This is the Internet. Every time you click on a link or type something into your web browser, that information will bounce through a whole multitude of devices, potentially all over the world, each of which may be logging your every move.
They might use this information to improve their service to you. They might use this information to sell you things. They might use this information to gather evidence against you. They might use this information to attempt to steal your identity.
So, I’m sorry. You have no privacy.
For what it’s worth, I also gather some information about your visit here.
Like every other Web Server on the Internet, by default mine records your public IP address, browser details, your computer’s Operating System, screen resolution (WTF?), the date & time of your visit, every page you look at, and the name of the site that sent you here, including what you actually searched for if you came here via a search engine! Spooky, huh?
I use that information to feed my ego by seeing just how many people visit my site and what pages they seem to enjoy. I retain this information pretty much until I start running out of disk space, or the machine crashes and has to be rebuilt from scratch. Which ever comes sooner.
These logs are stored in a nice secure area behind a firewall so that no-one other than me is able to access them. (Mind you, Sony said the same thing.)
If you send me an email or leave a comment, I will then know some more things about you. But only the stuff that you actually tell me. I will only use that information for the purpose for which it was provided. ie: If you send me an email, I’ll reply using the email address you gave me. This information will not be passed on to anyone. Of course, public comments are . . . well, public.
Should some official looking entity arrive on my doorstep with legal papers and a bad attitude, demanding I hand over those logs, then I guess I would be compelled to do so. You wouldn’t want me to go to gaol, would you? Apart from that, your dirty little secret is safe with me.
I don’t use any third party cookies, beacons, ads or widgets. Not even so much as a Facebook “Like” button. Can’t stand that sort of shit. What happens on ozrocky.com stays on ozrocky.com.
My Content Management System, WordPress, does write a cookie to your machine (like just about every other web site in the world) but there is bugger-all in it. As far as I can tell, just some time stamps. Nothing in this cookie personally identifies you and it is not shared with any other web site. Ever.
So you’ve gotta ask yourself a question: “Do you feel lucky?”
Well, do ya punk?