Privacy policy

Privacy is important to me. I am dedicated to minimizing the amount of information I or my website collect about you. Below I am outlining what this means.

Who I am

My name is Amit Bar. My website’s address is

What information I collect and why I collect it

Guestbook comments

If you leave a guestbook entry on the site I collect the information you enter in the guestbook form. To be clear: The guestbook is public, and the information you enter, except for your e-mail address, can be seen by anyone. If you wish to send me a private message, please use the contact page.

Contact forms

If you send me information through any of the forms on my website (such as contact, model sign up, requests, buying my art work, workshops), then I will collect and keep this information. I do so to be able to respond to the form that you have submitted. I will not add you to my mailing list, unless you specifically ask to be kept updated about my art projects.

Mailing list

If you sign up for my newsletter, I will inform you about updates to my art projects. I only use your contact information to be able to send you my newsletter. If you would like to unsubscribe, you can do so at any time by responding to my e-mail and saying ‘unsubscribe’. I will then delete all your information from my mailing list / address book.


I use an open-source analytics program with a strong privacy focus, called Matomo. It informs me about how visitors use my website, such as what art works are popular. While analyzing website visits, Matomo is respectful of privacy in a few different ways. These include:

1. It respects DoNotTrack requests from your browser. You can set this in your browser preferences.

2. It anonymizes IP addresses by two bytes (so, for example, it keeps instead of This way I cannot see from where exactly you are visiting my website.

3. It allows me to set a period after which the statistics are automatically deleted. I have set this to 180 days.

The information Matomo collects is:

  • 2 byte masked user IP address (see also: IP anonymization)
  • Date and time of the request
  • Title of the page being viewed (Page Title)
  • URL of the page being viewed (Page URL)
  • URL of the page that was viewed prior to the current page (Referrer URL)
  • Screen resolution being used
  • Time in local user’s timezone
  • Files that were clicked and downloaded (Download)
  • Links to an outside domain that were clicked (Outlink)
  • Pages generation time (the time it takes for webpages to be generated by the webserver and then downloaded by the user: Page speed)
  • Main Language of the browser being used (Accept-Language header)
  • User Agent of the browser being used (User-Agent header)

Read more about Matomo and their privacy policy here:

In addition, my webhosting provider, Greenhost, keeps so-called error and access logs for a period of up to 7 days. The logs contain the following information: IP address, time and date of request, (sub)domain name, URI, browser/user agent and HTTP code. Greenhost uses this information to generate the analytics above and to prevent DDoS or other kinds of malicious attacks on their servers. As I cannot adjust what these logs store, I commit to not access these logs and only access the anonymized analytics.

After this initial retention of up to 7 days period, the logs are deleted. Greenhost keeps backups of logs for a period of up to 2 months.


For my website to function, it needs to get a piece of code from another server every time my website loads. The company owning this other server, CloudFlare, uses a cookie called __cfduid as a security measure when this code is being loaded. Technically, my website connects with CloudFlare because the WordPress theme that I use requires two JavaScript files (to be specific, for GSAP animation) that are stored on CloudFlare’s Content Delivery Network. CloudFlare explains that the cookie “does not correspond to any user ID in your web application, and does not store any personally identifiable information.” It also says that “this cookie is absolutely necessary for supporting Cloudflare’s security features and cannot be turned off.” You can read more about this CFUID cookie here and here.

Embedded content from other websites

Sometimes this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the same way as if you were to visit 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.

I aim to minimize the use of embedded content on my website. At the moment the one type of embedded content that you may see on this website is the embedded video player by Vimeo. This allows you to watch my art videos directly on my website. According to Vimeo, their embeddable video player “uses first-party cookies that we consider essential to the video player experience. We do not use third-party analytics or advertising cookies when our video player appears on a third-party website [like mine, AB].”

Who I share your data with

I do not share your personal data with anyone.

How long I keep this information

Information that you submit to me when you sign my guestbook, fill out a form on my website, or subscribe to my newsletter, I keep indefinitely. I do this in order to be able to respond to you and to keep track of past conversations regarding my website, art works or services. Analytics information, which as I mentioned is already anonymized, I delete after 180 days.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left guestbook comments, submitted a form, or signed up for my mailing list, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal information that I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

My contact information

If you have any questions related to my privacy policy, please contact me by using the contact form or via amit -at- amitbar dot com.

Changes to this privacy policy

This privacy policy was published on 22 October 2018. Any changes to this privacy policy will be published and highlighted on this page. If I make changes to the content of my privacy policy I will also inform my mailing list subscribers by e-mail.