I use wordpress and this currently uses a session ‘cookie’ on load of the site. I also have Google Analytics tracking movement and visitors on this site.
When you comment I see your IP address but I am just a girl with a blog. I don’t use information for any financial purpose.
My server has log files but at no point do I try to identify users.
So, ya know your safe.
But you can say NO TO BISCUITS! Or cookies for our american friends…
User anonymity and personal information
Log files are maintained and analysed of all requests for files on this website’s web servers. Log files do not capture personal information but do capture the user’s IP address, which is automatically recognised by my web servers.
Aggregated analysis of these log files is used to monitor website usage. These analyses may be made to available to third parties to allow them to measure, for example, overall popularity of the site and typical user paths through the site.
Except as stated already, I will make no attempt to identify individual users. You should be aware, however, that access to web pages will generally create log entries in the systems of your ISP or network service provider. These entities may be in a position to identify the client computer equipment used to access a page. Such monitoring would be done by the provider of network services and is beyond my responsibility or control.
I will make no attempt to track or identify individual users, except where there is a reasonable suspicion that unauthorised access to systems is being attempted. In the case of all users, I reserve the right to attempt to identify and track any individual who is reasonably suspected of trying to gain unauthorised access to computer systems or resources operating as part of this site.
As a condition of use of this site, all users must give me their permission to use access logs to attempt to track users who are reasonably suspected of gaining, or attempting to gain, unauthorised access.
All log file information collected is kept secure and no access to raw log files is given to any third party.
This website does not store any information that would, on its own, allow me to identify individual users of this service without their permission. Any cookies that may be used by this website are used either solely on a per session basis or to maintain user preferences. Cookies are not shared with any third parties.
Data protection and confidentiality
Some services on this website require me to collect personal information from you. To comply with the Data Protection Act, I have a duty to tell you how this is stored the information collected and how it is used.
Any information you do submit will be stored securely and will never be passed on or sold to any third party.
My biscuit tin:
Google Analytics: __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz – I use Google Analytics to monitor traffic levels, search queries and visits to this website. Google Analytics stores IP address anonamously on its servers in the US, and neither myself or Google associate your IP address with any personally identifiable information. These cookies enable Google to determine whether you are a return visitor to the site, and to track the pages that you visit during your session.
Commenting: comment_author,comment_author_email,comment_author_url – Three cookies are set for commenter’s on this blog. This is so you don’t have to retype information.The commenter cookies are set to expire a little under one year from the time they’re set.
PHPSESSID is the session cookie and expires at the end of the session.
Remember cookies are NOT evil! Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember things that a browser had done there in the past, which can include having clicked particular buttons, logging in, or having read pages on that site months or years ago.