Who I am

Hi, I’m Nate Northway. I’m the owner and operator of https://natenorthway.com. This is the privacy policy for my website! I encourage you to read this whole thing so you know what data I collect on you, what I do with it, and how you can take action regarding your data. Privacy is super important and I tried to make this policy read as clearly as possible – but if you have any questions, please, send me an email or tweet at me!

What personal data I collect and why I collect it

When you interact with my website, I collect information you provide by way of the contact form and inferred data about your visit – including your IP address, the time you visited the page, what type of browser you were using, and sometimes what type of device you were using. I don’t use your IP address for anything – this is just automatically used by Google Analytics. I do use your browsing platform and device information to optimize the website. I don’t use any of the information I collect to personally identify you.

When you fill out the contact form, I ask for your name and email. I use this information and the inferred information the same way, but I may respond to your contact request via the email you provide. I only ask for your name to be nice when I respond to your message and not just call you “guy”, and I ask for your email so I can respond to your request.

I use Google Analytics to help track my site’s traffic. When you visit my site, Google Analytics uses your browsing habits to prepare a report for me which tells me how long you were on my site, what pages you visited, where you came from, what links you followed, and other specifics. This is so that I know what I’m doing that is working and what’s not. Your browsing habits are not personally identifiable. Google Analytics also tracks where you came from. So, if you followed a link from Facebook, I would know that. Basically, this tells me that somebody, but not who, followed a link from Facebook. Using this tool, I am able to gauge how well (or how poorly) my Facebook (or other social media platform tool) campaigns are doing.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website. Most commonly, you’ll find content from CodePen. You can read their privacy policy here: https://blog.codepen.io/documentation/privacy-policy/

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for legal purposes.

Where I send your data

Visitor data may be checked through an automated spam detection service. I use Google reCAPTCHA, which is subject to the terms of their global privacy policy, which you can access here: https://policies.google.com/privacy

How I protect your data

Your data is stored on a secure server which is only accessed by employees of Cloudways hosting. View their privacy policy here. Aside from trusting my hosting company, I am the only person who has direct access to your personal data through my server or through Google Analytics or through my email.

What data breach procedures I have in place

In the event of a data breach, I will let you know that it happened. I will immediately change all passwords to my server, website, email, and wherever else your data may be. I will immediately report the breach to appropriate parties (like my hosting company). I will inform you of any further actions being taken.

What third parties I receive data from

I receive data from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, YouTube, and any website, service, software, or hardware that shares analytical or personal data, settings, or preferences. Most of this is for analytical use, but some of it is to make your site experience a little better. Most of this data is anonymized, but some of it is not. An example of non-anonymized data would be a preference for a dark-mode display or a reduced-motion display stored in your browser. I would use this information to reflect those options.

How To Contact Me

Use my contact formemail me, or DM or Tweet at me