Hello site visitor.

I’d like to be able to prevent all 3rd-party tracking on my blog, but it requires more time, expertise and patience than I have available, sorry.

I’m overhauling my site for my professional use, so I’m working really hard, right now on re-auditing my ePrivacy status and writing an updated privacy notice.

When you visit this site, a little piece of you is left behind.

Dropping cookies allows third parties to monitor your web browsing habits, build a profile of what you’re like then use that to make money, either by selling these insights into your life, or by trying to get you to buy stuff. I disapprove of this, but it’s actually really hard to prevent.

This page tells you how, what happens to that piece, and how you can protect yourself.

If you fill out my contact form to enquire about my services, I will use your info to get in touch. You won’t be added to any marketing lists because I don’t actually have any.

I don’t harvest personal data from the blog and I really don’t care who’s visiting as long as you don’t say horrible things to me, in which case I might notice your comment handle and cuss you out in the privacy of my own home.

I do use Matomo, which is a privacy-friendly analytics tool. This tells me about numbers of site visitors, approximate geographical locations, the pages visited within the site, dates and times. I have disabled all of the demographics functionality because all I really want to know is whether I’m just howling into the void.

BuyMeACoffee

I have a widget for contributions to my gin fund – I run this site as a hobby and in doing so, cover all of the hosting etc costs from my own pocket. Sometimes nice people recognise that the sheer nobility of doing this deserves a G&T in reward. However, having this widget enabled makes it drop a cookie on ya. I wish it didn’t. It isn’t strictly functional and I don’t know how to allow it to be selectively disabled without breaking the widget.

Doubleclick

Even though I’ve disabled Jetpack, one of my themes or plugins keeps trying to drop a Doubleclick cookie. When I find out which one that is, I shall nuke it but at the moment I’m still investigating. If you’re a web dev who can help me get rid of this digital cockroach then please do get in touch.

When you visit the site, Google drops a cookie on your computer/checks to see if you’ve already got a Doubleclick cookie and uses it to let Google know you’ve visited the site so they can add to the stash of profiling data about your habits and demographic details that they’re amassing. I don’t get to see any of this information.

If you object to this, please make sure you use a tracking blocker (such as Privacy Badger or uBlock Origin) and/or clear your cookies after each browsing session. Sadly GA does not respect DoNotTrack (bastards) so you’ll need to sweep up those crumbs yourself if you’re bothered.

YouTube

I have an embedded video on the site and a widget linking to my YT channel. Because of this, YouTube grabs a piece of you when you come to the site. Very difficult to disable for someone who isn’t a professional web developer and runs the site as a leisure activity, sorry. Google owns YouTube, by the way.

Microsoft

I’ve embedded some content from an Office365 account and for some reason, Microsoft seem to think that means they can stalk my site visitors. If you’re not OK with this, you can refuse cookies, clear cookies after the session and use a tracking-blocker (as above).

Other cookies

If you spot a cookie I haven’t mentioned, please tell me about it and I’ll do my best to either nuke it or explain it so you know who’s taking a bite out of you.

Staying private on the web

If you want to protect yourself in general from the myriad web of cyber-stalking-for-money that powers the Internet, then head on over to the page linked in the section title to learn more.