This blog collects virtually no personal information from readers as such. However, when readers choose to become RSS e-mail subscribers, their e-mail addresses may become visible via the administration tools for the RSS feed. We will not share this information with anyone without consent, a subpoena, or both.
Comments submitted for publication on the blog should be considered entirely public. When readers choose to become commenters, they may be asked to type in their names, e-mail addresses, or personal website URLs. Readers who take this step must understand that whatever they write may well turn up in Internet searches on their names. The site also automatically tracks the IP addresses of commenters. In privacy terms, these pieces of information aren’t exactly the crown jewels, but we will protect non-public information from disclosure to the extent we are legally entitled to do so.
Some degree of self-disclosure is almost inevitable in public discourse, but some individuals may knowingly or inadvertently provide personal information in their published comments that they later regret disclosing. We assume no liability for any self-disclosures made in posts or comments submitted for publication. To the extent that no self-disclosure occurs — that is, to the extent that a commenter’s identity is not evident to the reading public from the face of the blog — please rest assured that we will not share any of this information with anyone without consent, a subpoena, or both. If you believe personal information about you has been disclosed by a third person without your consent, please e-mail Mark.
Automattic.com (the company that writes the code that keeps this blog going) provides us with statistical summaries of how many people read the blog, which posts they read, and in some cases the link they clicked or terms they typed into their search engines to find us. Usually that information is not associated with any particular person’s identity, but in any event we will not disclose any personally identifiable information from these data summaries either, unless we have your consent, a subpoena, or both. If you would like further information on these more esoteric data collections, you can find it here.
We reserve the right to change, modify or update this policy at any time without notice. Any substantial changes in the way we use your personal information will be posted on this site.