Cale Byers

Privacy Policy

This page details two privacy policies: my photography and website. I also wrote a blog post about online privacy tips, which I update a few times a year.

My Photography

Shooting with film is more private than using digital equipment, since computers have inherent limitations. At no point is a computer required for taking or developing a film photo. 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 their storage costs.

When working with digital files, I can encrypt them, save them on physical storage (USB, DVD, etc), or send them over the internet.

This Website

I pay for web-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, so nothing happens in your web browser or on your computer to violate 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"

This tells me that a computer at 46.229.168.152 downloaded a photo on January 2, 2020, and they used the Firefox browser to view my website. I delete these logs monthly.

You can inspect my pages in your browser, and you'll see that there are no trackers or other surveillance tools. I don't use cookies, and I don't have advertisements. I use a small Javascript library called Barba.js, to make my site faster. It loads other pages in the background, rather than doing a complete page load.

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. I do not have a cell phone, because they are inherently insecure.