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Privacy Policy

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I'm not a lawyer so I'll to try to keep this simple and to the point.

First, I value your privacy as much as I value mine and I will not violate this trust.

I use a variety of analytical tools such as Sitemeter and Google Analytics to monitor my blog and see what areas are popular and monitor other trends. I do not disclose this information although outside links to other sites and third-party advertisers may collect some or all of this same information. Information collected may include:

  • Domain Name
  • IP Address
  • ISP
  • Location Continent
  • Country
  • State
  • City
  • Lat/Long
  • Distance
  • Language
  • Operating System
  • Browser
  • Javascript version
  • Monitor Resolution
  • Color Depth
  • Time of Visit
  • Last Page View
  • Visit Length
  • Page Views
  • Referring URL
  • Visit Entry Page
  • Visit Exit Page
  • Out Click
  • Time Zone
  • Visitor's Time  

If you leave a comment on my blog the system collects your email address and IP address.  I do not disclose this information. 

If you subscribe to receive my articles or comments I have your email address but do not disclose this.  I may however use this to contact you about your subscription.  This would be rare - I've never had to do this in the 2+ years I've had my blog.

My blog contains links to other sites both commecial and non-commercial.  I am not responsible for the privacy practices of those sites.  You are stongly encouraged to review the privacy statements of these other sites.

My blog and feed may contain third-party advertisements which may collect user information.  These are believed to be reputable firms.  However, you are stongly encouraged to review the privacy statements of these other sites.

A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's computer tied to information about the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site, but is tied to a random number or string representing the current user session. This site, sites I link to, and third-party advertiser may use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies that are never personally identifiable by clients. For the session ID cookie, once users close the browser, the cookie simply terminates. A persistent cookie is a small text file stored on the user's hard drive for an extended period of time. Persistent cookies can be removed by following your browser help file directions.

In particular,

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

I may update or change this policy as needed without notice or specific notification. Please check this periodically for any changes that may be of interest to you.

Policy History

  • March 13, 2009 - Information added specific to Google's use of DART cookies.
  • January 14, 2009 - Paragraph added stating policy may be updated without notice and other minor formatting adjustments.
  • January 12, 2009 - Policy published.


This is the personal blog of Michael W. Schaffner. The opinions expressed in this blog are soley mine and those of commenters. You should not infer that these opinions are the opinion of or have been endorsed by any current or former employer.

Please review the Privacy Policy.   I do love comments and trackbacks but I do reserve the right to remove any that don't comply with the Comments and Trackback Policy.  Rather than clutter up the front page with badges and statistics that are of little interest to anyone other than me I thought it would be best to establish a separate page for statistics and rankings.

Copyright © 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 Michael W. Schaffner       You may copy or quote sections of this blog if you provide an attribution consisting of a reference to the Michael Schaffner and ''Beyond Blinking Lights and Acronyms" along with a hyperlink (if a web reference) to the blog posting.     

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