Automatically provided data
The data as stated below are saved automatically if you travel through the internet:
- Hostname of the server
- Operating System
- Type and version of your browser
- Referrer Url
- Date and time of your visit
- IP address
The data are completely anonymous and can’t be used to trace your consumer behavior but they are useful for statistical reasons. I can check which parts of my blog are popular and how many users visit my blog at all. The findings may help to improve the quality of the blog.
Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf.
Furthermore, I may use Social share buttons. If you click them you will be referred to the website where you can recommend a entry. That mean that Twitter, Facebook and others may learn which websites you’ve visited. Surprise, surprise.
If you want to leave a comment you have to provide several mandatory information which is a name (not necessarily your real name) and your e-mail address to contact you if necessary. The e-mail address as well as the IP shall help to avoid the misuse of the commenting functionality.
Why to explain obvious functionalities of the WWW?
In Germany, there are some people who apparently love to threat website and blog owners with fines if they dare to save some required and useful data without explaining the obvious. These persons, data
protection officers, usually have to do some more important tasks, e.g., fighting real data protections scandals, but obviously they are to busy with blog owners.