Last Updated 5/18/2019

At Radio Free Bay Ridge, we are dedicated to transparency and user privacy. We’ll be expanding and clarifying how we use your data, both through our podcast and with this website, below.

Website Privacy Policy

We prevent others (and ourselves, mostly) from accessing features on your device.

Radio Free Bay Ridge fully supports Feature Policies, a security measure that disallows our site, or anyone we link to, from accessing or activating your phone or computer. If a site we link to (or embed from) gets hacked, this keeps them from accessing your devices. [Read more about Feature Policies]

Note that Feature Policies are, as of writing this policy, only supported in Chrome, Safari, and Opera. If you are using an Android or iPhone, you should be good! [Check browser support]

DirectiveFeatureWho has access?
microphoneActivating your microphoneNobody (Including us)
fullscreenEnabling full-screenOnly us (No third parties)
paymentOpening payment apps (paypal, apple, etc)Nobody (Including us)
cameraActivating your cameraNobody (Including us)
geolocationCheck your locationOnly us (No third parties)
midiUse the web MIDI appNobody (Including us)
vrEnable Virtual Reality displaysNobody (Including us)

Note we only can access two features on your device: Your geolocation and whether we’re full-screened or not. Third parties we embed content from cannot access or enable these features.

We use the geolocation data to help determine how hyper-local we’re being and ensure Bay Ridge is our primary audience. We also let our code enable full-screening, mostly for viewing images, documents, and video.

We don’t let other websites know you came from this site.

Radio Free Bay Ridge fully supports Referrer Policies, which means that if you follow a link on our site, that site will not know you came from Radio Free Bay Ridge. By using links on, you will not be telling anyone that you ever visited our site! We are the only ones who can see what pages you visit on our site. [Read more about Referrer Policies]

Remember, we can see what pages linked you into our site, unless that site had a strict Referrer Policy of their own. We do check this data to see who is linking to us, usually to thank them (or block them if it’s a bunch of bots!)

DirectiveFeatureWho has access?
same-originWho can see that you clicked on a link hosted on us (No other websites)

What about sites that serve Radio Free Bay Ridge content?

Not everything you see on this site actually lives on our servers. Our podcast audio itself is hosted through podbean, and our fonts are hosted through Google, for example. You are also most likely viewing our page from a CDN (Content Delivery Network), which stores our site’s resources on servers that are closer (and faster) to where you are accessing us from.

Note: This list is a work in progress. Check back soon for a complete listing.

External ResourceWhat It ProvidesDoes it track me?
Google Fonts APIThe fonts you see on our webpage.No (via Google)

We’re getting rid of embedded (Third-Party) Cookies

Cookies can store data about your browsing habits, which are then delivered to third parties… even if they don’t own the web-page in question. Some cookies are harmless, though, and are essential for browsing the website.

At Radio Free Bay Ridge we limit our use of third-party cookies. They currently are only present within certain, older episodes pages. Specifically, they occur when we embed other sites content into the page (i.e. Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Tableau, etc). We are currently working on eliminating all embedded media that contains cookies from our site, but this will probably take a while.

Our Cookies

We only have five cookies total. Two of them are “strictly necessary” cookies that are part of how you access our servers. The other three are part of Google Analytics, and help us monitor our website’s traffic.

Cookie NameICC CategoryPurposeWhat does it do?Where does it come from?
__cfduidStrictly NecessarySecurityThis cookie remembers that you are a secure, trusted browser. If you are asked to prove you aren’t a bot or a compromised machine, this cookie will remember if you passed and not ask again.Cloudflare
_gaPerformanceUnique Visitor TrackingThis cookie identifies you so we can count how many unique site visits we get (so we don’t count you as five different visitors if you visit five times in one day). It expires after one year.Google Analytics
_gatPerformance PerformanceThis cookie remembers the last time your data was sent to Google Analytics, so it doesn’t send it too often.Google Analytics
_gidPerformance Page TrackingThis cookie remembers which pages on our website you visited, so we can tell which pages are popular.Google Analytics
X-MappingStrictly NecessaryPerformanceThis cookie directs you to the fastest server hosting our site, in case one of them is too busy (load balancing).Laughing Squid Web Hosting

Google Analytics Cookies

Because of how we configure our Google Analytics settings, none of our cookies can be used for targeted advertising nor will that data be sold. Our cookies comply out-of-the-box with GDPR (the European Union’s data protection regulations) as well, which are pretty strict.

Specifically: We’ve enabled IP Anonymization in Google Analytics so we can’t check your IP address. This also blurs our ability to determine your location: we pretty much can only tell if you’re in the New York metropolitan region or not. [Read more from Google on IP Anonymization]

If that’s not enough though, we’ll be updating our privacy policy soon to allow you to even opt out of our Google Analytics cookies! In the meantime though, you can opt out of all Google Analytics code (for every website) by downloading the official Google browser add on:

More privacy policy info to come soon! We promise!