At least, mine does to me. For those who live in European Union, it also happens to be the law.
To that end, I have worked in my own small way to reduce the amount of online tracking and increase the level of privacy in my own life. I also try to ensure these steps are embodied in the code and systems of all winter.ink websites.
I accept this is not an exact process. Systems which are today given a clean bill of health by security experts, are found to be security flawed tomorrow. This means that while the notion of security is fairly consistent, what constitutes secure online practice is ever changing. In that context, I am constantly working to evolve my own practices and winter.ink websites will also continue to evolve to implement best practices where possible.
HTTPS by Default
This ensures that your connection to this website is always encrypted. Though not a crucial issue for many, given all information on this website is accessible to the public, it does mean that any data you input while here only goes to the places it should with no spying eyes intercepting the connection.
Plausible has been implemented as the analytics platform for this website. This is because even though the purpose of Plausible Analytics is to track usage, it can and is done:
without collecting any personal data or personally identifiable information (PII), without using cookies and while respecting the privacy of the website visitors.
Plausible is GDPR, CCPA and cookie law compliant. You can read their full Data Policy.
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