Privacy Policy

In General

If any user data is collected, the data is ONLY used to provide the services.
No personal data is ever shared with a third-party. No personal data is recorded and processed.

Cookies

In general, there are no tracking-cookies in place. Neither do I want to be tracked, nor do I want to track you.

Logs

Each site-request (targeting *.rtrace.io and rtrace.io) is logged. The following information will be stored for a max. of 4 weeks, then will be deleted permanently.

These logs exclusively serve to protect from attacks (like DoS) against servers and infrastructure of rtrace.io. None of this information will be processed nor used for any analytic purposes. Logs will be retained for a max. period of 4 weeks on the servers serving *.rtrace.io and rtrace.io. No third-party does and will ever have access to these logs.

Site Analytics

The following services provided on this domain utilize plausible.io as a privacy-friendly site-analytics framework. Plausible does not track any GDPR-related information. For further details, please also read what plausible tracks. For further protection of your identity, requests to plausible are proxied through rtrace.io.

Site Embeds

Blog posts, articles and pages on blog.rtrace.io might embed so called iframe to other services and websites. In general, I try to only link to privacy friendly services.

Invidious

Invidious is a privacy-friendly frontend for YouTube. To prevent you from being tracked by Google when visiting *.rtrace.io and rtrace.io, all video-embeds are served through randomly selected Invidious instances.

Owncast

Owncast is a self-hosted free and open source live-streaming solution with integrated chat. Owncast is known to be a privacy-friendly alternative to Twitch. rtrace.io hosts Owncast on live.rtrace.io.

Soundcloud

Soundcloud is an audio-streaming service (just like Spotify). blog.rtrace.io uses Soundcloud embeds on certain pages. Embeds will store cookies. Please follow Soundclouds Privacy Policy for more details. (Please note, that I’m working on replacing Soundcloud with Funkwhale).

Mixcloud

Mixcloud is an audio-streaming service (just like Spotify). blog.rtrace.io uses Mixcloud embeds on certain pages. Embeds will store cookies. Please follow Mixcloud Privacy Policy for more details. (Please note, that I’m working on replacing Mixcloud with Funkwhale)

Asciinema

Asciinema offers an alternative solution to record and share terminal sessions. blog.rtrace.io uses Asciinema embeds on certain pages. Embeds will store cookies. Please folllow Asciinema Privacy Policy for more details.

Further transparency

Hosting

All services provided on rtrace.io and *.rtrace.io are hosted on Virtual Private Servers (VPS) at Netcup (subsidiary company of Anexia GmbH). Servers are located in Frankfurt, Germany. Servers are running the latest version of Fedora Server and are patched ~2 times a week (on average). Disks are LUKS encrypted and require LUKS password on boot. All services provided are served through nginx acting as reverse-proxy/load-balancer. nginx also terminates TLS (HTTPS). Upstream-Servers behind the reverse-proxy are interconnected through Wireguard for secure communication - so none of your traffic (even if previously TLS-terminated) will ever be transferred over the network in plain-text. TLS Certificates are provided by Let’s Encrypt. TLS configuration explicitly only allows TLSv1.3 with the strongest available cipher-suites. HTTP Security Headers are applied where possible and useful.

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Personal Commitment

I personally hate it to be tracked online, and that’s why I won’t track you either (and try my best to prevent third parties from spying on you too). It’s that easy and that’s my promise. I want all services provided at rtrace.io and all of its subdomains to be as privacy-friendly as possible. If you have any additions, constructive feedback, hints to improve or wishes - feel free to contact me at any time. As it is with security - at the end of the day everything boils down to trust. It’s very hard to trust service-providers and that effectively boils down to the fact that you can’t and shouldn’t trust me - zero-trust is the best trust after all).

Nonetheless, if you want to verify that the things I’ve written here are true, please get in touch with me. We can arrange a Jitsi call, and I’ll happily show you how things are hosted and configured here at rtrace.io - come on, let’s go for a SSH safari.