My philosophy around privacy is to respect your expectation of privacy to the extent I can do so
while retaining the ability to fix problems in my website and applications. When I do collect
information about you or what you are doing, my intent is to be transparent about what data I am
collecting and, except for information critical to the operation of this website, only collect data
after you give me permission to do so.
I built this website content and my applications based on the following principles:
Do not collect information in my content or application that identifies a specific device, person, or network address unless
In some cases, the tools I use will leak information. The two primary examples of this are:
If you click on a link to launch
your email application to send me feedback, the email I receive will typically reveal your email address.
If you visit any of the pages in this website, the logs from my web hosting service will record that the
page was requested, together with the time it was requested, any data embedded in the URI, and possibly other
information such as your browser type, your current IP address, and the URI of the page containing the link you
clicked to get to the page.
The only good reason for collecting information is to use it for your benefit.
Legal necessity and fixing bugs are acceptable reasons.
Reporting serious malfunctions benefits you by enabling me to find and fix issues that cause you grief.
Reporting performance statistics benefits you by enabling me to find and fix issues in which website content and applications are burdening your computer, tablet, or phone.
Routine website hosting logs benefit you by improving the odds that this website is available for your use and by decreasing the odds that this website is running content compromised by hackers.
Be transparent about what data is collected.
Be transparent about how I use the data collected.
Opt-in (i.e. asking permission) is the best policy. Think twice before not using opt-in.
Opt-out (i.e. letting you revoke permission) is the next best policy. Think twice and twice again before giving you no way to opt-out.
Where possible, aggregate even the anonymous data.
The logging by this website's hosting service is neither opt-in nor opt-out because I
need to keep an eye out for indications that the website is under attack, compromised by hackers,
or otherwise malfunctioning. If you are not familiar with the kinds of information commonly available to those monitoring a website
or a product, click on the Concepts link in this page's menu.
For more details on the privacy issues for this website or for the Canitag branded
applications, click on one of the links below.