This page was last updated June 13, 2019.
The short version is that you use this website, and everything hosted here, at your own risk. Anything that you download to your computer is also done so at your own risk. But I’m not going to knowingly host or make available anything that would compromise your computer; I am not an asshole.
Privacy? I take that very seriously. I have installed a local analytics package called Matomo which interprets the kind of information your browser sends anyway, such as screen resolution, browser, operating system, and referral information. This information is regularly flushed, is kept pseudonymous, and is password-protected. I take reasonable precautions to ensure that nobody else can see this information, and I do not share it with any third parties.
You can opt out of Matomo analytics for Pixel Envy on this page. I wish it was inline, but a WordPress quirk prevented me from plopping the
iframe right here.
Your connection to the site also includes your IP address. I have configured Matomo to anonymize IP addresses in the last digit. For example,
192.168.99.123 will become
192.168.99.0. I don’t believe there’s a way of recovering the last digit historically, but I also do not want to, have no incentive to do so, and have no way of associating any IP address with a person.
I am using this information to understand what kinds of technology my audience uses and the general size of that audience — for example, if I want to change the site’s styling, I would like to make sure I know which browsers to test in to make sure it works for a majority of my audience. I also want to know approximately how many people read this website.
I have also installed the Wordfence security plugin which has the option to show visitors to the site as a live feed. I have disabled this option, as well as disabled the ability for Wordfence to set visitor cookies.
Emails are kept private, especially when sent encrypted, but I may want to quote something you’ve written me about from time to time. When that happens, I’ll ask you. If you’ve emailed me about something you think I got wrong, I will ask if it’s okay to use your name to credit the correction or clarification.
I accept tips via email, Twitter DM, iMessage, and assorted encrypted messaging apps. Please give me a shout if you have information you think I’d like to know. I’m always interested in tips about Apple, egregious privacy violations, malfeasance by those responsible for high technology, antitrust matters, and so forth. I take seriously the privacy and confidentiality of sources.
Please email me if you have any questions.