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Ian Darwin: Privacy Policy

  1. We run our web site on the most secure operating system money can't buy, OpenBSD.
  2. We currently don't collect or store any online data about customers or surfers, other than what the Web Server collects in its log files.
  3. We don't sell or distribute our customer data or server logs to anybody.
  4. We work hard to prevent SPAM from entering or leaving our site. We do log and report SPAM and other trespassing such as doorknob rattling by script kiddies and other would-be system crackers, and report these to their ISPs and to the relevant voluntary (MAPS RBL) and governmental authorities when we feel like it. Caveat cractor.
  5. Our actual customer data is not stored on a machine with a permanent connection to the Internet. In fact it's stored in a stack of papers in the corner of the garage, under some old copies of National Geographic.

What more could you ask?

But seriously, folks.

For legal reasons we offer the following: Your privacy is important to us.

Purpose and Scope

This policy discloses what information we gather about you when you visit this site or sign up as a member. It describes how we use that information and how you can control it. Our privacy policy addresses:

  • Information we gather and track
  • Personal information
  • Cookies
  • Notification of Changes
  • How to update, correct, or delete your information

Information We Gather

We collect two kinds of information about users: 1) data that users volunteer by signing up to receive news and product information, entering contests, completing surveys, or buying directly from us; and 2) aggregated tracking data we collect when users interact with us.

Personal Information (Signup Sites Only)

We use the personal information you provide voluntarily to send information you've requested, to contact you as required.

If you do not sign up with the site, we would only use a transient "session cookie" to track you from one page view to the next; these are not identifiable to you, and are discarded within a few hours of your last page view.

If you do sign up online, you must provide your name, email address, and mailing address. We are required to obtain and retain this information for legal trackability. recipes and comments may become part of the published version of the Cookbook. We never sell or rent your address or other personally identifiable information you provide us under these circumstances. Your name will be displayed as the contributor of your material, of course. Our software is intended to prevent other members from accessing your personal information:
We will not disclose your email address to anyone intentionally, but will use it (without displaying it) if another member sends you a private message. If you directly reply to this message, your email address will, of course, be revealed to the other member, but by your mail system, not by our software.
We will display your web site address, twitter, facebook, G+ and similar profile addresses (but not your email nor your physical address) only to other verified, logged-in members. You are not required to provide these; do not list them unless you want them visible to other members.

We will normally send you very occasional site mails, and you will also by default be notified if one of your Recipes is commented on or edited. You can control these emails from your personal profile page.

We do not share this information with any other company or organization, except that we may have to give some information to O'Reilly Media as part of preparing the published version of the Cookbook, or we may be obliged by Law Enforcement to disclose information as part of an investigation.

Cookies and Analytics

A persistent cookie is a small data item that we transfer to your computer's hard drive through your web browser when you visit our sites. Cookies enable our systems to recognize your computer, so that we can provide you with personalized information and features. We also use cookies to track user traffic patterns.

You can set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies or to block cookies. If you block cookies, you will not be able to log in, but you will still be able to use the more common site features, e.g., view recipes.

We use Google Analytics for anonymous, aggregated information on how various parts of the site are used. We do not receive any personally-identifiable information from this.

Notification of Changes

When there are non-trivial changes to the site Privacy Policy or to its Terms and Conditions, we will send an email to all registered members. Since email is never totally reliable, you should check these two documents periodially.

How to update, correct, or delete your information (Signup Sites Only)

Use the Prefences or Profile link that appears at the top of every page while you are logged in.

Should you wish to have your personal information permanently deleted, you may do so at any time by using the contact form, except that your name will still be displayed with your contributions. We cannot delete these because they are part of the published and printed version of the Cookbook; you granted a non-revocable license to those when you created your account.