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Privacy

Privacy is important to everybody who works on this website. The short version of this page is:

We will only ever use your information to do what we said we’d do when you gave it to us. For example, if you give us your email address so you can receive blog posts only then you’ll receive blog posts only.

We won’t spam you. We won’t sell your information to somebody who might spam you. We’ll keep your information private.

If you’d like to read the long, and more technical, version then please proceed …

What Information Do We Collect?

When you visit our website you may provide us with two types of information: personal information you choose to give, and website use information collected on an aggregate basis as you and others browse our Web site.

Personal Information You Choose to Provide

If you sign up to receive new articles via email, we will have access to your email address. If you leave comments on the website, we will have access to all the information you put into the comment form.

If you email us directly, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses.

Anonymous Information

Similar to most other websites we use a standard technology called “cookies” (see explanation below, “What Are Cookies?“) and Web server logs to collect information about how our website is used. Information gathered through cookies and web server logs may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, time spent at our site, and the websites visited just before and just after our website. Our advertisers and ad serving companies may also use small technology or pieces of code to determine which advertisements and promotions users have seen and how users responded to them.

How Do We Use the Information That You Provide to Us?

Basically, we use personal information for purposes of administering and expanding our business activities, providing customer service and making available other products and services to our customers and prospective customers. Occasionally, we may also use the information we collect to notify you about important changes to our Web site, new services and special offers we think you will find valuable. You may notify us at any time if you do not wish to receive these offers by contacting us.

What Are Cookies?

A cookie is a very small text document, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website, that site’s computer asks your computer for permission to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites. Some of our advertisers use cookies that originate from their sites. We have no access or control over those cookies.

How Do We Use Information We Collect from Cookies?

As you use our website, the site uses its cookies to differentiate you from other users. In some cases, we also use cookies to prevent you from seeing content such as a greeting more than once. Cookies, in conjunction with our web server’s log files, allow us to calculate the number of people visiting our website and which parts of the site are most popular. This helps us gather feedback in order to constantly improve our website and better serve our customers.

Cookies do not allow us to gather any personal information about you and we do not store any personal information that you provided to us in your cookies.

Sharing Information with Third Parties

There are only two reasons we would share private information with other people:

  1. So they can provide a service. For example our email updates are delivered by the AWebber company. They need to store your email address so they can email you the new articles.
  2. If we are required by law to release the information, for example during a court case. We don’t anticipate this ever happening!

If this website was ever sold the email addresses would also be transferred to the new owner, but we don’t anticipate that ever happening either!

Questions

If you have any questions about these things, please contact us.

– Ricky

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