Privacy Policy

October 6th, 2004 at 6:12 am by David Farrar

I should follow best practice, and post an explicit privacy policy, so here goes.

When you browse this site, the following information is recorded and made available to me:

The pages you browse on my site
The referring page or link you came from
The search engine query you used to find the blog
Your IP adddress
Your machine name
Your web browser version
Your operating system
Your IQ (okay not that one)

I reserve the right to use or publicise any of the above information. However, unless there is good reason, I intend to only publish information in summarised form (44% of browsers used are Firefox) or with no personal details (such as machine name or IP address) attached. The most common information published will be amusing search engine queries.

If you post a comment on my blog, I receive an e-mail which discloses your IP address plus the date and time you made the comment .

I retain this information for at least a year and will in all circumstances release it to NZ authorities if presented with a warrant. I may hand it over without a warrant also, if I think the comment broke the law or was defamatory. I reserve all rights to do what I see fit with this information, as it is my site.

However those who know me will testify that I only try to screw someone over, if they have done something particularly nasty aimed at me. I’ve only twice needed to retalitate in the last ten years, so it is very hard to get onto my revenge list. The bad news is that there is no known method to get off the list, once on it :-)

So the bottom line in terms of privacy in browsing or commenting on this site, is that in 99.99% of all cases I will keep your personal information strictly confidential to me. However if you break the law, defame someone, or really piss me off, then you have been warned!

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16 Responses to “Privacy Policy”

  1. Phil R () says:

    I know some of the stuff you have done to people who’ve pissed you off. Remind me never to get onto that list.

    I saw an episode of South Park the other day where Cartman makes a kid eat his parents. The other kids vow never to piss him off again; it reminded me of you.

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  2. Adolf Fiinkensein () says:

    Interesting and thanks. I have been trying for some time to find out what one can and cannot do when one’s dander is up and fingers are flying over key board. Very helpful. .

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  3. David Farrar () says:

    Phil – that is the Scott Tenorman Must Die episode (Ep 501) which is my all time favourite episode. It is great. The Passion of the Jew is a close second.

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  4. Ztev () says:

    There is software available , actually you advertise it at the bottom of your page for Ghost Surf, free trial available.
    Well click it to find out how to hide the only really legally identifiable information ,your IP address and stay beyond the reach of DF.
    Also useful if you use the internet for child porn

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  5. David Farrar () says:

    Simon – I am very happy to change classification to whatever you want. I put you down as left becayse you look like a hippie in your photo, you read the Guardian, and yes you kept getting mentioned by lefties.

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  6. Hans () says:

    44% use Firefox as browser. Wow, can we expect a knock on the door from the Microsoft enforement squad too?

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  7. Gaz () says:

    Just out of interest, why did you make a post about this?

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  8. David Farrar () says:

    It is highly recommended that websites publish a privacy policy covering use of information, cookies etc.

    I just finally got around to it.

    I have also been seeing some relatively defamatory comments made (on some very old threads incidentially) about prominent people, so it was timely to warn people that they can be tracked.

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  9. sagenz () says:

    Like ditto for my right. DPF. I intend to plagiarise your privacy policy. In fact since your forum than mine gets more readers consider this notice. Sagenz adopts the DPF version of the privacy policy. Only you wont get as much sympathy and the police would not need to ask for a warrant. Perhaps you could licence it for nzpundits nzblogthread thing.

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  10. Berend de Boer () says:

    It might be interesting for people to know that you can hide most of the details DPF mentions, if you are behind a properly configured proxy… :-)

    And if you go through an anonymizer, you truly are anonymous.

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  11. David Farrar () says:

    Plagiarism of the privacy policy is fine, but it would be nice to include a reference/link to its source.

    I’m going to put a permament link on my main page to it, along with my yet to be drafted linking policy!

    Simon – I’ll neutralise you (as oppossed to neutering you). Anes yes hard to find Kerry fans. The best Kerry group I have seen is the “People who hate Kerry, for Kerry” who say they can not stand Kerry, wince everytime he speaks or brays, but want him to win as he is not Bush. They are at least honest :-)

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  12. sagenz () says:

    David you are a fair man, why dont you just write the nz blog policy for privacy, linking, suppression (or not) of countering points of view. Then we can all link to it and you can enjoy all the free publicity. sort of like the my site stats are supplied by “site meter” – my policies are supplied by david farrar.

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