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Privacy Policy

Who we are

The Highway Star is a non-profit organization operating under the laws of British Columbia, Canada. Our website address is: https://www.thehighwaystar.com.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


For all visitors we log the customary technical data for the purpose of troubleshooting and statistics. For each request your web browser makes to our server (i.e. for each page and each image viewed) we record:

  • IP address;
  • timestamp;
  • HTTP request received;
  • numerical server response code;
  • length of content served;
  • referrer URI as sent by your browser;
  • user agent string as sent by your browser.

This information is stored in raw logs for 4 weeks. It is also being regularly processed to generate aggregate statistics. During those 4 weeks we can tell, for example, that at given time somebody from a certain IP address viewed the tourdates page and they were probably using Chrome browser to do it. After 4 weeks we can only tell either how many views the tourdates page had or how percentage of our visitors using the Chrome. This statistics are generated by AWStats.

All analytics is done in-house, on our own server, and we do not share this information with anybody. We also do not track or fingerprint your browser, nor discriminate against VPNs, proxies, Tor, or other anonymizing technologies. You are welcome.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. This data is being submitted to Akismet, which helps us to weed out spam in the comments (and spam accounts for almost 97% of our comments, you just don’t get to see it). Their privacy policy can be found here.

Your contact information

When you submit a story via email or other means for publication, we usually give a credit at the end of the post. If you prefer your name or nickname not to be mentioned, please let us know. We do not publish or share email addresses or any other contact details without your explicit permission.


If you submit images to the website, you should avoid sending images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you will receive a cookie saving your name, email address and website. These cookies are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year. Feel free to clear the cookies or browse in incognito mode if you prefer privacy over convenience.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. Youtube videos, Soundcloud audio clips, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

This is simple: nobody. Being a non-profit, we can dispense with pretending to serve you while actually vacuuming your personal data and selling it to the highest bidder (like some other sites we all know).

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

Ordinary visitor logs are retained for 4 weeks.

Where your data is stored

All the data is stored on our dedicated bare metal server, which is located in Germany. Offsite backups are stored on Amazon S3 cloud service located (to the best of our knowledge) in Ireland. All offsite backups are encrypted via GPG with 4096 bit RSA key, so neither Amazon, nor any other 3rd party can not see it. Only we have the keys.

Last updated: Wed Jun 13 18:42:12 UTC 2018

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