chris at aktivix.org
Mon Jan 2 10:30:49 PST 2006
On Tue 20-Dec-2005 at 11:33:11AM +0000, Chris wrote:
> before the templates are updated we need to finalise /
> agree the feature about the change:
Ekes has just sent an email about this .
I think this is now good enough for the moment, it dosn't
do exactly what we discussed at the Bristol meeting last
year -- there is no clear statment about what we do if
personal information is posted to the site (though this is
touched upon), but it does cover cookies and it can be
I guess we would also want to add a link to it from the
navigational menu at the top of pages?
added the current text from the wiki page (with some HTML
tweaks), this is the content:
UK Indymedia is very concerned about users privacy and
anonymity. Optional personal information is only
collected when people post to the newswire. All cookies
are optional. IP addresses are not logged.
The UK Indymedia web site contains links to other
websites. These are controlled by Indymedia affiliates
or unrelated third parties. UK Indymedia is not
responsible for the privacy policies and practices of
any linked website.
* IP Address Logging
o Publishing Cookies
o Newswire Cookies
* Personal Information
o Posting to the Newswire
o Contacting UK Indymedia by Email
IP Address Logging
Every computer on the web has an IP address. The IP
adresses of remote users can be logged by servers.
Through these logs, people's activities can be traced
when they are matched with records from ISP's about who
is has been allocated any given IP address at any time.
All the web servers that are used for the UK Indymedia
web site are set up not to log IP adresss. This
ensures the privacy of people who are browsing the
site and posting news and comments to it. However, it
is technically possible for networks between the
servers and users to log IPs — if you are concerned
about privacy need to ensure your anonomity please see
the security page for more information about measures
you can take.
A cookie is a small file that is stored on your
computer, and is sent to the Indymedia UK website each
time you visit it. Cookies can record a variety of
information and are used by some sites for collecting
information about their visitors browsing activity by
setting a persistent cookie with a unique identifier
in it. This is not what UK Indymedia uses them for.
Broswer specific instructions for deleting cookies and
controlling cookies are available on the
aboutcookies.org web site.
UK Indymedia uses optional cookies for two purposes:
When you use the publishing form to post an
article to the newswire or to submit a comment to
an existing article a session cookie (ie a cookie
that will only last as long as your browser is
open — it will be deleted when you exit your
browser) will be saved to your computer because
this is the way the software (Tomcat servlets)
running the dynamic parts of the site works. This
cookie will be deleted when you exit your browser.
Since the publishing form is only available via a
encrypted interface, this cookie will also be
encrypted. If you reject this cookie, the
publishing form will still work.
The newswire on the front page of the site has two
versions: the open newswire and the promoted
newswire. You can set an optional persistent
cookie (a cookie that is stored by your web
browser and lasts until a set date in the future —
it persists between brower sessions) to change
your front page newswire preference to the
promoted newswire. If you do this the site will
attempt to set a cookie. If you accept it, your
computer will "remember" to show you the promoted
newswire each time you visit the site.
To use this feature, you must have cookies enabled
in your browser. You can delete the cookie at any
time. If you do so, your computer will "forget"
your preference for the promoted newswire. If you
click the link to revert to the default newswire,
this will have the same effect: the cookie will be
If you wish to post news to this site anonymously then
please do so. You may also contact UK Indymedia
anonymously if you wish. If you are thinking of
publicising your phone number or adress, please be
aware that people might turn up at your doorstep. We
discourage users from posting other people's personal
Posting to the Newswire
You have the option to use your real name or a
psydonyme when publishing news articles on this
site. The email address field is optional, fill
this in if you would like people to be able to
contact you. The email address will appear on the
published article. The postal address and phone
number fields are also optional. This information
is not made public, it is only accessible to the
volunteers who administer the site.
Contacting UK Indymedia by Email
To get in touch with UK Indymedia, or any of the
UK IMC collectives please use one of the email
lists. Most of these are set up to accept posts
from non-members. Be aware that most of the lists
are publicly archived. For details of the
non-public lists please see the contact page for
the UK or the regional contact pages for the
How long do we need to agree this text and the text of the
feature article and the changes Ekes suggested to the
Editorial Guidelines -- a week or so (9th Jan 2006)? I
don't think that the changes to the site should be
deployed before these things are agreed...
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