The site offers four levels of privacy: Low, Medium, High, and Paranoid. To
really understand what these mean though, you need to know something about the
different audiences and different kinds of user data that the site
There are three different AUDIENCES:<br>
* **GUESTS:** A guest is any person on the internet who browses to the site
but does not register and login.
* **REGISTERED USERS:** A registered user is anyone who has registered an
account on CellarTracker and has logged in. Since there are no restrictions
beyond the terms and conditions on who can register, this can still be a pretty
* **CELLARTRACKER BUDDIES:** You can name specific registered CellarTracker
users (by their ID#) and provide them with privileges to see your cellar.
There are three main pieces of DATA that are exposed on the site:<br>
* **USER HANDLE:** Your handle is your login name. Some people choose to use
their actual name, others use nicknames, and others use obviously anonymous
monikers. In some cases the site will expose this handle in association with
your other data (tasting notes, inventory, purchases, consumed bottles) or in a
list of users. One approach to all of this privacy stuff is to stick with an
anonymous handle, although the intent of the other options here is in fact to
allow you to share an appropriate level of data with the community.
* **TASTING NOTES:** The site allows you to record your own impressions on a
wine as a tasting note. In fact, one of the the main attractions to the site is
the growing community of such notes.
* **CELLAR DATA:** Depending upon your privacy level, the site can also
expose information about the number of bottles of a wine that you have, where
and when you purchased them, and when you consumed them. NOTE: The site only
expose purchase price or valuation to other users in aggregate (e.g. average
price or value of a wine held by multiple users).
OK, now that we have that out of the way, let's talk in detail about what data
is exposed to what audiences at each privacy level.
* **LOW:** Apart from the aforementioned fact that a user's specific purchase
price and valuation are never shown to other users, that is the only limit on
what aspects of your cellar can be seen. Any user can see how many bottles you
have in your cellar and look at the entire list. When looking at a specific
wine in your cellar, non-guests can see how much you have purchased, where and
when, and the number of bottles you currently have in inventory. (When drilling
down to a specific wine, guests only see the tasting notes.)
* **MEDIUM:** The main distinction about medium security is that guests
cannot browse your cellar data in its entirety. Guests can see your handle and
your tasting notes. Registered users can browse your entire cellar list and can
see specifics on each wine in your cellar.
* **HIGH:** When this option is chosen, only buddies can see your cellar list
and details about your wine. However, all users can see your tasting notes and
your handle in association with those notes.
* **PARANOID:** The only difference from the high option is that guests see
'Anonymous' instead of your handle in association with your notes.
As you can see, the privacy options are geared towards sharing of tasting notes
yet with significant control over what is seen about your cellar data.
NOTE: Even at the highest privacy levels, the total number of bottles in a
cellar is still exposed in association with the USER HANDLE.