Data Collection and Privacy Policy

Whenever you access a document or service residing on a remote server using a web browser, your web browser sends some requisite information about your setup, for example location, web browser used to access the information, and some additional information. Depending upon the configuration of the server, it may retain this information from anywhere between a period of few days to several months or even years. Under normal circumstances, when the provider of the service or the publisher of the website does not have the technical skills or the escalated privileges necessary to glean more than the mandatory information required for successful completion of the task, the amount of information stored on the servers usually does not exceed the various types that follow: geographical location (country), the web browser used to access the service or the website, the operating system installed on the device, and, as mentioned earlier, probably some more information (I will update this section as soon as I have all of the information).

In case of third party services designed to provide insights into visitor behavior — the analytics service providers — they utilize JavaScript, which runs in the browser, to gather much more information than listed in the previous paragraph. From time spent on the webpage or the service, the page from which the user arrived on the current page (called the referer information) to even the tracking of the mouse cursor movement on that particular page.

To get a better understanding of how much data companies with software installled on your device, for example Google, can collect, you can visit the Google’s privacy page. However, to the users of their analytics service — the website publishers relying on their service to monitor the volume of visitors and how they interact with the published content — they provide only a subset of the data listed on that page. Based on the data forwarded to the clients, although users of the analytics service providers can not personally identify the visitors, they nonetheless receive all of the information mentioned in the last few lines of the introductory paragraph of this document; depending upon the service used to gather such data, the list can have a few more items on it, as well. Despite this inability to identify the users personally, as the “law — which the law makers and their cronies and accomplices continue to flout at will and with complete impunity” requires the operators of the websites to disclose the data they collect and the technologies used to collect that data, therefore, you should know that this website uses Google Analytics, a service operated by Google Inc., which, other than forwarding real time information, utilizes cookies, simple text files, to maintain historical data pertaining to a visitor’s activity on a particular website. You can always disable the collection of such data by disabling the use of JavaScript on that particular website, which you can do so on this website, as well. However, bear in mind that even if you disable the use of JavaScript, the collection of the basic information listed in the introductory paragraph can not be disabled, as the successful delivery of data depends on the availability of such information to the server. Nevertheless, to camouflage your location and setup, you can rely on services developed and made available to allow users to protect their privacy on the Internet and to generate some revenue, as well. When using such services, also bear in mind that such service providers may as well have some agreements with government services, therefore, always take their proclamations about assigning utmost importance to your right to privacy and security with a pinch of salt.