– Website Visitors
Like most website operators, Tech BNS collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Tech BNS’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Tech BNS’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Tech BNS may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Tech BNS also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on https://techbns.com blog posts. Tech BNS only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below.
– Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to Tech BNS’s websites choose to interact with Tech BNS in ways that require Tech BNS to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Tech BNS gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a blog at https://techbns.com to provide a username and email address.
– Cookies and Web Beacons
We also use third party advertisements on https://techbns.com 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 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.