Privacy Policy

This site does not track you or collect personal information

That's about as simple as I can make it.

This site has no forms where you could enter your name.

This server does not set cookies.

I maintain no mailing lists.

This site does include Google AdSense ads, Infolink ads, and Amazon Affiliate ads, and they can set and use cookies. The ads on my pages may reflect your recent browsing and Google searches if you haven't disabled Google AdSense tracking. The Amazon Associate ads can earn me small commissions from qualifying purchases.

In order to make ads that Google describes as "more useful to you", they track the series of pages that a browser views. Pages on my site, and the pages you earlier viewed on other sites. Put another way: If you let them track who you are, then they can customize the ads to show what their automated system thinks will be interesting to you.

Controlling Ad Personalization

Why am I seeing these specific ads? Click on the small right-pointing triangle at the upper right of any Google AdSense or Infolinks ad on my pages. That will take you to a page explaining why that ad appeared for you.

If you have turned off ad tracking, as I recommend, it will explain that the ad selection was based simply on page content and your apparent general location as based on your network address.

If you have not turned off ad tracking, it will explain that Google will use cookies to track your web browsing and Google search history to show some ads more related to that, rather than just the content and apparent themes of this page.

Ads Settings

Turn off ad tracking: You should go to Google's Ads Settings page and turn off ad tracking. If you are not signed in to Google in your browser session or on an Android phone, you can still personalize ad behavior for that browser and device only.

If you set these preferences when you are signed in, either on an Android phone or within a Chrome session on a tablet or computer, then the settings apply across all signed-in sessions.

Block pop-up ads: The Chrome browser blocks pop-up ads by default. Here is how to turn that protection off and back on: Block or allow pop-up ads in Chrome