Our Privacy Policy

We take your privacy seriously. We'll never sell your data to third parties.

Your privacy is critically important to us. We have a few fundamental principles:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products/services, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.
  • In our products and services, we aim to make it as simple as possible for you to control what’s visible to the public, seen by search engines, kept private, and permanently deleted.

Below is our privacy policy which incorporates these goals: (Note, we’ve used a slightly edited version of the privacy policy made available by Automattic under the Creative Commons Sharealike license)

If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact us.

Black Chair Studios, Inc. ("Black Chair") operates several websites including www.blackchair.net. It is Black Chair’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information they may collect while operating their websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Black Chair collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Black Chair’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Black Chair’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Black Chair may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Black Chair also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for users logged in to their products and for users leaving comments on their blog. Black Chair only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Black Chair’s websites choose to interact with Black Chair in ways that require Black Chair to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Black Chair gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. Those who engage in transactions with Black Chair are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Black Chair collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Black Chair. Black Chair does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

Black Chair may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. Black Chair may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Black Chair does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Black Chair discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Black Chair’s behalf or to provide services available at Black Chair’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Black Chair’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Black Chair will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Black Chair discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Black Chair believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Black Chair, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of one of Black Chair’s websites and have supplied your email address, Black Chair may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Black Chair and their products/services. I primarily use my various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so I expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send me a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), I reserve the right to publish it in order to help meclarify or respond to your request or to help me support other users. Black Chair takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Black Chair uses cookies to help Black Chair identify and track visitors, their usage of Black Chair’s website, and their website access preferences. Visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Black Chair’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Black Chair’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.


Ads appearing on any of my websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Black Chair and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Black Chair may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Black Chair’s sole discretion. Black Chair encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.