This blog operates on the principle that we don’t need or want to collect data about our visitors.

A certain baseline of data–primarily comment and log-in IPs–is collected as per typical WordPress functioning, and for the security of the site.

Certain plug-ins–Akismet, Jetpack, and (liveblogging) may collect data as well. I choose plug-ins with an eye to data use, but some are essential to the functioning of the site. I will document which plug-ins collect data here whenever possible.

Any questions about privacy, data collection, or your site profile can be directed to admin [AT] themerchantsailor [dot] com,  and I’ll be happy to answer them.