS, or SMTP services for purposes such as reducing latency (i.e., increasing the speed of page loading), reducing the load on my server, or increasing deliverability (i.e., reducing the chance your email software will block my newsletters as SPAM). If I do, the service providers may have access certain information about your interactions with Letters Blogatory. At present, I use Linode’s DNS nameservers, and Linode, in turn, uses Cloudflare as a proxy. I use Amazon Web Services’s Cloudfront service as my content delivery network for static content and its Simple Email Service for outgoing emails.
If you opt out from data collection, my analytics software will not collect information about your visit. Note, however, that details of your visit will still be logged by my HTTP server. Click here and follow the instructions to opt out.