Thursday, May 1, 2008

Privacy Policy

Google Adsense requires that I post a privacy policy. So here it goes...

I respect your privacy and I am committed to safeguarding your privacy while online at my blogs and The following discloses the information gathering and dissemination practices for these blogs.

♦ Log Files
Like most blogs I use services like Sitemeter, Feedburner and Google Analytics to track data about who visits my blogs. This includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the blog, track user movement in the aggregate, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses, etc. are not linked to personally identifiable information.

♦ Cookies
A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's computer tied to information about the user. I personally do not use cookies. However, some of my business partners use cookies on my blogs (for example, blogger and advertisers). I have no access to or control over these cookies.

♦ Links
These blogs contain links to other sites. Please be aware that I am not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. I encourage my users to be aware when they leave my blogs and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by these blogs.

♦ Advertisers
I use outside ad companies to display ads on my blogs. I work with ad companies like: Google Adsense, and Project WonderlandSome of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP , the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing New York real estate ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).

In addition, affiliate vendors do not share any of your personal info with me. ( such as:  name, email, address or payment info). The only information I receive is what was sold and how much commission I received from the sale. If you are concerned about your privacy I suggest checking the privacy policies of the individual vendors or advertising companies. Individual vendor privacy links can be found in my Review and FTC policies section.

♦ DoubleClick DART cookies
DART cookies may also be used for ad serving through Google’s DoubleClick, which places a cookie on your computer when you are browsing the web and visit a site using DoubleClick advertising (including some Google AdSense advertisements). This cookie is used to serve ads specific to you and your interests (”interest based targeting”).

The ads served will be targeted based on your previous browsing history (For example, if you have been viewing sites about visiting Las Vegas, you may see Las Vegas hotel advertisements when viewing a non-related site, such as on a site about hockey). DART uses “non personally identifiable information”. It does NOT track personal information about you, such as your name, email address, physical address, telephone number, social security numbers, bank account numbers or credit card numbers.

You can opt-out of this ad serving on all sites using this advertising by visiting Ad Settings or you can opt out of other network advertising and third party ad servers’ cookies from the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.

You can also choose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.

Deleting cookies does not mean you are permanently opted out of any advertising program. Unless you have settings that disallow cookies, the next time you visit a site running the advertisements, a new cookie will be added.

♦ Contact Information
If users have any questions or suggestions regarding my privacy policy, please contact me at: mulluane[at]live[dot]com

Mulluane is a 56-year-old proud grandmother of 4, who is passionate about her pets, blogging, traditional fantasy, and tinkering with webdesign. She is obssesively photo shy but she uses an avatar that accurately represents her dreams. ♥ You can also find her on:

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