This site uses Google Analytics to log anonymous data. Like what? Like which pages are visited, when they are visited, and which towns or cities people are (probably) visiting from. It doesn't track things like your name or address, and it can't because your computer doesn't give out that kind of information.
It also gives your computer scribbled notes that your computer repeatedly sends back. What?
On the internet, clicking a link is like mailing a letter where the return address is a bunch of letters and numbers with no name. The letter you get back is one web page, and you must send a new letter to request each page. One person might send these requests from different addresses, and different people might request the same page from the same address, which means the website doesn't even know whether two requests came from the same person. They compensate for this by giving your computer notes in a text file that your computer must send back with Every. Single. Request. This allows the site to keep track of information such as whether you have read this message already and which pages are viewed the most. The string of scribbled notes is called a COOKIE. Surprise.
It also allows advertising companies to do the same thing, and each company might do this at many websites. Do they/you know everything about me?
The Internet is engineered to allow your computer to communicate with "something". This is usually a website, or a thing with a website address (like "cesoid.com"). Your computer runs software called a "browser" (such as Chrome) to do this. Browsers only send cookies back to websites that created them. Even an advertisement appearing on cesoid.com has separate cookies that your browser would not send to cesoid.com, and your browser would not send cookies from cesoid.com to the advertising website. For these reasons, nobody can use a cookie that tells them everything that you're doing. So how do they seem to know exactly what to advertise to me?
Advertisers seem to know so much about you because, even if they don't know who you are and can't read cookies that belong to other websites, a lot of websites allow them to send and receive a cookie, which means they have collected a long list containing many of websites you've visited, and also they share a lot of (often anonymous) information with other companies. It's not so much that cookies give them new kinds of information, as it is that many of the websites you visit add a little bit of information, and those websites share information about you to advertisers, even if it is just which site you're visiting, and cookies allow them to tell which bits of information pertain to the same person.
Advertisers don't need your name or your ID number to sell you something, and they don't want it, because having that information subjects them to more regulations, but, more importantly, your name doesn't tell them what you want to buy.
cesoid.com servers automatically log:
This is what it logged about me when I visited just now (with the IP address and request_id changed, just in case):
2021-04-18T15:11:07.941365+00:00 heroku[router]: at=info method=GET path="/2048/supermerging?theme=original" host=www.cesoid.com request_id=9c9463ef-73f0-7684-90f0-f0e86afc84af fwd="0.0.0.0" dyno=web.1 connect=0ms service=334ms status=200 bytes=21615 protocol=https 2021-04-18T15:11:07.886378+00:00 app[web.1]: I, [2021-04-18T15:11:07.886259 #4] INFO -- : [9c9463ef-73f0-7684-90f0-f0e86afc84af] Rendered comments/_comment.haml (23.2ms) 2021-04-18T15:11:07.912663+00:00 app[web.1]: D, [2021-04-18T15:11:07.912518 #4] DEBUG -- : [9c9463ef-73f0-7684-90f0-f0e86afc84af] [1m[35m (17.5ms)[0m [1m[34mSELECT COUNT(*) FROM (SELECT 1 AS one FROM "comments" WHERE "comments"."discussion_slug" = $1 ORDER BY "comments"."created_at" DESC LIMIT $2) subquery_for_count[0m [["discussion_slug", "2048"], ["LIMIT", 4]]
You can see that most (or all) of this data is boring. It is also automatically deleted eventually, but I might keep some of it for debugging for a bit longer.
cesoid.com intentionally stores things when you do certain things that obviously require this to happen:
This data sticks around indefinitely, but I can remove it if you ask me to, by sending me an email at cesoid at gmail.
cesoid.com cannot possibly store certain things like names or addresses unless you intentionally send those things (such as by putting them into a comment...please don't put your address into a comment). Your computer doesn't send those things, and, oddly enough, might not even know those things.
Google Analytics assigns a random sequence of letters and numbers to each browser, which looks kind of like this:
It encrypts this, and probably some other things, and sends them to your computer. Your computer sends this back each time a page is loaded and after some other actions such as when clicking certain buttons.
By doing this, Google Analytics can keep track of which actions came from the same browser, even if it doesn't know who is using that browser.
We (at cesoid.com) can see individual paths that were taken at our website, with these paths tied to things like browser window sizes, operating system, and (often inaccurately) the city where the browser is communicating from. This isn't tied to your IP address, and it doesn't include Google Analytics information from other websites.
Most of the time, we just use this to see a bigger picture, such as how many people visited a particular page today.
We allow them and their providers to interact with your computer when you visit cesoid.com, which means they can give you cookies and read them, but cesoid.com cannot see these cookies, because the communication occurs directly between your computer and their servers. Because some of these providers are used bymany websites, they may be able to connect interactions from different sites. This is why ads are often influenced by your other activity on other sites. cesoid.com does not have access to any of this information.
Under GDPR rules, we claim "Legitimate interests" as a basis for collection of information about your visit to this site. This section may be confusing, but we basically have to pick one of several reasons for collecting data. This probably doesn't mean a lot to most people, but it suffices to say that this means we are doing our best to only collect information that is necessary for our purposes, and that our purposes are ok (and legal).
This also means we don't have a checkbox to opt-in or opt-out. Although this may seem like the standard because lots and lots of sites do this, it would probably be worse for both of us, as paradoxical as that may seem. To illustrate this point, consider this: Do you know what you're agreeing to when you click the "I agree" button? We're much happier to do our best to do what is acceptible than to ask you to agree to something you might not read or understand, or worse, allow you to opt-out of something only to discover that we have no control over it. It's easier (when possible) to do the right thing by following general principles than by explicitly agreeing to do a list of things that may turn out to be pointless or even the opposite of what we should be doing.
Why? Because there are a lot of rules, regulations, and moral implications about who should know what, and what they should do with that information, and the best way to avoid breaking those rules is to:
At this moment this site is run by one person. This may change in the future. As it stands, you can just email me at cesoid at gmail dot com if you have any issues, including if you want me to delete some data related to your use of this site.