Created 2023-02-17 (Last Updated 2023-05-09)
IMPORTANT: THIS IS NOT A LEGAL DOCUMENT. I AM NOT MAKING PROMISES. I'M JUST VOLUNTARILY STATING WHAT I'M DOING ON THIS HTTP/GEMINI/GOPHER SERVER IN GOOD FAITH FOR THE SAKE OF TRANSPARENCY.
- I do not store or look at the IP addresses that make requests to the site. I do not know a single IP address that has visited the HTTP, Gemini, or Gopher version of my site or that used my Finger server besides IP addresses that I personally have control of
- While my site uses Nginx as a proxy layer, I disabled access logs and write error logs to /dev/null to avoid logging
- I currently do not track or store what resources are requested or how often resources are requested from the site over HTTP, Gemini, or Gopher
- I currently do not track or store requests to my Finger server
- I do not store or look at the HTTP User-Agent request header of requests to the site
IP Retention Policy
Every request over the IP (Internet Protocol) contains the source IP address of the request. That's part of how the Internet is able to work in the first place. This means that all TCP/IP requests to the HTTP, Gemini, and Gopher version of this site along with all requests to my Finger server will include your IP address.
I do not store any of those IP addresses and do not physically look at the IP addresses. If you were to ask me to find a single IP address that has visited the site, I would only be able to point you to IP addresses that I have control of, because I already know those IP addresses and know that I visit my own site.
While my HTTP/Gemini/Gopher/Finger server is written from scratch, I use Nginx in a proxy layer so the site server can run on localhost ports as a non-root user. Nginx also handles TLS for the HTTP part of the site's server.
I set the "access_log" directive to "off" in the http section of my nginx.conf file. The "access_log" directive does not apply to stream servers (which I am using to proxy gemini and gopher requests from the outside internet to the localhost ports I am running them on) at the time of writing this. The "access_log" directive currently only works in the http section of nginx.conf with the version of Nginx I am using, so placing it in the stream server sections won't do anything at the moment as the stream server sections aren't able to collect access log data. The stream server sections are used for Gemini, Gopher, and Finger server support currently. This all means that the access log data is not stored on the harddrive.
I set the "error_log" path to "/dev/null" in my nginx.conf file. I also set a symbolic link from "/dev/null" to "/var/log/nginx/error.log" to prevent Nginx from writing any potential error data there. This means I am unable to see the error log data and the error log data is not stored on the harddrive.
Resource Request Retention Policy
Currently I do not track or store how many times a page or resource was requested. At some point in the future, I may want to add a "hit counter" to show how many views a particular page has gotten, but I haven't decided one way or another on that yet. If I do decide to track how many requests happen to pages, I will be sure to update this page. This page and others would have a hit counter on it as well, at least for the HTTP version of the site.
HTTP Header Retention Policy
Every HTTP request includes some information, including whether the request method was a "GET", "POST", "DELETE", etc... request. This also includes data about the browser called the "User-Agent". For instance, the User-Agent of Chrome version 110 on Windows 10 64-bit edition is "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/126.96.36.199 Safari/537.36".
I do not track, store, or look at the User-Agent of requests.