Privacy policy

I became aware that I need a privacy policy because of google adsense requirements. I have these on my sidebar. Honestly, I don’t have anything personally on my site which does any tracking of individual users. I don’t know how I would set that up even if I wanted to, and I don’t. The only tracking done is whatever it is that google adsense normally does and I don’t personally have access to that information as far as I know. The adds are a small snippet of code and I am not sure how 10 or so lines of html gets all this info, but they say it does so I will take their word for it. Anyway, here is the required policy based on a template anyone can use which was nicely provided by loneshooter.com.

Privacy Policy for Atavisionary.com

The privacy of our visitors to Atavisionary.com is important to our legions of thought criminals.

At Atavisionary.com, our hated hordes recognize that privacy of your personal information is important. Here is information on what types of personal information our malevolent minions receive and collect when you use and visit Atavisionary.com, and how the underpants gnomes in Atavsionary.com’s privacy department safeguard your information. No animal, creature, weeaboo, otherkin, furry, trekkie, goblin or capricious skulker of any variety at Atavisionary.com ever sells your personal information to third parties.

Log Files

As with most other websites, Atavisionary.com’s peeping toms collect and use the data contained in log files. The information in the log files include your IP (internet protocol) address, your ISP (internet service provider, such as AOL or Shaw Cable), 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

Pack rats at the Atavisionary.com warehouse do use cookies to store information, such as your personal preferences when you visit our site. This could include only showing you a popup once in your visit, or the ability to login to some of our features, such as forums.

Ad fairies also use third party advertisements to support Atvisionary.com. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on Atavisionary.com, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP , the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing BDSM ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing hentai ads to someone who frequents sites like 4chan’s /pol/).

DoubleClick DART cookies

Circus freaks at Atavisionary.com may also 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 Bozo the clown, you may see clown suit advertisements when viewing a non-related site, such as on a site about David Ike’s reptillian conspiracies). 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

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 our site 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.

I don’t really know what half of that is about, but that is the standard stuff google does apparently, so now you know. Since I use google adsense, they must be doing it here too.

Just in case the above leaves anything out, I will provide a copy of what google says I need to tell you. By doing this, I would assume that will cover anything that might have been left out of the template privacy policy above. This is what google says I need to tell you:

Google Advertising Cookie

Google uses cookies to help serve the ads it displays on the websites of its partners, such as websites displaying AdSense ads or participating in Google certified ad networks. When users visit a partner’s website, a cookie may be dropped on that end user’s browser.

My privacy policy

Your privacy policy should include the following information:

  • Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user’s prior visits to your website or other websites.
  • Google’s use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and/or other sites on the Internet.
  • Users may opt out of personalized advertising by visiting Ads Settings. (Alternatively, you can direct users to opt out of a third-party vendor’s use of cookies for personalized advertising by visiting www.aboutads.info.)

If you have not opted out of third-party ad serving, the cookies of other third-party vendors or ad networks may also be used to serve ads on your site, which should also be disclosed in your privacy policy in the following manner:

  • Notify your site visitors of the third-party vendors and ad networks serving ads on your site.
  • Provide links to the appropriate vendor and ad network websites.
  • Inform your users that they may visit those websites to opt out of the use of cookies for personalized advertising (if the vendor or ad network offers this capability). Alternatively, you can direct users to opt out of some third-party vendors’ uses of cookies for personalized advertising by visiting www.aboutads.info.

Because publisher sites and laws across countries vary, we’re unable to suggest specific privacy policy language. However, you may wish to review resources such as the Network Advertising Initiative for guidance on drafting a privacy policy. For additional details regarding cookie consent notices, please refer to cookiechoices.org.

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