The privacy of your personal information is important, this notice is being provided to explain our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. We never sell or give your personal information to third parties.
Log Files Websites that use a advertisements (such as Google ads and custom search boxes) can collect and use the data contained in log files. The information in the log files include your IP address (internet protocol setting), your ISP (internet service provider, such as AOL or Netzero, etc), the browser you used to visit our site (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox), the time you visited our site and which pages you visited throughout our site.
Cookies and Web Beacons A “cookie” is a small text file that contains a string of alphanumeric characters. Exmples of two different types of cookies include: a persistent cookie and a session cookie. A persistent cookie gets entered by your Web browser into the “Cookies” folder on your computer and remains in this “Cookies” folder after you close your browser. Persistent cookies may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the site. A session cookie is held temporarily in your computer’s memory and disappears after you close your browser or shut off your computer.
Web beacons are small strings of code that are placed in a Web page. Web beacons and information collected in our log files (such as Internet Protocol Address, referring URLs, etc.) about your activity at this site to better understand how the website is used, resolve technical problems, and enhance your experience at this site.
Cookies are used to store information, such as your personal preferences when you use the Google custom search box or click on advertisements. This could include only showing you a popup once in your visit to the search results webpage, or the ability to login to some of our features, such as forums.
The Google custom search box and adsense ads uses third party advertisements to help support websites. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your Internet Protocol Address, your ISP, the browser you used to visit the 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).
You can 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 the Google custom search results website 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.
DoubleClick DART cookies The advertisments and custom search box results may use DART cookies 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 New York, you may see New York hotel and tourist 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 http://www.doubleclick.com/privacy/dart_adserving.aspx