Privacy Policy

If you'd like any photos removed from my website or the internet in general, please contact 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: - - [02/Jan/2020:17:12:13 +0000] "GET /images/astoria-bridge.webp HTTP/1.1" 200 69860 "" "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 load Javascript from Cloudflare to make my site faster (barbajs), fetching the pages with XHR in the background, rather than reloading the whole page.

My contact page offers a phone number provided by AT&T. When you call or text that number, your cell phone provider, Google, the NSA, and possibly other governments, companies, or hackers will have access to your message. AT&T deliberately shares messages with the US government (NSA). If you want to communicate privately, without your message being read by other people, you can text/call me with Signal, using my AT&T number on my contact page. Signal encrypts messages, voice calls, and video chats. It's great.