We are as concerned about internet privacy as you are. Seriously, it’s a scary mess. And I didn’t run that wording by my lawyer.
Practically speaking, 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 behavior information in an anonymous form. Note the emphasis of anonymous, as no personally identifiable information is collected about you unless you explicitly submit that information on this website.
The anonymous information generated by Google Analytics cookies about your use of this website is transmitted to Google – not me. This information is processed to compile statistical reports on website activity for this site only. I use these reports to evaluate aggregate visitor usage so that I can optimize the content, and how to promote it, to better meet your needs. This is essential for me to operate this website and continue to provide effective content.
In summary, your anonymity is safe with me. That is my personal commitment to you as a valued reader.
When Personal Information is Submitted
I will not link, or seek to link, any data gathered from this site with any personally identifiable information from any source, unless you explicitly submit that information. If you have registered for our forum, 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. For example, your language preference, gender and location.
I do this firstly to ensure you are not a robot or spammer, and secondly because the more information I have on actual people (as opposed to cookies), the better I can understand what content is of interest to readers. If you wish your personal information to be removed from this site, simply contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do this at the earliest opportunity. Note, that in removing your personal details, all your associated content is deleted – such as blog comments, or purchased content you have made.
3rd Party Tracking
Essentially, I do not agree with 3rd party tracking. That said, embedded content from other providers may track your interaction with my content. For example, if I embed a video form YouTube, Google will track your interaction. Similarly a click on a social “share” button will result in a third party tracking that activity – such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ etc. Unfortunately, there is no way around this if you wish to share content socially or interact with content I have embedded form a 3rd-party.
My advice – set your browser to always block 3rd-party cookies. Content will still work, but no visitor data will be sent sent to a 3rd-party.