Privacy policy

Deep Astronomy is run by me, Tony Darnell. I consider myself an easy-going person, except when it comes to internet privacy and spam. While one of the objectives of this site is to make money, rest assured that this will never be achieved by misusing any user data and information that we collect.

What information is collected?

Anonymous data

As with the vast majority of websites, the following information is automatically collected whenever our site is visited;

  • Your IP address
  • Which pages were visited, and when
  • The website you were on before you came to Deep Astronomy
  • Your web browser type and version
  • Your operating system type and version

This information is anonymous and not linked to you as an individual.

Newsletter data

If you register to receive our newsletter, your email address is stored in our MailChimp account. We do not collect your name for newsletter subscriptions.

Contact form data

If you use any contact forms on our website, the data and information you provide is emailed to us directly from the website. A copy of this email is stored in our website database. This data is only used to allow communications with you directly.

Personal data

If you register for an account on the website, the following information is collected;

  • Your first and last name
  • Your email address
  • Your chosen password (encrypted with a hash algorithm; we cannot see what it is)
  • Your chosen username
  • Your address, if you choose to provide one (for purchases and deliveries)

This information is stored in our website database which is protected by high levels of security, hosted within the industry-leading AWS infrastructure.

Payments and donations

External donations

If you choose to donate via a third party, such as Patreon or PayPal, we do not store any information that you provide. This is all handled by the third party and you should check their privacy policies for information on how they use the data and information that you provide.

Payment data

If you register for an account on the website, you have the option to provide debit or credit card information which can be saved for future donations and purchases on our website.

This card data is NOT stored by us.

Any card details you provide are stored with Stripe, our secure payment provider. If you choose to do this, Stripe provide us with a customer ID, which we do store along with your other personal information.

This customer ID is how we are able to link your payment information to your account and take payments if/when you make a purchase or donation, without storing any of it or being able to access it.

How do we use the information that we collect?

Anonymous data
Used to understand how our site is being used, how people find us, who our audience is and how we can make the site better.

Newsletter data
Used to ensure that we can keep fans up-to-date with things that are likely to be of interest, such as breaking astronomy news or changes to our content, website and the community as a whole.

Contact form data
Used to ensure that we can communicate with those of you that want to converse with us!

Personal data
Used so that we can identify who you are, which allows us to personalise your experience on our site.

Privacy Guarantee

  • No legal jargon
    Information about how we use your data will always be provided without the use of legal jargon or legalese.
  • No sharing data
    Data and information collected from users, will never be sold, exchanged or given away.
  • No spam
    You will always have the ability to opt-out of receiving email communications from us, other than any important communications about the security of your account, if you register for one.
  • Always secure
    Every single page on our site is delivered using HTTPS. This means that all traffic and data between yourself and our site, is heavily encrypted using SSL.

Questions & feedback

If you have any questions about the information on this page, or if you would like to provide feedback or concerns about our privacy policy, you can email us directly using tdarnell@deepastronomy.com.

Alternatively, you can use the form below.