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Armament Solutions Limited - European Union Compliant Privacy Policy Statement


It’s really a shame nobody ever actually reads these documents, because what follows squarely falls into the category of Cyber Security Awareness Training.

This is a Privacy Policy Statement, compliant with European Union legislation to “protect” its citizenry. If you’re reading this document from the United States, you might as well stop right now, because everyone from your Internet Service Provider, via Google, to the NSA is tracking every move you make online already, so you basically have no privacy unless you work really hard to create some. You might as well wave at your webcam and say a cheery “Hi!” to the NSA.

Within the European Union, both the UK’s GCHQ and Germany’s Bundesnachrichtendienst are known to treat EU Privacy Legislation with considerable contempt, so even if you are located within the bounds of European law, you should take your right to privacy with a generous pinch of salt. Now wave at your webcam and say a cheery “Hi!” to GCHQ, the BND, the NSA, and in all probability to a number of French Intelligence Organizations too. And that’s not to mention all the spying operations your Internet Service Provider, Google, and Facebook carry out on you 24/7, long before websites like this one ever have a chance to get at your data.

So, in effect, what follows is beyond meaningless, no matter where you are. It is, at best, a legislative placebo for the 0.0025% of website visitors who ever make it as far as privacy policy documents. At worst it's a contrived piece of bureaucratic onanism by faceless EU Lawmongers in Brussels.

Nevertheless, European Union legislation demands that we publicly post a compliant privacy statement, and the fact is that EU-compliant privacy policies are actually highly educational - from a Cyber Security Awareness Training Perspective - if they’re dissected and explained, so if you’re of a certain geekish, security-conscious mindset, you might learn something and get a twisted laugh out of the rest of this document at the same time.

Armament.Solutions Privacy Policy

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First up, our company is obligated to tell you that “Your privacy is important to us”, that “we are committed to safeguarding your personally identifiable information”, and that “this privacy policy will outline how we deal with the data we hold about you”.

Privacy policies are ostensibly posted to inform you - the visitor - about how websites collect, use, and protect the information they “harvest” from and about you. The legislative theory hypothesis here is to help you make an informed decision about how trustworthy the website you’re visiting actually is. However, we live in the “Age of the Soundbyte¹, and the majority of web users no longer have enough attention span to reach the end of a five-hundred word opinion piece, let alone read through every single four-thousand word privacy policy on each site they visit. So we could pretty much put any usage conditions we feel like into this document, in the sure and certain knowledge that maybe one in five thousand users will ever even reach this page, and that 75% of those people will never read past the third paragraph. More of this in a moment…

Next up, we’re supposed to say something like “Armament.Solutions’ use of the information we gather about you shall be governed by this privacy policy document, posted publicly on our website.” Great! So now you know you can trust us because we pledge to adhere to the privacy policy you’re currently reading, because we just told you so publicly, in the actual document we’re pledging to adhere to... which we can update and/or change at any moment and without prior notice to you.

With EU bureaucratic logic like that, what could possibly go wrong, from a legislative "Unintended Consequences" perspective?


Next we’re obliged to reinforce the fact that this website uses cookies, to let you know that the EU expects you to read our European Union Compliant Cookie Policy, and that by continuing to use this website, you agree to be bound by the terms of that cookie policy.

Cookie Policy Documents are read even less frequently than Privacy Policies, so we could (and did) insert numerous unusual conditions for our visitors to inadvertently agree to, without anyone ever actually reading about it, because poring over dry, boring legal documents like this is simply not how the Internet actually works for normal humans.

Additionally, saying “This website uses cookies.” is akin to saying “This website uses electricity, which is known to cause injury or death in large quantities”. Cookies (and electricity) are simply a fact of life online, and 99.95% of all Internet users click “OK” without a second’s hesitation, without ever reading cookie policies, and without any clear understanding what a cookie actually is, in the online context.

By now we’ve lost all but the most persistent readers, so we can start sliding “Conditions” into Armament’s Privacy Policy. It is, after all, a legally binding agreement between users of this website and our company.

Collection of Information

Herein we inform you about what kind of information the site will “harvest” from you about your device, location, age, gender, and anything else we can get our hands on, or convince you to part with.

By its very nature, your device will give away a large amount of anonymized information which can be used to compile a statistical profile of your visitor-type. This is basically harmless, because this type of information is both anonymous and obscured by identical information gathered from countless other devices. However if we convinced you to create a user-profile on our website², we pretty much have Carte Blanche for the “gathering” of much more personal information, and - if we choose to ask for it and if you click “OK” without reading our Terms of Service - some intensely private data from your device.

Information the Armament.Solution website “harvests” by default:

  • IP Address
  • Browser Type/Version
  • Device Class
  • Operating System
  • Geographic Location
  • Referrer (Where you came from)
  • Length of Visit
  • Navigation Path through the Website (Links you click/pages you visit)

This is just the standard level of information every website gathers from its visitors. It’s non-personally-identifiable, used for statistical purposes, and to make sure our website works properly on the devices it’s being viewed on.

Here’s the Information we could grab if we chose to and if you were to interact with our contact forms:

  • Your Name
  • Your Email Address
  • Your Phone Number
  • URLs you provide
  • Anything you choose to put into the “Message” Input Field
  • Your “Device Fingerprint*
  • Mouse Movements
  • On-Page Scroll Patterns
  • Whether you’re scanning content or actually reading it
  • On-Page Interactions
  • When you highlight text, copy it, or use your mouse cursor to trace as you’re reading
  • Which images you spend time looking at, and how long
  • Where you go when you leave our website

* While you’re worrying about whether or not to let your browser accept cookies, Facebook has taken a ”digital fingerprint” of your device and dropped a tracking pixel onto your system. That way Facebook can keep track of you with a high degree of accuracy when you visit any Facebook website or any site that allows you to sign up with your Facebook account, for your ”convenience”.

A Tracking Pixel is a tiny image file carrying a unique identification tag that’s tied to your device. And because it’s an image file, clearing your cookies doesn’t get rid of it, so Facebook (and other sites) can track you forever more, without you even realizing it.

To be clear. WE DO NOT TRACK YOU TO THIS INVASIVE DEGREE. We’re merely pointing out that we could if we chose to, because that’s exactly what a lot of other websites are doing right now.

Usage of Information

This is the part where we’re supposed to tell you how we’re going to use the information above. Common phrases used in this clause include “Personalizing our service to you”, “Administer our Website and/or Business”, “Send you communications relating to our business”, and suchlike. However, as we said above, we can pretty much include anything, so here goes:

By providing your email address you agree to:

  1. Subscribe to the Monthly Roundup from, the Web’s premier Cat GIF site
  2. Subscribe to the Monthly Roundup from, the Web’s premier source of Unfortunate Domain Name Satire
  3. Receive Marketing Communications from Armament Solutions Limited, containing information about the Software Tools we’re building to process and analyze all the information we’re collecting about the visitors to our various websites

Note: If you enter an email address into the relevant field of any contact form on this website we could collect it, even if you do not actually click the “Submit” button. Once in our possession, the usage conditions above would apply.

Shocked yet? Perhaps now you begin to realize what we mean about being able to include anything we please into this document or how utterly futile the European Union’s privacy legislation actually is?

Disclosure of Information

In this section we’re supposed to assure you that we will never “sell” your personal information to “any third party³”. However, we will - of course - freely disclose your personal information to employees, contractors, authorized court or law enforcement officers acting on official orders, and any business which can reasonably deemed to be “associated” with our company and our business operations by any remotely acceptable definition of the term “Associated”.

If they’re “Associated”, they’re no longer a “Third Party”, right?

Note: If some of our “Associates” are geographically located outside the European Union, you can pretty much kiss your data/privacy goodbye immediately, since they’re not going to be bound by European Law for an instant. Once again, a great many online organizations make use of exactly this loophole, to circumvent privacy legislation... not least of which:

Interesting Fact: European Law forbids warrantless spying on Europe’s Citizenry by European Intelligence Agencies. At the same time US Law [currently still just about] forbids warrantless spying on America’s Citizenry by American Intelligence Agencies. This is why, for some time now, Britain’s GCHQ has conducted warrantless spying on Americans, while the NSA has been similarly spying on Europeans, before the two then “exchange” information. Australia, Canada, and New Zealand are also involved in this mutual intelligence exchange spying program, which is commonly known as “Five Eyes”.

Not many people know that...

Retention of Information

Your personal data will be retained by us until it has fulfilled the purpose for which it was submitted. After such time it will be deleted.

We are, of course, legally obligated to tell you how long we are going to retain your data, and we fully comply with this obligation through the above statement. Further, if we’ve passed your information to one of our “Associates”, they are under no obligation whatsoever to delete it at any stage, especially if they’re operating outside the European Union.

Security of your Personal Information

We will take every reasonable technical and organizational precaution to prevent the loss, misuse, or alteration of your personal data by storing it on a password and firewall protected server.

The watchword here is “reasonable,” because it is an EXTREMELY subjective yardstick, since firewalls and passwords are standard equipment in this day and age, and by themselves form no serious protection against a determined, concerted intrusion attempt. This is why we need to immediately cover our back by telling you that your data could just as easily be stolen before it gets to us, like so:

“You acknowledge that any transmission of data over the Internet is inherently insecure, and that we can in no way guarantee the security of any data sent over the World Wide Web.”

See what we did there?

Now, even if your data escapes into the wild, we can deny all wrongdoing, and the burden of proof immediately shifts to you when accusing us of neglect. And finally, we have to inform you that the security of any passwords you use on this site is your own problem. Don’t give them away; don’t write them down. We’re not responsible if your account is breached because your password escapes into the wild.


In this clause we explain that this Privacy Policy may be updated periodically, and that it’s your responsibility to stay up to date with it, by reading the document frequently. The implication here is that you’re supposed to check for amendments to the Privacy Policy every time you visit this website, and to stop using the site if you find anything you don’t agree with… because that’s how the Internet IS SUPPOSED TO WORK when you're an EU bureaucrat.

This is of course a fantastic catch-all for us, with which we can further indemnify ourselves against our users.

By telling you that we’re making frequent updates, and that keeping up with these updates is solely your own responsibility, we’re basically stating that we can do anything we want, herein, and that by using the site you’re specifically agreeing to the terms outlined on this page.

So… By continuing to use this website, you agree to make a weekly donation of one Dollar to the National Audubon Society for a period of one year, starting this coming Sunday.

With the information WE COULD HAVE HARVESTED through the means detailed above, we could - hypothetically speaking - compel you to actually comply fully, provided we can prove that you continued to use the Armament.Solutions website anytime after the relevant clause was included in this privacy statement

Your Rights

Because we must be seen as being transparent, we have to inform you about your rights. Here, as elsewhere, we can include hurdles that will stop you from making an effective data request.

We will, at your request, provide you with any personal information we hold about you. Provision of this data is subject to:

  • Payment of a small administrative fee - currently €20
  • Submittal by you of appropriate evidence of identity. This can a certified/notarized copy of your passport or driving license, as well as a copy of a recent utility bill (past 90 days) showing your home address.

See how that works?

In order for us to give up whatever information we have on you, we’re going to not only charge you a fee, but we will also get enough information from you to commit identity fraud, should we so choose.

It’s really a good job Armament Solutions Limited is a security provider and not one of the bad guys...

It’s also fortunate nobody ever reads Privacy Policies. Otherwise nobody would visit any websites at all… ever again.

Now comes the part about using your information for marketing purposes. Remember that we told you we’d never sell your information. We didn’t say anything about our company (or an associate) trying to sell you stuff, using your own information.

You may instruct us at any stage not to process your personal information for marketing purposes. We may provide you with an opportunity to opt out of our marketing efforts. However, if we do not, we will take your submittal of personal information to constitute consent for inclusion into our marketing programs.

With this in place, you’ll have to physically ask us not to market to you. This is normally done through the inclusion of an “Opt Out” link - in tiny print and a faint font color - in any marketing email that’s sent to you. So once we have your details, we can basically do anything we want, until such time as you tell us not to.

Third Party Websites

Wherein we’re obligated to tell you that this website includes links to “other” websites, and that WE HAVE NO CONTROL AT ALL OVER THE PRIVACY POLICIES AND PRACTICES OF THOSE “OTHER” WEBSITES… because as an Internet user you would obviously assume that the Armament.Solutions privacy statement applied to ALL WEBSITES ON THE INTERNET, unless we tell you otherwise.

Common Sense is a Flower that doesn’t grow in every Garden, especially not in that big international one in the EU Parliament, where this type of legislation is cooked up and passed.

Updating your Personal Information

This is an excellent Rider Clause to the one about Your Rights, above. Essentially, if you want us to update the information we hold about you, we will do so at your request… if accompanied by twenty Euros and appropriate identification documents.


If you’ve made it this far through the document, you’re one of the few and the proud. But that’s not going to stop us from making one last attempt at getting some personal information out of you. That’s why we’re going to invite your feedback.

If there’s anything you want to ask us, or if you have any questions or apprehensions about this Privacy Policy, or about the website in general, email us:

That way at least we’ll have your email address, which we’ll never, ever sell… Cross our Hearts.


  • ¹ A Soundbyte is the shortest possible unit of human attention span. Although opinions vary, the length of a Soundbyte is generally accepted to be somewhere between a Jiffy (33.3564 picoseconds) and a Tick (1 millisecond).
  • ² We won’t ask you to create a user profile, because unlike many other online organizations, Armament Solutions doesn’t believe in privacy invasion.
  • ³ Most organizations will sell your anonymized information in a heartbeat. This is one thing most Privacy Policies never, ever tell you about.


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