Basically this page explains the use of cookies on Bad Fotography and how it affects your privacy.

Wth is a cookie?

Like nearly every website out there in the internet, Bad Fotography uses cookies. Cookies are little, often encrypted, files that get placed on your computer when you visit websites. They contain bits of information that help this blog perform better. We do not associate any data gathered from this blog with any personally identifiable information from any source.

So why are ya’ll using cookies?

Some websites use cookies because they need them to display targeted ads at people. We don’t.
We don’t use things like Adsense, or any display advertising and we don’t participate in any “affiliate marketing” or whatever
. We’re just a blog, about the music we love that we wanna hype.

Here’s why we’re using our cookies:

Some of these cookies are necessary in order for the site to function well.
Some are analytical cookies that help us know how popular this website is getting (eg. how many people in Japan started reading this blog!) or which areas of the site need improving (eg. does certain pages load slowly and does it annoy you?)
And the rest are third party cookies – cookies that are not created or put in place by us, rather, by third party applications. (eg. the sharing widgets that we all use to share awesome posts to our friends, the facebook like button etc. )

So what are the cookies you use?

Here’s the list of cookies that we use:

  • Content management cookie – the content management system we use as a platform for this website creates cookies to function properly and when you do things like post a comment. The cookies are created so you do not need to type in your name / email address / url again when you’re commenting on another post. In other ways it also helps to prevent spam comments on this blog as well as protect the blog from unauthorized / malicious access. These cookies expire after a year and as most people don’t use their real or full names when commenting and we have neither the knowledge nor interest / need of finding out this information, its practically of no use to us anyway.
    Read information about this cookie here https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Cookies
    Read about their privacy policy herehttps://wordpress.org/about/privacy/
  • Google Analytics – helps us look at things like: how many cool folks checked our blog out, how many people read the post about Holy Ghost! or where are most of our readers from) This is not personally identifiable.
    Read more information about this cookie here http://www.ghostery.com/apps/google_analytics
    Read about their privacy policy herehttp://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html
  • Google + – its that new social network thing that Google has created to rival Facebook. If you have a profile on Google + you can share a post by clicking the plus one button. We havent seen a lot of people using this button on our site yet (if at all?) Worth to note that Google creates this cookie not us. They also may have access to it.
    Read more information about this cookie here http://www.ghostery.com/apps/google_%2B1
    Read about their privacy policy here http://www.google.com/privacypolicy.html
  • Facebook Social Plugin / Facebook Connect – so that you can see we’ve got a facebook page and hopefully you’ll “like” it! You can also “like” a post and share it on facebook with your friends. Worth to note that facebook creates this cookie not us. They also may have access to it.
    Read more information about this cookie here http://www.ghostery.com/apps/facebook_social_plugins
    Read about their privacy policy here http://www.facebook.com/policy.php
  • Twitter Button – allows you to share our posts via your followers on twitter. It also counts how many times a post has been tweeted to give us an idea of the post’s popularity. Worth to note that twitter creates this cookie not us. They also may have access to it.
    Read more information about this cookie here http://www.ghostery.com/apps/twitter_button
    Read about their privacy policy here http://twitter.com/privacy
  • Lockerzshare – its that widget at the bottom of every post in this blog that allows you to easily share the post with your friends. It also counts how many people have shared a post. Worth to note that Lockerzshare creates this cookie not us. They also may have access to it. Data collected is anonymous.
    Read more information about this cookie here http://www.ghostery.com/apps/lockerz_share
    Read about their privacy policy herehttp://share.lockerz.com/privacy
  • ShareThis – its used in this website in the same manner as the above, but its the bigger sharing widgets at the top of the posts. Worth to note that Sharethis creates this cookie not us. They also may have access to it. Data collected is anonymous.
    Read more information about this cookie here http://www.ghostery.com/apps/sharethis
    Read about their privacy policy here http://sharethis.com/privacy
  • Wibiya – wibiya is that extra toolbar at the bottom of the screen. It helps us make announcements, display latest posts, our rss feed, our social links – all in one neat little toolbar. Worth to note that Wibiya creates this cookie not us. They also may have access to it. Data collected is anonymous.
    Read more information about this cookie here http://www.ghostery.com/apps/wibiya_toolbar
    Read about their privacy policy here http://www.wibiya.com/privacy

Other cookies that may be created by other third party services when you interact with content like video or audio players:

  • Youtube – read about their privacy policy here https://www.youtube.com/t/privacy_at_youtube
  • Vimeo – read about their privacy policy here http://vimeo.com/privacy
  • Soundcloud – read about their privacy policy here http://soundcloud.com/pages/privacy
  • Bandcamp – read about their privacy policy here http://bandcamp.com/privacy

We do not have control over cookies created by third party apps and, although the simple solution would be “then just don’t use it!” it’s quite hard to be a music blog without using soundcloud or facebook or youtube etc

Hmm okay. What if I want to remove these cookies?

Remove them if you want. But certain areas of the site wont work properly. We’ve attached a visual example of this:

Screenshot A: with cookies.

 

Screenshot B: without cookies

How do i remove cookies?

You can do it in many ways. On your browser, you can clear your cookies and history. This is usually located in the “Tools” menu.

Firefox users – https://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Deleting%20cookies
Internet explorer users – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835
Chrome users – https://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647
Safari users – http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Safari/3.0/en/11471.html

You can also go here: http://www.youronlinechoices.com/opt_out_interface_beta

You can also install the following plugins if you’re using Firefox. Be sure to read information about installation, settings and usage of each plugin carefully so that your internet browsing experience is not hampered:
Ghostery https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ghostery/
Better Privacy https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/betterprivacy/
No script https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/noscript/
AdBlock Plus https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

Changes to privacy policy

Our privacy policy will be regularly reviewed.
Last review date: 04/01/2012