GDPR is lame, really
The European Union implemented the General Data Protection Regulation on May 25, 2018. As a moral thing, it is warm-hearted idea towards privacy rights (but it has many flaws discussed here, here and here). So much for clear guidelines, definate playbook and concise easy-to-read lanuage. Its actual eventuality is of course money.
Our primary focus as a web development and IT company is towards US-based customers. However, a multitude of gripfastistech.com visitors are geographically located in Europe and many open source software projects we discuss, test and use on a daily basis have international communities. We've created this policy based on the GDPR guidelines with further recommendations to help our visitors and clients alike enhance their own privacy and that of their customers.
Duh. Most of the web uses a form of temporary cookies. We don't use any of the nasty types that would actually require us to notify a visitor in the EU (ours don't live beyond the browser session). The United States has no such requirement.
Information you provide to us:
We will obviously collect information when you input it into our website forms or otherwise provide it directly so that we can provide services and/or products to you. We provide encrypted communication methods free of charge and encourage their use (Signal and PGP/GPG keys for email).
You might also provide payment information, such as payment card details we collect via secure payment processing services like Paypal or Liberapay (donations or billing). A more private way to provide your payment information is by using anonymous cash-bought Visa/MasterCard gift cards or alternatively use providers like Privacy to actually pay us for stuff.
We retain account information only as long as is legally required for tax purposes for clients. Aforementioned payment services are billed automatically and we will not retain specific payment information longer than is absolutely necessary to complete transactions for services.
Website Analytic Information:
We use Matomo for our website analytic data which helps us determine what technology our visitors use and what topics are popular on our blog. There are several privacy-aware rules we recommend to clients and we ourselves practice:
We do not track fully qualified IP addresses. We purge/delete any and all identifiable analytic data automatically every 180 days. We don't share this data with others, ever, period. We respect and obey your browser's "Do not track" requests as shown below. Here's how to enable that in Firefox and Chromium (please stop using Chromium if you can).
Our policy towards children:
Our professional services are not directed to individuals under 18 years old. If we become aware that a child has provided us with personal information we will take steps to delete such information.
We hope children are encouraged by responsible parents to read our blog, use (libre) free and open source software. The Internet is the most significant democratizing force ever known but it is not without danger much like the real world. Everyone should be informed on how to protect themselves and loved ones threats personal, corporate and governmental.
The following lists are beginners' suggested toolkit to stay safer online and retain a basic minimum level of privacy and security.
We recommend GNU/Linux such as Ubuntu MATE.
Finally, an efficient blocker. Easy on CPU and memory.
Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers.
HTTPS Everywhere is a browser extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.
Protects you against tracking through "free", centralized, content delivery.
Prevent WebRTC from leaking your IP address on Firefox and prevent websites using your camera through the browser.
High priority privacy resources:
Privacytools.io is a socially motivated website that provides information for protecting your data security and privacy.
Opt out of global data surveillance programs like PRISM, XKeyscore and Tempora.
A list of free and open source Android apps inspired by Prism-Break. Showing you high quality alternatives to the big proprietary solutions.
The Complete Privacy & Security Podcast
Weekly podcast presents ideas to help you stay secure from cyber threats.
What are the best Linux Sites?
Some of our favorite sources of great reading material.
Network/IP based filtering for your home network plus moving away from default ISP or Google DNS.
Now that you know we care about privacy and we are trustworthy partners lets get started on your next project! Give us a call at (559) 242-6647, send us an email or send a SMS now to get started! Better yet, send your email to us privately through our encypted web form here.