A Note About Privacy

privacy Jan 21, 2020

It's been a few years since I quit Facebook. I wasn't alone. Many people left the site around the same time, and many more have left since. Quitting Facebook is cool now, which is a good thing.

While many people have quit or cut back their social media use in order to improve their mental health, privacy was my primary reason. I feel that if the implicit bargain people make when they use Facebook as well as many other "free" services, was made explicit, folks would reject it. Even with Zuckerberg and Sandberg's weak attempts at "privacy-washing," Facebook is still a menace. Many other online services are, too.

So, when it comes to my site, it's time for me to put my money where my mouth is. This blog is on a new platform, and as part of the move, I've decided to only use services that respect your privacy.

For comments, I'm using Commento. When you leave a comment you'll need to provide a valid email address. I won't allow anonymous comments, and email authentication is the easiest way. But, your email address with never leave my dedicated comment server. It's not tracked or reused anywhere else.

For analytics, I'm using Plausible. Like Commento, Plausible puts privacy first. The information about who visits this site stays in my server, instead of helping seed someone's database with extra information for ads.

For my email newsletter (subscribe below!) I'm using Mailchimp. While I'm not 100% happy with their privacy policy and am reviewing alternatives, I'm confident your personal data will not be sold.

So, as this site grows, I want you to know that you can count on me to protect your privacy.

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