Your privacy is very important to me, as is mine. According to a bit of research the following are questions to ask and answer about what is happening on any given website.
Questions and answers;
What information is being collected, who is collecting it, how is it collected?
I use a service called Fathom to show page ‘hits’. It does not collect any personally identifiable information and uses no cookies.
Why is it being collected?
It is used as an indicator to see if anyone is actually viewing the site. It also gives a list of referrals (search engines, social media etc.) so that I can see from where people have linked from.
To be clear, I cannot identify which accounts, only the website name. For example if I added a link to a post on
How will it be used?
Only as an indicator for the author that articles or pages are being viewed and what’s popular. Honestly, vanity mainly.
Who will it be shared with?
No one. Ever. Like I said, I take privacy seriously.
What will be the effect of this on the individuals concerned?
Aside from me knowing that you’ve viewed a page and in some cases from where the link originated, none really. You can also (possibly) turn tracking off inside your own
browser. Some internet
browsers have a ‘Do Not Track’ (
DNT) setting. This sends a signal to websites asking them not to track your browsing. Do a search in your
browsers settings and see if you can do so.
Is the intended use likely to cause individuals to object or complain?
Hopefully not. If you do have a comment you could always get in touch via Social Media or click the link below and let me know.
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