My website is not (yet) primarily financially driven. I have not received any remuneration for any of the material posted on my blog. If I happen to mention any establishment, service or product – I did not intend for it to be an endorsement nor was I paid to do so. Also, I represent no one other than myself when I write.
Regardless, beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to disclose whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.
One of the FTC rules stipulate that if I interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, I would need to disclose this. Ditto if I use an Amazon link that gets me 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that gets me 0 cents. If someone gives me a comfy t-shirt with a logo and I wear it in a photo, same deal. Disclaimers all over the place.
This would be tedious for me and even more tedious for readers. But rules are rules.
It hasn’t happened yet, but if it did, I will make sure to mention it.
The simple act of visiting a website leaves a trail of information, a “digital footprint,” about visitors like you. Sometimes this footprint is vague and preserves your anonymity and other times it is tied specifically to you and your real life identity.
If all you do is click around and read pages, the data captured about you is vague. If you leave a comment or sign up for a newsletter, the data captured about you is at times very specific. Almost all web sites on the web today collect data in this fashion about visitors, and this site is no different.
Data is used for the express purpose of enabling you to read, respond to, and discover published content topical to this site, and nothing else.
Data may be kept indefinitely.
Data is never bartered or sold for commercial gain.
Data is never given to advertisers unless by your own volition (such as Google tracking your activities on the web).
Data is given to law enforcement only when legal process is followed.
Data may be collected by analytic services.
Seattle, WA (2019)
Based on a work at 8bit.io.