Nothing on the internet is truly private or it wouldn’t work. Computers need to know stuff about were you are, to help you find out where other things are. Like most sites we use our web server logs to gauge how many visits and visitors like you, that we’ve had. We can tell what country you are from, what the IP address of your computer is and information about what your browser is, what size screen you have and if you have software installed like the Flash plug-in. We can see what pages your computer has read and where you went on the site. If you’ve downloaded a file or a PDF or movie etc. we can tell which one.
We’re using that information to help us tell what bits of the site people like and just because we’re naturally curious. (Nothing beats an email from you telling us what you do or don’t like about the site however. Reading a note is heaps better than looking at IP numbers every time.)
We don’t set cookies in our editorial content, the ads almost certainly do. We might sometimes use popup windows to display information or a video that you’ve requested on the page. We’ll tell you when we do, so if your browser squawks ‘pop-up’, you can allow the content.
We don’t know who you are unless you tell us by adding a comment to an article or sending us an email for publication with those details. If we publish those email addresses, say in your Farmer’s Markets listing, it is presumed that this is what you want, so that people can contact you. Don’t include it (or tell us if you don’t want it to appear online).
Otherwise we don’t share your email address with anybody, and the idea of sharing your personal details with someone else without your permission, is so downright un-neighbourly we’d never consider it. Promise.
If you think we’re abusing the relationship (which would be hard because it’s pretty simple, we’re showing you our content and you’re reading it for free) you have full privacy protection and it’s all laid out at privacy.gov.au.
The editors and publishers Regional Food Australia 2013