Privacy Policy

This Web site, DaveIngalls.com, is owned and operated by me, Dave Ingalls. Your privacy on the Internet is of the utmost importance to me. I want to make your experience online satisfying and safe.

Because we gather certain types of information about site users, I feel you should fully understand our policy and the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information DaveIngalls.com (“the site”) gathers and how it is used.

INFORMATION GATHERED AND TRACKED

The site gathers two types of information about users:

* Information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions. These are voluntary submissions to receive my electronic newsletters, to participate in our message boards or forums, to email a friend, and from participation in polls and surveys.

* Information we gather through aggregated tracking information derived mainly by tallying page views throughout the site. This information allows us to better tailor content to readers’ needs and to help advertisers and sponsors better understand the demographics of the audience. Because we derive revenue from sponsorships and advertising, providing such aggregated demographic data is essential to keeping this service free to users. Under no circumstances do we divulge any information about an individual user to a third party.

User Information Is Gathered In The Following Processes:

Optional Voluntary Information

The site offers the following free services, which require
some type of voluntary submission of personal information by users:

1. Electronic newsletters policy

The site offers a free electronic newsletter to users. We gather the email addresses of users who voluntarily subscribe. Users may remove themselves from this mailing list by following the link provided in every newsletter that points users to the subscription management page. Users can also subscribe to the newsletters at the time of registration.

The site also offers visitors the ability to subscribe to email-based blog post updates. This service is provided by a third party vendor (FeedBurner/owned by Google). FeedBurner gathers the email addresses of users who voluntarily subscribe. The FeedBurner/Google Privacy Policy can be reviewed by clicking on the following link: FeedBurner/Google Privacy Policy

2. Message boards/forums policy

The site may offer Message Boards and Forums – users will need to register separately for these services (both are free of charge) in order to post messages, although they needn’t register to visit the site. During registration the user is required to supply a username, password, and email address.

3. Polling

The site may offer interactive polls to users so they can easily share their opinions with other users and see what the audience thinks about important issues. Opinions or other responses to polls will be aggregated and are not identifiable to any particular user. The system may be used to “tag” users after they have voted, so they can vote only once on a particular question. This tag is not correlated with information about individual users.

4. Surveys

The site may occasionally conduct user surveys to better target content to the audience. We may sometimes share the aggregated demographic information in these surveys with sponsors, advertisers and partners. We never share any of this information about specific individuals with any third party.

Children

Consistent with the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental consent.

Usage tracking

The site tracks user traffic patterns throughout the Web site. However, we do not correlate this information with data about individual users. We do break down overall usage statistics according to a user’s domain name, browser type, and MIME type by reading this information from the browser string (information contained in every user’s browser).

The site sometimes tracks and catalogs the search terms users enter in our Search function, but this tracking is never associated with individual users. We use tracking information to determine which areas of the site users like and don’t like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you.

Cookies

The site may place a text file called a “cookie” in the browser files of your computer. The cookie itself does not contain Personal Information although it will enable us to relate your use of this site to information that you have specifically and knowingly provided. But the only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie can’t read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. We use cookies to track user traffic patterns (as described above). Our advertising system delivers a one-time cookie to better track ad impressions and click rates.

You can refuse cookies by turning them off in your browser. If you’ve set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use this site. However, you do need cookies to participate actively in message boards, forums, polling and surveys.

USE OF INFORMATION

The site uses any information voluntarily given by our users to enhance their experience in our site, whether to provide interactive or personalized elements on the site or to better prepare future content based on the interests of our users.

As stated above, we use information that users voluntarily provide in order to send out electronic newsletters and to enable users to participate in polls, surveys, message boards, and forums. We never share newsletter mailing lists with any third parties, including advertisers, sponsors or partners.

We use tracking information to determine which areas of our site users like and don’t like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you. We track search terms entered in the Search function as one of many measures of what interests our users. But we don’t track which terms a particular user enters.

The site creates aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns for advertisers, sponsors and partners. This allows our advertisers to advertise more effectively, and allows our users to receive advertisements that are pertinent to their needs. Because we don’t track the usage patterns of individual users, an advertiser or sponsor will never know that a specific user clicked their ad. We will not disclose any information about any individual user except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.

SHARING OF THE INFORMATION

The site uses the above-described information to tailor our content to suit your needs and help our advertisers better understand our audience’s demographics. This is essential to keeping our service free. We will not share information about individual users with any third party, except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.

SECURITY

The site operates on secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary and only authorized individuals have access to the information provided by our customers.

OPT-OUT POLICY

We give users options wherever necessary and practical. Such choices include:

* Opting not to register to receive our electronic newsletters.

* Opting not to participate in certain interactive areas, which completely alleviates the need to gather any personally identifiable information from our users

YOUR CONSENT

By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by this Web site. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.