Last updated: 13 October 2015
We take your privacy very seriously.
Here (in plain English) are full details explaining what information our site collects from you and what happens to it after that.
What information do we collect?
Like every other website on the Net, our site is hosted on a web server
(a powerful computer
at our ISP) that keeps a log of all the
pages and graphics it serves and where it sends them to.
This information is essentially anonymous and statistical (it tells us
how many people from Iceland looked at our site last Thursday), but it
doesn't tell us anything personal about them. We don't
know who those people were, whether they were fishermen or fighter
pilots, or what colour socks they were wearing at the time.
The logs don't tell us who you are or where you live—but they do record your IP number (a number that uniquely identifies your computer). They also note how much information you downloaded, the operating system and browser you're using, the date and time of your visit, how you came to our site, and so on. None of this information is personally identifiable. We can figure out some things about what computer 126.96.36.199 was doing at 5am on Thursday, October 5 2007, if we really want to, but we don't know who that computer belongs to—and frankly we've got much better things to do with our time.
How do we use this information? We view the access logs in a very
general way using a statistical package called AWStats. (If
you're really interested, you can see a demo of
the kind of statistics that we can see.) What do they tell us? If we
certain pages are unpopular, we can improve
them or discontinue them. If we know our server is about to crash
because too many people
are looking at our global warming page again, we can get a bigger
server. If we know our RSS feeds are growing in popularity, we will
start to update them more often. This is the kind of thing we do with