Submitted Personal Information
If you have registered to be a member of this website, submitted a blog comment or asked to be notified of updates, I request your name and email address and potentially other non-specific demographic information. This information will not be shared with or sold to any other parties in any manner.
If you would like to have your submitted personal information removed from this site, simply contact me here:
Please note that a request to remove your submitted personal information will also remove all content associated with you on this website, like blog post comments.
This website uses Google Analytics to help analyze how visitors use this site. Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are small text files placed on your computer, to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. Note the deliberate emphasis of anonymous, as no personally identifiable information is collected about you unless you explicitly submit that information via a fill-in form on this website. So if I need personal info from you – for example your email address to register for the website, or to add a blog comment – I will ask for it and you will have the option to provide it or not.
The anonymous information generated by Google Analytics cookies about your use of this website (including your IP address) is transmitted to Google. This information is then processed to compile statistical reports on website activity only for this site. I use these reports to evaluate aggregate visitor usage so that I can optimise the content, and its marketing, to better meet your needs. Yes, I consider this essential for me to operate this website as a free to use service!
I will not link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of a computer user. In fact, I will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifiable information from any source, unless you explicitly submit that information via a fill-in form.
In summary, your anonymity is safe. That is my personal commitment to you as a valued reader.
Third Party Collection of Data
This site’s web pages display some content and/or advertising which is directly served or delivered by third parties, such as Amazon.com and Google.com. These advertisements are delivered through script code in this site’s HTML web pages, which cause your computer to request the advertising information from the third party’s server. These third parties usually deliver a cookie to your computer, and log your request activity in their log files.
You may choose to block the collection of some information by our advertisers, by configuring your web browser to refuse to accept or return “cookies,” or by utilizing third-party “Internet Security” software which may block some third-party advertising and some trackable links to third-party web sites. If you use this technology, you will not see some relevant content seen by other visitors to this web site, because your software will edit, delete, or alter the content as it is loaded into your computer.
More About Cookies
A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user’s computer for record-keeping purposes. This site does not place or retrieve tracking cookies. However, as noted above, when some third-party advertisements are displayed at this site and when you click on external web links, persistent cookies are used by those third-party sites (and some aggregate data made possible by use of those persistent cookies is used by this owner of this web site.) You can configure your web browser to block any “third-party cookies,” or to block all cookies (but by doing so, you will likely be unable to use certain features on other web sites). You can remove persistent cookies by using utility software or by following directions provided in your Internet browser’s “help” file. Third-party web sites may also track and cross-match your cookie and “clickstream” data with other data you disclose to those third party web sites (for example, Amazon.com stores information about the pages you view and the products you buy, to suggest other related merchandise which may interest you).
Clear Gifs (Web Beacons/Web Bugs)
This site does not directly utilize (but advertisers may utilize) a software technology called clear gifs (sometimes called “web beacons” or “web bugs”). Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive (where users can view them, though not easily), clear gifs are embedded invisibly on Web pages and are smaller than the size of the period at the end of this sentence. Advertisers may tie the information gathered by clear gifs to any personally identifiable information which they have obtained. You may be able to block this technology by using third-party “Internet Security” software.
We reserve the right to disclose any information in our “log files,” as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our Web site.(Since we don’t gather any personal identifying information about you, we can’t inform you if this occurs.)
We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the information submitted to us. However, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect any information gathered in our “log files,” we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
In the event that this web site goes through a business transition, such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, the information collected by this web site will likely be among the assets transferred.
Changes in this Privacy Statement