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Privacy Policy

Which cookies are used by this website?

This website does not use any cookie.

As for every other website, the web servers that serve this website will receive some information about the client that made the request. This is require for the proper communication between the client (your machine) and the server and is therefore not avoidable. Some of those information are also logged for metrics and security reasons.

More specifically, the following data about every loaded object is logged:

Is it possible to connect the log data to real people?

This is a point open for debate. The two information that are present in the logs which might help identify the user behind a request are:

In the logs the User Agent also appears, but since it’s a string set by the requester, it can be faked so it would be pointless to use it to identify a requester.

In some jurisdictions, it is possible - given the IP address and the date/time - to identify the ISP contract that was using that IP at that moment, and therefore identify the physical person that signed the contract. In some jurisdictions, this is enough to consider the user identifiable, in many other this is not, since many ISP contracts are shared among multiple people (ie: the members of a single family), not counting possible unauthorized accesses.

The requester IP address is a required information that the server needs to have to correctly reply to the client, so it is not avoidable that the server (and potentially others in between) have the information.

The usage of proxies, VPNs, Tor, or similar systems might allow a client to navigate without leaking its IP address to the server or other third parties.