Welcome To The Privacy Bits

This site is just run by one guy, me, Jake VonJakensteinen (and all my endless and highly appropriate guru-esque pseudonyms).  As this one guy I reserve the right to run this show as I deem appropriate, which is to say loosely and profanity-ladden.

Privacy, which is what you’re here for:  I don’t have any interest in your personal private bits (me or the site, which is also just me).  I don’t collect or sell your information to third parties.  

But of course, that’s not all (unfortunately, because *sigh* modern life).

Website Privacy

I use Google Analytics to tell me about site visiting habits of the world at large.  So there’s a tracking code on the site that goes to Google and does all kinds of magical things which ultimately lets me look at how many people visit the site, where they come from, what they look at, how long they stay, and lots of other not individual specific data (that let’s be honest, I basically never look at).

I set GA to be GDPR compliant, so no personalized information is collected (so Google says anyway).  I don’t know who you are, I just get bigger picture data that tells me what I should be doing better with the site.

As far as Google’s removed “don’t be evil” premise, who knows.  But it’s as privacy as I can get it.

I also use Facebook’s pixel tracking thing.  Now for the most part I don’t actually use it, but it’s installed and it does give Facebook data about people visiting the site.  Technically I could use this data to give Facebook money to put up ads for me. 

Meh, to all that.

I’m not a a fan of Facebook or tracking in general, but in the end who knows when it may be useful to be able to throw up an ad on Facebook that says, f*ck modern retail optometry and their stupid lens selling scams.

Who knows, darlings.

And that’s not all. 

I also let you give me your e-mail address.   That’s right.  If you want, you can get my 7 day free e-mail guide, which I use to … actually just to send you the e-mail guide.

When available, that e-mail series may include an invite to BackTo20/20, though don’t hold your breath.  Definitely no promises there since I’d actually make money doing that which means I’d have to provide support, which I only do when there’s no kitesurfing or traveling or otherwise non-screen entertainment to be had.

Either way, I collect your e-mail (obviously) after you double opt in, all GDPR compliant and privacy friendly.  I get your first name, or whatever you put in that field.  And then the e-mail software (which I bought and own and runs on my own server, and nobody else gets access to your e-mail address) tracks who actually reads the guide, and clicks links.

Which I should use to keep improving the e-mails series.  Eventually, darling.  Maybe.

Lastly, I let my firewall / security system access visitor data.   This system looks at IP addresses of visitors, as well as browsing behavior.  Anything suspicious gets blocked, including random bots and crawlers and a**holes looking for ways to hack the site.

This is meant to protect you and me and everybody who isn’t a c*ckbag scammer to take over the site and do god-knows-what with it.  This part of the system is sadly neither cheap nor trivial since hack attempts happen all the time.  Above data collection is to have as little of that as possible.

And that’s about it.  If you’ve got questions about privacy things, just let me know.  

iOS App Privacy

Our new iOS app allows you to measure your own distance vision.

In order to be able to log and chart changes, the app allows you to create an account to store your data points.

This data is stored in a database table for your own results.  We do not share this data with third parties, nor do we use it for any other purposes.  We do not aggregate, display, or otherwise share any of your measurement results.  

In order to create your account, we ask you for your e-mail address.

We never share your e-mail address, nor do we subscribe you to any newsletters, automated promotions, or any other content.  You will only receive messages related to account specific actions, such as lost password retrieval, account creation confirmation, and any log updates you opt to receive (subject to you opting in, we never send anything by default).

Beyond this we do not collect any data.  If you opt in for things like crash stats and feedback, you’ll be explicitly reviewing what data is sent before you opt to agree to share to help us improve the app.

This page describes privacy practices for endmyopia.org.  GDPR compliant and worded in non legalese terms as the GDPR framework describes it should be done.  (which is a brilliant idea and inspired this page revised into non legalese and more rant-ey terms)

For additional company information visit our copyright page.

California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance  (Ok so this is template f*ckery because clearly bureaucrats have nothing better to do.)  Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.  As part of the California Online Privacy Protection Act, all users of our site may make any changes to their information at anytime by logging into their control panel and going to the ‘Edit Profile’ page.

Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance   We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Terms and Conditions  Please also visit our Terms and Conditions section establishing the use, disclaimers, and limitations of liability governing the use of our website at https://endmyopia.org/terms-conditions/