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Protecting our anonymity by default

This article is intended to facilitate an exchange between all users of the site, including the site editor, on the subject of protecting our anonymity by default when we visit the site and use its various services.

It refers to the policy of the editor-manager of the site to protect the interests of all users of the site and in particular to protect by default the confidentiality of all their usage data.

This policy is published on the Welcome! page, which is accessible as the first option in the general menu of the site. The No Cookies ? page is updated according to the exchanges that take place via this article Protecting our anonymity by default and the comments attached to it by users of the site.

It is possible to post a comment at the bottom of the page, after the end of the article.

Example of a curation interface

Comment management interface (WordPress): Author name (declarative and optional usage data), email address (declarative and optional usage data) and IP address (non-declarative and non-optional usage data) are associated and visible by the curators!

The first comment is signed by the site editor. The first blurred field (under the site address) is the email address. The second blurred field is the IP address of the machine (more precisely the machine’s connection to the Internet) with which the author posted his comment.

The curators of the site (the Editor-Manager only for the moment) refrain from trying to identify the author of the comments they read in order to validate their publication on the site. Nevertheless they see this information.

For this reason, the site editor recommends that commenters do not use civilian identifiers when they wish to associate a name and/or email address with their comments.

Example of a website audience report

Hearing report provided by the host Infomaniak: the blurred parts are portions of the IP address

The first column of this audience report entitled “By Visitor” displays the IP address with which each person visiting the site connects to the Internet.

The first and fourth addresses, which are blurred, correspond to visits to the site from machines that connect to the Internet via Infomaniak (the host of the site, located in Switzerland).

The third blurred IP address is that of the site editor. The last IP address, partially blurred, is an unknown address.

The administrator and the publisher of the site refrain from using IP addresses to try to identify civilly the persons who connect to the site, apart from their own IP addresses which they recognize by habit (each one its own).

However, the editor recommends that people who post comments on the site do not refer to their civil identity, either in the content of their comments or in their name and email address when they wish to associate it with their comments. This is to avoid any possibility that one of the site’s curators might associate an IP address and a civilian name by habit.

The “Leave a comment” section at the bottom of the page allows you to add a comment to this article

It is possible to request that your author information be saved so that it is automatically associated with future comments. To do so, you can associate at least one Name (a pseudonym if possible, rather than a civil name) and check the box “Save my name, my e-mail and my site in the browser for my next comment” before clicking the “Leave a comment” button, as illustrated as an example in the image that follows this paragraph. The site editor recommends that you do not save your email address, in order to limit this possibility to cases where you wish to be contacted by the site manager. If entered, the email address and site address do not appear as public information associated with the comment, but as private information, visible only to the curator-editor-Site Manager.

In order for this request to be executed by the WordPress site, it is necessary to allow cookies.

The person who posted the first comment remained anonymous despite his request, because his browser blocked cookies…

When our browser blocks cookies, our comments remain anonymous even when we enter an author’s name and even if we request that this information be stored. In this case, no specific message warns us that our request cannot be taken into account.

It is therefore up to us to deduce that our request did not work because our browser prohibits cookies.

When our browser allows cookies, this request causes a cookie file to be created for each type of data entered (comment_author for the name, comment_author-email for the email address and .comment_author-url for the website address). These cookies are created by the WordPress application, which generically manages the functioning of the mechanisms linked to comments.

The three Author cookies from WordPress and the session cookie from WooCommerce visible in the browser interface.
The WordPress comment_author cookie stores the name of the author of the comment (visible in plain text)
The WordPress comment_author-email cookie stores the email address of the author of the comment (visible in plain text)

The address is visible in plain text in the Chrome browser interface. The lifetime of the cookie is just under a year.

The WordPress comment_author-url cookie stores the web address of the author of the comment (visible in clear text)

The name, email address and web address are visible in plain text in the Chrome browser interface. All the more reason not to use a civil name in the name or in the email address.

The lifetime of the comment-author cookie files is just under a year.

How can we request the removal of our comments?

To request the deletion of our comments, the site editor advises using a comment, as shown in the following image as an example.

Procedure recommended by the site administrator for requesting the removal of one’s own comments

The comment request-to-delete-comments can be attached to any article, however it would make sense to attach it to an article for which the person making the request has already posted a comment.

This comment is a request-to-delete-comments. The site’s curators can access it in the comment curation interface, as soon as it is posted

As soon as the request is received, the editor-manager of the site will validate its legitimacy by sending a confirmation email to the address indicated. Upon receipt of a reply confirming the validity of the request, it will be executed within one working day. Only comments with which this email address is associated will be affected by the request.

Co-build the contents of this page or of the website?

If you post a comment, the publisher and the author will use it to enrich this page. If you want to sign your comments, please use a pseudo! Specify an email only if you want to receive a private answer (e.g. to book your pseudo). The email won't be published.