In this document, the word "we" refers to Burtman and all contributors to the website, as we work together to develop and maintain this website and all associated content and projects.
Any information you send to, or via, this website, its connected social media accounts, or any other related, publicly viewable accounts, including comments and mentions, are considered publicly available information. Such information may be shared, forwarded, quoted and used in other ways, but will never be used in ways that violate the initial intention of the information. For example, a positive posting about another website will never be mis-represented as a positive review for this one. We're just not those kinds of people.
Information sent in any way with a reasonable expectation of privacy is considered private for the purposes of this policy. All private information is bound tightly by our code of secrecy, which prevents it from being shared or referenced in any way, with anyone who doesn't need to know it. And we mean need. Anything that can be considered private will be. For example, an email sent to any Burtman address, a private message, or something you post by mistake and then quickly delete - is obviously not intended for anyone else, and we don't care for loopholes and trickery. We respect your privacy and the integrity of your communications. Period.
This site sets one cookie when you first load a page, which allows you to sign into your account and keeps track of things for convenience and correct functionality. Although it is required in order to maintain logged-in sessions and remember settings, it can be deleted at any time without causing any loss to your data. If you delete the cookie, you will be logged out. Logging back in will restore the remembered data.
If you don't have an account, or you don't wish to sign into it on a particular visit, you can happily continue with cookies entirely disabled, and it will not affect the functionality of the site at all.
Your cookie is encrypted in order to secure your information, and it is never shared with any other site or service. The reason we do not have a GDPR menu is that we do not have any other cookies from other domains. There are no adverts, marketing tools, external analytics, trackers or anything else you might not be excited about.
We don't touch it.
Image-embedded tracking? Email image call-home? Anything like that?
None of it. HTML email resources are not tracked (you can verify it by checking the source) and you always have the option to switch to plain text emails.
Some other creepy tracking method that's conveniently not mentioned?
Hell-to-the-no. Read line one of this policy to see why Burtman's not tempted by these sinful things.
At no point will this website ever employ underhanded methods to obtain information about any visitor, nor will any advertiser, sponsor, donor, supporter, social media platform or long-lost-uncle be permitted to use this site as a vector for the same.
As the site develops, some external websites may be linked to it, but rest assured, none of the government's data-mining tools like facebook, linked-in, twitter, google, etc., will be among them. Burtman favors independent, socially-responsible and non-profit organizations, because we have rights, no matter how badly big brother wants us to forget it.
All information gathered about you by any means is treated in the strictest confidentiality at all times, and is only stored for as long as is necessary in order to serve its purpose. This is both a legal requirement and an optional policy.
Publicly viewable information you post remains publicly viewable until you delete it.
All personally identifiable information is permanently deleted from our systems as soon as it is no longer required for the provision of services. For example, even if you don't have a supporter account, we need your email address in order to send you updates as a mailing list subscriber. But if you unsubscribe from the mailing list, we no longer need that email address and we remove it from our systems promptly.
In the case that removal of comments or other postings may damage the integrity of other information, especially information that is helpful to others, such comments and postings may instead be censored according to your request, and then transferred to the anonymous user, instead of being deleted. This might happen, for example, if your account is deleted, either at your request, or due to serious or repeated violation of our simple rules.
All information transmitted to this website is encrypted by default, using the industry standard SSL protocol. All personal information in our database is stored in an encrypted state (Secure At Rest), which prevents its use in the unlikely event that the database is compromised.
If you found Burtman through a search engine, social media platform, or another site's referral, that information is anonymized and temporarily stored for statistics gathering. All statistics are compiled and processed on our own servers using local processes (nothing is sent anywhere else for any reason). The full breakdown of data we use for statistics is listed at the bottom of this section.
None of our statistics information is linked to any identifiable information about you, and once our monthly anonymous traffic report is compiled, all of it is permanently deleted.
Last, but definitely not least;
Whenever you connect to any website, your browser sends certain information about your device and location to those sites. These days, there are an obscene amount of underhanded ways that advertising companies and vested interests spy on you.
If you want to stay private online, consider using a VPN like RiseUp VPN, and if you can afford to do so, please consider supporting the people who provide these free services to protect your privacy and freedom with a donation. They certainly appreciate it.
Statistics Are Derived From:
- Your country and language preference give us an idea where our visitors come from, which can help with content production.
- Your browser and operating system versions can help us with technical work that improves the site for everyone.
- The site that referred you can tell us where our visitors are finding burtman.net, which can help us to grow our audience without intrusive adverts and other nastiness.
- If you followed a personal referral link, we need to register that link in your account, so we can reward the referrer according to how many people they have referred. This information is required in order to keep things running smoothly in the referrals department, but we don't use it to infer relationships and social networks, nor do we allow anyone else to see that information. Only you and Burtman can see who referred you and who you referred.
We like cryptocurrency for its fast and cheap transactions. But we also like privacy. Actually, it's because of privacy that we prefer crypto to traditional bank transactions; The increasing authoritarian control that banks are trying to exert over all of us would lead us into slavery, if we fell for it. You can read more about that by researching CBDCs (Central Bank Digital Currencies) - Central banking's authoritarian answer to decentralized, freedom-promoting private currency.
If you know anything about cryptocurrency, computer software, security, the internet, or any related field, you probably know that the software that stores your cryptocurrency is the most important target of criminals who may try to steal your wealth. If you knew nothing about any of the aforementioned areas, you now know this.
So that's why it's important to make sure that your crypto wallet software is secure and trustworthy. And that's why we recommend well-known and trusted wallet software for the various currencies we accept on this website. To help you stay safe in the crypto world, we include a recommendation for what we consider to be the best wallet for a given currency on the relevant donation page. That recommendation shows the official icon and a link to the official download page. This way, you can be sure you are really downloading the official build from the correct place.
Of course, there are often many different wallets available for a given currency, and especially for the most popular ones like Bitcoin and Ethereum. So please consider the recommendation just that. We have nothing to gain by recommending any given wallet over another because we do not accept or use promo codes for money-related software and services. We want to remain neutral to ensure we provide an honest and unbiased recommendation.
Long story short: If you don't know which wallet software to install for a given currency, you can trust the one we recommend. If you have another preference, then go with that, instead.