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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

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This privacy policy is common across all Podnews websites: Podnews, Sounds Profitable, Podjobs and Podevents.

Emails

We collect email addresses for our newsletters using our own newsletter server. Our email list is not available to any third party. We will not use your email address for any purpose other than to send you the newsletter that you have subscribed to.

When subscribing using the website, we require double opt-in, to ensure that the email address is yours. We also passively collect your country, obtained from your IP address.

We ask for your name because it helps get your email delivered to you, and is less likely to go into your spam folder.

For our email, we monitor open rates, and clicks on stories for editorial feedback. As of April 7 2021, we do this anonymously, and we are unable to identify clicks or opens from individual users.

We do not give any personally-identifiable data about our subscribers to any third party. We may aggregate information in a non-personal way for current/potential advertisers, or for bragging rights.

You can unsubscribe directly from every newsletter: there’s an unsubscribe link in every one. That will instantly stop our daily emails to you, and will send you user account deletion information.

Our website and servers

Our website uses AMP Project framework code on many pages, identified with a ⚡ symbol in the footer. This code is served by Google; you can read Google’s privacy policy. We are phasing out our use of AMP; we have already phased it out on Podjobs and Podevents.

We use Amazon AWS infrastructure to cache, host and serve this site and our podcast, including Amazon’s domain-name services and to send emails. You can read their privacy policy. We collect site logs including IP addresses and user-agents for technical and budgetary reasons. These site logs are deleted after 180 days.

Podnews is hosted within the EU. We use a mixture of EU and US-based email servers. Received email is mirrored on global infrastructure operated by a variety of organisations.

Our classified advertising system collects your email address. It uses Stripe to collect payments; when you pay by credit card, your address, zip code, IP address and other personal details are collected by Stripe. Much of that data is available to us in Stripe’s dashboard (though we can’t see your full credit card number). Here’s Stripe’s privacy policy.

Audio files played on our podcast pages are referenced directly from the podcast provider.

Cookies

To read Podnews (on our website or in email) we do not require cookies.

For Podnews and Sounds Profitable only, we currently use Google Analytics to monitor visit numbers and user behaviour (including play/pause/skip etc on our podcast pages). We remove data in Google Analytics after 26 months; the AMP code we use anonymises IP addresses by default, and we have added the anonymisation code to non-AMP elements. You can learn about Google Analytics’ privacy policy and opt out of Google Analytics completely by using this tool. You can also use your browser in “private” or “incognito” mode to look like a brand new user every time you browse the web.

We are phasing out our use of Google Analytics in favour of our own anonymous tracker, which is in use on all sites. This data is kept for 180 days.

The Podnews classified advertising system does use personal cookies so we know who you are, and we clearly ask for your consent as you log in. These cookies are only visible to our website to pages within the /classifieds/ folder, and are otherwise discarded by our CDN before they’re visible at our origin server.

For podcast listeners

This section is intended for listeners of the Podnews and Podclock podcasts, which are available on a variety of third-party platforms.

Most apps or devices download our audio directly from our server. We use this data for our own analysis as part of our log files. In this interaction, in its entirety, we get to know five things about you:

  1. Your device’s user agent (the name of the app you’re using, and often the type of device you’re connecting with).
  2. Sometimes we learn a referral address, showing us the website or path you took to listen to the podcast.
  3. Your IP address. This is a 12-digit number, from which it is possible to work out your approximate location, often down to your suburb, and the name of your ISP or mobile provider. Sometimes it’s possible to work out your employer or school from an IP address.
  4. The date and time of the download.
  5. What file you downloaded, and whether you downloaded all of it or just a little bit.

Whatever app you listen on, your playback data may also be collected by that app, and you should check the privacy policy of the podcast app that you use.

Impressum

The publisher of this website is James Cridland: editor@podnews.net.

Our editorial postal address is 29 Outlook Crescent, Bardon QLD 4065 AUSTRALIA

Recent updates to this policy

The following are material updates over the last twelve months.

6 Apr 2021: Amended the email tracking policy now that we use anonymous click/open tracking. Added that we’re phasing out use of AMP, and how to spot when AMP is being used. Added that we’re phasing out use of Google Analytics, and linked to our own page tracker. Moved this privacy policy to the standard /privacy URL. Made this policy applicable to all Podnews LLC websites.

7 Jan 2021: Removed the references to Chartable. We now measure our podcast traffic ourselves.

1 Sep 2020: Removed the reference to Triton Digital in our listener privacy policy. Triton Digital had access to our logfiles for the compilation of the Australian Podcast Ranker. We stopped using Triton Digital earlier this year.

21 May 2020: Our site logs, which includes logs for our audio accesses, were being kept indefinitely. They are now automatically deleted after 180 days (and as of this date, all logs have been deleted from 180 days ago and earlier).

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