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A. Whose site is this
B. What personal data do I collect
└ B1. Comments
└ B2. Contact form
└ B3. Surveys
└ B4. Cookies (set by WordPress)
└ B5. FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts)
└ B6. Email subscribers
└ B7. WordPress followers
└ B8. Embedded content from other sites
└ B9. Twitter sidebar widget
C. Analytics
└ C1. Why I look at site traffic
└ C2. WordPress
└ C3. Google Analytics
└ C4. Opting out of Google Analytics
└ C5. Cloudflare Analytics
D. With whom do I share data
E. Summary

A. Whose site is this is this site’s name and its address. Shake-Speare’s blog. I am Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford. Shake-Speare. The internet allows me to ignore the fact that I died in 1604.

I am both the IT and Creative departments. I have no collaborators here, neither human nor conjured by the arcane code of hired stylomancers. Kit Marlowe wanted in after I let Ben Jonson guest-post his revised First Folio preface, but I told him to sod off (so to speak) and find a Shakspere blog to leech from. He’s been trouble enough.

I don’t write this blog as bait to obtain viewer data. I pay a substantial amount of my own money to be here, to share my thoughts and occasionally some new poetry or verse. I don’t run adverts or sell tourism or bathtub toys or other silliness. If you’re so inclined, I have a PayPal link for voluntary donations. This site exists because it amuses me to amuse you while you think, and re-think, about Shake-Speare.

B. What personal data do I collect

B1. Comments (none)

I can’t collect what isn’t here. No blog comments means no comment data. If you wish to comment or converse, you can easily find me on Twitter. Happy to chat with you there.

B2. Contact form (none)

No contact form either. Again, Twitter. For questions, direct messages are best. As long as you’re polite, you’ll get a reply.

B3. Surveys (next to none)

Once in a rare while I may put survey questions inside a post using Crowdsignal, as something for readers to interact with. Answering the questions is always optional. If you respond, I see your answers (as do you), and I get a chart with the responses tallied by country. My Crowdsignal account is free so I don’t get IP addresses. I can’t tell which response comes from which country, I only see totals. I’ve only done this twice in the blog’s first five years, so it’s not a common feature.

B4. Cookies (set by WordPress)

Cookies serve a variety of purposes. Some are needed for technical reasons; others enable a personalized visit. Some cookies set when a page loads, or when you take a particular action, such as clicking the Like button on a post. Some cookies set if you’re registered with WordPress, for instance so that you don’t have to log in each time you visit. Others set when you visit any WordPress site, whether or not you have an account.

Cookies are also used to enable the Site Stats functionality in WordPress (see Analytics, below). Third-party advertising tracking cookies are not relevant here, since I have no advertising.

Control of the cookies stored on your device for the sites you visit is done in your web browser’s settings.

B5. FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts)

[25 June 2021] Google has delayed its switch to FLoC, which will now arrive in the Chrome browser late in 2023 (details). This site will remain non-FLoCed, as stated below.

FLoC is Google’s planned replacement for third-party tracking cookies. Hover hereEverybody hates FLoC, Google’s tracking plan for Chrome ads [] • Google’s FLoC Is a Terrible Idea [] • Am I FLoCed? []• Chrome users, here’s how to opt out of the Google FLoC trial [] • What is FLoC on Chrome and why does it matter? [] • What is Federated Learning of Cohorts? [] • Who is sharing data with Google’s FLoC ad algorithm? [] • The WICG Draft for FLoC [] for relevant links. I do not use any FLoC data, and I have disabled interaction with the FLoC API. Visits to will not contribute to placing you in any cohort. All you closeted Oxfordians at the SBT can relax.

B6. Email subscribers

If you subscribe to receive email notifications of new posts (see the sidebar), WordPress retains the address you subscribe with. I can see a list of subscribers’ addresses. I don’t use them for any other purpose. If you unsubscribe, your address disappears from the list.

B7. WordPress followers

If you follow this blog through your own WordPress account, posts display in your Reader. I can see my followers’ WP usernames, and links to their WP blogs. If you unfollow, your entry disappears.

B8. Embedded content from other sites

Posts and pages on this site may include embedded content from other sources. Embedded items (as opposed to external links) display here but behave as if you visited the source websites. Those sites may collect data about you, set cookies, employ additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with the embedded content, including tracking your interaction with it if you have an account at that site and and are logged into it.

Except for the Twitter sidebar widget described below, most of my embeds are videos, and most of them come from YouTube.

B9. Twitter sidebar widget

As of December 2020, Smash Balloon’s Twitter widget appears in the blog’s sidebar. In order to display my tweets in your browser, your IP address is sent to Twitter so that they know where to send the feed. They don’t obtain any other data in this exchange. Twitter’s own policy concerning data from third-party embedded timelines can be found at, Twitter for Web Data.

The widget includes Reply, Retweet, and Like icons below each tweet in the feed. If you have a Twitter account you can use these icons to interact with the tweets, just as if you were on Twitter’s website. In this case, Twitter may collect additional information such as your browser’s user agent, and set cookies or other tracking to monitor your interaction with the widget. This is how they correlate the actions you take on the widget’s feed with your account at Twitter. If you aren’t logged into your account, clicking one of the icons will pop up a login window first.

C. Analytics

C1. Why I look at site traffic

I use analytics to observe how viewers interact with the blog. This indirect feedback helps me to improve what I post. That’s why, and that’s all. Even a deceased playwright likes to know what engages his audience. I no longer have halls and theatres, faces to watch, applause to hear. Now I look at graphs.

C2. WordPress

WordPress includes built-in Site Stats traffic information in its admin tools, which I’ve used since I started the blog in 2015. The number of page views and visitors per day are counted, their location by country, entry and exit links. It’s pretty low-fi.

C3. Google Analytics

In mid 2019 I added Google’s analytics, to see what searches and referrals bring people to the site, and what pages they view once here – what visitors are looking for, and what they stay for. GA uses an authorised (by me) connection to my site to gather traffic data, except from those viewers who opt out (see below). Google formats the data they gather into graphs, charts, and tables, which I can view. No one else at my end sees these results. They display no personal information, only interactions with the site. I do not look at data beyond the period I choose for the display of trends, typically a month. No visitor can be personally identified or located. I do not save any of this data for other uses.

C4. Opting out of Google Analytics

If you prefer to hide from GA, you can install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on (extension). The add-on can be installed into Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Edge. It disables GA tracking on all GA-enabled sites you visit with that browser, and is permanent as long as the extension remains enabled.

C5. Cloudflare Analytics

At the end of 2020 I enabled Cloudflare’s privacy-oriented web analytics. Pros: not as complex as GA, not aimed at commercial sites, not run by an advertising company. Cons: no information on searches, UI needs work.

D. With whom do I share data

1. hosts my site on their servers. Traffic and viewer data originate there, and as the host WordPress has access to it.

2. Google Analytics has my permission to snag traffic data in order to turn it into useful visual forms.

3. So does Cloudflare.

4. If you donate via my PayPal link, our PayPal accounts connect. Transaction information is exchanged, money is transferred. That’s the nature of PayPal. If you’re a donor, my ever thanks.

E. Summary

This blog, the recreational project of a dead poet endeavouring to entertain readers while correcting four centuries of badly flawed literary history, is not a place where your digital privacy is at appreciable risk. I’m not selling you anything, nor selling you to anyone else. My aim is to open your mind, not your wallet. What little information I see I take to my grave, wherever that is.

If you have questions, please contact me on Twitter and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Thank you for being here.
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