Tuesday, July 28, 2015

EU Laws Requirement Addressed

Yesterday evening I received the following message when checking in on The Professor's Write Site Blog presently published here on Blogspot.ca. TPWS was created and published in 2010 on Blogger.Com. I complied with all the Terms and Conditions requested by Google as the Controller of the Blogger, Blogspot site which hosts my blog. 

When TPWS was published it appeared formerly and initially as a sub domain ending with Blogspot.com.Later Google unilaterally changed that to the current desigination of blogspot.ca. While unhappy with that change I still continued to maintain this site as I felt it was performing a much needed service to those who wanted it. 

That there has been an increase in traffic and readership seems to bear the truth of that statement. For that I am deeply grateful to all of my readers.  Now back to the reason for this post.  Below I've decided to copy and republish the troubling notice which appeared on my dashboard and cause me to reply to it here in print. 

First , Friends ,Visitors and Readers of this blog I present the Notification in question for your review and appraisal! 
 European Union laws require you to give European Union visitors information about cookies used on your blog. In many cases, these laws also require you to obtain consent.

As a courtesy, we have added a notice on your blog to explain Google's use of certain Blogger and Google cookies, including use of Google Analytics and AdSense cookies.

You are responsible for confirming this notice actually works for your blog, and that it displays. If you employ other cookies, for example by adding third party features, this notice may not work for you. Learn more about this notice and your responsibilities

Initially I found this notification quite alarming as printed on this posting. I felt those conditions as portrayed in that presentation had already been addressed.  To illustrate my position, I have decided to reprint my current policy and leave it here for all to see!

Please view the following notification as found on my legal page under TPWS's  Privacy Policy .

 I sincerely hope this publication as printed here will address and satisfy any and all the conditions to allow those visitors from the European Union countries to enjoy the articles found here on TPWS.

                                        Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy for The Professor's Write Site. Blogspot.com and or updated to The Professor's Write Site.Blogspot.ca

The privacy of our visitors to The Professor's Write Site.Blogspot.ca is important to us.

At The Professor's Write Site.Blogspot.ca, we recognize that privacy of your personal information is important. Here is information on what types of personal information we receive and collect when you use and visit The Professor's Write Site.Blogspot.ca, and how we safeguard your information. We never sell your personal information to third parties.

Log Files
As with most other websites, we 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
We 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.

We also use third party advertisements on The Professor's Write Site.Blogspot.ca to support our site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site, 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 New York real estate ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).

DoubleClick DART cookies
We also may 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 visiting Las Vegas, you may see Las Vegas hotel advertisements when viewing a non-related site, such as on a site about hockey). 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.

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