Well, there’s a lot of gobbledy-gook below about advertisers and whatnot, but here’s our privacy statement in a nutshell:  anything you give us ain’t being sold to third parties.  Not selling it to list servers, advertisers, whatever.  If you send info to us (like, about you, any comments, pictures, whatever), you give us a license to use it on the site (duh, that’s likely why you posted a comment in the first place), but that’s the only place it’ll be used.  We do have ads on the site (gotta pay for bandwidth and hosting somehow), and their ads will probably track you, but there’s nothing special about our site…it’s just like advertising for any other site.  Ok, now for the detailed stuff…

First about advertisers on the site:

Third parties, such as advertisers (such as Google), may be placing and reading cookies on your browser, or using web beacons to collect information, in the course of ads being served on this website. You have options for cookie management. The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. Additionally, you can disable or delete similar data used by browser add-ons, such as Flash cookies, by changing the add-on’s settings or visiting the Website of its manufacturer. However, because cookies allow you to take advantage of some of our advertiser’s features, we recommend that you leave them turned on.

Google may particularly serve ads from third-party ad networks. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here, which also provides an up-to-date list of third party vendors who supply ads to Google and, maybe, to this site! That link provides links to the vendors supplying the ads, and you may visit those vendor websites to opt out of cookies (if the vendor offers this capability).

Google also may employ interest-based advertising, which, according to Google, “will allow advertisers to show ads based on a user’s previous interactions with them, such as visits to advertiser website and also to reach users based on their interests (e.g. “sports enthusiast”). To develop interest categories, we will recognize the types of web pages users visit throughout the Google content network. As an example, if they visit a number of sports pages, we will add them to the “sports enthusiast” interest category.” In this light, Google would like you to know the following about Google and the DoubleClick DART cookie:

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

This is all kinda interesting for us, but may bore you to tears. Regardless, you may want to read more about Google and the DoubleClick DART cookie here, and you may want to go to Google’s Ads Preferences page to set your interests, opt out, or just check out the cookie they’ll be placing on your site unless you opt out.

Now, about other stuff, like collecting information from you:

Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.  For example, when you sign up to post comments and create a user name, you’ll give us some info about you, like the user name, an email address and a password.  This stuff is collected for the purposes of fostering commentary on the site.  You own this information, but you give us a right and license to use it on the site.  Kinda a quid pro quo.

We will collect and use personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.

We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.

We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.  You should know that our cms software and hosting software and advertisers track a lot of non-personally identifiable information about you, such as your ip address, what browser you use, stuff like that.  And that stuff will be aggregated into important-looking reports which will detail to us exactly how little our traffic really is.  But that info will be gathered, and you should know about it.

Personal data you give us should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.