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Privacy policy

I collect some basic data about visits to my websites, to help me decide what to write about next. I gather statistics in aggregate, and I don’t collect any information about specific visitors.

For example, I can see that 100 people read a post, but I can’t see (a) who those 100 people were nor (b) if you were one of them.

What data I collect

Whenever you visit a page, I use a tracking pixel to record the following anonymised information:

Here’s an example of how a visit would be recorded in my database:

date:      2024-03-18T20:38:16.894394
title:     Monki Gras 2024: Step… Step… Step… – alexwlchan
country:   GB
is_bot:    False

I don’t record your exact IP address or user agent, because they contain more detail than I need, and they’d make it easier for me to identify a specific person. I don’t want that!

Anonymous session identifier

The session identifier is a tool to help me count unique visitors on the site. To do this, I need to be able to correlate hits within the same visitor. If I got three hits in quick succession, did they come from three people looking at one page each, or one person looking at three pages?

I create an anonymous session identifier which gets attached to each hit. This is a randomly-assigned UUID that’s attached to all requests coming from your (IP address, User-Agent) combination for the next 24 hours. At the end of the day, that identifier expires and your next visit will be attached to a different session identifier.

This means that I can see that there was a person who looked at a particular set of pages on one day, but (a) I don’t know who that person was and (b) I can’t see what that person looked at the previous or next days.

Third parties

The tracking pixel is served from my web server. I don’t share the information I get from it – that only lives on my web server and personal computers.

I don’t use any third-party analytics frameworks like Google Analytics, Piwik, or Fathom.

The site is hosted on Netlify. They can see what pages you’re visiting, and they have their own privacy policy.

The web server with the tracking pixel is hosted on Linode. They can see that you’ve hitting the tracking pixel, but they can’t see the more detailed information (they know you visited my site, but you don’t know which page). Linode is owned by Akamai, who have their own privacy policy.


I don’t set any.

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