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.
All content delivery 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.
Visitors that access the website through a Tor proxy or the Tor Browser may be opportunistically directed to connect to a Hidden Onion Service entirely inside the Tor network instead of accessing through the Internet. Note that the address bar in your browser will still say your connected to “ctrl.blog” even when you’re connected through the Onion Service. There will be an informational notice at the top of the page when you’re connected through the Onion Service.
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.
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.
Onion Service user: Visitors who use Ctrl Blog’s Onion Service (through the Tor Browser or a Tor proxy) are assumed to have enabled the Do Not Track (DNT) option.
Everything served from this site, with the exception of streaming videos as described above, is loaded over an encrypted connection between your device and the server (HTTPS) providing added protection against surveillance and interference by third‐parties.
Newsletter and your email address
You can share your email address with Ctrl blog and receive weekly updates in your email inbox. Your email address is stored by Ctrl blog exclusively for the purpose of delivering you news about new and updated articles on Ctrl blog.
You can delete your email address from our lists by unsubscribing from the list. Your email address will be removed from the mailing lists immediately, but it will remain in the email delivery system for up to one month afterwards before its deleted permanently. Your email address may also remain in backups for an additional to 60 days.
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.