It’s always important to know what personal details are stored for use on any site and this site is no different. The following policies apply to pages under the curnow.org domain.
Respecting Your Privacy
The curnow.org website does not need to collect nor store your personal data in any way. You can use this site without sharing any personal information.
In common with most sites, the web server may collect information from your browser, including your IP addresses and the page you request which will be logged and used to identify the most popular pages. In addition to information stored by the web-servers of my hosting provider, Dreamhost, that delivers this site to you, I use Google Analytics to help me understand visitors to the site. It is anonymous and we do not know who you are. You will notice I use MaxMind to identify which country you are coming from. This looks at your IP address to determine where you may be located. They do not know who you are: it’s just a bit of fun.
Comments and Email Addresses
If you contact us with your email address it will not be sold or released to anybody else unless the law requires it.
You are able to comment on selected entries within the site or by using the form on the contact page. When you comment then the information you enter (names, email address and website URL) may be stored in cookies on your computer to allow you to easily to comment on other pages (see below).
Your email address is required if you wish to comment or contact me. This is to help authenticate real users (or deliver your message from the contact form). It will never be shared with anybody else (I hate spam too) and you’re not going to get any emails from me except for any automated ones I set up to confirm your comment or contact (unless your contact request asks me to get in touch, of course). For security and to prevent spamming, we collect your IP address from which you made the comment and this is recorded alongside the comment. That data is stored in on my servers which are located in the US.
In addition, if you comment, I will receive an email which will include some of the details about your comment to allow me to moderate comments on the site. If you use the contact form then I will receive an email containing your message. My email provider is also located in the US. Therefore, if you are from within the EU, you should be aware that these basic details will be sent outside of the European Union.
Please remember that any details you leave in a comment on a page will be displayed. Do not enter anything you do not want to be published on the site. Please think before posting any personal details. I will remove all posts containing obvious real-world/mailing addresses and I reserve the right to remove any posts. If you use the contact form then your message will not be displayed on the site.
Depending on the amount of comments I am getting, I sometimes – but not always – don’t publish them until they have been reviewed.
A ‘cookie’ is a small data text file that is placed in your browser and allows curnow.org to, amongst other things, recognise when you have commented or that you have seen the cookie notification on the top of the page. A number of cookies are set and by using this site you consent to the setting of these cookies. Specifically, a cookie called cookillian_opt_in is used to show you have seen the cookie message. Once this cookie is set you will not see the message again unless you delete the cookie. A cookie called w3tc_referrer may be set. This helps with the caching and speeding up of the site. It knows nothing about you and is used to help the site function well. You will see cookies with a name like __utma (or similar). These are related to Google Analytics which I use to understand how people use my site. Google have a whole page devoted to explaining these cookies and a mechanism for you to opt-out if you wish. You will find more details at http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html. Finally, we store three cookies if you comment on articles (they all have a cookie name that begins comment_) that allow us to remember the details you have entered so that you may comment on multiple articles. All of these cookies will stay on your machine until their expiry dates but you may delete them all without causing any problems (they will get set again if you come back or comment again).
Do Not Track
Note that I won’t show the cookie warning if you have enabled do not track in your browser settings as the site honours that setting and doesn’t set most cookies (i.e. I won’t set comment cookies). Google Analytics, however, may still set their cookies. You will find more details at http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html.
Credit Card Details
We do not need this information ever, so you do not need to enter it anywhere on this site.
Remember The Risks Whenever You Use The Internet
There is no reason to send us any personal details other than as specified above. In addition other Internet sites or services that may be accessible through curnow.org have separate data and privacy practices independent of us, and therefore we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions.
Please contact those vendors and others directly if you have any questions about their privacy policies.
Corrections and Contact
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if something on the site requires correction or removal. This policy was last revised in August 2012 (with the addition of the do not track information).