Privacy Policy

Photics.com was designed to respect your privacy. Unlike many other websites on the Internet, this website does not use third-party advertisement networks or embed third-party tracking scripts (such as Google Analytics or social media icons) on its web pages.

Cookie Policy – Photics.com uses WordPress as a content management system (CMS). Cookies are necessary to make certain parts of the system function, such as logging into the website or posting comments. However, since that level of access is currently restricted, you should not be receiving cookies from Photics.com through a normal website visit.

Local Storage – Some games on this website, such as Cabling and Circles with Grandma, use Local Storage to save your game settings and other related information. This may include sound preferences, game progress or high scores. This data is not sent back to Photics.com, nor is it shared with third-parties. It’s just for you!

Server Logs – Every time a file is downloaded from this website, that action is recorded in the server log. This data includes information such as your IP address, date/time of request, “user agent” (This is the web browser and operating system that are you using.) and the website referrer. This information is used to monitor the security and activity of the website. The previous month of web logs are set to be deleted automatically at the end of the current month. This potentially personally identifiable information is not shared with third-parties unless required by law or as part of an investigation of nefarious activity against Photics.com.

Web Traffic Reports – Based on the data in the raw web server logs, non-personally identifiable web traffic reports are generated. This general information may be shared with third-parties. (Example: A report may show the number of monthly visitors to Photics.com or a list of the most popular pages.)

Web Hosting – Photics.com uses HostRocket for web hosting. HostRocket is located in upstate New York. HostRocket may review server logs while investigating Photics.com support requests or auditing server performance. They do not share this data with third parties.

Contact Form – If you want to send a message to Photics / Michael Garofalo, there is a contact form. This method is used to minimize “SPAM” messages. Using the contact form is similar to sending an email. A copy of the message is stored in Photics.com for a short period of time, and then it is deleted from the website. While these private messages are removed from the website, the message may be stored offline (indefinitely) as any other personal email.

Hyperlinks – There are “Hyperlinks” on Photics.com that lead to other websites, each with their own privacy policy (if any). The Photics.com privacy policy is only related to this website. Photics Apps, Books and Games may be available at a third-party website. (Example: A Book About Hype is available at FastSpring, which has its own privacy policy.)

The Future – It is possible that new website features may be added. The privacy policy could change if those new features affect your privacy. (As an example, perhaps comments will be opened again or maybe there will be a high-score system for Photics games.)

Technical – The following code is added to the .htaccess file.

Header set X-XSS-Protection "1; mode=block"
Header always append X-Frame-Options SAMEORIGIN
Header set X-Content-Type-Options nosniff
Header set Content-Security-Policy "default-src 'self'; img-src 'self' data:; style-src 'unsafe-inline' 'self'; font-src 'self' data:; script-src 'unsafe-inline' 'unsafe-eval' 'self';"
Header set Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=31536000" env=HTTPS
Header set Referrer-Policy: no-referrer
Header unset Server
Header always unset X-Powered-By
Header unset X-Powered-By

The Photics.com web server tells your browser to prohibit loading third-party content when this website, as such an action would be unexpected. All of the files that make a Photics.com webpage (CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Images, etc.) should originate from Photics.com. For additional privacy protection, the “Referrer-Policy” is set to “no-referrer”.


Updated – May 17, 2018