Privacy policy

A private garden in Georgia. (Image by JR P; some rights reserved.)

We at The Sequim Times believe there is a place in society for privacy and anonymity. For example, our political system allows people to vote for political candidates using a “secret ballot”–we don’t have to tell our employer or a government agency who we voted for, unlike in Stalinist Russia.

Likewise, we believe people should have access to information and dialogue without having to reveal their identity.

“Privacy is an inherent human right, and a requirement for maintaining the human condition with dignity and respect.”1“The Value of Privacy” by Bruce Schneier. (link)

–Bruce Schneier, computer security expert

How The Sequim Times manages your information

We do not share our readers’ and subscribers’ personal information with other people, with one or two exceptions that allow us to send out emails to subscribers.2One exception to this is our mailing list, which we plan to share with MailPoet. Also our website database might be accessible to our hosting company.

At the level of tech companies and computer networks, we do not use the “Gravatar” service3Using Gravatar would mean that people who leave comments have their email addresses sent over the internet in an insecure fashion, and it could also mean that Gravatar’s servers can track everything you can do on a given website. or Google Analytics or Facebook plugins. To help with spam prevention, some websites send users’ data over the internet to a third party; we do not do this.

Unlike Facebook, we do not require people to use their full name to leave a comment. You can use your first name only, a nickname, or a pseudonym. You can find more about our comment policy here.

Iwo Jima Memorial, Washington, D.C. (Image by Al_HikesAZ; some rights reserved.)

For our mailing lists, we are planning to use MailPoet, which is owned by Automatic, which has its own privacy policy.

Ultimately we are not sure it’s possible to use the internet effectively and still maintain absolutely-guaranteed privacy and anonymity. Some things in life involve trade-offs. For example, many soldiers in the past were willing to sacrifice their lives to protect their countries from foreign threats or from tyranny.

Footnotes

  • 1
    “The Value of Privacy” by Bruce Schneier. (link)
  • 2
    One exception to this is our mailing list, which we plan to share with MailPoet. Also our website database might be accessible to our hosting company.
  • 3
    Using Gravatar would mean that people who leave comments have their email addresses sent over the internet in an insecure fashion, and it could also mean that Gravatar’s servers can track everything you can do on a given website.

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