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My Privacy Practices and Promises

This Web site, blog, e-mail newsletter, and mailing lists are maintained by Edward Hasbrouck. I'm an outspoken privacy advocate, and I try to practice what I preach.

(I think what people do matters more than what they say, which is why I talk about practices and promises rather than policies" Many Web sites and services have privacy "policies" that don't describe their actual practices. And most privacy policies, if you read the fine print, are non-binding and don't really make any promises. I will try to do better. I'm open to your suggestions for improvement.)

In consideration of your giving me your e-mail address, I promise to use your e-mail address only to my e-mail newsletter or messages to whichever mailing list(s) you have asked to subscribe to. If you ask to unsubscribe, I promise to honor your request.

I don't use an outsourced e-mail or list provider. I run my own mail and list server. I maintain my mailing lists myself. So far as I know, no one has access to them except me and the staff of the data center in Canada where my server is hosted. So far as I know, they have never tried to abuse their power as system administrators.

My Web site and mail and list server are hosted in Canada, not in the USA. The privacy of information concerning visitors to this Web site and subscribers to my newsletter is protected by Canadian laws including the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. Because I administer this site mostly from the USA, however, e-mail addresses of newsletter subscribers and any information included in e-mail sent to me is routinely transferred from servers in Canada to me in the USA. If you don't consent to having whatever information you provide transferred to me in the USA, don't subscribe to my e-mail newsletter, and don't send me e-mail. If you wish to exercise any of your rights under PIPEDA with respect to any personal information I have about you, please contact me directly. I'm sometimes travelling and out of touch for extended periods of time, but I will attempt to respond to your request as fully and promptly as possible.

I do not knowingly share addresses with my publishers, clients, or employers. I have never sold, rented, "shared", or knowingly disclosed any e-mail addresses from my mailing lists to anyone. I will never do so except under duress, and I will vigorously contest any attempt to compel me to do so or to prohibit me from publicizing any such demand. I warrant under penalty of perjury that neither I nor, to the best of my knowledge and belief, any other person or entity with access to data collected through this Web site has ever received a subpoena, search warrant, "National Security Letter", or other legal demand or order for disclosure of any such data.

I understand and intend that visitors to this site should be able to, and will, rely on this statement as part of the basis for their decision of whether to visit any portion of this Web site, subscribe to my e-mail newsletter, send me e-mail, or provide other information. In consideration of your willingness to visit, subscribe, and/or provide other information, and because I believe it is the proper and ethical course of action, I pledge that I will update this page as soon as possible, and I will attempt to notify any individuals whose e-mail addresses are divulged, if I am ever forced to divulge any e-mail addresses from this list, or if I become aware that the security of the list or data concerning Web site visitors has been compromised. Any attempt to prevent me from updating this Web page in such an event would be an attempt to coerce me to commit perjury and fraud. It would also be a violation of my freedom of speech and an attempt to coerce me to utter false statements to each visitor to this Web page.

You can remove your e-mail address from my mailing list at any time by following the link in each message.

You can also unsubscribe by sending me an e-mail message (it's easiest for me if you forward the list message, so to which list and at what e-mail address you were subscribed) at "unsubscribe@hasbrouck.org".

This Web site is served using encrypted HTTPS, using a Let's Encrypt signed certificate, not a self-signed certificate. All content from me on this site is served over an encrypted connection. However, there are embedded images, videos, and ads on a few of my Web pages that are served from other unencryped sites. So if your Web browser is set to block unencrypted content on "mixed" Web pages (some browsers are set this way by default), you may not see some images, videos, and ads.

I use cookies on this Web site only if you register as a commenter on my blog, or if you click on some advertisements. That's how I get paid by advertisers. You can view everything on this site without accepting cookies except some embedded images, videos, and ads served by other sites.

There's a widget on some pages of this site that shows my most recent Tweets. This widget is served by Twitter and includes Twitter tracking cookies. If you set your Web browser to "do not track", as I do, you probably won't see this widget. You should still see a link to my Twitter feed, which is public and doesn't require Twitter membership.

If you have other questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

Bon voyage!

Edward Hasbrouck


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