Use of data on this blog
The unavoidable server statistics, as on almost every web server, store automatically such data that your browser reports. These are:
- Browser type/version,
- operating system used,
- referrer URL (the page visited directly before that had a link here),
- IP address of the accessing computer – partially anonymized,
- date and time of the server request.
I normally have no way to attribute this data to a particular person. This data is not being combined with other data sources.
Unless, that is, it is necessary in order to avert danger or allow criminal prosecution to store or pass on that data to the responsible authorities. (Which would, of course, be mainly because of your own behavior e.g. by justiciable insults, threats, copyright infringements etc. in your comments.)
Of course such information is acquired and stored that you enter on this blog yourself or transfer to me by other means. This includes comments, names, e-mail addresses and URLs that you enter in the corresponding comment fields. Entering this information is completely voluntary and is not checked in any way, you may use pseudonyms etc. Please note that the name, web site and comment that you enter will be visible to any visiotr of this site.
If, when sending a comment, you specify to be notified by e-mail of subsequent comments on the same post, such subsequent comments will be sent to the e-mail addtess specified; if a third person entered your address by mistake or on purpose – what, as indicated above, cannot be verified – you have links in the e-mail to prevent this in the future or even block your address completely for such notifications (or send me an e-mail so I can perform this setting – address see Contact & Info).
Conversely, your comments will be sent to previous commentators to the same post if they have chosen this option.
In none of these cases, your e-mail address will be published or sent to third parties.
Data will also be acquired and stored if you send me e-mails or use the contact form, of course.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content – especially videos. Videos are embedded in a way that only a locally cached preview image is displayed first. Only when you click this image, the embedded content is loaded from other websites and then behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
The social media sharing buttons are embedded in a similar fashion: The respective service’s server is only contacted after you click them.
No external statistics or analytics services like Google Analytics etc. are used here. Only the webhosting provider creates server logs as described on top of this page.
In addition, local statistics are being recorded on this server: which page in total is viewed how often, referrer (the page that linked here), search queries that brought you here (if applicable and transmitted by the search engine), size of the screen and size range of the browser window – especially interesting for future improvements of this site. These statistics are only recorded in a generalized way without connection to a particular person or IP address.
Search queries, if they are entertaining, may be published on occasion (of course anonymously, since no personal relation was stored anyway).
If you participate in a poll, which is occasionally used, your IP address (cf. above) and date and time will be stored as long as the poll is open, in order to reduce the possibility of one person voting multiple times; after the poll has been closed and evaluated, this data will be deleted. Furthermore, a cookie is set (see below).
Cookies are small pieces of information that can be stored in your browser (detailed explanation in the Wikipedia). Most browsers offer settings to delete particular cookies or completely block them, if you don’t want these functions, but that, on the other hand, can reduce the comfort a little.
- This blog stores the setting of the language (English or German) that you last viewed in a cookie.
- When you submit a comment (see above), the name, e-mail address, notification option and website you entered can optionally be stored in a cookie, so that these fields are pre-set (still editable) on your next visit.
- When you participate in a poll (see above), this is also stored in a cookie, in order to prevent you vote twice on the same poll.
How long your data is being retained
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
What rights you have over your data
If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.