Sunday, April 10, 2011

Privacy Policy and Google Ads

About a month or so ago I noticed that the ads from Google Adsense in my sidebar and below my posts weren't showing.  I didn't think too much of it at first and thought it was some kind of weird glitch.

After a few weeks they still weren't there.  I thought it might be my computer, so I still wasn't concerned.  Then I tried reinstalling the widgets and other fun techie type things.  Nothing worked.

Finally, someone from the Google Help forum told me that I needed to have a privacy policy. 

I obviously don't do thisfor the moolah,  I actually find some pretty interesting things through their ads just like you do. (although, I never click on my own ads!).  Also, I didn't realize it at first, but I think my visitor numbers also began to fluctuate around the same time that the ads stopped.  I'm just putting two and two together now and thinking Etcetorize is probably not showing up on searches either.

Resistance is futile

So, in an effort to become compliant with Google Adsense so that they'll start to show up again, here is the Privacy Policy for Etcetorize.  I used a generator from . 

Basically, I do not collect private information and I certainly would never, ever sell private information.  From time to time, if you leave a comment I will respond, and I try to send a welcome message to anyone who becomes a follower.  If you enter a contest and I need to get in touch with you to let you know you've won a great prize I'll also send a private email directly to you.  That's really about it.

What information do we collect?

We collect information from you when you become a follower.

When registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: e-mail address. You may, however, visit our site anonymously.

Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads. Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to users based on their visit to 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.

What do we use your information for?

Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:
-To personalize your experience
(your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs)
-To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature
-To send periodic emails

The email address you provide may be used to send you information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions.

Do we use cookies?

Yes (Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computers hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Third party links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.

Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Your Consent

By using our site, you consent to our privacy policy.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page.

This policy was last modified on April 9, 2011

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below.

Privacy Policy Created by Free Privacy Policy

Google Privacy Policy can be viewed here .

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