This Web site, which is the homepage of Robert [Wesley] Angelo (contact)
- Does not run advertisements
- Does not use outside analytics services
- Does not use web beacons
- Does not seek to identify you as an individual
What information is collected by the host server for roangelo.net and provided to me in the site's access logs?
- Your IP address
- Requested page
- The URL of the site that referred you to roangelo.net, if any
- The query that brought you to this site from a search engine, if any. Note: most queries are now encrypted and thus are not reported to my site's server
- The particulars of the operating system and browser you are using
Here is a make-believe example of such a log file entry:
s09-16.opera-mini.net - - [17/Sep/2013:01:51:20 +0200] "GET /logwitt/delphi.html HTTP/1.1" 200 11253 "http://www.bing.com/search?q=socrates+apollo+delphi&form=APIPA1" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.2; WOW64) Gecko/20130911 Firefox/24.0"
But my site's hosting service gathers much more information than that about your visit. How long does roangelo.net keep this information? Locally, on my personal computer, if I download these logs, for at most one day -- with the exception of the search query itself, which in the example above is "socrates apollo delphi" -- which I normally keep indefinitely. But with encrypted queries, fewer and fewer of those are reported in the logs, which leaves me in the dark with respect to the next topic.
I study the site's access logs mostly to learn which search queries have brought visitors to the site. I do this for two reasons:
- To make my site respond to those queries as well as I am able to -- so that my site does not waste your time because of search engine misdirection
- Because search queries often suggest ideas to me that I want to think about for myself
How long does the business that hosts my site -- namely, Cedant Web Hosting (Abacus, then Aplus.net), San Diego, California, closed 30 January 2010; then SuccessfulHosting.com (Navisite LLC), Massachusetts, U.S.A., closed 17 September 2017; then Vidahost.com (Paragon Internet Group), Berkshire, England until 20 October 2017; at present A2hosting.com, Ann Arbor, Michigan -- keep copies of my site's access logs? That I don't know, but of the logs I am able to see at most one month.
In general, the information I receive about visitors to this site I treat with the same strong respect for privacy that I would like my own information to be treated with.
Policy last revised 17 January 2018 : 2018-01-17 by Robert [Wesley] Angelo
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