Today, we're launching a new Spatie package: Laravel Google Fonts. I've written about Google Fonts before. It's a great font catalog, but the service has it's downsides. First, fonts are hosted on a different domain than your app, so the browser needs to do an additional DNS lookup. Second, it's Google. Privacy-minded visitors might not appreciate the trip to Silicon Valley.
I haven't used Google Fonts in production for a long time. I use the service for development, and strip out all references to Google before going live. I do this for performance, and my visitors' privacy.
Freek wrote about cleaning up inactive user data from Oh Dear:
You want to keep only as little personal data as needed for privacy reasons. You should only collect and keep the absolute minimum of data needed to run your application. This keeps your user's privacy safe and minimizes the risks for you as a company if a security breach happens.
This is a really good initiative, I can't even imagine how much data I have scattered across hundreds of trial accounts on the internet…
I've always had a hard time finding a proper response to the classic "privacy isn't important because I have nothing to hide" argument.
Paul Jarvis, cofounder of the privacy-first analytics tool Fathom Analytics, makes some strong points in But I have nothing to hide.
Whether it’s on reality TV or even just social media, we act and speak differently because we know we are being watched. We lose our ability to be authentic or explore our own identity and views because we're stuck trying to put forward our “best selves” and ensure everyone else that we’re here "for the right reasons".
Read the full article on pjrvs.com.