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Privacy Policy for "roangelo.net"

This Web site, which is the homepage of Robert Wesley Angelo (contact)

What information is collected by the host server for roangelo.net and provided to me in the site's access logs?

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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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