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Privacy Policy

Who we are

This is the personal web site of Philip Weiss, a resident of the state of Washington. No business is conducted on the site. It does not comply with the European GDPR. Sorry, I just don’t have time to deal with it.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site it collects the data
shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and
browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also
called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if
you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available
here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your
comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the
context of your comment.


The comment and post notifications (subscriptions) service is provided by Automattic, and is subject to Automattic’s privacy policy.


If you leave a comment on our site you opt-in to saving your
name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your
convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again
when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos,
images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites
behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the
other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed
additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with
that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the
embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that


This site uses site tracking from Automattic and Google and the data collection and use is subject to their privacy controls. Further information on Automattic’s privacy is located in their support document. Further information on Google’s privacy for site tracking is located on their support site. Tracking behaves much like invisible embedded content.

Who we share your data with

Except when served with legal direction otherwise and to the extent I am able and have knowledge of, I will tell you before giving your information to anyone who will use it for their own purposes. If I screw something up, I will try to rectify it.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are
retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any
follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a
moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

I will remove the email address used to submit comments if requested, and will delete email addresses from my contact lists to the extent I can and know how. The text of comments will not be removed except by whim or legal order. I do not honor Europe’s right to be forgotten.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam
detection service.

The Old Lock, photo by Charlotte Claeson (CC By)