Privacy Policy

Who we are

CAVERN (Cobb Area VERN) is the first of what we hope will be many community VERNs (Volunteer Emergency Radio Networks) all around California, the US and someday the World. The VERN project is a public benefit fiscal project of the Harmless Little Project (HLP), a communications technology research and development project at the human rights security nonprofit The CryptoRights Foundation, Inc. (aka “CRF”), a 501c3 founded in 1998.

The CAVERN project’s website is:

This CAVERN Privacy Policy is currently under construction, but visitors can be confident that, as a nonprofit privacy rights project, right now and for the future we try to collect as little information as possible (if any), as non-personal data as possible (if any), to store whatever data is necessary for the technical operation of this site for as short a time as possible (if at all) and not to profit from using information about our visitors, volunteers and supporters (i.e. never!). We are a non-profit organization established to protect your human right to privacy and have been making every effort to honor that principle for over two decades. We rely solely on your good will to make a tax-deductible donation to our project(s).

(Please see the sidebar for donation info.)

Personal data we collect and why

Comments You Leave

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 assist with spam detection. Spam comments are a major problem these days and we use WP plugins to detect spam and prevent it from appearing on the website where it could easily interfere with legitimate users’ enjoyment and benefits from our content.

Due to privacy considerations, we do not configure our website(s) to use the third-party Gravatar service by default, but in some rare cases a cryptographically anonymized data-string (also called a hash) created using your email address combined with other random data may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using that service to provide websites with a basic profile. The Gravatar service’s privacy policy is available here: If, after the approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment, you will know that Gravatar was used. However, if a blank silhouette appears as your profile picture, then you know we’ve turned off Gravatar. Some of our Admin users have profile pictures displayed, but those are stored locally to avoid third-party privacy abuses and this option is also available to volunteers with login account who wish to avoid Gravatar being involved in their participation.


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

Contact forms

(Not in use at this time.)


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to having your name, email address and website saved in a cookie. These are for your convenience only so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year. We may shorten that time period in the initial published Privacy Policy (still under construction) or at future privacy policy reviews.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser. At this time, this is only pertinent for a very small number of volunteer contributors, since we do not currently permit open public user registrations. If this changes, we notify you on this policy page.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login can persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, 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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website. Since we have no control over that, we strongly recommend that you check the cookies stored in your browser from time to time and delete those you do not wish to have stored on your computer, since they are typically used to follow you around the web to other websites.


Who we share your data with

(Not in use. We have no reason to share your data with anyone, with the possible exception of our nonprofit sponsor, a privacy nonprofit which also does not share or sell any information about people for any reason whatsoever.)

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is simply to enable our system to recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the very basic personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information. At this time, we only have a tiny number of user-volunteers who are able to login, therefore this affects an extremely small number of users and not members of the general public who are simply visiting our website.

What rights you have over your data

If you are one of the extremely small number of individuals with a login account on this site, or if you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. Spammers who bombard our wwebsite with advertising buried in comments, can expect (a) not to have their comments appear and (b) to be added to a database of bad people so that we may analyze their online presence in order to protect our users, legitimate commenters and visitors and the general public from their abuses of the Internet.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service, but we currently do not perform such actions through third parties, relying instead on our own internal systems.

Your contact information

Additional information

How we protect your data

We don’t collect your personal data in the first place, subject to the minor exceptions above. The best way to protect you is to not keep information about you in the first place.

What third parties we receive data from

We don’t work with third parties.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

We don’t do this to the human beings who are kind enough to visit our website.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

We are a nonprofit human rights project, not an industrial big data corporation. You can “do the math” on that one!