Writeblocked/DFIROnline Privacy Policy

30 Oct 2020

Your privacy is respected, as a moderately paranoid (well some would say terminally paranoid) individual I hate providing anyone with my personal information. This site does not use cookies, or any third party tracking bugs, images or anything else. Any information collected on these pages will only be used for the purposes of maintaining the site. In simple words:

  • Your personal information will not be shared with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
  • Your personal information will not be stored unless required for the on-going operation of the site.

Below is our privacy policy in legal verbiage which incorporates these goals:Creative Commons License (Note, this policy is blatantly copied from http://http://automattic.com/privacy/ they decided to their privacy policy available under a Creative Commons Sharealike license, which means they asked me to steal it. That means you are more than welcome to steal it too. Just make sure to replace references to Writeblocked with ones to you.

If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact me.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Writeblocked collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Writeblocked’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Writeblocked’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Writeblocked may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Writeblocked also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on pages and Directory entries. Writeblocked only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Writeblocked’s websites choose to interact with Writeblocked in ways that require Writeblocked to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Writeblocked gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. Writeblocked collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Writeblocked. Writeblocked does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

Writeblocked may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Writeblocked may monitor the most popular pages on the site. Writeblocked may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Writeblocked does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Writeblocked is a one-man band so personally-identifying and personally-identifying information is displayed only to Mike. The only time PII may be provided to a third party is in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Writeblocked believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Writeblocked, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Writeblocked website and have supplied your email address, Writeblocked may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Writeblocked and our products. I primarily use the blog to communicate this type of information, so this type of email will be kept to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Writeblocked takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Writeblocked uses cookies to help Writeblocked identify and track visitors, their usage of Writeblocked website, and their website access preferences. Writeblocked visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Writeblocked’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Writeblocked’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If Writeblocked, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Writeblocked goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Writeblocked may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.


Your comments on pages, or Directory entries will be displayed to the world (not much point in making them otherwise is there?)

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Writeblocked may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Writeblocked’s sole discretion. Writeblocked encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a WordPress.com account, you should also check your blog’s dashboard for alerts to these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

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Policy created Feb 12 2012