Privacy and Affiliates Policy for

Policy Summary: and its operator(s) do not directly collect or maintain any individual data about users of this site.  However there are some situations when individual the site collects data, and these are outlined in this document.

In general, any individual data will be managed according to Irish law.

Advertisements from various companies may be shown on the site, and the site-owner may receive payment for showing them, or when readers interact with them.   Paid advertisements will always be identified as such, and the intention is that the revenue will pay for site maintenance and further development.  Many of the the privacy policy details derive from the requirements of (potential) advertisers.

Policy Details

Administrative data collection:

All web servers store some information about visitors, including (at least) IP address, browser and its configuration, the date and time of the visit and and details about how the visitor reached the site (from a referring page, or using what search-keywords).

This data is tracked for administration and maintenance purposes, and lets me know what articles readers are interested in. It is also used for administration and site-maintenance, and for promoting the site to potential advertisers. A key point is that it cannot personally identify visitors to this site, so is not considered as personal information.


There are sections on this site where it is possible to leave comments.  Readers who comment must be logged in, and may therefore leave personally identifying information.   The only information that is collected or stored by is the comment itself and the login account that is provided.  This this is used only to respond to the comment(s) that are left.

Email Subscribers

There is an email-subscription option available to readers.  Email addresses (which may or may not be personally identifying) are collected from readers:   the services provided by are used to ensure that the email-address-owner is the person who signed up for the service.  These addresses will only be used for the purpose of sending email updates to readers who have opted-in to the service, and readers will at all times have the chance to opt-out.

Cookies and Web Beacons

This site may use cookies to store data about visitor's preferences and history in order to provide better service and to present him/her with customized content.

Advertising partners may also use cookies, scripts and/or web beacons to track visitors, so they can display relevant advertisements and other useful information. Such tracking is done directly by the advertisers with their own servers and is controlled by their own privacy policies.

You can disable cookies in your browser settings if you have privacy concerns. It is not recommended to do this for all sites is not recommended, because it may cause problems with the way you prefer to use some sites. Instead, it's better to disable or enable cookies on a per-site basis. See your web-browser(s) documentation for information about blocking cookies and other tracking mechanisms.

Google Inc would like you to be aware that:

Advertisements served by Google, Inc., and affiliated companies may be controlled using cookies. These let Google display ads based on your visits to this site and others that use Google advertising services. Learn how to opt out of Google's cookie usage. Tracking done by Google is subject to Google's privacy policies.

The DoubleClick DART cookie is used by Google in ads on publisher websites displaying AdSense-for-content advertising. When users visit an AdSense publisher’s website and view or click an ad, a cookie may be put on the user’s browser. Data from these cookies is used to help AdSense better serve and manage the ads on this site and others. You can opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.


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