Privacy & Cookie Policy

Privacy & Cookie Policy

Your privacy of extreme importance to us. This privacy policy document outlines the types of information that is received and collected by this web site and how it is used.

Email Subscribers

You will only receive email from me if you’ve subscribed to my email list. I will not sell, trade, or otherwise distribute your address with anyone, excepting only releases required by court order. I maintain the email list on a private account, and I abide by the anti-spam rules promulgated by CAN-SPAM. At the bottom of every email is an “Unsubscribe” link – just click on it and you will be automatically and immediately unsubscribed from the list. I’ll be sad to see you go, but your email address will remain confidential even after you’ve unsubscribed.

Comments Left on the Site

If you elect to leave a comment on the site, you're also leaving a user name and email address. This information is available to anyone who browses the site. You can request removal of your comment by sending me an email. Once you've confirmed you'd like the comment removed, it will vanish – as will your name and email address. Please note that all comments are sent to a cloud based automated spam detection service (Akismet) before they are returned to be considered for publication on the site.

Log Files

Like many other web sites, this site makes use of log files. The information in the log files includes visitors' operating system and type of browser, the date, time, and duration of their visit, their referring & exit pages, and the number and type of the visitors' clicks. Much of this information is collated by Google Analytics. None of the information collected allows anyone to personally identify you. This information is used to analyze trends and administer and improve the site. This is done by analyzing users' movement around the site, to see what users find most interesting and to gather demographic information about which users are most interested in specific bits of the site's content.

Personally Identifiable Information

This site does register the IP address and ISP of logged in users, as well as those leaving comments. Blog commenters IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the site administrator.  As noted above, I will not sell, trade, or otherwise distribute personally identifiable information with anyone, excepting only releases required by court order. In addition, an anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) is provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it, and is subject to the Gravatar service privacy policy. Your Gravatar picture is visible to the public adjacent to your comment(s). Note that if you upload images to the website, you should avoid any with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website may download and extract your location from those images.

Embedded Content from Other Websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content from other web sites (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. Put another way, the other websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with the embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Cookies and Web Beacons

In addition to log files, this site uses cookies to store information about visitors preferences, records user-specific information on which pages the user accesses or visits, and customizes web page content based on visitor's browser type or other information that the visitor sends via their browser.

DoubleClick DART Cookie

Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on this site. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to visitors based on their history of visits to this site and other sites on the Internet. Visitors may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

DoubleClick DART Cookie and Display Advertising

Display Advertising is enabled on this web site, and allows Google Analytics' features that aren't otherwise available, such as Remarketing with Google Analytics, Google Display Network Impression Reporting, the DoubleClick Campaign Manager integration, and Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting.  All data collected is anonymous, and contains no personally identifiable information. Site visitors can use Google's Ads Settings to opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads.

If you prefer to completely opt-out of the Google Analytics features  associated with Display Advertising, please download and install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on for your browser.

Third Party Ad Servers

Some of our advertising partners may also use cookies and web beacons on our site, and their respective privacy policies indicated how those cookies and web becons handle your visit. Please see the following web sites' privacy policies for more information:
Google Adsense
Commission Junction
Clickbank
Linkshare
Amazon

Note that each of the privacy policies above relate to the business each of the respective websites conduct in the United States. If you visit an alternate national site, consider reading that site's privacy policy.

These third-party ad servers or ad networks incorporate programming code in the advertisements and links that appear on this site. That code (such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons) may be used by the third-party ad networks to record your internet protocol (IP), address and measure the effectiveness of their advertisements, and personalize the advertising content they serve to you.

Please note that this site's administration has no access to or control over the cookies that are used by third-party advertisers. You should consult the respective privacy policies of those third-party ad servers for more detailed information on their practices and to investigate how to opt-out of certain practices. The privacy policy for this site does not apply to third party advertisers or other web sites.

If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the browsers’ respective websites.

What Rights Do 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.

If you have any questions about our Privacy & Cookie policy, please feel free to contact us.