Privacy and Cookie Policy

This policy was written by an engineer and not a lawyer. It’s meant to be informal and not a legal agreement or contract. Where agreement is implied below, it’s understood as user consent through their web browser settings. This interpretation is in compliance with the Norwegian “ekomloven” which is the local adaptation of EU directive 2009/136/EF: better know as the “EU cookie law”. Some important data points have been highlighted to make the text more readable.


Servers and logs

Technical definitions: A “request” means the standard HTTP request your web browser or other client software transmit to a server for the purpose of retrieving a resource. “Request information” refers to the standard HTTP request headers sent to the server by your web browser or other client software and can include the time of the request, the name of client software, your IP address, your preferred language, and other standard headers.

This website is delivered through BunnyCDN by BunnyWay d.o.o. and Hetzner by Hetzner Online GmbH. Both providers may collect and store your request information temporarily and use it exclusively for the purposes of delivering this website to you and to detect and block automated misuse and security issues (“malicious bot activity”).

All request information is logged and stored by Ctrl blog for up to 100 days, usually no more than 30 days. Attempts at accessing password protected resources or requests that are automatically identified as automated, aggressive/high-frequency, or malicious may be logged for up to one year. This information is used for aggregated statistical purposes such as identifying which web browsers or operating systems are the most popular, or which web pages are the most popular. The logs can also be used to identify and troubleshoot technical problems.

Automated software may identify and refuse service to IP addresses that are through to be unusual, disruptive, or hostile in order to protect the server and security.

Analytics

The website uses the Google Analytics services from Google, Inc.. It is a platform for gathering and tracking tracking aggregate data about which webpages and devices are popular. Google Analytics as used on this site always use the “anonymize ip” option; what this means is defined by and at the discretion of Google, Inc. Please refer to How Google uses data when you use our partners’ sites or apps for details.

A Google-unique identifier is stored on your web browser or device by Google Analytics to identify return visits (when you return to this website in the future).

A secondary statistics system also collects information about which pages you view and for how long. This data is used to track the popularity and interest in pages over time and is only shared in aggregate numbers. You can see an example of how this data is used in the popularity sparkline graphs on the Topic index.

Advertisement

Ctrl blog is a participant in the Amazon Services, LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Advertisements for Amazon that affect your privacy without you leaving this website will include a privacy policy link. Amazon may display you ads based on your interest profile. Advertisements that require you to click them (links) will have a privacy policy for Amazon on the page you land on.

Within the European Economic Area (EEA): The website displays non-personalized advertisements through the Google AdSense services from Google, Inc.. AdSense may display you ads based on the topic of the page you’re viewing or general geographic location. The cookies used by AdSense are there to allow for frequency capping (not showing you the same advertisement repeatedly), aggregated ad reporting (statistics), and to combat fraud and abuse. Please refer to How Google uses information from sites or apps that use our services for details.

Rest of the world: You may opt-in to the same policy as the EEA (above) by enabling the Do Not Track (DNT) option in the Advanced Settings or Security and Privacy settings section in your web browser. The website may display personalized advertisements through the Google AdSense services from Google, Inc.. AdSense may display you ads based on profiling of your online activities as recorded by Google, or based the topic of the page you’re viewing or general geographic location. You can opt-out of personalized ads if you prefer contextual advertisements (ads based on the contents of the page or general geographic location). The cookies used by AdSense are used for preference profiling, to allow for frequency capping (not showing you the same advertisement repeatedly), aggregated ad reporting (statistics), and to combat fraud and abuse. Please refer to How Google uses information from sites or apps that use our services for details.

This website also hosts a secondary advertisement system which doesn’t use cookies, track users, or do anything other than display advertisement banners in device-appropriate sizes. Visitors who send the “Do Not Track” preference signal through their web browser will see these advertisements more often than other visitors.

Web feed syndication service

The web syndication service (“RSS”) at “feed.ctrl.blog” is governed by the same policies as the main website with the following addition:

IP addresses subscribed to the syndication service may undergo extra scrutiny to identify and prevent automated “web scraping”/article theft.

Email address sharing

Visitors who signed up for the weekly email news letter before : The email newsletter service is operated by The Rocket Science Group through their MailChimp service. Please refer to the MailChimp’s privacy policy for details. It’s no longer possible to sign-up for this email newsletter, but you can still get an email newsletter or subscribe through another third-party. See the available subscription options for details.

Secure communications

This site is only loaded over an encrypted connection with the server (HTTPS) providing added protection against surveillance and interference by third‐parties.

Additional notices for third‐party content

Efforts have been made to reduce the amount of third-party embedded content and data minimization techniques have been deployed to reduce data sharing with any third-parties where third-party content has been embedded.

This website usually hosts all resources that are included on its pages on its own web servers out of principle. Their use on this site is limited so it should only concern a small minority of pages, however occasional third‐party content (like a video or graph) may be embedded and loaded as part of specific pages. The terms and conditions as well as privacy policies of these third‐party embedded contents are provided by the service provider. Please refer to the privacy policies of these services to learn more about their use on this websites.

This privacy policy can change without notice. Changes will appear on this page.