Web Server Log Info
Our web server keeps a standard server log of the pages requested in the universal website log format. That standard format includes the numeric ip address of the machine requesting the page, the page that referred you to us, the filename of the page requested, the browser doing the request, your operating system, the result of the request and the time. Every web server on the Internet records that same info in its log, and some record more.
What We Do With Log Info
We keep our log files until we can analyze them to see how many hits we have had and what pages are the most popular. You can see those numbers on our server stats page. The log also includes any error messages we have had to send back, letting us locate and fix a bad link on our site or other problem with our pages.
We do not publish our logs. We do not attempt to capture your email address to send you anything. We do check our log to see how many people are using what browsers. That lets us continue to configure our pages so that you never get a nasty message that says you can't see this page because your browser is out of date, or a graphic is badly rendered.
Web Standard: P3P
The WWW Consortium has launched a privacy project it calls P3P for Platform for Privacy Preferences Project. It has standards for exchanging information between browser and server indicating information about the browser that the server wants and how much info the browser is willing to supply. We approve of the initiative, but we don't do any of that info exchanging, because we don't need that info from you. So if you get a funny message from your browser saying we are not responding to your "proposal" or something similar, it's because we are not sending a request to your browser with our info demands. We don't have any. For more info on the W3C privacy project, check out
the P3P page. In their terms, we use our minimal log data for Research and Development, defined as "The use of information to enhance, evaluate, or otherwise review the site, service, product, or market."
Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
From the above it should be clear that we comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA.) Under this rule, commercial websites must obtain written parental consent before collecting, using or distributing personal information about children aged 13 and under. Since we don't do that for any of our site users, children are treated the same as everyone else, and we don't actually know your age or need to.
European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Info Requested by Email
If you ask us a question or send us a comment we of course have your email address to reply. You can send us by email your postal mailing address if you want us to mail you our information on paper. But you can also send us a letter requesting it and not use your email address at all. We do ask for your email address if you want us to send you back the answers to our helmet quiz for schools, or to add you to our free email newsletter list. We don't share that list with anybody for any reason. All of our stuff is free, so there is no question of credit cards or any other financial transactions, and we do not share your address with anybody. We don't even send appeals for funds to people who have received our mailings. We have never had to do that since our inception in 1989 and we manage our budget very carefully because we don't want to start now. We rely on unsolicited contributions by people who find our service useful. If you choose to donate, you can send a check or do it with a credit card or PayPal account through PayPal.