This privacy policy is Bits of Freedom’s way of informing you which (personal) data we collect as part of the visitor statistics collected on our websites. Stichting Bits of Freedom (Bof) is the controller of the processing of personal data described in this privacy policy. We will never provide personal data to third parties unless we’re forced to by law and only after we have done whatever we can to avoid doing so.

(Version: 31-07-2018)

Visitor statistics website (cookies)

We use the open source software MatomoWhat is Matomo? (formerly Piwik) to collect visitor statistics. We do this by placing two analytical (first-party) cookies:

  • _pk_id: generates a unique number to distinguish one visitor from another. This cookie is stored on your computer for 14 days after your last visit to the website.
  • _pk_ref: registers what site a visitor visits our website from. This cookie is stored on your computer for 30 minutes after your last visit to the website.

We have taken the following privacy enhancing measures:

  1. We mask the last five hextets of the IPv6 addresses and the last two octets of the IPv4 addresses we collect from visitors (for example:: 2001:db8:7bb:: or
  2. We store the collected data on our own servers that we host ourselves and are located in The Netherlands.
  3. Visitor logs (containing the data listed below) are kept for 32 days.
  4. Our websites will never feature third-party cookies or other trackers.
  5. We not only respect but encourage the use of Do Not Track headers and cookie-blockers.

Through Matomo and the above mentioned analytical cookies, we collect the following data:

  • the unique id linked to the _pk_id cookie (see above)
  • your IP address (masked)
  • Pages you visit (titles and URLs) on our website and the data and time the page was visited
  • The URL where you clicked a link that sent you to our site (Referrer URL)
  • Links you click on on our website that refer to external websites (Outlink)
  • Downloads
  • An estimation of your location: country, region, city (we don’t collect your exact geolocation)
  • Other data: screen resolution, your local time, website speed, browser language
  • Browser user agent: which browser you use, your operating system, your device (desktop computer, smartphone, etc.)

We process this data insofar this is necessary for our legitimate interest to analyse the use and functioning of our website(s). Due to the privacy enhancing measures we take, the impact on your privacy is limited and we not ask for your consent.

Your rights

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) you have, among other things, the right to access the personal data we collect about you and in some cases the right to amend it or have it deleted. In certain cases you can ask us to stop processing your data or request us to provide your data to you in a machine readable format.

You can exercise your rights by sending an e-mail or letter to us with your request; use the contact details listed below. To comply with your request, we might ask you to provide any necessary information to verify your identity.

You can find more information about your rights on and (probably) on the website of your local data protection authority. You can file a complaint with your data protection authority if you feel we have abused your personal data.

Changes to this privacy policy

We might make changes to this privacy policy. If we change something important, we’ll announce that on our website. The previous versionsPrevious versions of our privacy policy are archived online.

Our contact details

Do you have any questions about this privacy policy or do you want to exercise one of your rights under the GDPR? Get in touchSend us an email! By mail: Stichting Bits of Freedom (Bof), Prinseneiland 97hs, 1013LN Amsterdam. By e-mail: info@bitsoffreedom.nll. By phone: +31 20 261 8350.

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