Privacy statement

I process your data

With the exception of the Disqus plugin, this is the personal website of a natural person.

According to the GDPR, "This Regulation does not apply to the processing of personal data [...] 2. (c) by a natural person in the course of a purely personal or household activity".

I choose to inform you that I process and log the personal data your browser sends to my server (among others, the IP, user agent, and referrer). If you do not wish that I get this data, please instruct your browser not to give it to me.

I do this in order to respond to your browser's requests (as every functioning website does), improve my website, help keep it secure, and know how many readers I have and who referred them to me.

Given the fact that I do not (at least not knowingly nor intentionally) share or publish this data to a non-ISP third party in any way, I conclude that my processing is a "purely personal or household activity".

If you know of any reason this would not be the case, or in case you still want me to remove your entries from my server, please contact me on my e-mail address.

Disqus

I use Disqus for comment and reaction support. This is because I want to enable comments, but do not want to become a "controller" and have to keep strict security standards for the data processing myself. I offload that to Disqus.

But according to Disqus's terms, I still am the processor, so I have to keep track of some things. Talk about kafkaesque.

Also, according to Article 9, you as my commenter may not comment anything about anyone's racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, nor about genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation.

There is an exception for information pertaining to yourself. I can legally store and publish such comments if you give me your explicit consent beforehand, or if you ask me to "manifestly" publish the data. You can do this via e-mail.

In return for the bureaucracy they put up with, Disqus gets more of your data (including tracking links you post in your comments), and sets some cookies.

What you also need to know is that Disqus only gets enabled when you click the "Load Disqus (third-party website)" button. That way, users who wish to browse my website privately can do so, while letting the more adventurous users exercise their "free" speech.

"Free" as in "controlled by Disqus". For example, they require account-less ("guest") comments to be pre-approved by me.

"Privately" is also a relative term. Our ISPs still know we communicated, and so do any covert surveillance systems along the way.

Cookies

I myself do not send you any cookies. In addition, I think the cookie law is dumb, for the following reasons:

  • One can configure their web browser to discard every cookie, or ask for permission on each site
  • It has wasted countless person-hours, by:
    • requiring people to confirm cookies on every new website they visit, regardless of whether they care
    • requiring every website's developer to implement a cookie prompt, when it could have instead been a required default option for web browsers.

You can process my data

In case you wish to quote me on my political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, you have my explicit permission as required by Art. 9. In addition, the fact that I have published the data on this website means that my data is manifestly made public by the data subject.


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