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Privacy Policy

* This blog is a sub domain of wordpress.com, therefore, in addition to this privacy policy, you should familiarize yourself with wordpress.com’s privacy policy and terms of service.

Your privacy is important to me, which is exactly why I created this privacy policy. If you have any questions about this policy, or believe that I am not following it properly, please contact me.

Collection of Personally Identifiable Information

Personally Identifiable Information is just like what it sounds like – it is information that can identify you. The following may be considered Personally Identifiable Information: Name, Home Address, Phone Number (Home / Cell), IP Address, Email Address, etc. The only time Personally Identifiable Information is collected on this blog is when you (optionally and willingly) post a comment, or contact me. That Personally Identifiable Information (name and email address) is not stored in any way, nor is it shared with any 3rd parties.

Commenting on this site:

Your email address is required to submit comments in order to prevent spam, and it may also be used to pass further information to you (with your consent, or if you have specifically asked for further assistance). This blog does not collect or share your information nor does it pass any information on to other 3rd parties or organizations for commercial or non-commercial purposes, unless required to do so by law.

Comments are moderated and any bad (this includes, but is not limited to spam or malicious) links will be removed. Published comments are also replied to, if necessary.

Cookies

A cookie is a very small text document, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit this blog, several cookies are stored on your computer. Cookies contain no Personally Identifiable Information. Cookies can easily be deleted via your browser.

How to modify cookie allowance in your browser:

Internet Explorer (8): Tools – Internet Options – Privacy (tab) – You can choose to either upgrade the setting for cookies (Medium level is the default), or click on “Advanced” and then choose cookie options. You can also allow or block cookies from a specific site if you click the “Sites” button.
Firefox (3.6.8): Tools – Options – Privacy (tab) – There you can set up rules for all cookies. You can also add exceptions for specific sites by clicking on the “exceptions” button.
Google Chrome (5): Tools – Options – Under the Hood (tab) – Privacy – Content Settings
Opera (10.6) Menu – Settings – Preferences – Advanced (tabs) – Cookies, there you can configure your allowing / blocking of cookies

The cookies that you receive when you visit this blog are:

  • (1) quantserve.com – Default WordPress cookie
  • (1) scorecardresearch.com – Default WordPress cookie
  • (1) wordpress.com – Default WordPress cookie

Web Beacons

A web beacon (Also called a web bug or tracker) is an object that is embedded in a web page or e-mail and is usually invisible but allows checking that a user has viewed the page or e-mail. This blog uses web beacons in order to keep anonymous statistical information about visitors. This blog utilizes Quantcast, Comscore Beacon, Facebook Connect*, Google Analytics*, and WordPress Stats as web beacons. Web beacons contain no Personally Identifiable Information. An easy way to detect and block web beacons is to use Ghostery (for Firefox)

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LSOs (Local Shared Objects)

A LSO (Local Shared Object) (also known as “flash cookie” or “super cookie”) is a type of cookie that is utilized when watching something that requires flash (such as a video or a flash game). At the present time, this blog has no videos or flash games on it, therefore you will receive no LSOs from visiting this website. LSOs contain no Personally Identifiable Information. An easy way to delete LSOs (they cannot be deleted via your browser) is to use the add-on Better Privacy (for Firefox)

Links to 3rd party websites

At times, I may link to 3rd party websites in my blog posts. Although I do everything in my ability to link to only trustworthy sites, those sites may not (and have no obligation to) abide by this privacy policy. You should always read the 3rd party site’s own privacy policy.

Logos of 3rd party websites

On occasion, I will post pictures of logos of 3rd party websites (Firefox, Opera, CCleaner etc.) In no way, shape, or form do I own these logos, all logos posted on this site are the properties of their owners and / or developers. (Firefox is owned by http://www.mozilla.org, Opera is owned by http://www.opera.com, CCleaner is owned by http://www.piriform.com)

Modifications of this policy

This policy may change from time to time as the site is updated and new content is added. I will attempt to post (on the blog) about any significant changes to this policy, but it is a good habit to check back here periodically. However, please be assured that if the Privacy Policy changes in the future, we will not use the personal information you have submitted to us under this Privacy Policy in a manner that is materially inconsistent with this Privacy Policy, without your prior consent.

Last updated: November 7, 2010: 1:45 PM, U.S. Central Time Zone

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