Privacy Policy

If you'd like any photos removed from my website or the internet in general, please email me.

This page details two privacy policies. The first relates to photography and image security, and the second relates to this website.

My Photography

The most private way to make a photo is on film, since there's no digital aspect required. The entire cycle, from exposure to final print, can be achieved without a computer. If you need to develop photos privately, I can do it myself in a darkroom. Otherwise, all film processing and scanning is handled by Blue Moon They upload scanned files to Dropbox, and they regularly delete their files, to minimize storage costs.

Once I have the digital photos, they can be delivered online or with physical storage (USB, DVD, etc). I can encrypt your files, too.

This Website

I pay for hosting with NearlyFreeSpeech.Net, a US company that values free expression. My web-server logs your IP address and User-Agent when displaying webpages, since it needs to know where to send the webpage. When you connect to the internet, your device is assigned an IP address that represents this "location." It's common for many devices to share one IP address, so it's not regarded as a uniquely identifying piece of information. However, if you're bothered by the design of the internet, you can use Tor or a VPN to hide your real IP address. The server log only tells me which files or pages are popular, and which IP requested them. I don't use Google Analytics or other web-browser surveillance tools. I want my site to be fast, small, and respectful of your privacy.

Here is an example entry from my access log, showing a request for a photo:
46.229.168.152 - - [02/Jan/2020:17:12:13 +0000] "GET /images/astoria-bridge.webp HTTP/1.1" 200 69860 "https://www.calebyers.com/" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; rv:68.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/68.0"

You can inspect my pages in your browser, or you can view the source code on Gitlab. I use a Javascript library called Barba.js, to make my site faster. It loads new pages with XHR in the background, rather than doing a complete page load. However, I've disabled it for my blog section, and I'm only using it on the top level directory, for easy access to different portfolios, my about page, or other things.

My contact page offers an email address served by ProtonMail. They are regarded as a very private email service, and I trust them more than Gmail.