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Last Updated: November 7, 2023. is a website owned and operated by Scathing Websites, LLL (“Pajiba”, “we” or “us”). In this privacy policy, we want to let you know:

  • What information is collected by us;
  • What information is collected by third-party services and advertisers;
  • How that collected information is used; and
  • How and to what extent our readers can opt-out of such data collection.

What information do we collect?

The only information we collect directly from any of our readers and users is the information that our web host and webserver automatically receives and records in data logs from your browser, such as your IP address and the page requested. This information is securely stored on our web host’s network and is necessary for the ongoing operation, maintenance, and security of our webserver and this website.

We do not use this collected information for any purpose other than serving our website pages to you. We do not use this information, or any information collected by our service providers or advertisers (as discussed below), for any purpose other than to better serve our readers. Pajiba does not rent, sell or otherwise share personal information about you with other people or companies other than the ones identified below unless we are responding to subpoenas, court orders, or legal processes, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims. We do not use any collected information for the purposes of automated decision-making or data profiling.

Pajiba’s Substack collects certain additional information about you. We do not otherwise collect, use, store, or process any of that personal information separate from the specific purposes it may be collected for in connection with one’s use of Pajiba’s Substack. You can learn more about what data Substack collects via its Privacy Policy. Please visit How do I contact Substack if I want to exercise my privacy rights? to follow-up with them directly.

What third-party service providers do we use and what information do they collect?

Our commenting platform is operated and maintained by Disqus, Inc. (“Disqus”). When you submit a comment or otherwise interact with the comments through Disqus’ platform, Disqus may collect certain personal information of yours, including your name, e-mail address, and IP address. Please see the Disqus Privacy Policy for more information including how to opt-out of Disqus’ information collection.

We also use certain analytics service providers to, among other things, understand what content our readers enjoy by tracking user-specific information on what pages users access or visit, maintaining records of past activity in order to provide better service when visitors return to our site, and using browser or device information to customize page content based on visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends.

These are the analytics service providers we currently use, either actively or from time-to-time, along with links to their respective privacy policies for more information including (where they provide such information) how to individually opt out of their analytics tracking:

Our EU readers can opt of analytics tracking, as discussed below, though we hope you won’t as it only allows us to better understand our readers and serve your interests.

What third-party advertisers do we use and what information do they collect?

We use several third-party advertisers who serve either personalized or non-personalized ads. These advertisers typically use cookies or web beacons on our site which collect certain information and sends its back to these advertisers. Except for our EU readers who can opt out of personal information collection, as discussed below, we do not have access to or control over these cookies or the collection of information once we have given permission for them to set cookies for advertising. For more on that, we turn to the NAI disclaimer:

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Web site. These companies may use aggregated information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.

As a result of your visit to our site and not opting out of advertising information collection, these advertising partners may collect information such as your domain type, your IP address, your ISP, your browser type, and your clickstream information. This information is used by them to serve personalized (e.g., based on a user’s location, prior site visits and/or visits to other sites on the internet) and/or non-personalized advertising. If you opt-out of this collection, you may still see advertisements where our advertiser partners are able to serve ads without the use of cookies or scripts to collect information, but they will be non-personalized and not based upon any of your information. These are the advertisers we currently use, either actively or from time-to-time, along with links to their respective privacy policies:

Do we ever update this policy?

From time to time, we may use customer information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our privacy notice. If our information practices change at some time in the future we will post the policy changes to our Web site here on this page to notify you of these changes. Where the policies include changes to how we or our partners collect or use your personal information, or where new partners are permitted to collect certain information, that will also be reflected here and EU readers will be given an opportunity to opt-out of such collection and use.

If you are concerned about how your information is used, please periodically check back to this page.

Can you opt out of our data collection?

Our EU readers (readers visiting us from European Economic Area countries subject to the EU General Data Protection Regulation) will see a consent notice upon their first visit to this site. Our partners will only collect your information, in accordance with the terms above, if you affirmatively indicate consent to such collection and our use of cookies. If you give consent and would later like to revoke it, please contact us and we can work that out for you. If you would like to exercise any other rights under the GDPR, please contact us with your request.

For our non-EU readers, please visit the NAI’s Opt Out of Interest-Based Advertising for more information on opting out of targeted advertising, in addition to visiting the individual privacy policies included above. You can also visit Google’s Ad Settings, the Digital Advertising Alliance (the DAA), and the DAA’s User’s Current IBA Status Page to learn more and find other ways to limit what information advertisers collect.

If you feel that this site is not following its stated information policy, you may contact us via the contact information included below, you can contact the DMA’s Committee on Ethical Business Practices at [email protected], or you can contact the Federal Trade Commission by phone at 202.FTC-HELP (202.382.4357) or electronically at

How long do we retain collected information?

As noted above, we collect and retain certain information for the operation, maintenance, and security of our website. We only retain this information for these purposes, consistent with applicable laws and security and data protection policies, for as long as needed or permitted to be used for these purposes. When collected information is no longer necessary to be retained for these purposes, it is automatically deleted (e.g., via log rotation and deletion). When we delete and destroy any personal information, we do so in a secure manner in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Notice to California, Nevada, and Virginia Residents:

More states are passing laws regulating companies’ use of consumer data and giving you new and expanded rights to protect and control your data. Verified California, Nevada, and Virginia residents have the right to:

  • Request and receive disclosure of our personal information collection practices during the prior twelve months;
  • Request and receive a copy of the personal information we have collected about them during the prior twelve months;
  • Request and receive disclosure of our information sharing practices during the prior twelve months;
  • Request that we not sell personal information about them; and
  • Request that we delete (and direct our service providers to delete) their personal information subject to certain exceptions.

For purposes of these rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (the “CCPA”) and the California Privacy Rights Act (the “CPRA”), the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (the “VCDPA”) and Nevada privacy laws (collective, “State Privacy Laws”), “personal information” as used here means information that identifies, relates to, describes, is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular California resident or household.

Regarding these rights, there is no need for any users to submit any requests because:

  • This privacy policy outlines our full and complete collection practices for the prior twelve months;
  • For California residents, the only information we collect is information that, pursuant to the Attorney General regulations, the CPRA, and supporting policy statements, we cannot provide a copy of as it would put our site security at risk;
  • We do not sell any reader information, including your personal information, so there is no information to provide regarding that and, as for other disclosures, this privacy policy outlines the full extent of any information we disclose and the business reasons for such disclosure (e.g., we allow analytics providers to collect certain information in order for us to better serve our audience);
  • As we do not sell any information, there is no need to opt-out;
  • As noted above, we only retain collected information for use consistent with this Privacy Policy, and have automated systems to routinely delete such information when it no longer serves these purposes; and
  • For California residents, the only information we collect is information that, pursuant to the CCPA and the CPRA, is exempt from being deleted because we use it for security purposes, for debugging, and for solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with the expectations of users who browser our site.

In fact and in addition to the above, because of how limited our information collection is, we are not able to verify your identify if you did make a request for access to your information or to have your information deleted (and State Privacy Laws only allow these requests to be fulfilled upon verification of identity). All of which is to say, we have always taken and always will take our customers’ information and privacy seriously. You can of course contact us, as noted below, if you have any questions about this (trust us, we know these laws can be confusing).

If you’d like to exercise any of your privacy rights regarding any information collected by Substack, please visit How do I contact Substack if I want to exercise my privacy rights?.

How can you contact us?

If you have any questions about anything in this privacy policy, please feel free to contact us. We can be reached via e-mail at [email protected]. If you wish to reach out via old-fashioned mail, our addresses are:

Editorial Offices Business Offices
Scathing Websites LLC
102 Ashmont Street
Portland, ME 04103
Scathing Websites LLC
Attn: Privacy Policy Inquiry
1212 Fifth Street, Suite 1-624
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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