A small A-Frame house on a grassy hill on an overcast day


January 1, 2021

I have a deep mistrust for a lot of internet properties these days. Whether it’s a social media platform, an e-commerce website, streaming service, game, or financial institution, customer data seems to be up for grabs with little to no value of a user’s right to privacy.

I have wild distrust for Facebook, I recently underwent a rigorous de-Googling, and I support Apple’s recent privacy moves — even if it’s self serving on their part. I use an email relay service called AnonAddy, and have outfitted my home with smart devices that don’t call home for telemetry purposes.

I do not think companies need very detailed personal information about their users to make their products better, or to make money. There are ways around the massive user data siphons that ad-supported platforms have become.

That’s why shawncole.com / shawncole.ca does not install cookies on its visitors. I have chosen to use Cloudflare’s privacy-focused website analytics platform that collects country of origin, system configuration information, and other information about traffic to and from this website, but does not collect personally identifiable information such as name, age, gender, or other personal information. You can read their Privacy Policy here. Should you submit your email address via a message form on this website, it will only ever be used for communication purposes. I use these tools to measure how my blog posts are doing, and how people got to them.

I value your privacy as I value my own.

If you have comments, suggestions or concerns, please reach out to me here.

Shawn Cole 2021
Strategic Foresight, Research & Design