I do not collect any personal information about you. I don't know your name or phone number or email or what you do or how much money you make, or who all do you have in your family, or any such thing.
I only store your geo location with your permission. Please read the section Things I store about you below.
This website also uses two programs that I did not write myself -- Google Analytics and shareThis. These programs may be using cookies to do their job. Cookies in themselves are not bad.
shareThis is the thing that you see at the bottom of the home page on the footer that lets you share this website with others. It has the facebook and LinkedIn and those types of icons.
Google Analytics is an invisible thing that tells me how many people visited my website, from which place in the world, what computer or phone brand they were using to view the website and that sort of stuff. This information helps me improve my website user interface for different sizes and types of viewing devices such as computer screens, tablets and mobile phones of different screen sizes.
No personal information about you gets collected.
This website also has an Azure Affinity Cookie, which is a completely safe cookie that has nothing to do with your information. It is used for technical things. If you want to know what technical things, please read on. Otherwise, you may skip this section.
A cookie is a small piece of information that a computer serving a website stores on the computer on which the website is being viewed. The information stored could be about anything at all. The serving computer stores this information so that it may function properly. So, just like cars, cookies in themselves are not bad.
This website is stored on different computers around the world, each computer holding a full copy of the website. When you visit it, it comes from one of those computers.
I did not buy those computers. Instead, for a very small amount of money, I rented those computers from a company you have heard of called Microsoft.
When you visit this website, behind the scenes, your computer asks the group of computers that have the website content for the content. This asking may not happen all in one go. Sometimes, it can happen half and half.
In one turn, for example, your computer might say to the group, "Oh group, give me da website sathyaish.net now!" Since all the computers in that group have the same website, one of them picks up on your computer's request and starts to give the content.
But lo, while it is still in the middle of giving the content, the communication cuts off mid-way, and only some of the content of the website is sent back. So, just before the communication gets cut, the giving computer puts a red marker at the place where it stopped giving the content so the next time it can give back the rest of the content from after the red marker.
And as a reply to your computer, it sends the partial content, the red marker, and its own name, and tells your computer, "Dear asker computer, you see, like, while I was trying to give you the full website, we got disconnected, but worry not, in another turn, quickly ask our group of computers for the rest of the website content immediately. And here's my own name, if you tell the group my name, they will send you straight to me. And please bring along this red marker, so I will know where to start giving you the rest of the website from. So in your next turn, it will all happen very fast, fast, fast."
That red marker and the sending computer's name together are together called Azure Affinity Cookie in technical language.
In reality, it looks very ugly like this:
So, you see that cookie has nothing to do with you personally.
When you visit this website for the first time, for the first time and only for the first time, you may see a box that appears on the top of the page like so:
That's me asking you for your permission that I may store your geographical location. If you click the Allow Location Access button, I store your computer's IP address, and your geographical coordinates such as your latitude, longitude, continent, country, state and city.
I need this information to protect myself from bad people. Bad people also visit websites. They try to do bad things to those websites. If someone bad tries to visit my website and do bad things, then I will have their geo-location with me for a record to report to the authorities. That is why I store this information for everyone because it is impossible to tell who is bad unless they try to do something bad.
These are the situations in which you may be seeing the Location Access Permission box on subsequent visits to my website: