Privacy Policy

Who we are

This website’s address is: also reachable by  ‘rettacs’ is the word ‘scatter’ spelled backwards.

Its publicly accessible content is a blog called ‘Backscatter’ running on the WordPress platform.  All posts are by Ravi Narasimhan, the site’s owner unless otherwise noted.   In roughly five seven years of existence, there have been no other posters to the site.   This blog also has commenting capability which allows others to contribute if they see fit.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


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 help spam detection.  Posts are held for moderation by the site owner since 99.995% of them are bot-generated spam.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


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

There aren’t any except the Commenting tool.  There’s a way to send the owner email but it is on the reader to figure out the address and send a message through his or her mail program.


If you leave a comment on the site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site often 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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

The site uses tools to prevent malicious use of the site and the server it rides on.  These tools are generally in the form of WordPress plugins that assess traffic and ensure that nefarious activities are blocked.  The site’s owner does not share this information with anyone or any entity.  He primarily monitors the site and its plugins to ensure that the tools are kept up-to-date.

The site shares space on a hosting server provided by a webhosting company.  Many unrelated websites will share this same space.  The provider is more than likely doing similar monitoring to ensure that all is well at the server level.   The site owner has no idea what they collect or what they do with the data.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can 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 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.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or 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.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

The site owner does not use your contact information for any purpose other than to communicate with you, if you desire it.  So, if you leave a comment or send him email and invite a reponse, you might get one.  Your contact information does not go anywhere else.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We don’t collect or ask for your data except in the trivial cases described above.

What data breach procedures we have in place

Not applicable since we don’t collect anything of value.

What third parties we receive data from


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

If one of the WordPress plugins thinks you are a bad actor, you may be refused access to the site or its rudimentary services.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

The site owner is a private individual, not an industry.