Privacy, GDPR and Cookies

Until recently we were using Google Adsense and displaying an EU-compliance cookie notice to keep the gnomes in Brussels off our backs. 

We were never too happy with this arrangement, feeling that both notice and ads were somewhat annoying. But, it did bring in some revenue.

In a recent blog post we highlighted the fact that injected third party javascript, the typical method of applying such ads to a page, is a potential Man in the Middle risk which effectively negates the security advantages of HTTPS Therefore, we thought we should walk our own talk on this one, and get rid of javascript-driven advertising.

Other advantage is no risk of third parties setting cross-site tracking cookies, at least not directly via the banners on our site, so no need for an annoying cookie notice.

Instead, we'll be looking to monetise the site by way of affiliate ads. These might look similar but the important difference is that we, rather than the advertiser, determine what goes on the page. Furthermore they are simple images, which by nature cannot do the undesirable things that third party javascript potentially could do. The images are simple clickable links, and only respond by opening the advertiser's page when someone intentionally activates the link.

If you do decide to click, the advertiser will be able to tell that their page was opened from our site, but we don't supply the advertiser with any more information about you, the visitor, other than that you came from our site. 

Of course if your browser has picked-up tracking cookies elsewhere then you may still be tracked. That's hardly our fault though.

Other thing is, since we control what goes on, we can say no to animations and jumping or flickering ads. We might allow a few image changes so long as they are gentle on the eye.

Our site does set a session cookie. This is temporary in nature and performs no user-tracking function outside of the current site visit. As the name suggests, it is deleted at the end of the browsing session, which typically occurs when all browser windows are closed. The main reason for having this is to store any choices which affect subsequent page views.

We hope this new arrangement will meet with approval.