This website collects a variety of anonymous statistics about it's visitors using tools like Google Analytics. In some cases, personally identifiable information (PII) is collected through an opt-in process, such as using your email address to subscribe to a newsletter. In any case where PII data is collected (e.g. newsletter) you are free to chose not to provide this information. Please note, there are plenty of ways to stay up to date with the content on my site (i.e. Twitter, LinkedIn, Google RSS, etc), so if you prefer not to provide personal contact information, such as an email address, then you are free to do so and stay connected with me through other channels.
Any of the information collected on this website, anonymous or PII, is not and will never be shared with a third party. The data collected is used either for the analysis and optimisation of content and/or user experience on this website, or as a way to stay connected with visitors who opt-in to share PII data (e.g. newsletter subscribe).
There are a few different tools and platforms this website uses to collect and store data, which include:
- Google Analytics
- Squarespace Analytics
- Onsite Forms
Data is stored in an encoded format optimized for performance, rather than stored in a traditional file system or database manner. Data is dispersed across a number of physical and logical volumes for redundancy and expedient access, thereby obfuscating it from tampering.
Google applications run in a multi-tenant, distributed environment. Rather than segregating each customer's data onto a single machine or set of machines, data from all Google customers (consumers, business, and even Google's own data) is distributed among a shared infrastructure composed of Google's many homogeneous machines and located in Google's data centers.
If you'd like to learn more about how Google Analytics works, you can read more about it here. If you'd like to learn more about cookies and Google Analytics cookies, you can read more about it here. If you'd like to learn more about how Google stores the data it collects, you can read more about it here.
If you prefer not to have any information shared with Google Analytics, you may do so by using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on, which is compatible with multiple browsers.
Unfortunately I don't know of any tool or plugin like the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on for Squarespace. However, one way to share less data about your visit session with Squarespace Analytics is to visit the site in Private Browsing mode, which is supported on many common browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and later versions of Internet Explorer.
I collect information through a variety of online forms within this website, such as the form at the bottom of this page, on my Contact Me page, and on my Speaking page. Filling out these forms is entirely voluntary. In the event that you do fill out a form on this website all information provided will be kept private and confidential, and will not be shared with a 3rd party without prior consent.
I currently use Mailchimp to allow visitors to subscribe and stay up to date with the contents of this site via email. Subscribing via email is done through an opt-in process and is entirely voluntary. If you do not wish to share your personal contact information then you are free to stay up to date with the content on this site through other means (e.g. Twitter, LinkedIn).
The information you provide when subscribing to this website is kept private and confidential, and will not be shared with a 3rd party.
You are free to unsubscribe from any future communications at any time but clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email. Once unsubscribed your contact information will be purged from my contact database in Mailchimp.
Note. Currently I only use Mailchimp for RSS/content syndication. In the future I may launch an e-newsletter which is managed through Mailchimp. If I ever do launch an e-newsletter I will inform all email subscribers of this website before sending out any content, and will offer the chance to opt-out of future communications at that time.
Other ways to control your privacy
I've listed a few methods above for preventing or limiting the data collected on this website by the various analytics tools I use. However, there are a few more ways that you can control your privacy.
Another method is to configure the DO NOT TRACK (DNT) feature in your preferred browser. Broadly speaking DNT is a setting in your browser that requests a website or ad network to not track your browsing behaviour. Think of it as a Do Not Call list, but for the internet. It's important to note that DNT is not a full-proof way to prevent your data from being collected, but it can be generally effective. More common browsers support this feature and it's easy to implement. To learn how just do a google search for your browser name + Do Not Track.