❱❱ A Public Message on Privacy


Hi! I'm JR Raphael, the swashbuckling son-of-a-gun behind this operation. Thinking about signing up for the Android Intelligence newsletter, one of my Android Intelligence e-courses, or my Platinum membership program? I'm excited! And there are a few things I want you to know.

First and foremost, let me assure you: Privacy is something I take very seriously. (I had better, since I write about it constantly!) I will never share, sell, or otherwise distribute your email address to anyone. I'll use it to send you whatever publication(s) you sign up to receive — along with the occasional other message related directly to Android Intelligence or your subscription — and that's it.

My newsletters and courses are all created and distributed with a service called ConvertKit, which allows me to collect your email address when you subscribe, put together some rather dapper publications, and then send those publications to your lovely inbox. You can always unsubscribe at any time, if you wish — there's a link to do so at the bottom of every single message I send you — and if you do, I won't email you ever again (though, full disclosure, I might shed a single tear while no one's watching).

My newsletter software provides me with a very limited amount of analytical data based on the messages that are delivered — namely if the emails are being opened and what, if any, links from within them are being clicked. That info helps me understand the reach of the newsletter and gain a better appreciation of what's connecting with people (as well as potentially brag about how many smart and attractive mammals are actually reading what I'm writing). Aside from your email address, the software doesn't collect any sort of personal information, specific location information, undergarment preference information, or really any significant information beyond what I just mentioned. And I'm the only one who has access to what is present in its database.

The newsletter may sometimes include ads or sponsored sections. Those are a way for me to recoup some of the costs associated with providing this service, which is my own independent effort and is not financed or supported by any of the other outlets for which I write. Again, let me emphasize: I will never share, sell, or otherwise distribute your email address to anyone. Advertisers and sponsors will never have access to your email address or any other information (unless, of course, you choose to click on an ad and then directly give that sort of information to them on your own). I will also always clearly disclose when any section is part of a sponsorship arrangement, and I'll work only with sponsors that have no direct overlap with anything I cover from an editorial perspective. Avoiding any conflict of interest (or even the potential perception of that) is a priority on which I will never compromise. You have my word on this.

What else? My optional Platinum membership program relies on a Patreon-owned service called Memberful for managing payments, subscriptions, and access to the various member-only resources. Memberful is incredibly careful about security (see its security page and data protection page, if you want the full nitty-gritty), and it does not access or in any way utilize your personal information (see the “End Users” section of its privacy policy for a longer version of that same assurance). Memberful processes all payments, meanwhile, via Stripe — which is kind of like PayPal if PayPal weren't stuck in 1997-level design and technology. Stripe handles the processing directly, and neither Memberful nor I ever so much as see any credit card info. You can find Stripe's privacy policy here, if you're interested. Oh, and the audio files from my Platinum podcast are hosted by Libsyn, which receives no specific info about the members who listen and provides me with only basic statistics about the number of times each episode is streamed or downloaded.

If you're ever inspired to purchase something from my little Android Intelligence Store (or the Platinum Discount Store, on the membership side of things), all of those orders — the processing, the payments, the production, and the shipments — are handled by a company called Spreadshirt. I've found it to be an exceptionally good partner for this purpose, with superb products, stellar support (with actual reachable humans, even), and a very customer-centric approach in general. You can read all about its stance on protecting personal data in its privacy policy, if you're so inclined, but the short version is that it might send you the occasional marketing message after you make a purchase but won't sell your info to anyone and will make it easy for you to opt out of ongoing messages whenever you want.

And one more thing: I use Google Analytics to collect data about visits to this site. That helps me understand the big picture of how many people are visiting, where they're coming from, and so on. It's all pretty standard stuff — everything's completely anonymous, but cookies are involved (both for browser-based data analysis and for midafternoon snacks). You can find Google's full privacy policy here, if you're really desperate to fall asleep.

Whew! That was a lot of monotonous mumbo-jumbo to get through. Seems like there oughta be a bit of spicy bonus fine print for anyone who's actually still reading this, don't you think? Let's see…

Side effects of visiting this website may include headache, nausea, incontinence, diabeetus, virginity, general irritation, and spontaneous shouting of 90s-era sitcom catchphrases like “Cut, it, out!” and “Did I do that?” Three out of four doctors recommend wearing protective headgear, mouthguards, and chastity belts whilst consuming Android Intelligence content — you know, just for general protection in all the important areas. (Hey, you never know when someone might sneak up behind you with a sock full of pennies.)

And with that, I think we're officially, thankfully done. Got questions? Give me a shout. Otherwise, I'll look forward to seeing you in your inbox — and beyond.

❱❱ A Public Message on Privacy


Hi! I'm JR Raphael, the swashbuckling son-of-a-gun behind this operation. Thinking about signing up for the Android Intelligence newsletter, one of my Android Intelligence e-courses, or my Platinum membership program? I'm excited! And there are a few things I want you to know.

First and foremost, let me assure you: Privacy is something I take very seriously. (I had better, since I write about it constantly!) I will never share, sell, or otherwise distribute your email address to anyone. I'll use it to send you whatever publication(s) you sign up to receive — along with the occasional other message related directly to Android Intelligence or your subscription — and that's it.

My newsletters and courses are all created and distributed with a service called ConvertKit, which allows me to collect your email address when you subscribe, put together some rather dapper publications, and then send those publications to your lovely inbox. You can always unsubscribe at any time, if you wish — there's a link to do so at the bottom of every single message I send you — and if you do, I won't email you ever again (though, full disclosure, I might shed a single tear while no one's watching).

My newsletter software provides me with a very limited amount of analytical data based on the messages that are delivered — namely if the emails are being opened and what, if any, links from within them are being clicked. That info helps me understand the reach of the newsletter and gain a better appreciation of what's connecting with people (as well as potentially brag about how many smart and attractive mammals are actually reading what I'm writing). Aside from your email address, the software doesn't collect any sort of personal information, specific location information, undergarment preference information, or really any significant information beyond what I just mentioned. And I'm the only one who has access to what is present in its database.

The newsletter may sometimes include ads or sponsored sections. Those are a way for me to recoup some of the costs associated with providing this service, which is my own independent effort and is not financed or supported by any of the other outlets for which I write. Again, let me emphasize: I will never share, sell, or otherwise distribute your email address to anyone. Advertisers and sponsors will never have access to your email address or any other information (unless, of course, you choose to click on an ad and then directly give that sort of information to them on your own). I will also always clearly disclose when any section is part of a sponsorship arrangement, and I'll work only with sponsors that have no direct overlap with anything I cover from an editorial perspective. Avoiding any conflict of interest (or even the potential perception of that) is a priority on which I will never compromise. You have my word on this.

What else? My optional Platinum membership program relies on a Patreon-owned service called Memberful for managing payments, subscriptions, and access to the various member-only resources. Memberful is incredibly careful about security (see its security page and data protection page, if you want the full nitty-gritty), and it does not access or in any way utilize your personal information (see the “End Users” section of its privacy policy for a longer version of that same assurance). Memberful processes all payments, meanwhile, via Stripe — which is kind of like PayPal if PayPal weren't stuck in 1997-level design and technology. Stripe handles the processing directly, and neither Memberful nor I ever so much as see any credit card info. You can find Stripe's privacy policy here, if you're interested. Oh, and the audio files from my Platinum podcast are hosted by Libsyn, which receives no specific info about the members who listen and provides me with only basic statistics about the number of times each episode is streamed or downloaded.

If you're ever inspired to purchase something from my little Android Intelligence Store (or the Platinum Discount Store, on the membership side of things), all of those orders — the processing, the payments, the production, and the shipments — are handled by a company called Spreadshirt. I've found it to be an exceptionally good partner for this purpose, with superb products, stellar support (with actual reachable humans, even), and a very customer-centric approach in general. You can read all about its stance on protecting personal data in its privacy policy, if you're so inclined, but the short version is that it might send you the occasional marketing message after you make a purchase but won't sell your info to anyone and will make it easy for you to opt out of ongoing messages whenever you want.

And one more thing: I use Google Analytics to collect data about visits to this site. That helps me understand the big picture of how many people are visiting, where they're coming from, and so on. It's all pretty standard stuff — everything's completely anonymous, but cookies are involved (both for browser-based data analysis and for midafternoon snacks). You can find Google's full privacy policy here, if you're really desperate to fall asleep.

Whew! That was a lot of monotonous mumbo-jumbo to get through. Seems like there oughta be a bit of spicy bonus fine print for anyone who's actually still reading this, don't you think? Let's see…

Side effects of visiting this website may include headache, nausea, incontinence, diabeetus, virginity, general irritation, and spontaneous shouting of 90s-era sitcom catchphrases like “Cut, it, out!” and “Did I do that?” Three out of four doctors recommend wearing protective headgear, mouthguards, and chastity belts whilst consuming Android Intelligence content — you know, just for general protection in all the important areas. (Hey, you never know when someone might sneak up behind you with a sock full of pennies.)

And with that, I think we're officially, thankfully done. Got questions? Give me a shout. Otherwise, I'll look forward to seeing you in your inbox — and beyond.

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