Currently silent.se is divided in two parts, using two different web page coding techniques. The old pages are hand coded. The new ones are coded with the help of WordPress. For the moment the old pages contain no script like the new ones for to set and read cookies. The old pages also do not detect where readers come from.
silent.se also provides pages in two languages. The Swedish version of this page: Policy för integritet och kakor.
Basics about cookies
Web browsing cookies are tiny pieces of important information that can be downloaded to, stored on and read from our computers’, tablets’ or smartphones’ hard drives as we download and view Web pages using Web browsers.
What might be controversial about cookies is not that they are being stored on our hard drives, but how they then are being reused, and that the scripts that set and read cookies often also are used to collect information about readers’ individual IP addresses. Cookies on our hard drives can be reused by the services they are connected with, both within the current Web browsing session and/or later on.
Cookies were invented for to remember information about the individual Website user. That doesn’t mean that the services setting and reading cookies understand the identity with a full name of the specific user, but that that the service might be able to understand a particular users, or better said specific Web browsing browser’s preferences and behavior.
The reason that there is much talk about cookies, especially in Europe, is that there are concerns that cookies might help their services to remember and understand too much about individuals.
IP address tracking
The fact that the so called Web browser scripts for cookies also often at the same time as setting and reading cookies collect IP addresses seems all too often have been confused with the question about cookies per se.
IP address resolving
There are commercial services that sell databases over countries, parts of countries, villages, cities and sections of cities that are used to resolve IP address locations. We can also guess that there are databases of individuals’ IP-addresses not presented in open fora. These services are probably not the same services as the open ones setting cookies and collecting IP addresses, but if the closed IP address resolvers have access to the IP information the widely used cookie scripts collect, then some people might run in to trouble for reading what they are reading, and for writing what they are writing.
First-party and third-party cookies
First-party cookies are set and read only by the domain they stem from. Third-party cookies are set by a service outside the domain that they track. There are concerns that granting huge analytics services access to Web sites’ user data by letting them set and read third party cookies will help them collect too much personal data about too many people.
Cookies at silent.se
The sole reason for cookies at all at silent.se is that I’m curious about my readers. Being able to see that my writing is read encourages me to improve my site. I also like the feeling of being part of the World, seeing that my readers come from so many different cities in so many different countries.
The two or three cookies set and/or read reading content at silent.se are only first-party cookies set by an analytics platform located side by side with the site itself. One cookie will be set by silent.se when clicking Hide to the cookie banner. This cookie’s purpose is to remember our choice to remove the cookie banner. Two cookies are set by the analytics platform.
Reading silent.se and having our Web browser set to accept cookies, two cookies will be placed on our harddisk, then becoming possible to read. This even if we choose not to click Hide for to hide the cookie banner.
Privacy at silent.se
If we have set our Web browser to send a do not track request will silent.se via the analytics platform respect our choice. The last part of readers’ IP addresses is not shown to me. Both silent.se and the analytics platform run with SSL encryption. I don’t share my analytics data on the Internet, or to any third party, but I might some time show an interested person how the analytics platform is doing its job at silent.se
Matomo (formerly Piwik) is the locally installed analytics platform that helps me understand some about the ones reading my site. I can see what pages are read, and for how long. I can also see where my readers come from, what Web browser is used, what browser plugins, the screen resolution and operating system. Matomo is open source software with a transparent GPL license.
The cookies downloaded to our hard drive browsing silent.se will have different expiration times. The one set by silent.se to remember our choice to accept cookies here will expire in one year. One of the Matomo cookies will expire in 30 minutes, and the other in 13 months.
Our browsers’ cookies
Note that we don’t have to keep cookies on our hard drives if we don’t want to. All modern Web browsers have a setting that will clean their memory of cookies. Some can delete individual cookies, and many of them can be set to get rid of all cookies as we close the Web browser. There is also software that can scan hard drives for cookies in different browsers, and delete them all at the same time.
If you read silent.se I take it to mean that you are fine also with its privacy and cookies policy.
The Swedish version: Policy för integritet och kakor