LWN cares deeply about the privacy of its readers, and is committed to
doing everything it can to preserve that privacy. This document describes
in detail the information we collect and how we manage it. Please do not
hesitate to drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
What information we collect
The LWN.net server collects the usual information from your browser and
network connection: your IP address, browser, referrer link, etc. This
information is used to generate statistics within LWN so that we know
what our readers are interested in and where they came from.
If you create an account on LWN.net, we ask for your full name and an
email address so that we may contact you. Possession of an LWN account
also enables you to set various customization options, and to post comments
on the site. Of course, we have no control over information you post in
comments; you should not post anything you do not wish to have disclosed
to the world.
If you purchase LWN advertising or subscription services from LWN, we must collect
some contact information and a credit card number. That information is
passed on to our credit card gateway; none of it is stored on any LWN
We also, of course, collect and retain any information you may send to
us via email.
How we use your information
Information provided by you is used internally at LWN so that we may
understand how our readers are using the site and how we may improve the
With the following exceptions, we will not share your personal information
with any third party. Your private information is private, and we intend
to keep it that way. The exceptions are:
- Any information you post in a public location - such as comments -
is necessarily public.
- Standard web server logs could be requested by an advertiser who wishes
to audit an advertising campaign on LWN. Thus far, such an audit has
- Credit card and transaction information must be shared with our credit
card processing company. Note that we do not retain credit
card information on any server after the completion of a transaction.
- If we are presented with a valid search warrant (or some other sort of
PATRIOT-style demand) by a government
agency, we will, in all likelihood, have to comply. This has never
happened since LWN began publishing.
- Remotely-hosted advertising content and analytics data collection
will cause your IP address, requested page URL, and any information
supplied by your browser to be passed to third parties, notably (but
not limited to) Google.
We may use your email address to contact you in limited, important
situations. We will not use your address to send you advertising
materials, for LWN or any other concern. If you sign up for any of
LWN's mailing lists, we will, of course, send you the content that is
relevant to that list. We will never subscribe you to a mailing list
without an explicit request on your part.
If you create and use an LWN account, the LWN_SESSION cookie
is needed to securely manage your sessions on the site.
third-party cookies is entirely up to you, of course.