I do not collect any personal information of any kind on my website. Therefore, there is nothing for me to share.


Non-personal Information: As with most standard Web servers, my hosting provider uses log files. They keep track of IP addresses, browser type, referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, popular pages, etc. This helps me administer the site and know what people find useful. IP addresses, etc. are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Advertisers: Advertisements on my site may contain cookies collected by the advertising companies. I do not have access to this information. Google may use something called "beacons" that I don't really understand. Please see the Google Privacy Policy for an explanation.

3rd-Party Advertisers: More stuff from Google Adsense I don't fully understand. "Please update your privacy policy to inform your visitors that third-party vendors may serve ads on your site. Please also provide links to these vendor websites and inform your users that they may opt out of cookies (if the vendor offers this capability)." Here is a link to a list of Google Adsense 3rd Party Advertisers.

"Your posted privacy policy should include the following information about Google and the DoubleClick DART cookie" (sounds dangerous, eh?):

  • Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on your site.
  • Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and other sites on the Internet.
  • Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

Your Options: All modern graphical web browsers (e.g., Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer) have a method to manage how cookies are handled. See the configuration options (a.k.a. preferences) within the program you use. Browsing the web with Javascript disabled will eliminate ALL of the Google Adsense advertisements — although disabling Javascript will make many sites unusable (but not this one).

Best Option: At the risk of hurting my own income stream, here is the absolutely best way to surf the web: Install Firefox web browser (it does what Internet Explorer does). Then install the add-on NoScript (there is a "Get It" link up near the top of the page). Spend a couple of hours getting used to how to allow ONLY the things you want to see and/or activate using NoScript.

For example, you can tell NoScript to "Allow amazon.com", but you can still keep the setting "Forbid doubleclick.com". To speed up your web browsing experience, I suggest you always forbid "google-analytics.com", which spends time sending (anonymous?) stats about your visit to Google. If you want to see a one-off site with scripts, there is always the option to "temporarily allow all this page".